A new Chinese edition of UNESCO’s World Heritage Review is being launched by the publishing house World Affairs Press of the People’s Republic of China, UNESCO and Ediciones San Marcos (Madrid). The Chinese edition will be launched at the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee in Suzhou on 28 June 2004.

UNESCO’s World Heritage Review has been published in English, French and Spanish since 1996 and a Russian-language version was launched by Magister Press Publishing House (Moscow) in 2002.

Following the same editorial format as the original, the Chinese version of the World Heritage Review proposes to fill the gap in China for in-depth feature articles, news and the latest conservation efforts at World Heritage sites around the world.

‘We are very pleased that our popular World Heritage magazine will finally be more easily available to readers in China,’ said Mr Francesco Bandarin. ‘There is a very active World Heritage community in China, and I am optimistic that this new magazine will be welcomed with enthusiasm.’

The first issue to be published in Chinese is also a special issue of the World Heritage Review in honor of the natural and cultural World Heritage properties of China. This special issue has been produced in partnership with and thanks to the generous participation of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO and La Maison de la Chine in Paris.

The World Heritage Review nr 36 special issue on China features articles on China’s Imperial sites and gardens, ancient Chinese cities and towns, sacred mountains, religious grottoes, and of course the Great Wall, as well as a special focus on Chinese legislation on World Heritage.

For more information or to subscribe to the World Heritage Review, please consult our web site: upo.unesco.org . To learn more about Chinese culture and the art of travelling in China, consult the web site for La Maison de La Chine: www.maisondelachine.fr .