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Hani Rice Terraces

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 05-Jan-23

Hani Rice Terraces

One of the top sites in China. So popular with photographers, a new hobby that grew with wealth building up in the country that you will have a hard time finding a good spot at the photography spots in the morning. Also many girls in China like to call themselves "哈尼" as a nickname because Hani sounds like "Honey" and they think they are cute then - and no, I didn't do that ;)

I think the main reason this is not visited by more people in general is that the effort it takes can be quite big. You need to get a coach from Kunming to the nearby towns (very luxurious) and then onwards with small vans to where you are staying. The protected area has a ticket and with the ticket you get a one-time visit to the photography spot. If you were smart and got a good guesthouse in one of the villages you get free views anytime of the day which was actually better in my case because as you can see the sunrise photo was cloudy. The only downside is that you don't have the same panoramic heights. The aforementioned photographers would still stay at these spot for hours for the chance to get a good shot

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Walled City of Baku

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 05-Jan-23

Walled City of Baku

It's more of a "City with some walls" and it's rightly on the endanger list because urban development has made it seem like there are just remains and ruins in-between a modern city. It's not horrible in any way but I wouldn't call it a marvel of culture to be placed on the world heritage list.

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Los Katios National Park

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 01-Jan-23

So I am writing this review because it's been a while since the last one and unfortunately for you reader it doesn't have anything else to add than the previous one, only that it's been more recent (2019). The core area, and pretty much all of the national park, is closed for tourists and non-natives. This is actually good news for the environment. There is no logging problem, unsure about poaching etc but I always say leave nature alone and after all this is just a rainforest like you get so many - I don't think you'll know the difference aside from it being UNESCO designated.

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Tipasa

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 01-Jan-23

Tipasa

I tend to "dig" Roman ruins and it's always a highlight on my travel plan. Algeria has a lot and most is quite nice, not so much Tipasa. On paper it sounds great: port town with many ruined buildings extending along the shoreline. The site is split into two parts. The larger one is in town surrounded by restaurant streets so parking is a bit of an issue plus there was road construction when I was visiting, so I went to the eastern graveyard first which has a parking lot (it's free although someone tried to get money as I was driving away which I think is just a scam?) and entrance is very cheap

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Echmiatsin and Zvartnots

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 29-Dec-22

Echmiatsin and Zvartnots

I'm not impressed but I don't really dislike it either. It's easy to see these as they are 10 minute drive from the airport. Use one of the ride apps to get a car to drop you off easily. Echmiatsin is the easiest because it's the town of Vagharshapat itself, with a hotel directly across the traffic circle if you want a convenient place to stay (Richmind, cheap and comfy). Unfortunately as you can see from my picture it was closed for renovation.

While the infrastructure is not bad in any way, the Armenian style churches are not special enough in this area. So I think it was more inscribed due to "imported" structure knowledge at the time to show culture moving around the world/regions - I don't find that fancy enough for a world heritage

