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Kekexili in Qinghai to apply for UNESCO heritage next year

Date: 2016.07.25 Editor: Evelyn Shi

The Kekexili landscape in Qinghai province will apply for the world heritage in 2017 and preparatory work is now underway, according to the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.


In November of 2014, China started preparations to apply for Kekexili to join the world heritage list. The Kekexili in Qinghai province, also known as Hoh Xil, is a 45,000 square kilometer reserve that encompasses China's largest area of uninhabited land. It is home to several endangered species, including the Tibetan antelope.


With the Shennongjia in Hubei province and Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape in Guangxi province added to the world heritage list recently, China now boasts 50 world heritage sites, ranking second in the world.