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HUBEI, July 19, China daily -- The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee on Sunday decided to put China's Hubei Shennongjia on the prestigious World Heritage List as a natural site, bringing to 50 the number of listed Chinese sites.

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Photo taken on May 13, 2012 shows the scenery of the Shennongding scenic spot in the Shennongjia Forestry District, central China's Hubei Province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Located in the northwestern mountains of Hubei Province, the Shennongjia Forestry District was established in 1970. As the only well-preserved sub-tropical forest ecosystem in the world's mid-latitudes, Shennongjia boasts rich natural forest resources with more than 5,000 species of animals and plants. 

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Photo taken on Jan 8, 2016 shows the clouds of the Shennongding scenic spot in the Shennongjia Forestry District, central China's Hubei Province. [Photo/Xinhua]

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Photo taken on Jan 8, 2016 shows the scenery of the wetland of Dajiu Lake in the Shennongjia Forestry District, central China's Hubei Province. [Photo/Xinhua]

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