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Tiwanaku 2.5
Torun 2.5
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  1. Hani Rice Terraces
  2. Walled City of Baku
  3. Los Katios National Park
  4. Tipasa
  5. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  6. Shiretoko
  7. Old Town of Lijiang
  8. Island of Mozambique
  9. Tubbataha Reefs
  10. Sítio Roberto Burle Marx
  11. Malpelo
  12. Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin
  13. Sarazm
  14. Cocos Island
  15. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  16. Tadrart Acacus
  17. Carthage
  18. Dougga/Thugga
  19. Masada
  20. Tassili n'Ajjer
  21. M'Zab Valley
  22. Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad
  23. Ani
  24. Arslantepe Mound
  25. Shark Bay
  26. Richtersveld
  27. Chongoni Rock Art
  28. Margravial Opera House
  29. Ningaloo Coast
  30. Silk Roads
  31. Xinjiang Tianshan
  32. Stoclet House
  33. Quanzhou
  34. Willemstad
  35. Belize Barrier Reef
  36. Ruins of León Viejo
  37. Coiba National Park
  38. Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda
  39. Teotihuacan
  40. Archipiélago de Revillagigedo
  41. Chan Chan
  42. Sucre
  43. Odesa
  44. Tierradentro
  45. Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
  46. ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape
  47. Kakadu National Park
  48. Taxila
  49. Migratory Bird Sanctuaries
  50. Himā Cultural area
  51. Cordouan Lighthouse
  52. Chiribiquete National Park
  53. Vegaøyan
  54. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  55. Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple
  56. Mistaken Point
  57. Pimachiowin Aki
  58. Aasivissuit - Nipisat
  59. Ilulissat Icefjord
  60. Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands
  61. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  62. Fagus Factory
  63. Mount Wutai
  64. Lumbini
  65. Madā ͐ in Ṣāliḥ
  66. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine
  67. Koguryo Kingdom
  68. Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil
  69. Susa
  70. Robben Island
  71. Fossil Hominid Sites
  72. Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains
  73. Hyrcanian Forests
  74. Takht-e Soleyman
  75. Ancient Thebes
  76. Lake Malawi
  77. Gonbad-e Qâbus
  78. Trans-Iranian Railway
  79. Abu Mena
  80. Maymand
  81. Pasargadae
  82. Qinghai Hoh Xil
  83. Rock Art in the Hail Region
  84. Qalhat
  85. Champaner-Pavagadh
  86. Petra
  87. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  88. Xidi and Hongcun
  89. Al-Ahsa Oasis
  90. Khangchendzonga National Park
  91. Nalanda
  92. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
  93. Chengjiang Fossil Site
  94. Alto Douro
  95. Hubei Shennongjia
  96. Struve Geodetic Arc
  97. Plain of Jars
  98. Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art
  99. Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region
  100. Chief Roi Mata's Domain
  101. Gunung Mulu
  102. Liangzhu Archaeological Site
  103. Sigiriya
  104. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  105. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  106. First Coffee Plantations
  107. Yakushima
  108. Wood Buffalo National Park
  109. Danube Limes
  110. Papahanaumokuakea
  111. Mount Hamiguitan
  112. Medina Azahara
  113. Amami-Oshima Island
  114. Kladruby nad Labem
  115. Fanjingshan
  116. Okinoshima Island
  117. Mount Wuyi

