It’s no secret that China wants to be the world’s greatest cultural superpower. And, this year, it might just get the “supreme status” it craves, to quote one newspaper. How? Simple: by having more Unesco-recognised heritage sites than any other country. Though China only got its first listing in 1987, ever since, it’s stormed up the world rankings. Today, only one country has more registered sites of cultural and natural importance: Italy. But not by much. And, possibly, not for much longer. In June 2018, Unesco meets in Manama, the capital of Bahrain to debate this year’s heritage nominations. New sites successfully granted heritage status will be announced in real time via Twitter, says Unesco. On the list: Fanjingshan, one of China’s tallest mountains (pictured). If it gets the Unesco nod, the world’s most populous state will have as many world heritage sites as Italy (53). But probably not for long: since 2013, Italy has proposed only five new sites. China? 29. Power to the people, eventually.