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Hani Rice Terraces wins World Heritage status

2013-06-22 16:32

By (Xinhua)

The UNESCO's World Heritage Committee inscribed China's cultural landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces onto the prestigious World Heritage List on Saturday, bringing the total number of World Heritage Sites in China to 45.

The inscription decision was made during the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee.

Tong Mingkang, deputy director of China's State Administration of Cultural Heritage, thanked the 21-member World Heritage Committee for inscribing the site on the List and vowed to provide the best conservation for this site.

"Hani people will take today as their honey day," he said during the session.

He said with the iconic beauty of the landscape, the site is the product of the particular way of farming, together with the unique tradition and religion behind.

The deep mountains-hidden cultural heritage site is located in Yuanyang County in Honghe Prefecture, Southeastern Yunnan province of China.

The reservation zone of Honghe Hani Terraced Fields Property covers 13,190 hectares and has a buffer zone of 14,810 hectares.