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See the 20th-century architecture added to China's new heritage list

China has added nearly 100 sites to a new heritage list of architectural works built in the country in the past 100 years.

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The Great Hall of the people is located in Beijing, the capital of China. Image by Liu Lei/Getty Images

It is the first edition of the 20th-Century Chinese Architectural Heritage List, which was created by the Chinese Society of Cultural Relics and the Architectural Society of China, reports China Daily.

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The Monument to the People’s Heroes in Beijing with the Mao Zedong Mausoleum in the background at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Image by Jon Hicks/Getty Images

The list makes note of some of the country’s famous sites, like the Great Hall of the People and the Monument to the People’s Heroes, both of which are located in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Also acknowledged on the list was the Bund in Shanghai, a waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings, which is one of the city’s top attractions. The Saint Sofia Cathedral in Harbin, a Russian-style church near the Harbin Culture Park is noted. As is Beijing Workers’ Stadium, a large venue that holds concerts and sporting events, and the Museum of Wuchang Uprising of 1911 Revolution in Hubei province which both also made the list.

 Saint Sophia Cathedral in Harbin. It was built in 1907. Located in the central district of Daoli, Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China.
Saint Sophia Cathedral in Harbin. It was built in 1907. Located in the central district of Daoli, Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China. Image by gong hangxu/Getty Images

To the surprise of some, many Western-style buildings were included, and the society notes that they represent an era significant to the country’s history and architectural research, according to Sina English.

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The Bund, Shanghai. Image by Wangwukong/Getty Images

The list is intended to raise awareness about the importance of protecting some of the country’s key architectural landmarks.

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Hubei,Wuhan,Shouyi Square,Museum of Wuchang Uprising of 1911 Revolution. Image by Best View Stock/Getty Images

Earlier this year the government called for an end to new “bizarre” architectural structures that have been built in recent years around China, such as CCTV building in Beijing.