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  1. China Altay (T)
  2. Archaeological Complex of Toro Muerto (T)
  3. Wakatobi National Park (T)
  4. Two neolithic dwellings with their interior and household furnishings and utensils completely preserved. (T)
  5. Esrefoglu Mosque (T)
  6. Zerzevan Castle and Mithraeum (T)
  7. Lagune de Khnifiss (T)
  8. El Gour (T)
  9. Le chapelet d'oasis de Tighmert, Région présaharienne du Wad Noun (T)
  10. Le site archéologique de Sbeïtla (T)
  11. Île de Djerba (T)
  12. Habitat troglodytique et le monde des ksour du Sud tunisien (T)
  13. Frontières de l'Empire romain : Limes du Sud tunisien (T)
  14. Odunpazari Historical Urban Site (T)
  15. St. Nicholas Church (T)
  16. Archeological Site of Zeugma (T)
  17. Karatepe-Aslantaş Archaeological Site (T)
  18. Mamure Castle (T)
  19. Gordion (T)
  20. Basilica Therma (Sarıkaya Roma Hamamı) (T)
  21. Yesemek Quarry and Sculpture Workshop (T)
  22. Wooden Roofed and Wooden Columned Mosques in Anatolia (T)
  23. Vespasianus Titus Tunnel (T)
  24. Eflatun Pinar: The Hittite Spring Sanctuary (T)
  25. Ancient City of Anazarbos (T)
  26. Hatay, St. Pierre Church (T)
  27. The Malabadi Bridge (T)
  28. Ismail Fakirullah Tomb and its Light Refraction Mechanism (T)
  29. Medieval City of Beçin (T)
  30. Ancient city of Kibyra (T)
  31. Historic Guild Town of Mudurnu (T)
  32. The Bridge of Justinian (T)
  33. The Theatre and Aqueducts of the Ancient City of Aspendos (T)
  34. The Bodrum Castle (T)
  35. Güllük Dagi-Termessos National Park (T)
  36. Karain Cave (T)
  37. Yivli Minaret Mosque (T)
  38. Ancient City of Stratonikeia (T)
  39. Archaeological Site of Perge (T)
  40. The Historical Port City of Izmir (T)
  41. Historic Town of Birgi (T)
  42. Mausoleum and Sacred area of Hecatomnus (T)
  43. The Andaman Sea Nature Reserves of Thailand (T)
  44. Etosha Pan (T)
  45. Archaeological Site of Priene (T)
  46. Archaeological Site of Assos (T)
  47. The Bridge of Uzunköprü (T)
  48. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  49. Sigatoka Sand Dunes (T)
  50. Dunhuang Yardangs (T)
  51. Karez Wells (T)
  52. The Chinese Section of the Silk Roads (T)
  53. The Cultural Landscape of Al-Faw Archaeological Area (T)
  54. Rijal Almaa Heritage Village in Assir Region (T)
  55. Western Xia Imperial Tombs (T)
  56. Xinjiang Yardang (T)
  57. Heaven Pit and Ground Seam Scenic Spot (T)
  58. Slender West Lake and Historic Urban Area in Yangzhou (T)
  59. Mt. Myohyang and the Relics in and around the Mountain (T)
  60. Varazdin (T)
  61. Lubenice (T)
  62. Vjetrenica cave (T)
  63. Yangtze Gorges Scenic Spot (T)
  64. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  65. Diaolou Buildings and Villages for Tibetan and Qiang Ethnic Groups (T)
  66. Moler landscapes of the Liim Fiord (T)
  67. Fenghuang Ancient City (T)
  68. Reef System in the Cuban Caribbean (T)
  69. Egyptian Museum in Cairo (T)
  70. National Schools of Art, Cubanacan (T)
  71. Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension) (T)
  72. Imperial Kiln Sites of Jingdezhen (T)
  73. Nanxi River (T)
  74. Yandang Mountain (T)
  75. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  76. Poyang Nature Reserve (T)
  77. Miao Nationality Villages in Southeast Guizhou Province (T)
  78. Archaeological Sites of the Ancient Shu State: Site at Jinsha and Joint Tombs of Boat- shaped Coffins in Chengdu City, S (T)
  79. Dong Villages (T)
  80. Haitan Scenic Spots (T)
  81. Guizhou Triassic Fossil Sites (T)
  82. Lingqu Canal (T)
  83. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)
  84. Protected area of Lake Atitlán: multiple use (T)
  85. Tak'alik Ab'aj National Park (T)
  86. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  87. Town of Chichicastenango (T)
  88. The Cuenca Mirador (T)
  89. Bawomataluo Site (T)
  90. Tianzhushan (T)
  91. Volcan Masaya National Park (T)
  92. Las Pozas, Xilitla (T)
  93. Paper Mill at Velké Losiny (T)
  94. Eise Eisinga Planetarium (T)
  95. The architectural legacy of Rogelio Salmona: an ethical, political, social and poetic manifesto (T)
  96. Plantations in West Curacao (T)
  97. Auckland Volcanic Fields (T)
  98. The Episcopal See of Egara and its pictorial decoration (5th-8th centuries) (T)
  99. Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)
  100. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  101. Tatacoa Desert (T)
  102. Breiðafjörður Nature Reserve (T)
  103. Taihang Mountain (T)
  104. Aires volcaniques et forestières de la Martinique (T)
  105. Ancienne chocolaterie Menier à Noisiel (T)
  106. Baquedano Street (T)
  107. Moravian Church Settlements (USA) (T)
  108. Bonaire Marine Park (T)
  109. Archaeological and Historical National Park of Pueblo Viejo, La Vega (T)
  110. City Hall, Georgetown (T)
  111. St.Georges Anglican Cathedral (T)
  112. Rock Art of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (T)
  113. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  114. City of Azúa de Compostela (T)
  115. Parque Nacional Jaragua (T)
  116. Arte Rupestre Prehispanico en Republica Dominicana (T)
  117. Historic zone of Basseterre (T)
