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Miao Nationality Villages in Southeast Guizhou Province (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 30-Oct-20

Miao Nationality Villages in Southeast Guizhou Province (T)

With the countless Miao villages around the country I must have visited a dozen already. Miao minority has become one of the most popular tourist ones due to their festive dances and especially the dress and silver jewelry headdresses. The nomination only specifies a certain portion of villages in the southeast of Guizhou, where according to the 2000 census 48% of the Miao clans live. Currently the site doesn't specify which exact village (it says 21 villages) but rather a range of where these villages are. I went to two of these for sure: Datang and the biggest one - Xijiang aka Xijiang Qianhu. I will focus on the latter because I feel that is more likely to be inscribed even with the very commercial nature that has befallen it.

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Archaeological Sites of the Ancient Shu State (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 01-Nov-20

Archaeological Sites of the Ancient Shu State (T)

This may be China's top tentative site, culturally. The main reason it's taking a backseat it probably because there are still lots of discoveries to be made. There are three sites to this place: Jinsha Museum in the west part of Chengdu, Joint Tombs of Boat-shaped Coffins are in Chengdu as far as I understand but I did not try to visit them, Sanxingdui in the nearby city of Guanghan. I have only been to the museums because they seem worth checking out.

Jinsha, easily reached by metro, nowadays only opens at 9am (I say this because a lot of info online is [...]

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Dong Villages (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 28-Oct-20

Dong Villages (T)

The name "Dong Villages" is misleading because there are probably thousands of these spread around the country. There is a detailed list of nominated villages shared across Guizhou, Guangxi and Hunan. You will see the different styles of buildings, especially the roofs, from the railway station already. Stunning, especially at night. I also respect how the architecture of the Dong people has been retained and spread unto the land to let you think you have entered their territory - not something simply to "please" the minority which would be easy to think looking at the government's checkered past and present

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Haitan Scenic Spots (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 24-Oct-20

Disclaimer: this is a review for a now 20 year old tentative listing which will by all accounts be withdrawn or rewritten and probably best forgotten. The current document does not really explain well what to look out for at these scenic spots and sound a bit like a tourism ad ("best scenes in the country" say what?!). The beaches aren't bad but the water isn't as clean as you might expect if you have been to Thailand or the Caribbean, or maybe it is exactly what you expect from a beach in China?! I visited Haitan Wan (bay) which is the most touristy of them all. Touristy also means the food is generally overpriced although accommodation isn't too bad. With the geology aspect totally irrelevant and the beaches ordinary it's more of a tourist trap than any potential WHS

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Guizhou Triassic Fossil Sites (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 23-Oct-20

Guizhou Triassic Fossil Sites (T)

You are probably thinking the same as me: another fossil site? Have you been to any WHS for fossils and you will know they are mighty boring. We have one in Canada which isn't half bad due to the tour guide explaining things well and you even get to hold a fossil as cool as you might think that is, and the Swiss - Italian Monte San Giorgio is pretty scenery to make it worth the trip, but similar to the Chinese site in Yunnan - Chengjiang Fossil Site - which gets one of the LOWEST ratings on this site, there is really not much worth seeing here. Disclaimer: The TWHS consists of 4 sites and I visited the Guanling Biota far south of Guiyang but I am very sure the others won't be much different

