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Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City is approved into The World Heritage List

Date: 2019.07.08 Author: Charles Wang

On the 43th Session of the World Heritage Committee held on July 6, UNESCO inscribed Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City in Hangzhou, China on the World Heritage List, meaning that a solid proof of China’s 5000 years history is widely accepted by the world.


So far, number of World Heritage Sites in China has reached 55, the highest in the world. Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City has become the third World Cultural Heritage in Zhejiang Province, following West Lake and The Grand Canal.


Sitting on a plain crossed by river networks in the Yangtze River Basin and covering an area of 14.34 square kilometers, Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City is composed of three sections, including the archaeological remains of Liangzhu City (3300 B.C.-2300 B.C.), which was once the center of power and belief of an early regional state in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River during the Late Neolithic China period, Yaoshan ruins, and a water conservancy system site.


Liangzhu culture (3400-2250 BC) dates back to the Neolithic age and was discovered 80 years ago by Chinese archaeologists in the town of Liangzhu, Hangzhou. The primitive culture played a vital role in shaping ancient Chinese civilization. More than 500 sites have been excavated to date, spanning East China's Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, and Shanghai.