Titel: World Heritage - 世界遗产
Author / Editor: 李前光 Li Qianguang
ISBN: 978-7-5032-3518-4, 9787503235184
Publisher: Zhongguo Lüyou Press-中国旅游出版社
Language: bilingual Chinese-English
Date of Publication: 2008.08
Number of pages: 393
Dimensions: 27 x 21.5 cm
The term "World Heritage" refers to those natural landscapes and historic cultural sites with outstanding meaning and universal value, as recognized and designated by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee.
A common wealth shared by all mankind, World Heritage Sites are signposts marking the path of human development and culture, while those creations of nature reflect the beauty and record the history of the Earth. The decline or disappearance of any cultural or natural heritage would constitute a horrendous loss for all of us.
Thus, the World Heritage Convention, in sending out a vital call to all of mankind in the 20th Century,, has struck a compassionate chord worldwide. At present, with a total of 185 States Parties, the World Heritage Convention is now one of the most influential international conventions and, indeed, it boasts the greatest number of members.
Since China ratified the World Heritage Convention in 1985, 37 of the nation's natural and cultural sites have been inscribed to the World Heritage List, and the work of heritage conservation in China was endorsed and promoted.
World Heritage, not only highlighting the World Heritage Sites in China, but also offering an introduction to the heritage sites in other countries and regions, is China's first volume to encapsulate all the 878 World Heritage Sites across the world. Featuring enchanting pictures and informative articles, and integrating knowledge and art, this book is of high academic, aesthetic, and collection values. By adopting a jade-inlaid nanmu wood cover, the exterior design of the book is imbued with a traditional national flavour while exhibiting an international taste. To all who worked to realize the publication of this valuable volume, I offer my sincere and enthusiastic congratulations!
I believe that this book will be very valuable to exhibit the charm of the World Heritages, spread the intellectual wealth of mankind, increase cultural exchange between nations, and encourage all mankind to treasure our common home. It will play a positive and effective role in pushing forward cultural diversity under the circumstance of economic globalization and promoting world peace through dialogues between different cultures and civilizations.