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The International Symposium for the Serial Nomination for the Silk Roads to the World Heritage
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The International Symposium for the Serial Nomination for the Silk Roads to the World Heritage was held in Xian, China from Oct.29 to Oct.31, 2007, which was organized jointly by ICOMOS, the Chinese State Administration of Cultural Heritage, Xi'an Municipal Government and Shaanxi Province Government. Ms. Zhang YanHua, Research Director of WHITR-AP (Shanghai) participated in this symposium, along with the other ICOMOS experts and representatives from China, Central Asian Countries, and European Countries, which all located along the Silk Road.

The symposium mainly introduced the cultural heritage feature of the Silk Road and the concepts and methods of transnational united application for world registration of the Silk Road. Meanwhile, the symposium discussed the relevant concept for cultural heritage conservation, principles, and techniques to provide training opportunities for experts and technical consultants on the united application of the Silk Road World Heritage nomination.


As a main trade route for barter and the cultural and religious communication linking Asia and Europe, the 2000-year-old Silk Road began from Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, and ended in Europe via southern and central Asia countries. Presently, an initial list of 48 sites of the ancient Silk Road in China had been selected by the heritage experts and officials for World Heritage application, locating separately in the following provinces: Shaanxi (12 sites), Gansu (11 sites), Xinjiang(12 sites), Ningxia (4 sites), Henan (5 sites), and Qinghai (4 sites).
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