1.         Mount Taishan (China) (C/N 437)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1987

Criteria  (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)(vi)(vii)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/437/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/437/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

September 1998: World Heritage Centre / IUCN joint mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/437/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1998

Taishan is a pre-eminent cultural heritage of China and its management and promotion as a natural heritage property need to be considered in the light of its cultural priority.  The management of 2.5 million visitors a year has had some notable achievements; e.g. some families that were resident along the Central route have been relocated. Nevertheless, the Centre-IUCN mission which visited the site in September 1998 was concerned by the site management’s stated desire to open up three new scenic spots in Heavenly Candle, Rear Rock Basin and Jade Spring scenic spots. The number of vendor stalls along the walking route may also have to be considerably reduced. Furthermore, the management needs to place an emphasis on learning more about the natural heritage values of the area and on educating visitors on the cultural and natural values of the area of World Heritage significance.

Action Required

Decision required: The Bureau may wish to adopt the following text and transmit it to the Committee for noting:
“The Bureau invites the State Party to take steps to determine the tourism carrying capacity of the World Heritage site and on the basis of that determination elaborate a visitor management and a tourism development plan for the site.”

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1998

The Bureau was informed that a Centre-IUCN mission which visited the site in September 1998 was concerned by the management’s stated desire to open up three new scenic spots in Heavenly Candle, Rear Rock Basin and Jade Spring scenic spots. The number of vendor stalls along the walking route may also have to be considerably reduced. Furthermore, the management needs to place an emphasis on learning more about the natural heritage values of the area and on educating visitors on the cultural and natural values of the area of World Heritage significance.

 The Bureau invites the State Party to take steps to determine the tourism carrying capacity of the World Heritage site and on the basis of that determination elaborate a visitor management and a tourism development plan for the site. Furthermore, the Bureau urged the management of the site to place more emphasis on learning more about the natural heritage values of the area and on educating visitors on the cultural and natural values of the area of World Heritage significance. The Bureau recommended that the report of the Centre/IUCN’s mission to China be transmitted to the relevant Chinese authorities, and for review by ICOMOS.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies

N/A

Decision Adopted: 22 COM VII.30

VII.30 The Committee noted the decisions of the twenty-second extraordinary session of the Bureau as reflected in the Report of the Bureau session (Working Document WHC-98/CONF.203/5) and included in Annex IV on the following properties:

Tasmanian Wilderness (Australia)

Mount Taishan (China, Peoples Republic of)

Mount Huangshan (China, People's Republic of)

Ohrid Region with its Cultural and Historical Aspect and its Natural Environment (Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of)

Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons) (Mali)

Tongariro National Park (New Zealand).