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Heaven Pit and Ground Seam Scenic Spot (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 28-Apr-21

Heaven Pit and Ground Seam Scenic Spot (T)

While I try to cover all tentative sites in China excluding autonomous regions (i.e. Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia plus a couple more) you still come across something that is hard to reach. But in the end Tiankeng, or Heavenly Pit, isn't that far off the beaten track as you might think. The main issue with that is the outdated maps available. Google map has absolutely no towns nearby, Baidu map isn't very good in that area of China, and forget even trying to use an alternative. Your base of operations would be Enshi in the far west of Hunan. Whereas Heavenly Pit is located in the Chongqing province, the area around there is so mountainous  that getting there from Chongqing is going to take forever

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Slender West Lake and Historic Urban Area in Yangzhou (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 27-Mar-21

Slender West Lake and Historic Urban Area in Yangzhou (T)

Yangzhou used to be very difficult to get to, and I'm not talking about ancient times but pre-2000 even. There are now a half dozen bridges and a high-speed train access to make it super easy of course, but back in the days it was basically a secret place to visit.

2 of the 3 components are already inscribed as part of the Grand Canal WHS. I used to think the Ge Yuan is also inscribed but it just falls outside of the core zone after all so there is technically another world heritage site here, although the criteria for inscribing these again would be different to the Grand Canal anyway. My thumbs down start with it being already inscribed and the very crappy criteria such as being a traditional "tourism destination". Don't get me wrong - Yangzhou is overall a great place to visit!

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Stoclet House

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 05-Mar-21

Stoclet House

This is the 11th review and I'm probably the only one not rating this as 1 or 1 1/2 stars. Here is the problem: yes, Stoclet house is private, yes, it's CLOSED to anyone, but yes: it's great architecture. So a lot of visitors are expecting it to be open, expecting WHS to be accessible. In fact that is not true and was never a commitment by any state party, at least not when this was inscribed. A lot of houses in France and Belgium are private, even some Le Corbusier that were inscribed are not a "museum" for tourists. I once entered the courtyard of the "Fasanerie" in the Potsdam gardens and the lady made it sarcastically clear that "it's private". Mt Kalesh, Tibet, is not to be climbed and yet it will probably still be inscribed in the next decade or so

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Mt. Myohyang and the Relics in and around the Mountain (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 05-Mar-21

Mt. Myohyang and the Relics in and around the Mountain (T)

I wasn't aware I had visited this tentative site until the other review showed the picture of the temple and mentioned the exhibition hall. I would think the North Koreans want to inscribe the area due to the exhibition hall but then I read it is mainly about the mountains and the temples in the area. The reason I say this is because every tour will visit this hall and it is a huge propaganda piece. It is common for countries to do diplomatic gift exchanges, your own country will have a bulk load of gifts stored somewhere, but the DPRK makes a museum out of it and claim that they got these gifts because "they love us so much" and "they want to be our friends" (real quotes from the guides). You go figure.

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Varazdin (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 23-Feb-21

Varazdin (T)

There is a lot and lot of history about Varaždin, but my reasoning for not recommending to inscribe this is because it's mainly regional interest and very much like other towns already on the world heritage list. It is definitely a worthy visit for a variety of reasons. The castle (pictured) is not that great but very popular. The Prassinsky-Sermage Palace is perhaps unique design, the old town in general is, like many old towns, a leisurely walk on cobble streets. Then you get the medieval churches and walls thrown in as a bonus for those who haven't seen enough in Europe already. Which is more or less my point as before: it's all sort of a mash-up of other European towns from various time periods, well preserved for sure, but nothing special enough to be considered WHS

