Decision : CONF 203 VIII.B.1
Inscription: The Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing (China)
Property: The Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing
Id. N°: 880
State Party: China
The Committee inscribed this site on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (i), (ii), and (iii):
Criterion (i): The Summer Palace in Beijing is an outstanding expression of the creative art of Chinese landscape garden design, incorporating the works of humankind and nature in a harmonious whole.
Criterion (ii): The Summer Palace epitomizes the philosophy and practice of Chinese garden design, which played a key role in the development of this cultural form throughout the east.
Criterion (iii): The Imperial Chinese Garden, illustrated by the Summer Palace, is a potent symbol of one of the major world civilizations.
The Delegate of Thailand suggested that the wording of the citation from criterion (iii) would read better and also add dignity to this site if the proposed wording would read: "The Imperial Chinese Garden, together with the Summer Palace, is a potent symbol of one of the major world civilizations". In short, the wording "illustrated by" be substituted by "together with".