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Salt Mines of Maras (T)

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

Salt Mines of Maras (T)

As if Peru doesn't have enough awesome stuff to see, they added a few more tentative places in 2019. I'm quite sure most were already on the average tourist's itinerary. Take a bus from Cuzco towards Urubama and drop off at the junction heading to Maras to find a taxi driver who will take you around. If not then take a bus that heads to Maras and ask around in the "town". The junction has a shaded bus stop to wait for buses heading back. I ended up taking a bus that goes the "scenic" route through the villages which cost me nothing but pain, literally, it was almost a penny to take the bus but the road is bumpy and dusty and the "air-con" aka "windows are open" doesn't make it pleasant - you do get to meet some interesting characters though

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Kakadu National Park

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

Kakadu National Park

You will notice that renting a car in Darwin gives you a grand total of 100km to drive per day unless you want to fork out lots of money. Doing the math I think it's only worth renting and driving all the way to Kakadu if you are 3 people or more or actually do more things on the way. Just going to Kakadu and back as a daytrip is not gonna work. Luckily they have an affordable bus trip that picks you up bright and early (it's not early-early like a "daytrip" to Jordan from Sinai or something silly...) and drops you back at ~8pm so this isn't actually bad at all. I even took a flight out the same evening and got dropped off at the turn-off so I can grab an Uber to the airport just 10 minutes away. The coach is also super comfy with toilet and aircon etc.

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Tatacoa Desert (T)

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

Tatacoa Desert (T)

Tourist visit the Tatacoa Desert for 3 reasons:

  • Landscape Formations
  • Hiking (+Swimming)
  • Stargazing

Only one of these even matches what it would be inscribed for because they want to inscribe it for

  • Pre-Colombian archaeological remains
  • Landscape Formations
  • Fossils

I can tell you now that the tourist reasons are better although the stargazing was very kid-oriented but for learning more Spanish (it was all in Spanish) it was kinda useful for me. I didn't go swimming because that lake is actually artificial and it takes a long hike to get there. I hiked several other spots that had free parking. The road from Neiva is good until you reach the park itself and becomes a decent gravel road instead. If you come from Bogota like me then I highly recommend not taking the "road" via La Victoria. It's pure hell, passes through several tunnels that may just lead you to said hell, and a bridge as rickety as the one in Temple of Doom

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Taxila

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

Taxila

It took me 2 years to get into Pakistan. 4 trips to the embassy to request a hiking trip up around Gilgit coming from the Karakoram Highway but I still couldn't convince the officer it was safe and the tour agency didn't seem helpful once they got their money for an invitation letter. Since then there is e-visa. For me I have to apply for a business visa, also a first, but it seems most arriving on a business don't really business here and just pay for an invitation letter. On the other hand, visa fee was waived.

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Migratory Bird Sanctuaries

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

Migratory Bird Sanctuaries

There was some confusion about where the places are until I checked the official map, and even now there is confusion. China news outlets reported the Dafeng Milu Nature Reserve to be included but actually it is not. There is an interesting history about that deer park (deer got eaten to extinction!!) and you do get to see many, many birds there but I am very sure it is not part of the inscription. My friend's family owns an eco lodge in a similar forest reserve in Jiangsu and you see many birds there of this caliber but they are obviously also not inscribed. To add to this, the entire "Yancheng Coast" is a bird paradise including several islands that are famous birdwatching destinations

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Update 22.10.19
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Petra 5
Potosi 5
Huanglong 4.5
Shiretoko 4.5
Bagan 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
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
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Reviewed TWHS

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