Culture director witnesses China’s 57th World Heritage inscription

Director of Culture, Leong Wai Man, personally witnessed the inscription of China’s 57th World Heritage site at a World Heritage Committee meeting.

The Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) announced yesterday in a statement that Leong personally attended the extraordinary meeting of the Committee in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from September 10 to 25.

Accompanying her was a delegation that included the Head of the Department of Cultural Heritage, Choi Kin Long, and other IC staff members.

This year, the People’s Republic of China has submitted only one location for inscription, being the Pu’er Jingmai Mountain Ancient Tea Forest Cultural Landscape. This is an evolving cultural landscape dating back to the 10th century AD, consisting of ancient tea groves, tea gardens, forests and traditional villages. It reflects important values ​​such as traditional Chinese tea cultivation and the land-use practices of the Bulang and Dai people over generations.

The inscription was officially made on September 17, China Standard Time.

IC delegates were present to witness the process and extended their congratulations to their national counterparts following the announcement of the inscription.

Leong also met with national officials and Committee Director Himalchuli Gurung to discuss Macau’s efforts in heritage conservation. She delivered a keynote speech at a forum organized by Chinese national entities. AL

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