1.         Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area (China) (C/N 779)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1996

Criteria  (iv)(vi)(x)

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/779/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/779/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

July-August 2000: ICOMOS/IUCN joint reactive monitoring mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Construction of the tourist light railway between Golden Summit and the main summit of Emei Shan

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/779/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2003

On the occasion of a monitoring mission to the World Heritage property of Potala Palace in Lhasa, including a visit to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, and after consultations with the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of China and ICOMOS, the World Heritage Centre proposed that the ICOMOS expert undertake a one-day monitoring mission to the Leshan Giant Buddha of Chengdu. This would enable the expert to examine the state of conservation and tourism development plans of the Leshan Giant Buddha World Heritage property. 

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


Decision Adopted: 27 COM 7B.29

The World Heritage Committee[18],

1. Takes note of the findings and recommendations of the ICOMOS monitoring mission to the World Heritage property of Mount Emei and the Leshan Giant Buddha;

2. Expresses its appreciation to the Chinese authorities for facilitating the ICOMOS mission and for providing further information regarding the tourism development projects in the buffer zone of the property; 

3. Requests the State Party to:

(a) strengthen the management mechanisms and the effective implementation of existing legal provisions for the protection of the property, including the enhancement of co-operation with local stakeholders in its management and conservation,

(b) provide the World Heritage Centre with a progress report by 1 February 2004;

4. Requests the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies (ICOMOS and IUCN) to review the information provided by the State Party and co-operate with the authorities to find ways and means to enhance the state of conservation of the property.


[18]  Decision adopted without discussion.