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Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution Michael Novins

Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution by Michael Novins

In June 2017 I visited Nagasaki, where I stayed at Hotel Monterey Nagasaki, which is located a very short walk from the departure point for the Gunkanjima Concierge Company (https://www.gunkanjima-concierge.com/en/). I joined one of their tours to visit Hashima Island, commonly called Gunkanjima (or Battleship Island), an abandoned island lying 15 kilometers from Nagasaki. Its nickname comes from the resemblance of its profile to a Japanese battleship. The island was known for its seabed coal deposits, which were mined, sometimes by forced labor during World War II, from 1887 until 1974, when the mine was closed, leaving the island abandoned. The island was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2015 as one of the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution, and has only been open to tourists since 2009.

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Ceremonial Centres of the Early Micronesian States: Nan Madol and Lelu (T) Michael Novins

Ceremonial Centres of the Early Micronesian States: Nan Madol and Lelu (T) by Michael Novins

In June 2017, I spent five days visiting Kosrae, one of four states in the Federated States of Micronesia. With my visits to Yap in December 2008 and Pohnpei and Chuuk in December 2015, I have now spent at least a couple of days in each of the four states and each of them has at least one site that either has been, or should be, inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites. Kosrae might be the most underrated of all of them. While it might lack a world-renowned site like the stone money in Yap, Nan Madol in Pohnpei and the wreck diving in Chuuk Lagoon, there is plenty to do in Kosrae and there is at least one site that should be much better recognized, especially by UNESCO.

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Jeju Michael Novins

Jeju by Michael Novins

In June 2017 I spent a couple of days visiting Jeju, where I stayed at Hotel RegentMarine, which is located in Jeju City on the waterfront between Black Pork Street and Raw Fish Street (those are the actual names in translation). On my first day, I visited Jeju City, where I had lunch on Black Pork Street at Restaurant Dombedon, probably the world's only Michelin-starred pork barbecue restaurant. For dinner, I ate on Raw Fish Street, where my abalone was likely harvested by a Haenyeo, free-diving women who can descend for up to three minutes and reach depths of nearly 65 feet. For my second day, I arranged for a car and driver (Kimi9461 (at) hanmail.net) and visited the Manjanggul lava tube and Seongsan Ilchulbong tuff cone, components of the Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes UNESCO WHS.

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Grand Canal Michael Novins

Grand Canal by Michael Novins

In June 2017 I made a day trip by train from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Suzhou Railway Station and then took Suzhou Rail Transit to Binhe Lu Station since it was the nearest station to the Suzhou Fengqiao Scenery Spot, one of the more scenic and easily-reachable parts of the Grand Canal of China UNESCO World Heritage SIte. From the Suzhou Fengqiao Scenery Spot, it was a 30-minute walk along a canal to the Lingering Garden, one of the Classical Gardens of Suzhou. But the best site was the plate of xiaolongxia (spicy crayfish), only available during the summer season and perhaps the most flavorful dish I've ever eaten.

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Noréas de Hama (T) Michael Novins

Noréas de Hama (T) by Michael Novins

In May 2009, the Baron Hotel in Aleppo organized a car and driver to take me and another guest on a day tour to visit Serjilla and Al-Bara, two of the Dead Cities, and Apamea. Since the other guest was continuing to Hama, we visited a few of the remaining 17 original norias (water wheels) before I returned to Aleppo.

The norias move water from a lower to a higher elevation and do not provide mechanical power to any other process, unlike the water wheels at mills.

