China has added nearly 100 sites to a new heritage list of architectural works built in the country in the past 100 years.
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.
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.
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.
The list is intended to raise awareness about the importance of protecting some of the country’s key architectural landmarks.
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.