Open a new topic - "2035 WHC"!!!
China Daily reports "Beijing's historic north-south Zhongzhouxian, the central axis, is to apply for World Heritage status in 2035, the municipal administration of cultural heritage said Wednesday
" .(July 4 2018.)!!!
No - it isn't a misprint. Elsewhere the article states "Fourteen historical places along the axis, including Qianmen, the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, the Drum and Bell Towers, Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, the Monument to the People's Heroes and Tian'anmen Square have been identified as the key heritage sites. Preservation work of these sites should meet the requirements of the application by 2030
So they have 5 "spare" years. See - http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201807/04/WS5b3cd6e5a3103349141e0b9a.html
This article considers in a more critical assessment what this might all mean for the area - e.g "The bricking up of stores and local shops around the Lama Temple and Jiaodaokou (with rumors that the area east of the Drum Tower may be next) appears to be the early phases of a plan which will radically transform Beijing's inner city from a lively and organic urban community into a sanitized reimagining of history, sponsored by Starbucks and Coco Tea
Which raises the issue of what areas any "Axis" nomination would encompass. How do those "14 historical places" fit together? This presentation (undated as far as I can see but certainly 2012 or later) appears to see the Axis as being rather wider than just the buildings directly along the main line but including areas on both sides as part of a "Historic Urban Landscape" (HUL). It lists the 14 monuments and also the "6 lakes". See map of the "Proposed Nominated Property" in - http://unesco.urbanismosevilla.org/unesco/sites/default/files/06.SunYan-Presentacion. pdf
It also begins to address the "complications" created by the "contemporary" architecture of the area - not only those which would be included e.g Chairman Mao's Mausoleum but also those outside but impacting the sight lines e.g the Opera House.
An issue it doesn't address is whether the Axis would extend the existing Forbidden City inscription rather than create an extra WHS (the latter would of course "help" China in its "battle of numbers" with Italy!)
Regarding the similar issue about the Temple of Heaven - although the map shows it located along the "Axis", the presentation would seem to indicate that it would remain as a separate WHC, albeit in the buffer zone of the Axis. This despite it being clearly historically and philosophically a part of the "Axis" (as demonstrated in the presentation!) - but China couldn't "lose" 2 of its WHS whilst gaining only 1 !!!
Finally - see this for UNESCO adopting the concept of "Historic Urban Landscape" (HUL) in Nov 2011 - https://whc.unesco.org/en/hul/
I can't say that I have noticed the concept coming up much since then - does anyone remember any examples??