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  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Brazilian Atlantic Islands
  3. Imperial Tombs
  4. Cape Floral Region
  5. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  6. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  7. Ephesus
  8. Val di Noto
  9. Villa d'Este
  10. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  11. Vienna
  12. Masada
  13. Old City of Acre
  14. Aranjuez
  15. Tugendhat Villa
  16. Lamu Old Town
  17. Mazagan
  18. Kenya Lake System
  19. Calakmul
  20. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  21. Stralsund and Wismar
  22. Trebic
  23. Kew Gardens
  24. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  25. White City of Tel-Aviv
  26. Rio de Janeiro
  27. Incense Route of the Negev
  28. Biblical Tells
  29. Macao
  30. Lagoons of New Caledonia
  31. Royal Exhibition Building
  32. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  33. Lopé-Okanda
  34. Ilulissat Icefjord
  35. Liverpool
  36. Thingvellir
  37. Pitons Management Area
  38. Vredefort Dome
  39. Gulf of California
  40. Wadi Al-Hitan
  41. Harar
  42. Qal'at al-Bahrain
  43. Nesvizh
  44. Tiya
  45. Syracuse
  46. Central Highlands
  47. Tequila
  48. Kathmandu Valley
  49. Genoa
  50. Vizcaya Bridge
  51. Bahá’i Holy Places
  52. Rideau Canal
  53. Aapravasi Ghat
  54. Crac des Chevaliers
  55. Mijikenda Kaya Forests
  56. León Cathedral
  57. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  58. Nisa
  59. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  60. San Marino and Mount Titano
  61. Kotor
  62. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  63. Rainforests of the Atsinanana
  64. Teide National Park
  65. Le Morne
  66. Jeju
  67. São Francisco Square
  68. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  69. San Miguel de Allende
  70. Hiraizumi
  71. Fortifications of Vauban
  72. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  73. Copan
  74. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  75. Fort Jesus
  76. Stoclet House
  77. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  78. Australian Convict Sites
  79. Valletta
  80. Cidade Velha
  81. Tower of Hercules
  82. Pitons of Reunion
  83. Royal Joseon Tombs
  84. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  85. Hahoe and Yangdong
  86. Turaif Quarter
  87. West Lake
  88. Jantar Mantar
  89. Redwood
  90. Al Ain
  91. Ancient villages of Northern Syria
  92. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  93. Camino Real
  94. Yagul and Mitla
  95. Historic Jeddah
  96. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  97. Selimiye Mosque
  98. Fagus Factory
  99. Bridgetown
  100. Rock Islands
  101. Mount Carmel Caves
  102. Levuka
  103. Grand Pré
  104. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
  105. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  106. Fujisan
  107. Mount Etna
  108. Namib Sand Sea
  109. Okavango Delta
  110. Bethlehem
  111. Poverty Point
  112. Namhansanseong
  113. Grand Canal
  114. Tomioka Silk Mill
  115. Champagne
  116. San Antonio Missions
  117. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  118. Kakadu National Park
  119. Necropolis of Bet She'arim
  120. Old City of Jerusalem
  121. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  122. Arab-Norman Palermo
  123. Quirigua
  124. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  125. Aksum
  126. Mammoth Cave
  127. Nan Madol
  128. Olympic National Park
  129. Great Barrier Reef
  130. ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape
  131. Serengeti
  132. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  133. Fontainebleau
  134. Amiens Cathedral
  135. Arles
  136. Sydney Opera House
  137. Speyer Cathedral
  138. Medina of Fez
  139. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  140. Florence
  141. Lalibela
  142. Tasmanian Wilderness
  143. Leptis Magna
  144. Sabratha
  145. Lord Howe Island
  146. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  147. Olinda
  148. Fasil Ghebbi
  149. Djémila
  150. Tipasa
  151. Timgad
  152. Cahokia Mounds
  153. Quito
  154. Damascus
  155. Anuradhapura
  156. Polonnaruva
  157. Sigiriya
  158. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  159. Old Havana
  160. Angra do Heroismo
  161. Aleppo
  162. Rila Monastery
  163. Palmyra
  164. Humayun's Tomb
  165. Qutb Minar
  166. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  167. Ajanta Caves
