Chen Ping, Chairperson of the International Organization of Folk Art (IOV) China, has made critical remarks about China's spending 300-million yuan per-year applying for world-heritage status for its landmarks, the Chengdu Business Daily reports.
She says that many Local governments don't know how to properly make promotions and end up spending hundreds of thousands of yuan in public funds to apply to the United Nations' Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for world heritage, which does not actually protect these sites.
The IOV China Chairperson said that a sober view of vying for world cultural heritage status is needed. She cautioned that local governments should not apply for world heritage status blindly for the sake of boosting tourism.
In 2013, China's Tianshan Mountain and Honghe Hani Rice Terraces were added to the World Heritage list. China is home to 45 world heritage sites to date.
The IOV is an international non-governmental organization that retains consultative relations with UNESCO.