Roundtable Meeting Focus on 'World Heritage Protection and Sustainable Tourism Management' Held in Beijing
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July 23 2008, UNESCO WHITR-AP (Shanghai) organized a roundtable meeting with the theme of 'World Heritage Protection and Sustainable Tourism Management', which is also a significant part of the series forum on World Heritage Conservation. During the meeting, Mr. SHAN Jixiang, Director of State Administration of Cultural Heritage, introduced the World Cultural Heritage damage condition and great efforts people have put into after Sichuan Earthquake. The other participants came from 29 administration department of World Heritage sites and tentative sites, such as Imperial Palace, Mogao Caves, Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples of Chengde, Temple and Cemetery of Confusius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu, Ancient City of Ping Yao, Old Town of Lijiang etc. The representatives share the thoughts of the procedure of registration on the World Heritage List, management mechanism of heritage sites as well as the current situation of Chinese world heritage protection and its sustainable tourism. After that, most of the participants put forward the proposal on the establishment of World Heritage Forum for the Asia and Pacific Region.

This meeting showed its importance on: First, it was the first time that so many Chinese World Heritage sites managers gather together and discussed on the hot topic freely and timely. Second, all the participants expressed their opinions and suggestion on the 'World Heritage Protection and Sustainable Tourism'. After discussion, they proposed the problems in the process of sites’ protection and tourism management, as well as relative resolutions, which was a good mirror for other sites. Thirdly, the establishment of ‘World Heritage Forum for the Asia and Pacific Region’ would definitely contribute to collaboration, cooperation and development of world heritage protection in this region.

List of Participants:
Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and historic Interest Area, Yungang Grottoes, Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Lushan National Park, Fujian Tulou, Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Longmen Grottoes, South China Karst, Mount Taishan, Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian, Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas, Old Town of Lijiang, Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu, Mogao Caves, Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing, Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing, Kaiping Diaolou and Villages, Ancient City of Ping Yao, Mountain Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant, Mount Huangshan, Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde, Mount sanqingshan national park, Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area, Classical Gardens of Suzhou, Si Chuan Panda Sanctuaries, Mount Wutai, Mount Qipan

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