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World heritage site Quanzhou honored for glory along ancient Maritime Silk Road

Source: Xinhua

QUANZHOU, Fujian, July 27 (Xinhua) -- "Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan China" has been added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List, bringing the total number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in China to 56.

Quanzhou, a coastal city in east China's Fujian Province, was a major port along the Maritime Silk Road and a global maritime trade center back in the Song Dynasty (960-1297) and Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).

From its port, silk, porcelain, and tea were ferried out of China, while spices, exotic plants, and other rare treasures were shipped back.

Quanzhou witnessed a prosperous maritime trade and economy, serving as a bridge for cultural exchange and mutual learning between China and the rest of the world.