  168. Ellora Caves
  169. Elephanta Caves
  170. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  171. Mahabalipuram
  172. Agra Fort
  173. Taj Mahal
  174. Fatehpur Sikri
  175. Great Smoky Mountains
  176. Vallée de Mai
  177. Belem
  178. La Fortaleza
  179. Old City of Berne
  180. Abbey of St Gall
  181. Mesa Verde
  182. Lübeck
  183. Cuzco
  184. Machu Picchu
  185. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  186. Yellowstone
  187. Chitwan National Park
  188. Cartagena
  189. Vatican City
  190. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  191. Cracow
  192. Cologne Cathedral
  193. Anjar
  194. Baalbek
  195. Byblos
  196. Aachen Cathedral
  197. Warsaw
  198. Québec
  199. Iguazu National Park
  200. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  201. Statue of Liberty
  202. Yosemite National Park
  203. Salvador de Bahia
  204. Auschwitz Birkenau
  205. Altamira Cave
  206. Segovia
  207. Asturian Monuments
  208. Cordoba
  209. Granada
  210. Burgos Cathedral
  211. El Escurial
  212. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  213. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  214. Royal Palaces of Abomey
  215. Petra
  216. Medina of Marrakesh
  217. Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  218. Pont du Gard
  219. Santiago de Compostela
  220. Avila
  221. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  222. Chaco Culture
  223. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  224. Istanbul
  225. Göreme NP
  226. Medina of Tunis
  227. Evora
  228. Trier
  229. Gondwana Rainforests
  230. Site of Carthage
  231. Stonehenge
  232. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  233. Toledo
  234. Amphitheater of El Jem
  235. Salamanca
  236. Seville
  237. Caceres
  238. Studenica Monastery
  239. Ngorongoro
  240. Skocjan Caves
  241. Venice and its Lagoon
  242. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  243. L'Anse aux Meadows
  244. Budapest
  245. Acropolis
  246. Hawaii Volcanoes
  247. Sian Ka'an
  248. Palenque
  249. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  250. Teotihuacan
  251. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  252. Puebla
  253. Gros Morne National Park
  254. Potosi
  255. Lake District
  256. Blenheim Palace
  257. Westminster
  258. City of Bath
  259. Great Wall
  260. Imperial Palace
  261. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  262. Monticello
  263. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  264. Uluru
  265. Kandy
  266. Old Town of Galle
  267. Sundarbans National Park
  268. Luang Prabang
  269. Guanajuato
  270. Chichen-Itza
  271. Tower of London
  272. Epidaurus
  273. Taos Pueblo
  274. Rhodes
  275. Canterbury
  276. Medina of Sousse
  277. Lima
  278. Victoria Falls
  279. Neolithic Orkney
  280. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  281. Poblet Monastery
  282. Santo Domingo
  283. Kiev
  284. Potsdam
  285. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  286. St. Petersburg
  287. Vilnius
  288. Kremlin and Red Square
  289. Maulbronn Monastery
  290. Te Wahipounamu
  291. Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
  292. Skogskyrkogarden
  293. Drottningholm
  294. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  295. Kasbah of Algiers
  296. Sucre
  297. Tiwanaku
  298. Berat and Gjirokastra
  299. Butrint
  300. Ayutthaya
  301. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  302. Morelia
  303. Borobudur
  304. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  305. Reims
  306. Bukhara
  307. Samarkand
  308. Komodo National Park
  309. Ruins of León Viejo
  310. Prague
  311. Cesky Krumlov
  312. Banska Stiavnica
  313. Telc
  314. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  315. Mir Castle
  316. El Tajin
  317. Tikal National Park
  318. Prambanan
  319. Antigua Guatemala
  320. Himeji-jo
  321. Mérida
  322. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  323. Angkor
  324. Matera
  325. Joya de Ceren
  326. Zacatecas
  327. Baroque Churches
  328. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  329. Völklingen Ironworks
  330. Ancient Kyoto
  331. Roskilde Cathedral
  332. Kronborg Castle
  333. City of Luxembourg
  334. Popocatepetl monasteries
  335. Mtskheta
  336. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  337. Gelati Monastery
  338. Vicenza
  339. Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco
  340. Rapa Nui
  341. Glacier parks
  342. Messel Pit
