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The Four Sacred Mountains as an Extension of Mt. Taishan (T) Zoe Sheng

The Four Sacred Mountains as an Extension of Mt. Taishan (T) by Zoe Sheng

The Five Sacred Mountains should actually be the Five Great Mountains of the sacred mountains in China. They are one of the goals any hiker has in China. Additionally to the already listed Mount Tai at the east coast and Mount Song nearby Dengfeng (read: Shaolin temple) and the separately listed as a tentative inscription Mount Hua near Xi'an, it also includes the not-so-well known 2 Heng mountains. As both are pronounced the same way people tend to call them Nanyue and Beiyue for North and South peaks. The northern one is usually done by a tour from Datong. It is easy to climb but you may need to double check with your tour guide that there is enough time to climb it. I found this the least pretties of all hikes. The southern one is easily reached from Hengyang which in turn is reached from Changsha by express train.

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Ancient Porcelain Kiln Site in China: The Yue-Kiln Site at Shanglin Lake (T) Zoe Sheng

Ancient Porcelain Kiln Site in China: The Yue-Kiln Site at Shanglin Lake (T) by Zoe Sheng

Although there are more than one location for the listing the main one would be Shanglin Lake. Do not be fooled by Google Maps telling you to go to the south side for a "relic" site. There is absolutely nothing there but there was a convenient bus to get me here so imagine the disappointment. Most tourists come here for the lake because you are immediately approached by touts to take a boat tour. I dismissed this at first but then of course had to come back for questions about the relic sites. After finally figuring out that the exhibition hall is at the NORTH side of the lake I took the lady's boat to reach it rather than going all the way around by buses (there are no taxis in this area). Checking with Google Map I found a listing in only Chinese for said exhibition hall.

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The President Coolidge (T) Zoe Sheng

The President Coolidge (T) by Zoe Sheng

The SS President Coolidge was a large cruise liner later transformed for military purposes before it struck a mine in the shallow bays of Vanuatu. There is quite a lot of story behind it getting lost and its super calm evacuation you can read on various websites including Wikipedia. The entire cruise ship is now on its side at around 20m depth just off the bay on Vanuatu's northern big island Santo. This place is one of the best dive sites in the world, especially for wreck enthusiasts, and many people come from around the world to dive here for up to a week.

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Jinfushan Scenic Spot (T) Zoe Sheng

Jinfushan Scenic Spot (T) by Zoe Sheng

Jinfo Mountain (Golden Buddha Mountain) is a short train/bus ride away from Chongqing. As it is rather famous in the region there are many tourists coming here and it is easy to blend in with the crowds. It boasts karst gorges, stone forests and caves, with the latter being the most attractive to mainland tourists. There are also a few Buddha caves which the mountain is named after but they are more like caves with shrines inside.

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Marine Protected Areas of American Samoa (T) Zoe Sheng

Marine Protected Areas of American Samoa (T) by Zoe Sheng

American Samoa contains super lush green volcano mountains and several parts are protected by the National Park of American Samoa. They work closely together with the National Marine Sanctuary unit. Both organizations have great offices in Pago Pago and you should check them out to get more info on hikes and snorkel/dive trips.

