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Heritage sites protected on ground and from space

Source: China Daily

  Multiple methods are being used to protect China's newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, according to the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

  Shennongjia, a forest area in central Hubei province, was the most recent to be listed as a World Natural Heritage Site on July 17. The zone covers a 73,300-hectare area with another 41,500-hecatre buffer zone.

  According to Ai Weiying, deputy head of the Shennongjia Forestry District government, the number of annual visitors will be capped at 798,000 annually - 14 percent more than last year - as the number of visitors is expected to increase as a result of the area's placement on the list.