Following its assessment by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage in June, Gulangyu will submit to one further assessment prior to its application to be given the status of a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, reports Strait Herald. An expert panel from the International Council on Monuments and Sites, an advisory body to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, will inspect and evaluate Gulangyu Island during a 4-day international academic conference from the 20th to the 23rd October.
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Car-free Island GulangyuGulangyu has hastened its efforts to attain UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site status since November 2008, and launched a series of campaigns including environmental remediation, expansion of its three ferry terminals, replacement of signboards and the demolition of an unnecessary ropeway at the Sunlight Rock area. Meanwhile, eight themed museums featuring historical and cultural heritage, art and music, multicultural history and weddings are scheduled to be built on Gulangyu Island, as part of the efforts to make it a "Museum Island" alongside its current moniker of "Piano Island'. All the measures are with a view to winning the islet a place on the World Culture Heritage list.
Gulangyu is a car-free island off the coast of Xiamen, Fujian province in southern China, about 2 square kilometres (0.77 sq mi) in area. It is home to about 20,000 people and is a domestic tourist destination. Visitors can reach it by ferry from Xiamen Island in about 5 minutes. Gulangyu Island is renowned for its beaches and winding lanes and its varied architecture.
The island is on China's list of National Scenic Spots and also ranks at the top of the list of the ten most-scenic areas in the province. Administratively, the island presently forms Gulangyu Subdistrict of Xiamen's Siming District.