Hi Zoe - thanks for your review of Jinfushan Scenic Spot
(20 March 2018) - https://www.worldheritagesite.org/tentative/id/1624
You comment "The park entrance rock boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription with a date from 2014 which must point to the biosphere listing instead."
As far as I can see Jinfushan is NOT a UNESCO World biosphere reserve and the UNESCO WH Sign (Correctly!!!) refers to the fact that it WAS added to the South China Karst inscription in 2014. See http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2014-06/25/content_17615549.htm
So you have in fact also visited another location of the S China Karst WHS!!
We have its location correctly shown on our Map of the China Karst WHS. But (ELS)
we could add another example for the Connection "Already inscribed - still on T List" - but see discussion below. Is it REALLY "already inscribed" if the reasons for any second inscription would be different??
I have just read the AB review for its addition which states "The Jinfoshan Karst is a unique karst table-mountain characterized by underground river and cave systems with high altitude and multi-level planation surfaces surrounded by massive towering cliffs. Jinfoshan illustrates the process of dissection of the high elevation karst plateau by deep fluvial incision and contains evidence of the region's intermittent uplift and karstification since the Cenozoic"
. So it was, not surprisingly, added to the S China Karst inscription SOLELY for its Karstitic cave values. IUCN stated "Jinfoshan Karst is a world-class karst table-mountain surrounded by huge precipitous cliffs punctured by giant entrances to the caves that underlie the mountain."
However its "other" claim to fame is its vegetation. Since this doesn't figure in the OUV of S China Karst it would I suppose have been difficult to have included it in the justification for the extension. This presumably is the reason why it still resides on China's T List - it might (??) yet be separately
and "differently" inscribed as the home of "the refuge of ancient plants, it has very rich special plants and rare plants, such as Cathaya argyrophylla which is called the "live fossil" and about 2000 pieces now exist; other plants, such as dawn redwood, dove tree and so on are also very rich."
(UNESCO). Though, having acquired that prized UNESCO logo already one wonders if China would bother with another nomination!!
I have been trying to think of any single
NATURAL location inscribed within 2 different
WHS for different natural criteria - but can't (Though this happens for cultural sites - e.g the Beguinage in Brugge is inscribed once for being a Beguinage and again (with a different set of criteria and OUV statement) for being a part of the City of Brugge!). So, if this did happen, it might be "unique"!
Regarding our "single" Connection for "Already Inscribed - still on T List". On reflection it seems to me that there are 2 potential reasons why this might happen and that we should try to identify and differentiate them, either by text or by having 2 slightly different Connections
a. For reasons unknown -e.g bureaucratic incompetence - a location has been left on a country's T List despite having been already inscribed for the same reasons
as it is still on the T List
b. The location remains on its country's T List because it would nominated for different reasons and in different boundaries/reasons than those for which it has already been inscribed (This might happen by it being nominated by itself or as part of a different "collection" of locations exhibiting a different set of OUV.)
If we look for instance at "Slender West Lake" - already inscribed as part of the Grand Canal. If it were to be nominated in future the reasons would not be directly related to those of its Grand Canal inscription but because a. Slender West Lake in Yangzhou is a typical demonstration of Chinese traditional public tourism destination, representing the taste and life style in Chinese traditional society. He Gar-den and Ge Garden illustrate the changes on people's taste and way of life in the revolutionary phase of China society from feudal to modern times.
b. He Garden and Ge Garden are the representative works and outstanding example of Chinese art of garden design. Slender West Lake is an excellence of the design of Chinese ancient cities.
c. Historic Urban Area in Yangzhou shows the principles and thoughts of Chinese city plan and construction, as well as the special way of development of Chinese old commercial cities. Slender West Lake represents the relationship between nature and human within Chinese traditional city, as well as cultural landscape and natural environment. "
On the other hand Shush, Iran would just appear to have been left on from its original addition to the Iranian T List way back in 1997 despite being "overtaken" by Susa.