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Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City included in UNESCO World Heritage list

By Wang Kaihao| chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: July 6, 2019 L M S


The Chinese delegation celebrates the inscription of the Archaeological ruins of Liangzhu City onto the UNESCO World Heritage list.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

For example, cong — the jade piece that forms a quadrangle tube with a circular inner section — is the most typical type of artifact being unearthed in Liangzhu. In 1986, the biggest known item of this kind which weighs 6.5 kilograms and is often dubbed the "King of Cong", was found in Fanshan Cemetery in the city ruins.

Walls of the ruins were found in 2007, and its surrounding water conservancy system was discovered in 2015. They combined to unveil a massive infrastructure base, construction of which archaeologists estimate took 4,000 people working for a decade to accomplish.

China now has 55 entries to the World Heritage list, the most in the world.

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