PARIS - The Cultural Landscape of the West Lake in Hangzhou of China was listed Friday in the World Heritage List, following a discussion in the World Heritage Committee of Unesco meeting in Paris.
The West Lake of Hangzhou, located in the capital of Zhejiang Province (east China) is about 15 km in circumference, with an average depth of 2.27 meters. Surrounded by mountains and dotted with islands, this lake, cited by many men in their letters, literary works, is witness to centuries of history and legend.
According to Unesco, included the landscape inspired poets, artists and scholars renommésdepuis the ninth century. It has many temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens, ornamental trees and pavement and artificial desiles. These were added to improve the landscape to the west of Hangzhou Villeda, south of the Yangtze River.
The West Lake has a lasting influence on landscaping and garden art in China, Japan and the Korean peninsula for centuries. This is an exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition of embellissementdes landscapes to create a series of idealized landscapes reflecting a fusion between man and nature, said a statement by UNESCO.
"We welcome the inclusion of the cultural landscape of West Lake in Hangzhou in the world heritage list," said Tong Mingkang, deputy director of China Administration of Cultural Heritage.
"The Chinese authorities will spare no efforts to strengthen the protection and management of the assets of the West Lake of Hangzhou, with respect to its outstanding universal value, authenticity and integrity, and promote its sustainable development," assured Mr Tong.
The World Heritage Committee has reviewed since Monday the state of conservation of 169 World Heritage properties, including 34 sites listed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. It looks from Friday the applications of 35 sites proposed for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Before the latest enrollment, the World Heritage List includes 911 properties of "outstanding universal value", including 704 cultural, 180 natural and 27 mixed dispersed in 151 States Parties. To date, China has 41 properties inscribed in the World Heritage List.