Stretching more than 5,000 miles, the Great Wall of China was built by first emperor, Qin, who began construction in the 3rd century B.C.

The Great Wall

Stretching more than 5,000 miles, the Great Wall of China was built by first emperor, Qin, who began construction in the 3rd century B.C.
Photograph by Yimei Sun, Getty Images

21 Photos of China’s Best UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Explore the natural wonders and cultural treasures in the vast nation of China.

China boasts more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country, except Italy. Honored for their “cultural and natural heritage of outstanding value to humanity,” these 50 diverse sites include palaces perched on mountaintops, giant panda sanctuaries, and traditional villages that transport back in time.

The most celebrated places like the Great Wall of China or Emperor Qin's terra-cotta warriors need no introduction. Yet the immense nation of China offers an incredible wealth of World Heritage Sites, just begging to be explored.

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