Sites listed on world's 100 most endangered
Updated: 2007-06-07 04:51
The 2008 Watch List includes a number of sites threatened by global warming,
among which are Sonargaon-Panam City, Bangladesh, Leh Old Town, Ladakh, India
and New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.
The cultural heritage sites of Iraq are on the 2008 Watch List as a whole.
The Bamiyan Buddhas, Afghanistan destroyed in 2001 was listed this year.
Burnham's explanation was though the colossal Buddhas had gone, the remains were
still a main tourist destination.
One of the most impressive sites listed this year is St. Petersburg Skyline,
Russia. The low coherent city skyline untouched since the 18th Century would be
irreversible changed by a proposed skyscraper.
Early modern Shanghai architectures and over 1,000-year-old Xumishan Grottoes in northern China were listed by the World Monuments Fund (WMF) on the 100 most endangered architectural and cultural sites in the world on Wednesday.
The watch list, announced every two years by the non-profit organization based in New York City, highlights this year three critical man-made threats: political conflict, unchecked urban and industrial development, and global climate change.
WMF said some of the most prominent early modern structures in Shanghai have been recognized as landmarks and the threats to the buildings from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s persist due to lack of awareness and development pressures.
Shanghai, China's primary economic hub, is once again experiencing a period of remarkable growth. The work of the early Chinese architects is significant historically and architecturally but lacks long-term safeguarding, WMF said.
As for Xumishan, a Buddhist enclave with more than 130