  343. Carlsbad Caverns
  344. Sintra
  345. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  346. Naples
  347. Edinburgh
  348. Bauhaus Sites
  349. Kutna Hora
  350. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  351. Jongmyo Shrine
  352. Schokland
  353. Old Town Lunenburg
  354. Colonia del Sacramento
  355. Grand Canyon
  356. Medina of Essaouira
  357. Oporto
  358. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  359. Everglades
  360. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  361. Genbaku Dome
  362. Itsukushima Shrine
  363. Independence Hall
  364. Cuenca
  365. La Lonja de la Seda
  366. Luther Memorials
  367. Salzburg
  368. Semmering Railway
  369. Schönbrunn
  370. The trulli of Alberobello
  371. Paphos
  372. Panamá
  373. Uxmal
  374. Querétaro
  375. Meknes
  376. Dougga/Thugga
  377. Maritime Greenwich
  378. Verona
  379. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  380. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  381. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  382. Chartres Cathedral
  383. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  384. Morne Trois Pitons
  385. Hospicio Cabañas
  386. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  387. Hwaseong Fortress
  388. Willemstad
  389. Tallinn
  390. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  391. Botanical Garden, Padua
  392. Pompei
  393. Versailles
  394. Agrigento
  395. Villa Romana del Casale
  396. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  397. Volubilis
  398. Classical Weimar
  399. Choirokoitia
  400. Riga
  401. Flemish Béguinages
  402. Grand Place, Brussels
  403. Holy Trinity Column
  404. Pyramids (Memphis)
  405. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  406. Holasovice
  407. Tlacotalpan
  408. L'viv
  409. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  410. Ancient Thebes
  411. Ancient Nara
  412. Lyon
  413. Provins
  414. Tarraco
  415. Alcala de Henares
  416. Summer Palace
  417. Temple of Heaven
  418. Bellinzone
  419. Ancient Merv
  420. Kuk
  421. Historic Cairo
  422. Campeche
  423. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  424. Beemster Polder
  425. Simien National Park
  426. Litomysl Castle
  427. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  428. Rome
  429. Brimstone Hill Fortress
  430. Nikko
  431. iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  432. Fossil Hominid Sites
  433. Robben Island
  434. Greater Blue Mountains
  435. San Cristobal de La Laguna
  436. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  437. Palmeral of Elche
  438. Graz
  439. Laurisilva of Madeira
  440. Xochicalco
  441. Paramaribo
  442. Mycenae and Tiryns
  443. Belfries
  444. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
  445. Mostar
  446. Dubrovnik
  447. Ambohimanga
  448. Saint Catherine Area
  449. Walled City of Baku
  450. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  451. Monastery of Geghard
  452. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  453. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  454. Gusuku of Ryukyu
  455. Gyeongju
  456. Corfu
  457. St. George, Bermuda
  458. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  459. Maloti Drakensberg
  460. Roman Walls of Lugo
  461. Atapuerca
  462. Ohrid Region
  463. Brugge
  464. Grand-Bassam
  1. Amritsar
  2. Bagan
  3. Chicago School of Architecture
  4. Copper Canyon
  5. Death Valley National Park
  6. Devils Island (on French Guiana)
  7. Dzongs of Bhutan
  8. Ephesus
  9. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  10. Kaieteur National Park, Iwokrama Forest and the Kanuku Mountains
  11. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  12. Minoan palaces of Crete
  13. Nan Madol
  14. Okavango Delta
  15. Plain of Jars / Sites Mégalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang
  16. Scrovegni's Chapel
  17. Tanna Island
  18. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow
  19. Torres del Paine National Park
  20. Varanasi
  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Lower Valley of the Awash
  3. Brazilian Atlantic Islands
  4. Longmen Grottoes
  5. Cape Floral Region
  6. Ephesus
  7. Vienna
  8. Three parallel rivers of Yunnan
  9. Rio de Janeiro
  10. Persepolis
  11. Ilulissat Icefjord
  12. Djenné
  13. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  14. West Norwegian Fjords
  15. Sagarmatha National Park
  16. Kathmandu Valley
