The 2018 international symposium on Beijing’s central axis’ application for World Heritage status was held in Beijing on October 9, 2018.
Altogether 17 international top-level World Heritage experts were invited to taste the beauty of the central axis and give suggestions for the central axis’ World Heritage application.
Created in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the central axis is the longest existing urban central axis in the world. Gathering the essence of Beijing’s urban architectures, it has witnessed the historical changes of this ancient capital.
During the conference, the 12 international top-level World Heritage experts and five well-known domestic experts in heritage, cultural relics, archaeology and planning visited four historical sites of Yongdingmen, Zhengyangmen, Jingshan Park and Drum Tower along the central axis and they also heard the reports on the central axis’ World Heritage application, preservation plan, renovation plan and others.
Experts generally agreed that Beijing’s central axis has the outstanding universal value of world’s cultural heritages, and they discussed more about the central axis’ preservation and World Heritage application strategy.