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Huashan rock art inscribed as World Heritage Site

By Dianshi Yuan

July 19

On July 15, 2016, Zuojiang Huashan rock art cultural landscape was officially inscribed on the World Heritage List by the World Heritage Committee.

On July 15, 2016, Zuojiang Huashan rock art cultural landscape was officially inscribed on the World Heritage List by the World Heritage Committee.

Huashan rock art (花山岩画) cultural landscape, located in Zuojiang, south China’s Guangxi, is officially the 49th World Heritage Site.

How it formed?

Cliff with rock paintings [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Cliff with rock paintings [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Huashan rock paintings are attributed to the sorcery of the ancient Luoyue people, who are believed to be the ancestors of the Zhuang ethnic minority. Dating back 1800 to 2500 years, somewhere between the Warring States Period and Eastern Han Dynasty, the Luoyue people, inhabiting the area around the Zuojiang River, painted on the cliff of Huashan mountain using colors made of hematite and animal blood. The paintings, together with beautiful mountains and rivers, form a magnificent natural spectacle and cultural landscape.

What are they?

Figures with their hands raised and knees bent[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Figures with their hands raised and knees bent [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
About 170 meters wide and 40 meters high, the artwork illustrates the life and rituals of the Luoyue people. The figures are naked in a half-crouch posture, and accompanied by images of livestock, farm tools, clocks, ships, roads and the sun.

Why it has been listed?

A rock painting of a horse[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
A rock painting of a horse [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
The landscape is the best-preserved rock art site at home and likely in the whole world. As an extremely important historical record, Huashan rock art is of great values in historical, aesthetic and scientific studies.

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