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Name: Zoe Sheng

Country: China

Visited WHS: 332

Most Impressive: Rock Islands, Palau

Proposal New WHS: Mariana Trench

Update 2018-03-13 18:16:06

  1. Okinoshima Island : 2.0
  2. Chengjiang Fossil Site : 0.5
  3. Aapravasi Ghat
  4. Abbey of St Gall
  5. Acropolis
  6. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  7. Ancient Kyoto
  8. Ancient Nara
  9. Angkor
  10. Anjar
  11. Assisi
  12. Auschwitz Birkenau
  13. Australian Convict Sites
  14. Australian Fossil Mammal Sites
  15. Ayutthaya
  16. Baalbek
  17. Baekje Historic Areas
  18. Bahla Fort
  19. Bali Subak system
  20. Bamberg
  21. Ban Chiang
  22. Bardejov Town
  23. Baroque Churches
  24. Bellinzone
  25. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  26. Berat and Gjirokastra
  27. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  28. Bethlehem
  29. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  30. Blenheim Palace
  31. Borobudur
  32. Botanical Garden, Padua
  33. Boyana Church
  34. Butrint
  35. Byblos
  36. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  37. Canterbury
  38. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  39. Centennial Hall
  40. Cesky Krumlov
  41. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  42. Chief Roi Mata's Domain
  43. China Danxia
  44. Choirokoitia
  45. Chongoni Rock Art
  46. Christiansfeld
  47. Churches of Peace
  48. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  49. City of Bath
  50. City of Luxembourg
  51. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  52. Cologne Cathedral
  53. Corfu
  54. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  55. Cracow
  56. Crespi d'Adda
  57. Danube Delta
  58. Dazu Rock Carvings
  59. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  60. Dengfeng
  61. Derwent Valley Mills
  62. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  63. Dong Phayayen
  64. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  65. Dubrovnik
  66. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  67. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  68. Etruscan Necropolises
  69. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  70. Everglades
  71. Ferrara
  72. Florence
  73. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  74. Fraser Island
  75. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  76. Fujian Tulou
  77. Fujisan
  78. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  79. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  80. Gelati Monastery
  81. Genoa
  82. Giant's Causeway
  83. Gobustan Rock Art
  84. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  85. Gondwana Rainforests
  86. Grand Canal
  87. Grand Canyon
  88. Graz
  89. Great Barrier Reef
  90. Great Wall
  91. Greater Blue Mountains
  92. Grimeton Radio Station
  93. Gunung Mulu
  94. Gusuku of Ryukyu
  95. Gwynedd Castles
  96. Gyeongju
  97. Ha Long Bay
  98. Haeinsa Temple
  99. Hahoe and Yangdong
  100. Hani Rice Terraces
  101. Hawaii Volcanoes
  102. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  103. Heritage of Mercury
  104. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  105. Himeji-jo
  106. Hiraizumi
  107. Historic Cairo
  108. Hoi An
  109. Holasovice
  110. Holy Trinity Column
  111. Horyu-ji Area
  112. Huanglong
  113. Huangshan
  114. Hué
  115. Hwaseong Fortress
  116. Imperial Palace
  117. Imperial Tombs
  118. Ironbridge Gorge
  119. Island of Mozambique
  120. Jeju
  121. Jelling
  122. Jiuzhaigou Valley
  123. Jongmyo Shrine
  124. Kaesong
  125. Kaiping Diaolou
  126. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  127. Kandy
  128. Karlskrona
  129. Kathmandu Valley
  130. Kernavë Archeological Site
  131. Kew Gardens
  132. Kiev
  133. Kii Mountain Range
  134. Kinabalu Park
  135. Koguryo Kingdom
  136. Koguryo Tombs
  137. Komodo National Park
  138. Kotor
  139. Kremlin and Red Square
  140. Kronborg Castle
  141. Kuk
  142. Kulangsu
  143. Kutna Hora
  144. Lagoons of New Caledonia
  145. Lake District
  146. Lake Malawi
  147. Le Morne
  148. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  149. Lenggong Valley
  150. Levuka
  151. Litomysl Castle
  152. Liverpool
  153. Longmen Grottoes
  154. Longobards in Italy
  155. Luang Prabang
  156. Lushan National Park
  157. Macao
  158. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  159. Malbork Castle
  160. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  161. Maritime Greenwich
  162. Maulbronn Monastery
  163. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  164. Medici Villas and Gardens
  165. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  166. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  167. Melaka and George Town
  168. Modena
