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Dr Guohua Yang Professional

Dr Guohua Yang, Professional

Researcher, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre

Fellow, Cambridge Philosophical Society

Guohua Yang is available for consultancy.

Downing College
Regent Street

Cambridge CB2 1DQ
Office Phone: 07491144773


Programme Assistant for Culture, UNESCO Office Beijing (2008-2009) (UNESCO in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea)

Deputy Director, Expert Committee of China Cultural Heritage Foundation under the Ministry of Culture of P.R. China (2008-2010)

Director, World Heritage Exchange Centre, London (2006-2008)

Translation and Liaison, International Centre for Chinese Cultural Heritage and Archaeology between University College London (UCL) and Peking University (2005-2006)

Research Assistant, UCL and SOAS, University of London (2004-2005)

Chief Representative and Editor (Chinese) for the magazine Asia Building & Construction (ABC) of Singapore Trade (F.E.) Publishing and Promotion Centre (1998-2002)

Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Administrative Officer, Yuxi Normal Institute (University), China (1995~2008)

Subject groups/Research projects

Heritage Research Group:

Research Interests

Heritage Studies, World Heritage Studies, Heritage Policies, The Socio-Politics of the Past, Management of the Archaeological Heritage, Archaeological Heritage Studies, Archaeological Heritage and Museums, Historiography and Heritage Studies, Ancient Chinese Civilisation, History of Art, History of Chinese Archaeology, Biblical Archaeology, History of Collections, Antiquarianism and Museums

Other Professional Activities

Yangshao Culture: 100 Year Research History and Heritage Impact;

Pictography of the Yangshao Culture;

Pottery Ornamentation of the Yangshao Culture; 

Yangshao Culture: the Concept, Archaeology, History and Heritage;

World Heritage in China (second edition) will be published in 2019;

Imperial Tombs of the Sui and Tang Dynasties (the project for World Heritage status);

Imperial Tombs of the Qin and Han Dynasties (the project for World Heritage status);

Investigations of the ‘Jade Age’ in China;

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Archaeology and Heritage;

Heritage Studies in China: Concepts, Methods and Practices;

The Concept of ‘Patriotic Education’ and its Influences on China’s World Heritage Practices;

International research project on Chinese Sites for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List: Presentation and Management (SOAS, University of London, UK; with Bologna University, Italy from 2009 to 2010);

International research project on Paper Conservation Guidelines: The Methodology of Paper Conservation and Paper Making Traditions in East Asia (2008-2012, UNESCO Office Beijing)


  • Material Culture
  • Prehistory
  • Textual Analyses
  • Asia
  • Environmental reconstruction
  • Heritage
  • Rock art
  • Archaeological Theory
  • Archaeology
  • Landscape
  • Prehistoric and contemporary art


  • History and philosophy of science

Key Publications

Yang, G. (first author) Mysterious, Holy, Imperial: Splendours of Jade in the Yuzu Museum of Art in China (English and Chinese), China Social Sciences Press, 2013

Yang, G. (author) World Heritage in China (English and Chinese), the Central Party Literature Press (Beijing: Zhongyang wenxian chubanshe), 2008

Yang, G. (editor and translator) The Handbook of Marks on Chinese Ceramics, new edition, UK, 2007

Yang, G. (editor) Ancient Chinese Bronze Vessels Overseas, History of Art and Archaeology Department, SOAS, University of London, UK, 2005

Yang, G. (editor) The Collected Works of Sanmenxia Archaeology, Singapore Trend (F.E.) Publishing Centre and National Archives Press (Beijing: Zhongguo dangan chubanshe), 2001

Yang, G. (editor) The Discoveries and Researches of Guo State Tombs Sites, Singapore Trend (F.E.) Publishing Centre and China Social Science Academy Press (Beijing: Zhongguo sheke wenxian chubanshe), 2000

Yang, G. (author) The End of the Century Shepherd (Shiji mo de muyangren), a book of Chinese poetry,Beijing: International Culture Press, 1996