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Reviewed TWHS

  1. Miao Nationality Villages in Southeast Guizhou Province (T)
  2. Archaeological Sites of the Ancient Shu State (T)
  3. Dong Villages (T)
  4. Haitan Scenic Spots (T)
  5. Guizhou Triassic Fossil Sites (T)
  6. Lingqu Canal (T)
  7. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)
  8. Protected area of Lake Atitlán: multiple use (T)
  9. Tak'alik Ab'aj National Park (T)
  10. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  11. Town of Chichicastenango (T)
  12. The Cuenca Mirador (T)
  13. Bawomataluo Site (T)
  14. Tianzhushan (T)
  15. Volcan Masaya National Park (T)
  16. Las Pozas, Xilitla (T)
  17. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  18. Paper Mill at Velké Losiny (T)
  19. Eise Eisinga Planetarium (T)
  20. Virgilio Barco Library (T)
  21. Plantations in West Curacao (T)
  22. Auckland Volcanic Fields (T)
  23. The Episcopal See of Egara and its pictorial decoration (5th-8th centuries) (T)
  24. Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)
  25. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  26. Tatacoa Desert (T)
  27. Breiðafjörður Nature Reserve (T)
  28. Taihang Mountain (T)
  29. Hima a rock art site in Najran (T)
  30. Aires volcaniques et forestières de la Martinique (T)
  31. Phare de Cordouan (T)
  32. Ancienne chocolaterie Menier à Noisiel (T)
  33. Baquedano Street (T)
  34. Moravian Church Settlements (T)
  35. Bonaire Marine Park (T)
  36. Archaeological and Historical National Park of Pueblo Viejo, La Vega (T)
  37. City Hall, Georgetown (T)
  38. St.Georges Anglican Cathedral (T)
  39. Rock Art of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (T)
  40. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  41. City of Azúa de Compostela (T)
  42. Parque Nacional Jaragua (T)
  43. Arte Rupestre Prehispanico en Republica Dominicana (T)
  44. Historic zone of Basseterre (T)
  45. Primeros Ingenios Coloniales Azucareros de América (T)
  46. The Glorious Kakatiya Temples and Gateways (T)
  47. Central Park (T)
  48. Sitio Arqueológico de la Villa La Isabela (T)
  49. Seville Heritage Park (T)
  50. White Sands National Monument (T)
  51. Bradyseism in the Flegrea Area (T)
  52. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  53. Colchis Wetlands and Forests (T)
  54. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  55. Archipelago of la Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio (T)
  56. Greek Archaeological ensemble in Empúries, l'Escala, Girona (T)
  57. Priorat-Montsant-Siurana paysage agricole de la montagne méditerranéenne (T)
  58. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  59. The Neanderthal fossil sites of Wallonia (T)
  60. Hôpital Notre-Dame à La Rose - Lessines (T)
  61. Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)
  62. Dzongs: the centre of temporal and religious authorities (T)
  63. Early Farmsteads of the Cape Winelands (T)
  64. Ramagrama, the relic stupa of Lord Buddha (T)
  65. The monasteries of the Arab Desert and Wadi Natrun (T)
  66. Voormalige Nazorgkolonie en Sanatorium Zonnestraal (T)
  67. Sungai Buloh Leprosarium (T)
  68. The Hadrianic city of Italica (T)
  69. Huangguoshu Scenic Area (T)
  70. The Natural-Historical Landscape of Izeh (T)
  71. The Cultural Landscape of the Central Region in the Emirate of Sharjah (T)
  72. Sacred Sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants (T)
  73. Augustow Canal (T)
  74. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  75. Aizanoi Antique City (T)
  76. Phra That Phanom, its related historic buildings and associated landscape (T)
  77. Ayvalık Industrial Landscape (T)
  78. Historic quarters and monuments of Rosetta/Rachid (T)
  79. Wooden Structures of Liao Dynasty (T)
  80. ShuDao (T)
  81. Ngwenya Mines (T)
  82. Welwitschia Plains (T)
  83. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  84. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)
  85. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  86. al Dimaniyyat Islands Nature Reserve (T)
  87. Alisadr Cave (T)
  88. Trans-Iranian Railway (T)
  89. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  90. Hamoun Lake (T)
  91. Ras al Had Turtle Reserve and the Heritage Site of Ras al Jinz (T)
  92. The Persian House in Central plateau of Iran (T)
  93. Persian Caravanserai (T)
  94. The Collection of Historical Bridges (T)
  95. The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province (T)
  96. Zozan (T)
  97. Salt Domes of Iran (T)
  98. Asbads (windmill) of Iran (T)
  99. Group of Monuments at Mandu, Madhya Pradesh (T)
  100. Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) (T)
  101. Monuments and Forts of the Deccan Sultanate (T)
  102. Al Bidya Mosque (T)
  103. Evolution of Temple Architecture - Aihole-Badami- Pattadakal (T)
  104. Ekamra Kshetra - The Temple City, Bhubaneswar (T)
  105. Ancient Ruin of Drukgyel Dzong (T)
  106. Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India (T)
  107. Worship wooden architecture (17th -18th centuries) in Polesye (T)
  108. Tr’ondëk-Klondike (T)
  109. Gombak Selangor Quartz Ridge (T)
  110. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  111. Mediterranean Wind Mills (T)
  112. Pharaon Island (T)
  113. Fagaloa Bay - Uafato Tiavea Conservation Zone (T)
  114. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  115. Yukon Ice Patches (T)
  116. Limes Romanus - The Roman antique monuments on the Middle Danube (T)
  117. Prehistoric Cave Sites in Maros-Pangkep (T)
  118. Gaya Tumuli (T)
  119. The Ipolytartnóc Fossils (T)
  120. Kangjingun Kiln Sites (T)
  121. Ras Mohammed (T)
  122. Valle Salado de Añana (T)
  123. Qinghai Lake (T)
  124. The Wine in Iberia (T)
  125. Monastery of Santa María de La Rábida and the Columbus Memorial Places in Huelva (T)
  126. Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island (T)
  127. The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River (T)
  128. Vertical Vegetation Landscape and Volcanic Landscape in Changbai Mountain (T)
  129. SanFangQiXiang (T)
  130. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)
  131. Maijishan Scenic Spots (T)
  132. Kvetera Church (T)
  133. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  134. Salterns (T)
  135. The Four Sacred Mountains as an Extension of Mt. Taishan (T)
  136. Ancient Porcelain Kiln Site in China: The Yue-Kiln Site at Shanglin Lake (T)
  137. The President Coolidge (T)
  138. Jinfushan Scenic Spot (T)
  139. Marine Protected Areas of American Samoa (T)
  140. The Complex of Yen Tu Monuments and Landscape (T)
  141. The Djavolja Varos (Devil's Town) Natural Landmark (T)
  142. Baiheliang Ancient Hydrological Inscription (T)
  143. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  144. Stone Buddhas and Pagodas at Hwasun Unjusa Temple (T)
  145. Hua Shan Scenic Area (T)
  146. The Sado complex of heritage mines, primarily gold mines (T)
  147. The Alligator Sinensis Nature Reserve (T)
  148. Sites of Hongshan Culture (T)