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The Cultural Landscape of the Central Region in the Emirate of Sharjah (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 06-Mar-19

The Cultural Landscape of the Central Region in the Emirate of Sharjah (T)

I visited the Mleiha Archaeological Museum in winter last year. It is on the way from Al Ain to the northern areas of the UAE. You can spot the high mountains with the red dune splashed up against it a mile high from far far away. I really wished it would be THAT I was visiting. The staff greeted me at the museum but said everything was booked up. What?! Fact is, most people come here for dune bashing. Well, I didn't but still probably would have seeing the dune I am going to! The museum is brand new and has a lot of interesting things not only about the culture in the area and Umm an-Nar, but also camel migration over the millennia. The rest of the site is free but you need your own car to access some of it.

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Sacred Sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 04-Mar-19

Sacred Sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants (T)

No visit to Bhutan is complete without the Tiger's Nest, officially called Taktshang but trust me no-one will remember THAT name if you have already familiarized you with the B-movie Jason Stratham movie title soon coming to a streaming service everywhere. Conveniently placed near Paro, and I saw it from the plane heading to Paro Airport already, this is surprisingly "only" a half-day trip. Getting up early helps to avoid the mid-day heat even in November plus the horse rides that are popular with Indian tourists. The ascent takes roughly 3h with a tea break at the only guest house on the way to the top, providing your first real opportunity at photos. The sun is unfortunately rising beyond the temples and the sun glares right into the camera. The sandy path is not easy

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Augustow Canal (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 03-Mar-19

Augustow Canal (T)

I only visited the Augustow Canal on the Belarus side in April last year. The Polish side seems like a long drive and little tourist stuff in the northeast (sorry to say) of the country. Saying that, there are probably nice forests but nothing unique or special. Belarus on the other hand has the city of Grodno (still unsure why it's not HrodnA as that's how the pronounce it) nearby and easy access to the canal by a great road system. Only when you get close to the canal do the roads get gravel and unclear signs could possibly lead you onto the wrong road through the forest. Driving past the canal with NO barriers surely is not for the faint of heart, unless of course you are used to driving around in Dutch cities!

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Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 03-Mar-19

Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment  (T)

Welcome to the world heritage site of ...whaaaat wait why are there UNESCO symbols on the maps and signs? Someone surely thought they can place themselves onto the inscribed list without going through the entire process. Funny that since I didn't even see any sign at the Selimiye Mosque nearby. Maybe someone switched the sites secretly :)

I almost walked directly into the mosque but the stall keeper pointed me to the museum entrance 30m further down. The area is divided into two parts: the hospital and the study/admin areas. The latter is the more aesthetic one built as a medium-sized courtyard and many side rooms. Not all the rooms are open and the ones that are contain mannequins and replicas of what was once in the study rooms. The other side of the museum has the same kind of mannequins to attempt to make the pale rooms interesting, but I find that more laughable especially the "insanity" room. Many plaques describe the way the hospital was run and procedures, how many staff were in the hospital and what the rooms were used for

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Aizanoi Antique City (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 01-Mar-19

Aizanoi Antique City (T)

The highlight of the sites here is clearly the Temple of Zeus. It is half restored and looks impressive from the side I took a picture, with the acroterion placed in front it also in good condition. Not having done much research I didn't expect to go UNDERNEATH the temple this time - which Roman temple can you say you went to visit the basement? As you descend the steps (the same way as they did in ancient time) you feel the vibe of the sanctuary. It may have something to do with the eery music playing of course. there isn't that much to see here but what you see is quite interesting. Pedestals, broken columns as usual, an altar piece. Several have descriptions. I enjoyed this place