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Zoë Sheng
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Abu Simbel, Ilulissat Icefjord
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Mariana Trench
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Angkor 5
Petra 5
Potosi 5
Rome 5
Dolomites 4.5
Dubrovnik 4.5
Ephesus 4.5
Granada 4.5
Huanglong 4.5
Shiretoko 4.5
Sintra 4.5
Bagan 4
Brugge 4
Cuzco 4
Kotor 4
L'viv 4
Matera 4
Paphos 4
Prague 4
Sanchi 4
Uluru 4
Verona 4
Agra Fort 3.5
Avignon 3.5
Ayutthaya 3.5
Bordeaux 3.5
Butrint 3.5
Copan 3.5
Delos 3.5
Ferrara 3.5
Garajonay 3.5
Hiraizumi 3.5
Hué 3.5
Jeju 3.5
Mérida 3.5
Nikko 3.5
Québec 3.5
Ravenna 3.5
Rhodes 3.5
Shark Bay 3.5
Siena 3.5
Sucre 3.5
Taxila 3.5
Telc 3.5
Uxmal 3.5
Valletta 3.5
Vienna 3.5
Wadi Rum 3.5
Warsaw 3.5
Albi 3
Assisi 3
Avila 3
Belem 3
Corfu 3
Elvas 3
Hampi 3
Hoi An 3
Ivrea 3
Kyiv 3
My Son 3
Oporto 3
Orange 3
Pienza 3
Pompei 3
Puebla 3
Riga 3
Split 3
Toledo 3
Urbino 3
Yazd 3
Byblos 2.5
Cuenca 2.5
Hollókö 2.5
Kulangsu 2.5
Lyon 2.5
Lübeck 2.5
Mtskheta 2.5
Nan Madol 2.5
Nancy 2.5
Naples 2.5
Nesvizh 2.5
Old Rauma 2.5
Palenque 2.5
Ping Yao 2.5
Potsdam 2.5
Reims 2.5
Røros 2.5
Salamanca 2.5
Salzburg 2.5
Syracuse 2.5
Tiwanaku 2.5
Torun 2.5
Trang An 2.5
Visby 2.5
Vlkolinec 2.5
Al Ain 2
Anjar 2
Arles 2
Corvey 2
Cracow 2
Evora 2
Genoa 2
Graz 2
Kandy 2
Lima 2
Macao 2
Modena 2
Mostar 2
Susa 2
Trebic 2
Trier 2
Trogir 2
Troy 2
Tyre 2
Vigan 2
Zamosc 2
Burgundy 1.5
Campeche 1.5
Champagne 1.5
Ibiza 1.5
Jelling 1.5
Kaesong 1.5
Kernavë 1.5
Levuka 1.5
Maymand 1.5
Nalanda 1.5
Panamá 1.5
Surtsey 1.5
Tsodilo 1.5
Zacatecas 1.5
Qalhat 1
Abu Mena 0.5
Battir 0.5
Kuk 0.5
Lumbini 0.5
Schokland 0.5
Sheki 0.5
Yin Xu 0.5
  1. Stoclet House
  2. Willemstad
  3. Belize Barrier Reef
  4. Ruins of León Viejo
  5. Coiba National Park
  6. Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda
  7. Teotihuacan
  8. Archipiélago de Revillagigedo
  9. Chan Chan
  10. Sucre
  11. Tierradentro
  12. Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
  13. ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape
  14. Kakadu National Park
  15. Taxila
  16. Migratory Bird Sanctuaries
  17. Ḥimā Cultural area
  18. Cordouan Lighthouse
  19. Chiribiquete National Park
  20. Vegaøyan
  21. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  22. Mistaken Point
  23. Pimachiowin Aki
  24. Aasivissuit - Nipisat
  25. Ilulissat Icefjord
  26. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  27. Fagus Factory
  28. Mount Wutai
  29. Lumbini
  30. Madā ͐ in Ṣāliḥ
  31. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  32. Koguryo Kingdom
  33. Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil
  34. Susa
  35. Robben Island
  36. Fossil Hominid Sites
  37. Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains
  38. Hyrcanian Forests
  39. Takht-e Soleyman
  40. Ancient Thebes
  41. Lake Malawi
  42. Gonbad-e Qâbus
  43. Abu Mena
  44. Maymand
  45. Pasargadae
  46. Qinghai Hoh Xil
  47. Rock Art in the Hail Region
  48. Qalhat
  49. Champaner-Pavagadh
  50. Petra
  51. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  52. Xidi and Hongcun
  53. Al-Ahsa Oasis
  54. Khangchendzonga National Park
  55. Nalanda
  56. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
  57. Chengjiang Fossil Site
  58. Alto Douro
  59. Hubei Shennongjia
  60. Struve Geodetic Arc
  61. Plain of Jars
  62. Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art
  63. Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region
  64. Chief Roi Mata's Domain
  65. Gunung Mulu
  66. Liangzhu Archaeological Site
  67. Sigiriya
  68. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  69. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  70. First Coffee Plantations
  71. Yakushima
  72. Wood Buffalo National Park
  73. Papahanaumokuakea
  74. Mount Hamiguitan
  75. Medina Azahara
  76. Kladruby nad Labem
  77. Fanjingshan
  78. Okinoshima Island
  79. Mount Wuyi

Reviewed TWHS

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