  17. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  18. Melaka and George Town
  19. Crac des Chevaliers
  20. Ouro Preto
  21. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  22. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  23. Redwood
  24. Ancient villages of Northern Syria
  25. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  26. Selimiye Mosque
  27. Rock Islands
  28. Fujisan
  29. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  30. Namib Sand Sea
  31. Okavango Delta
  32. Bethlehem
  33. Kakadu National Park
  34. Old City of Jerusalem
  35. Great Barrier Reef
  36. Serengeti
  37. Fontainebleau
  38. Amiens Cathedral
  39. Sydney Opera House
  40. Medina of Fez
  41. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  42. Florence
  43. Lalibela
  44. Tasmanian Wilderness
  45. Leptis Magna
  46. Sabratha
  47. Aldabra Atoll
  48. Timgad
  49. Quito
  50. Damascus
  51. Sigiriya
  52. Old Havana
  53. Aleppo
  54. Rila Monastery
  55. Palmyra
  56. Qutb Minar
  57. Churches and Convents of Goa
  58. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  59. Ajanta Caves
  60. Ellora Caves
  61. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  62. Mahabalipuram
  63. Agra Fort
  64. Taj Mahal
  65. Mesa Verde
  66. Cuzco
  67. Machu Picchu
  68. Yellowstone
  69. Cartagena
  70. Vatican City
  71. Lake Malawi
  72. Cracow
  73. Cologne Cathedral
  74. Baalbek
  75. Iguazu National Park
  76. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  77. Statue of Liberty
  78. Salvador de Bahia
  79. Auschwitz Birkenau
  80. Altamira Cave
  81. Segovia
  82. Granada
  83. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  84. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  85. Petra
  86. Medina of Marrakesh
  87. Pont du Gard
  88. Istanbul
  89. Göreme NP
  90. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  91. Giant's Causeway
  92. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  93. Stonehenge
  94. Amphitheater of El Jem
  95. Seville
  96. Sana'a
  97. Ngorongoro
  98. Venice and its Lagoon
  99. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  100. Budapest
  101. Kilimanjaro National Park
  102. Acropolis
  103. Hawaii Volcanoes
  104. Palenque
  105. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  106. Teotihuacan
  107. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  108. Westminster
  109. City of Bath
  110. Great Wall
  111. Imperial Palace
  112. Mogao Caves
  113. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  114. Monticello
  115. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  116. Uluru
  117. Nemrut Dag
  118. Old Town of Galle
  119. Meteora
  120. Luang Prabang
  121. Guanajuato
  122. Chichen-Itza
  123. Tsingy de Bemaraha
  124. Canterbury
  125. Lima
  126. Victoria Falls
  127. Cliff of Bandiagara
  128. St. Petersburg
  129. Kremlin and Red Square
  130. Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
  131. Sucre
  132. Borobudur
  133. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  134. Bukhara
  135. Samarkand
  136. Komodo National Park
  137. Prague
  138. Cesky Krumlov
  139. El Tajin
  140. Tikal National Park
  141. Antigua Guatemala
  142. Himeji-jo
  143. Mérida
  144. Angkor
  145. Ha Long Bay
  146. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  147. Ancient Kyoto
  148. Nasca Lines
  149. Potala Palace
  150. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  151. Rapa Nui
  152. Siena
  153. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  154. Naples
  155. Edinburgh
  156. Colonia del Sacramento
  157. Grand Canyon
  158. Lake Baikal
  159. Everglades
  160. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  161. Genbaku Dome
  162. Schönbrunn
  163. The trulli of Alberobello
  164. Panamá
  165. Maritime Greenwich
  166. Mont-Saint-Michel
  167. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  168. Chartres Cathedral
  169. Pompei
  170. Versailles
  171. Agrigento
  172. Villa Romana del Casale
  173. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  174. Volubilis
  175. Grand Place, Brussels
  176. Pyramids (Memphis)
  177. Ancient Thebes
  178. Temple of Heaven
  179. Historic Cairo
  180. Rome
  181. Peninsula Valdes
  182. Mountain Railways of India
  183. Dubrovnik
  184. Saint Catherine Area
  185. Island of Saint-Louis
  186. Brugge
  187. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  188. Pantanal
  189. Virunga National Park
  190. Sub-Antarctic Islands
  191. Socotra Archipelago
  192. Meroe