View Full Version : China, Central Asian states to seek world heritage status for Silk Road

04-08-06, 18:50
China and Central Asian countries will jointly apply for world cultural heritage status for historical sites along the ancient Silk Road in the next three to five years, a senior Chinese cultural official said on Thursday, 3 August.

"An action plan will be made for the joint application," said Tong Mingkang, deputy director of the State Cultural Heritage Administration, at an ongoing international convention held in northwest China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

Under the plan, countries along the ancient Silk Road will take measures to protect cultural relics, improve the environment at the sites, and carry out a promotion campaign, Tong said.

The 2,000-year-old Silk Road was mainly a trade route linking Asia and Europe. It began from the city of Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, and ended in Europe via south and central Asia countries. It was 7,000 kilometres long, more than half of which was in China, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

Jing Feng, an Asia-Pacific region's project manager of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, said the World Heritage Committee encourages multinational applications of world heritage sites that are significant to all people.

The four-day convention, held in the city of Turpan, attracted more than 50 experts and heritage officials from UNESCO and China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, which are expected to make the joint application.