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Reviewed TWHS

  1. The Cultural Landscape of the Central Region in the Emirate of Sharjah (T)
  2. Sacred Sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants (T)
  3. Augustow Canal (T)
  4. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  5. Aizanoi Antique City (T)
  6. Phra That Phanom, its related historic buildings and associated landscape (T)
  7. Ayvalık Industrial Landscape (T)
  8. Historic quarters and monuments of Rosetta/Rachid (T)
  9. Wooden Structures of Liao Dynasty - Wooden Pagoda of Yingxian County, Main Hall of Fengguo Monastery of Yixian County (T)
  10. ShuDao (T)
  11. Ngwenya Mines (T)
  12. Welwitschia Plains (T)
  13. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  14. Hyrcanian Forest (Caspian Forest) (T)
  15. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)
  16. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  17. al Dimaniyyat Islands Nature Reserve (T)
  18. Alisadr Cave (T)
  19. Trans-Iranian Railway (T)
  20. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  21. Hamoun Lake (T)
  22. Ras al Had Turtle Reserve and the Heritage Site of Ras al Jinz (T)
  23. The Persian House in Central plateau of Iran (T)
  24. Persian Caravanserai (T)
  25. The Collection of Historical Bridges (T)
  26. The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province (T)
  27. Zozan (T)
  28. Salt Domes of Iran (T)
  29. Asbads (windmill) of Iran (T)
  30. Group of Monuments at Mandu, Madhya Pradesh (T)
  31. Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) (T)
  32. Monuments and Forts of the Deccan Sultanate (T)
  33. Al Bidya Mosque (T)
  34. Evolution of Temple Architecture - Aihole-Badami- Pattadakal (T)
  35. Ekamra Kshetra - The Temple City, Bhubaneswar (T)
  36. Ancient Ruin of Drukgyel Dzong (T)
  37. Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India (T)
  38. Worship wooden architecture (17th -18th centuries) in Polesye (T)
  39. Sites Megalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang (T)
  40. Tr’ondëk-Klondike (T)
  41. Gombak Selangor Quartz Ridge (T)
  42. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  43. Mediterranean Wind Mills (T)
  44. Pharaon Island (T)
  45. Fagaloa Bay - Uafato Tiavea Conservation Zone (T)
  46. Liangzhu Archaeological Site (T)
  47. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  48. Yukon Ice Patches (T)
  49. Limes Romanus - The Roman antique monuments on the Middle Danube (T)
  50. Prehistoric Cave Sites in Maros-Pangkep (T)
  51. Gaya Tumuli (T)
  52. The Ipolytartnóc Fossils (T)
  53. Kangjingun Kiln Sites (T)
  54. Ras Mohammed (T)
  55. Valle Salado de Añana (T)
  56. Qinghai Lake (T)
  57. The Wine in Iberia (T)
  58. Monastery of Santa María de La Rábida and the Columbus Memorial Places in Huelva (T)
  59. Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island (T)
  60. The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River (T)
  61. Vertical Vegetation Landscape and Volcanic Landscape in Changbai Mountain (T)
  62. Cultural landscape of the stud farm at Kladruby nad Labem (T)
  63. SanFangQiXiang (T)
  64. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)
  65. Maijishan Scenic Spots (T)
  66. Kvetera Church (T)
  67. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  68. Salterns (T)
  69. The Four Sacred Mountains as an Extension of Mt. Taishan (T)
  70. Ancient Porcelain Kiln Site in China: The Yue-Kiln Site at Shanglin Lake (T)
  71. The President Coolidge (T)
  72. Jinfushan Scenic Spot (T)
  73. Marine Protected Areas of American Samoa (T)
  74. The Complex of Yen Tu Monuments and Landscape (T)
  75. The Djavolja Varos (Devil's Town) Natural Landmark (T)
  76. Baiheliang Ancient Hydrological Inscription (T)
  77. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  78. Stone Buddhas and Pagodas at Hwasun Unjusa Temple (T)
  79. Hua Shan Scenic Area (T)
  80. The Sado complex of heritage mines, primarily gold mines (T)
  81. The Alligator Sinensis Nature Reserve (T)
  82. Sites of Hongshan Culture: The Niuheliang Archaeological Site, the Hongshanhou Archaeological Site, and Weijiawopu Archa (T)