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Vegaøyan

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 02-Sep-19

Vegaøyan

Vega island by itself is a lovely hiking spot for fresh air, some history, flora and fauna spotting. The main issue is that the ferry to the island is expensive enough to turn away potential visitors. There are many places along the coast that have the same scenery without that pricey crossing. The main draw is the eider duck and you have probably read that the ducks aren't easily spotted on the island. In fact they mainly come here during nesting season (April) and during that time visitors are not welcome. Hotels are closed and the locals don't like a silly tourists scaring the ducks away. Every house, every barn, every boat and even wheelbarrow become potential nests for the female eider, forming the connection between ducks and humans it has received world heritage status for

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Moravian Church Settlements (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 28-Aug-19

Moravian Church Settlements (T)

When I went to Bethlehem, USA (Pennsylvania) this summer I wasn't sure what to expect. A colonial quarter from the 18th century. There is a parking lot right next to the "entrance" below the bridge. Everything is free. The houses are in decent condition but can only be seen from the outside as far as I know. Maybe there are special days to visit them. It is nice to see how the buildings form a village: a dye house, butchery and so on. Those, however, are very often found in Europe and in fact this site is aiming as a transnational extension to Christiansfeld in Denmark. Having the same over in the States is unfortunately nowhere near special in my opinion, and I don't find that unique enough

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Bonaire Marine Park (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 26-Aug-19

Bonaire Marine Park (T)

Bonaire is a huge marine park. Everything from the shore, technically the high-water mark, to the 60m mark is part of the park including Klein Bonaire island. Bonaire is also diver's paradise. There are almost 100 dive sites, almost all are shore entry, they are accessible and marked by yellow rocks and have (or should have) dive information posted at location.

The usual thing to do is to bring all your gear, rent a pickup, sign up for an unlimited air package with one of the copious dive shops (I swear every fifth building is one) and just dive on your own, well, with a buddy preferably. No need to pay extra for a dive guide, boat transfer is optional unless you dive around Klein Bonaire. If you go diving at the northern tip, Washington Slagbaai NP, you need a 4WD.

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Archaeological and Historical National Park of Pueblo Viejo, La Vega (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 21-Aug-19

Archaeological and Historical National Park of Pueblo Viejo, La Vega (T)

It's me again with a review of the Dominican Republic's rubbish tentative sites. Today we have Ruinas De La Vega Vieja and once again I want to point out that this is on the way from Santiago to Santo Domingo and not a huge detour. Google map is currently wrong and leads you behind the ruins so don't follow the icon for the Ruinas but instead for Fortaleza de la Concepción. Why the name change I don't know, see more in a minute. There is definitely nothing at the icon and it perhaps stands for the general area that holds more than the fort.

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City Hall, Georgetown (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 16-Aug-19

City Hall, Georgetown (T)

I will again briefly mention that Guyana is currently not very safe to visit. There isn't a war but plenty of criminals. In the area around a rather beautiful building you may get your phone or purse stolen so show no wealth as you walk around the blocks. "Welcome to City Hall" sounds inviting but the gates are locked. One gate in the back was open (I surely didn't enter the alley at the east side!) yet it felt wrong to just waltz inside to take closeup pictures. I also don't think it's really necessary. The building is falling apart, it doesn't look safe to visit inside, and I think the best part is visible from the road. Nice tower, an info pane (other buildings have that too), cute spiral staircase and totally "haunted house" written all over

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Reviewed TWHS

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