  118. Primeros Ingenios Coloniales Azucareros de América (T)
  119. Central Park (T)
  120. Sitio Arqueológico de la Villa La Isabela (T)
  121. Seville Heritage Park (T)
  122. White Sands National Monument (T)
  123. Bradyseism in the Flegrea Area (T)
  124. Minoan Palatial Centres (T)
  125. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  126. Archipelago of la Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio (T)
  127. Greek Archaeological ensemble in Empúries, l'Escala, Girona (T)
  128. Priorat-Montsant-Siurana paysage agricole de la montagne méditerranéenne (T)
  129. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  130. Les sites à fossiles néandertaliens de Wallonie (T)
  131. Hôpital Notre-Dame à La Rose - Lessines (T)
  132. Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)
  133. Dzongs: the centre of temporal and religious authorities (Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Paro Dzong, Trongsa Dzong and Dagana Dzong) (T)
  134. Early Farmsteads of the Cape Winelands (T)
  135. Ramagrama, the relic stupa of Lord Buddha (T)
  136. The monasteries of the Arab Desert and Wadi Natrun (T)
  137. Voormalige Nazorgkolonie en Sanatorium Zonnestraal (T)
  138. Sungai Buloh Leprosarium (T)
  139. The Hadrianic city of Italica (T)
  140. Huangguoshu Scenic Area (T)
  141. The Natural-Historical Landscape of Izeh (T)
  142. The Cultural Landscape of the Central Region in the Emirate of Sharjah (T)
  143. Sacred Sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants (T)
  144. Augustow Canal (T)
  145. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  146. Aizanoi Antique City (T)
  147. Phra That Phanom, its related historic buildings and associated landscape (T)
  148. Ayvalık Industrial Landscape (T)
  149. Historic quarters and monuments of Rosetta/Rachid (T)
  150. Wooden Structures of Liao Dynasty - Wooden Pagoda of Yingxian County, Main Hall of Fengguo Monastery of Yixian County (T)
  151. ShuDao (T)
  152. Ngwenya Mines (T)
  153. Welwitschia Plains (T)
  154. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  155. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)
  156. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  157. al Dimaniyyat Islands Nature Reserve (T)
  158. Alisadr Cave (T)
  159. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  160. Hamoun Lake (T)
  161. Ras al Had Turtle Reserve and the Heritage Site of Ras al Jinz (T)
  162. The Persian House in Central plateau of Iran (T)
  163. Persian Caravanserai (T)
  164. The Collection of Historical Bridges (T)
  165. The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province (T)
  166. Zozan (T)
  167. Salt Domes of Iran (T)
  168. Asbads (windmill) of Iran (T)
  169. Group of Monuments at Mandu, Madhya Pradesh (T)
  170. Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) (T)
  171. Monuments and Forts of the Deccan Sultanate (T)
  172. Al Bidya Mosque (T)
  173. Evolution of Temple Architecture - Aihole-Badami- Pattadakal (T)
  174. Ekamra Kshetra - The Temple City, Bhubaneswar (T)
  175. Ancient Ruin of Drukgyel Dzong (T)
  176. Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India (T)
  177. Worship wooden architecture (17th -18th centuries) in Polesye (T)
  178. Tr’ondëk-Klondike (T)
  179. Gombak Selangor Quartz Ridge (T)
  180. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  181. Mediterranean Wind Mills (T)
  182. Pharaon Island (T)
  183. Fagaloa Bay - Uafato Tiavea Conservation Zone (T)
  184. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  185. Yukon Ice Patches (T)
  186. Prehistoric Cave Sites in Maros-Pangkep (T)
  187. Gaya Tumuli (T)
  188. The Ipolytartnóc Fossils (T)
  189. Kangjingun Kiln Sites (T)
  190. Ras Mohammed (T)
  191. Valle Salado de Añana (T)
  192. Qinghai Lake (T)
  193. The Wine in Iberia (T)
  194. Monastery of Santa María de La Rábida and the Columbus Memorial Places in Huelva (T)
  195. The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River (T)
  196. Vertical Vegetation Landscape and Volcanic Landscape in Changbai Mountain (T)
  197. SanFangQiXiang (T)
  198. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)
  199. Maijishan Scenic Spots (T)
  200. Kvetera Church (T)
  201. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  202. Salterns (T)
  203. The Four Sacred Mountains as an Extension of Mt. Taishan (T)
  204. Ancient Porcelain Kiln Site in China: The Yue-Kiln Site at Shanglin Lake (T)
  205. The President Coolidge (T)
  206. Jinfushan Scenic Spot (T)
  207. Marine Protected Areas of American Samoa (T)
  208. The Yen Tu Complex of Monuments and Landscapes (T)
  209. The Djavolja Varos (Devil's Town) Natural Landmark (T)
  210. Baiheliang Ancient Hydrological Inscription (T)
  211. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  212. Stone Buddhas and Pagodas at Hwasun Unjusa Temple (T)
  213. Hua Shan Scenic Area (T)
  214. The Sado complex of heritage mines, primarily gold mines (T)
  215. The Alligator Sinensis Nature Reserve (T)
  216. Sites of Hongshan Culture: The Niuheliang Archaeological Site, the Hongshanhou Archaeological Site, and Weijiawopu Archa (T)