  169. Mogao Caves
  170. Mont-Saint-Michel
  171. Monte San Giorgio
  172. Mostar
  173. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  174. Mount Etna
  175. Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
  176. Mount Sanqingshan
  177. Mount Taishan
  178. Mount Wuyi
  179. Mountain Resort, Chengde
  180. Mtskheta
  181. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  182. Muskauer Park
  183. My Son
  184. Namhansanseong
  185. Nikko
  186. Ohrid Region
  187. Old City of Jerusalem
  188. Old Rauma
  189. Old Town of Galle
  190. Old Town of Lijiang
  191. Olympic National Park
  192. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  193. Papahanaumokuakea
  194. Paphos
  195. Par force hunting landscape
  196. Pearling
  197. Peking Man Site
  198. Petra
  199. Petäjävesi Old Church
  200. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  201. Pienza
  202. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  203. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  204. Ping Yao
  205. Pitons of Reunion
  206. Plitvice Lakes
  207. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  208. Potala Palace
  209. Potsdam
  210. Prague
  211. Prambanan
  212. Preah Vihear Temple
  213. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  214. Primeval Beech Forests
  215. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  216. Pyramids (Memphis)
  217. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  218. Pyu Ancient Cities
  219. Qadisha Valley
  220. Qal'at al-Bahrain
  221. Qinghai Hoh Xil
  222. Ravenna
  223. Redwood
  224. Reichenau
  225. Rhaetian Railway
  226. Riga
  227. Rila Monastery
  228. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  229. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  230. Rock Islands
  231. Rome
  232. Roskilde Cathedral
  233. Royal Exhibition Building
  234. Royal Joseon Tombs
  235. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  236. Sagarmatha National Park
  237. Salzburg
  238. Sambor Prei Kuk
  239. Sammallahdenmäki
  240. San Gimignano
  241. San Marino and Mount Titano
  242. Sangiran Early Man Site
  243. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  244. Sceilg Mhichíl
  245. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  246. Shirakami-Sanchi
  247. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  248. Shiretoko
  249. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  250. Siena
  251. Sighisoara
  252. Silk Roads
  253. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  254. Sinharaja Forest
  255. Site of Xanadu
  256. Skocjan Caves
  257. South China Karst
  258. Southern Öland
  259. Speyer Cathedral
  260. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  261. Split
  262. St. Petersburg
  263. Stari Grad Plain
  264. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  265. Stevns Klint
  266. Stećci
  267. Stonehenge
  268. Struve Geodetic Arc
  269. Studenica Monastery
  270. Sukhothai
  271. Summer Palace
  272. Sydney Opera House
  273. Tallinn
  274. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  275. Tasmanian Wilderness
  276. Telc
  277. Temple of Heaven
  278. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
  279. Thang Long
  280. Three parallel rivers of Yunnan
  281. Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng
  282. Tomioka Silk Mill
  283. Tongariro National Park
  284. Torun
  285. Tower of London
  286. Trang An
  287. Trebic
  288. Trogir
  289. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  290. Tubbataha Reefs
  291. Tugendhat Villa
  292. Tusi Sites
  293. Tyre
  294. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  295. Upper Svaneti
  296. Urbino
  297. Val d'Orcia
  298. Vallée de Mai
  299. Vat Phou
  300. Vatican City
  301. Venetian Works of Defence
  302. Venice and its Lagoon
  303. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  304. Verona
  305. Vicenza
  306. Victoria Falls
  307. Vienna
  308. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  309. Villages with Fortified Churches
  310. Vilnius
  311. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  312. Vlkolinec
  313. Wadden Sea
  314. Walled City of Baku
  315. Warsaw
  316. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  317. West Lake
  318. Westminster
  319. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  320. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  321. Willandra Lakes
  322. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  323. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  324. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  325. Wudang Mountains
  326. Wulingyuan
  327. Würzburg Residence
  328. Xidi and Hongcun
  329. Yin Xu
  330. Yosemite National Park
  331. Yungang Grottoes
  332. Zamosc