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Chan Chan

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

Chan Chan

Chan Chan is super impressive on first sight. It looks great, has the feel of a great place, people highly recommend it and I really wanted to go. So why am I little disappointed? The walls. The walls are re-made. I know it seems picky but it kinda looks like the whole place has been constructed recently. The original parts are overgrown areas that aren't too interested at the moment, or maybe never. The covered section has the detailed decorations everywhere and like I said it's great to look around - just looks fake. It's a shame, I think the restoration work is overdoing it.

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Sucre

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

Sucre

I think Sucre gets a bit of a bad rep because it's "another colonial town" and basically it is. I still liked the town because it grows on you. It's very laid back, there are many foreigners coming here to learn Spanish so you always run into friendly people and start to see familiar faces. When I made Sucre my base for a few days to explore not only the town itself but also the surrounding area I also took advantage to take some Spanish lessons at my hostel.

There was also a big banner that they are planning some celebrations for the 20th anniversary - that's still 2 years to go - but it shows how they really care about the title of being a UNESCO town.

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Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 25-Nov-19

Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)

I actually didn't plan on going to Odessa. I love Kiev and spent a week there a few years ago almost feeling like a resident living in an apartment at the golden gate and leaving a coin at Panteleimon every morning on my way out. From Kiev I wanted to take the train to Tiraspol (Transnistria) but it was already sold out. Kind of surprising really but instead I took a flight to Odessa and took the train onward from there after a day looking at the town. It was better than the long train journey.

I believe there are already way too many "historic centers" on the WH list. It's maybe unfair to Odessa because some historic centers around Europe suck and got their status earlier when no comparison studies were requested or made, because Odessa is nice to spend time in and check out the buildings while just having a nice relaxing day to walk around, have some food and drinks, well, the typical "old town" affair I suppose. To quote Wikipedia: "Its historical architecture has a style more Mediterranean than Russian, having been heavily influenced by French and Italian styles. Some buildings are built in a mixture of different styles, including Art Nouveau, Renaissance and Classicist.." It was also mostly spared in WW2 and retains the original buildings

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Paper Mill at Velké Losiny (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 22-Nov-19

Paper Mill at Velké Losiny (T)

Handmade paper? I'm game. I bought a small supply of lovely paper from the shop and one would think this is a gimmick but some people actually order piles to their home and it took a long time to check out. Velké Losiny isn't unique in the world and there are several other locations in Europe that are similar so they finally started talking to other sites in Germany, Poland and France. A serial combination has a better chance and alone I would have dismissed it as "nice but not good enough". Now that this is perhaps a serious contender I felt to add a review after all.

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Tierradentro

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 20-Nov-19

Tierradentro

It's worth coming here even though the roads are horrible for the last section and if you plan on continuing north/west be ready for a looooong bumpy ride. Slips are constantly ruining travel plans in this area.

On arrival you get the typical booklet for the site and a visit to the museum. There are two parts of the museum and one is not related to the caves and I skipped out quickly. You are then ready to ascend to the actual sites, no guide necessary, with local guards taking care of you as you arrive at each one.

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Petra 5
Potosi 5
Huanglong 4.5
Shiretoko 4.5
Bagan 4
Matera 4
Sanchi 4
Uluru 4
Agra Fort 3.5
Delos 3.5
Garajonay 3.5
Hiraizumi 3.5
Jeju 3.5
Québec 3.5
Sucre 3.5
Taxila 3.5
Wadi Rum 3.5
Albi 3
Hampi 3
Ivrea 3
My Son 3
Orange 3
Pompei 3
Yazd 3
Byblos 2.5
Hollókö 2.5
Kulangsu 2.5
Lübeck 2.5
Mtskheta 2.5
Nan Madol 2.5
Naples 2.5
Old Rauma 2.5
Palenque 2.5
Ping Yao 2.5
Reims 2.5
Røros 2.5
Tiwanaku 2.5
Trang An 2.5
Visby 2.5
Al Ain 2
Anjar 2
Lima 2
Susa 2
Troy 2
Tyre 2
Vigan 2
Zamosc 2
Campeche 1.5
Ibiza 1.5
Kaesong 1.5
Levuka 1.5
Maymand 1.5
Nalanda 1.5
Surtsey 1.5
Tsodilo 1.5
Qalhat 1
Abu Mena 0.5
Battir 0.5
Kuk 0.5
Lumbini 0.5
Sheki 0.5
Yin Xu 0.5

Reviewed TWHS

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