China's heritage under threat – The tiny village of Zili in southern China attracts dozens of tour buses on weekends. The tourists come to see the Kaiping watchtowers - a Unesco world heritage site.
The towers were built by families, clans and villages in need of protection during the late 19th and early 20th centuries when much of the country was controlled by warlords and banditry was rife. Today many of them are in poor condition.
Tourism is big business in China. The Great Wall is the world's most visited UNESCO site, with 16 million domestic visitors and 8.2 million international visitors, according to the Global Heritage Fund.
Lijiang, an ancient town set in a dramatic mountain landscape in the southwestern province of Yunnan has struggled to accommodate a surge in tourists. It receives 11 million visitors a year.
Poor, rural areas are often keen to secure world heritage status as a way to kick start development. The Hani Rice Terraces, which zig zag over mountain slopes in southern Yunnan, have applied to be considered.
Located in China's far west, Kashgar is considered one of the best preserved traditional Islamic settlements in central Asia. But the Global Heritage Fund says the old city is under threat as authorities demolish the earth and straw structures and resettle families.
As developers clamour for land, Beijing has found it hard to protect its ancient lanes, also known as hutongs.
The Mogao Grottoes complex in remote Gansu province in northwestern China may see vistor numbers limited next year as, tourism takes its toll on the 1,000-year-old Buddhist frescos.