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I do all the places that make up one site. Sometimes it's difficult and misleading, like the "Baroque Churches of the Philippines" WHS listing which is in actuality 4 churches in 4 completely different regions (you need to ride a plane or boat), but only has 1 listing. I feel my tour is incomplete if I haven't gone to them all. A good example is Hue, Vietnam. Gia Long was great, but it is one of many on the "multiple locations" list for the Hue site, though it is a little distance away and is easily overlooked. Travelers prone to hurry think they've seen all they want with one or two nearer sites but in the same way i didn't think The Bayon looked anything like Angkor Wat (both part of the Temples of Angkor WHS listing), Gia Long (Vietnam) didn't look like any of the others in the "multiple locations" Hue list. Heck, even the 3 main tombs on the Hue tourist list didn't look anything like each other. They were all wonderful palaces, visually distinct from one another. Doing justice to each WHS is time consuming and expensive but I'm already there and I think well worth it.
I also do all nature trails in national parks that take less than 1 day. I gave up doing them all when 1 trail in Yosemite (USA) went all the way to, I think it was Mt. Rainier? (2 states away.) Also, some of the other park trails were too intimidating, like going smack dab in the middle of the winter wasteland of the entire St. Elias/Wrangell/etc superpark (on foot, not a plane ride.) I think that park area's larger than entire countries put together.
sometimes I am disappointed by WHSs with only 1 trail. Like Ujung Kulon's (Indonesia) took days & I didnt see a rhino or elephant or jaguar, (I saw way too much trash washing up on shore though) and apparently not even the guides who do it for years have seen any.
Of course I realize the animals probably knew we were coming from far away and left or maybe might even have still been there, but remained hidden so I couldn't see them.
I take a lot of pictures. I do all the stuff on the tentative lists as well.
I've also seen some inscribed properties that I'm unhappy with, making me believe the list is bloated. I realize some sites are important or significant in some way, but just the same, i would rather be blown away. I can suggest additional sites that aren't even on a tentative list, like Sipadan (Borneo.) Overall, I'm glad I've heard of the WHS list. I'd never have been to places like Sanqingshan or Lijiang (China) without it.

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Name: Ryan watkins

Country: philippines

Visited WHS: 113

Most Impressive: Hue

Proposal New WHS: Sipadan, Borneo

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  1. Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
  2. Xidi and Hongcun
  3. Imperial Tombs
  4. Kinabalu Park
  5. Gunung Mulu
  6. Vienna
  7. Calakmul
  8. Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda
  9. Macao
  10. Kaiping Diaolou
  11. Fujian Tulou
  12. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  13. Coiba National Park
  14. Regensburg
  15. Gulf of California
  16. Tequila
  17. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  18. Melaka and George Town
  19. Ouro Preto
  20. South China Karst
  21. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  22. San Miguel de Allende
  23. Copan
  24. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  25. Mount Sanqingshan
  26. Redwood
  27. Portobelo-San Lorenzo
  28. Camino Real
  29. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  30. Quirigua
  31. Olympic National Park
  32. SGang Gwaay
  33. Speyer Cathedral
  34. Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve
  35. Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves
  36. Mesa Verde
  37. Statue of Liberty
  38. Yosemite National Park
  39. Congonhas
  40. Chaco Culture
  41. Hawaii Volcanoes
  42. Sian Ka'an
  43. Palenque
  44. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  45. Teotihuacan
  46. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  47. Puebla
  48. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  49. Great Wall
  50. Imperial Palace
  51. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  52. Guanajuato
  53. Chichen-Itza
  54. Taos Pueblo
  55. Lima
  56. Vigan
  57. Maulbronn Monastery
  58. Huangshan
  59. Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
  60. Paquimé
  61. Morelia
  62. Borobudur
  63. Sangiran Early Man Site
  64. Ujung Kulon National Park
  65. Ruins of León Viejo
  66. El Tajin
  67. Jiuzhaigou Valley
  68. Huanglong
  69. Tikal National Park
  70. Wulingyuan
  71. Prambanan
  72. Antigua Guatemala
  73. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  74. Tubbataha Reefs
  75. Angkor
  76. Ha Long Bay
  77. Joya de Ceren
  78. Zacatecas
  79. Baroque Churches
  80. Hué
  81. Popocatepetl monasteries
  82. Potala Palace
  83. Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco
  84. Glacier parks
  85. Messel Pit
  86. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  87. Grand Canyon
  88. Belize Barrier Reef
  89. Lushan National Park
  90. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  91. Independence Hall
  92. Salzburg
  93. Schönbrunn
  94. Panamá
  95. Uxmal
  96. Querétaro
  97. Old Town of Lijiang
  98. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  99. Hospicio Cabañas
  100. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  101. Tlacotalpan
  102. Summer Palace
  103. Temple of Heaven
  104. Diamantina
  105. Campeche
  106. Mount Wuyi
  107. Dazu Rock Carvings
  108. Guanacaste
  109. Xochicalco
  110. Hoi An
  111. My Son
  112. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  113. Darien National Park
  1. Cenotes of the Yucatan
  2. Naica Cave: Cave of the Crystals