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Photo: Tommy Wong, Sculpture

Quanzhou was China’s major port for foreign traders, who knew it as Zayton,during the 11th through 14th centuries.

The nomination of the Historic Monuments and Sites of Ancient Quanzhou (Zayton) as a World Heritage site was discussed at this week’s World Heritage Committee meeting, #42WHC and referred back to the state party.

UNESCO: “Historic Monuments and Sites of Ancient Quanzhou (Zayton)” is a serial nomination of the representative monuments and sites of Quanzhou (Zayton) – an important port city in China in the prosperous period of the Maritime Silk Roads. A total of 16 monuments and sites are nominated, categorised into “historical sites and relics of navigation and trade”, “historical sites and relics of multiculture” and “historical sites and relics of urban construction and land transport”, representing the prosperity of Quanzhou in the Song (960-1279 AD) and Yuan (1271-1368 AD) dynasties as an important hub of the Maritime Silk Roads from multiple perspectives.

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