The historical port city of Quanzhou, located in the Fujian province of southeast China, has been included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO.
UNESCO 44th Meeting of the World Heritage Committee is held online in Fuzhou, Fujian province, from 16-31 July. At the meeting, the application project “Quanzhou: Center of Global Maritime Trade during the Song and Yuan Dynasties” was accepted and Quanzhou was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Quanzhou, which has 22 ruins and is located on the coast of Fujian, was one of the largest ports in the world on the historical Maritime Silk Road, especially during the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties of China. Quanzhou, also known as Zayton outside of China, is considered the starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road and an important center where different civilizations and religions fused.
Today, covering an area of 11 square kilometers, Quanzhou is home to a population of more than 200 million, as well as numerous cultural relics and religious sites. With the said development, the number of Chinese heritage sites on the list has reached 8, of which 38 are cultural, 14 are natural and four are mixed.
Source: China International Radio