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Imperial Kiln Sites of Jingdezhen (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 07-Jan-21

Imperial Kiln Sites of Jingdezhen (T)

As I descend to hell..oh, wrong review, although one could think by the picture on the right that's where I was heading. Jingdezhen kiln sites are by no means a visit to anything such, and in fact they are quite enjoyable.

Having previously thought that the site should be akin (akiln?) to the sites in Korea and that it should be a join inscription I find that China has more to offer than the Korean "counterpart". In truth, both places have a large claim to their porcelain heritage but I suppose China's (the word CHINA is supposed to come from Jingdezhen because they make fine China) is much bigger. I wouldn't place it at the same level as the silk road but if you think about how the porcelain industry at the time was a huge thing and put China on the map, obviously it was already on the map but everyone wanted fine porcelain from China and it got traded around the world

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Nanxi River (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 06-Jan-21

Nanxi River (T)

"Charming scernery" (sic), to quote the crappy description of the 2001 documentation. Honestly, this place isn't great even if the description would be updated. I also do not believe the ENTIRE river would be inscribed but only the "better" parts north of Wenzhou which happens to be east of the much better Yandang Mountain, and thus I would call this inscription attempt either a future expansion (assuming Yandang is inscribed first which it should) or a feeble attempt to inscribe a very mediocre place. Now that this long sentence came to a close I'll say something clearer: the pictures look nice but the scenic areas aren't really that nice.

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Yandang Mountain (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 17-Dec-20

Yandang Mountain (T)

Yandang Mountains is awesome, you should go visit. End of review.

Oh, you expect me to write more? It has been a few years since my visit and I hadn't even noticed it was on the Tentative list without any review. The listing is a little old - clocking in at almost 20 years without any update, the official description gives you some idea of the place but is still not very good, and there seems to be no movement on this becoming a World Heritage site since then.

The main attraction are the rock formations. To the average person, and thus most tourists, there isn't much detail going into the rock formations type being rhyolitic volcanic rocks

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The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 17-Dec-20

The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)

A shoutout to Martina to say "Hey, I visited your hometown", and I think you should be proud to able to call it home. In fact, Košice is a lovely town center. And for tourists: easy access from hotels, parking, shops, lovely gardens planted around the centre, fountain, a big Gothic cathedrals, many good bars and restaurants - my picture shows it just shows an ideal town. That's probably what the people who want to nominate this as world heritage had in mind too. Sorry, a little overeager. The whole core thing also doesn't seem unique enough and if it would be a front-runner for this concept in any way that would make it very, very niche

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Historic Monuments and Sites of Ancient Quanzhou (Zayton) (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 15-Dec-20

Historic Monuments and Sites of Ancient Quanzhou  (Zayton) (T)

In my quest to cover every Chinese TWHS in the list I...wait, what? Already 2(!) reviews for Quanzhou?! I guess I don't need to add more than a thumbs up.

All jokes aside, it's no surprise Quanzhou has already been visited and reviewed due to the inscription attempt in 2018. It was first recommended not be inscribed but then overturned to have another look in 2020 (delayed until 2021 due to Covid-19). Normally the politics behind these inscriptions are not pleasant to read about because it all deals with cooperations between countries, favours (in this case Tunisia writing a referendum to have it inscribed) and plain old ass kissing. To compare, Saudi Arabia had the same situation with Al-Ahsa Oasis and after debating and all sorts of haggling within the nation's representatives it was eventually inscribed as world heritage site (referendum by Kuwait)

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Reviewed TWHS

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