Does World Heritage Listing boost tourist numbers ?

Yes. But not as much as many would hope according to a survey of visitors to the Kanas National Nature Reserve in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The site, known for its lush green mountainous landscape and the large Kanas Glacial Lake, has been nominated to join the ranks of  47 international sites on the World Heritage List (WHL).

But a survey questioning 284 tourists showed WHL, in China at least , does not equate more tourists.

Participants overwhelmingly reported being listed or not listed would have very little influence on their decision to the site.

Currently, there are 48 tourism sites globally waiting to be put on the WHL.

WHL listing does, however, help tourism sites develop by offering easier access to funds and highlighting the importance of such an area, the study, conducted by the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geology at the Chinese Academy of Science in cooperation with the University of Waterloo, said.

The study, published on December 31st in the Journal for Nature Conservation,  concluded education about the tourism site should be done prior to being listed as a WHL in order to ensure maximum benefit.

Metastudy confirms 10 percent obesity rate in Chinese Primary schools

A comprehensive examination of research papers relating to China’s childhood obesity confirmed 10.4 percent of Chinese primary school children are overweight.

Published by in the International Journal of Clinical and Expirmental Medicine, the scientists pinpointed the average by combining data from 20 research papers published from 2009 to 2014, narrowing their search from an initial selection of 133.

For comparison, the US, childhood obesity rates registered as high as 18 percent in 2012, compared with 7 percent in 1980, according to the US Center for Disease Control.

While the number is not dangerously high, the rising number of obese children is still cause for concern, the study said.

“Our results indicated that the obesity prevalence status in China is still troublesome,” the report said.

“The situation will get worse if we currently fail to take effective and practical measures.”

C-sections as safe for child as natural birth in China, natural preferred

A large study of pregnant women reveals giving birth via C-sections carries the same level of risk as natural birth in China, though more than half preferred natural birth.

Scientists from Shanghai Jiaotong University observed the pregnancy of 66,226 women at the largest obstetric center in Shanghai over the course of 6 years,

They found there was equal risk for severe postpartum hemorrhage (0.5% for C-section vs 0.5% for natural birth), maternal infection (1.3% vs. 1.3%) and organ injuries (0.4% vs. 0.5%).

Birth trauma among those getting C-sections was significantly lower at 0.2% versus 1.1% for natural births.  Similarly, there was slightly lower risk of neonatal infection and meconium aspiration syndrome for those who underwent C-section.

The only area where natural birth carried a lower risk than C-sections was forrespiratory-distress syndrome, with 0.4 and 0.6% risk respectively.

Despite equal risk factors, a majority of the study’s participants, 61.2%, preferred natural birth.

The study, Cesarean delivery on maternal request in China: what are the risks and benefits?, was published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.