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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

Update 1969-12-31

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