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China limits tourist numbers to UNESCO site


Published on Aug 24, 2010

Authorities in China’s Henan province have announced plans to limit the number of tourists admitted to the UNESCO-listed sites of Dengfeng. The ‘Centre of Heaven and Earth’ complex is composed of eight clusters of buildings, including the Shaolin Monastery, the Three Han Que Gates, the Observatory, the Songyang Academy and the Songyue Pagoda. According to local media reports however, officials have said that buildings are being damaged by excessive visitor numbers. It was not detailed how many tourists would be permitted into the sites at any given time, only the number of tourist, and the burning of incense, would be curbed.

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