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Madinat al-Zahra (T) Zoe Sheng

Madinat al-Zahra (T) by Zoe Sheng

This place used to be an ancient city in the styles one can see at the Alcazar in Sevilla but rather than "just" a palace or building the area was an entire town with garden built strategically into the slope of the mountain. Having said that the ruond don't send as massive as it sounded like beforehand.

To reach the site you need to get to the outskirts of Cordoba. The museum is at the parking lot and free for EU citizens (there was no ID check so maybe they go by accent or trust? I.e. hide your American accent and seem trustwurthy, or just fork out whatever they ask for.) Inside you watch a prerendered CGI movie about the history of the city and it's daily ongoings. It prepares you for what you are about to see up the hill, kind of.

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Monastery of Santa María de La Rábida and the Columbus Memorial Places in Huelva (T) Zoe Sheng

Monastery of Santa María de La Rábida and the Columbus Memorial Places in Huelva (T) by Zoe Sheng

I'm very torn on the monastery in La Rábida as it is after all the place Columbus planned and discussed his journey that would lead to the discovery of the Americas; however, it is padded with modern paintings from the last decade rather than show what it really was like.

Your best bet is to get the audio guide (I think it was included in the price) unless you are with a tour. I've listened to a tour going through and they pretty much got the same info fed as the earphones. It will take you around 45min to get through everything.

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Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island (T) Zoe Sheng

Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island (T) by Zoe Sheng

Iriomote is usually a day trip from Ishigaki by ferry. Whereas it is possible to stay longer it is not easy to figure out accomodation. Best and easiest way to see the forest is the boat tiur to the waterfalls. Along the way is a Japanese guide and you can try to follow with English notes but most people got lost really quickly. It is still beautiful on the way. Once you arrive the tour continues as a hike for about 2h which is rather muddy and steep at points. That is why you got boots at the start of the tour. You will be rewarded with great views at the lookout points where you can have a rest. Some people only walked to the first stop and back. The time is a little tight to see both anyway. The guides also did not accompany you as they go back and forth with other guests.

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The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River (T) Zoe Sheng

The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River (T) by Zoe Sheng

Have you seen the movie Mission Impossible 3 and ever wondered...wait, haven't? Okay, watch that first...done? Ok, good. So the last part of MI:3 was filmed in Xitang. You'd be surprised how many people think it is Suzhou because they think "canal + these bridges = Suzhou" as they went there for the gardens. Well, Suzhou has those canals and bridges but it is not the same. Also I heard people say that Suzhou would be the Venice of the East but actually that was the term also reserved for the water towns (and apparently Hoi An sometimes too). Seeing that the towns are so close to Suzhou I can understand the mistake. As a side note I booked the tour from Hangzhou but I bet public transport to at least one of the water towns is easy in this "Suzhou-Hangzhou-Shanghai delta".

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Vertical Vegetation Landscape and Volcanic Landscape in Changbai Mountain (T) Zoe Sheng

Vertical Vegetation Landscape and Volcanic Landscape in Changbai Mountain (T) by Zoe Sheng

The long-dormant volcano of "Long White Mountain" is very hit and miss for viewing. Naturally winter is super cold up northeast China but summer brings lots of fog into the area. The entry fee to the park is also quite steep which all you can pretty much see is the Heavenly Lake after another paid bus ride. All this should be included if you get on an organized tour from Changchun or similar big towns nearby. Aside from strolling alongside the rim of the crater there isn't much to offer in the park, but having been on a tour maybe they just don't give you the chance to see anything else. It felt a little bit disappointing after driving so far and spending all the time queuing for the bus. A lot of people just quickly hide into the cafe/shop to escape from the cold up there. Even in summer you need to bring a light jacket to see the the world's highest volcanic crater lake.

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Name: Zoe Sheng

Country: China

Visited WHS: 447

Most Impressive: Rock Islands, Palau

Proposal New WHS: Mariana Trench

  1. Okinoshima Island : 2.0
  2. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch : 1.5
  3. Chengjiang Fossil Site : 0.5
  4. Aachen Cathedral
  5. Aapravasi Ghat
  6. Abbey of St Gall
  7. Acropolis
  8. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  9. Altamira Cave
  10. Alto Douro
  11. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  12. Ancient Kyoto
  13. Ancient Nara
  14. Angkor
  15. Angra do Heroismo
  16. Anjar
  17. Antequera Dolmens Site
  18. Aquileia
  19. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  20. Assisi
  21. Asturian Monuments
  22. Atapuerca
  23. Auschwitz Birkenau
  24. Australian Convict Sites
  25. Australian Fossil Mammal Sites
  26. Avila
  27. Ayutthaya
  28. Baalbek
  29. Baekje Historic Areas
  30. Bahla Fort
  31. Bali Subak system
  32. Bamberg
  33. Ban Chiang
  34. Banska Stiavnica
  35. Bardejov Town
  36. Baroque Churches
  37. Beemster Polder
  38. Belem
  39. Belfries
  40. Bellinzone
  41. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  42. Berat and Gjirokastra
  43. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  44. Bethlehem
  45. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  46. Blenheim Palace
  47. Borobudur
  48. Botanical Garden, Padua
  49. Boyana Church
  50. Brugge
  51. Budapest
  52. Burgos Cathedral
  53. Burgundy
  54. Butrint
  55. Byblos
  56. Caceres
  57. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  58. Canterbury
  59. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  60. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  61. Caves and Ice Age Art
  62. Centennial Hall
  63. Cesky Krumlov
  64. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  65. Chief Roi Mata's Domain
  66. China Danxia
  67. Choirokoitia
  68. Chongoni Rock Art
  69. Christiansfeld
  70. Churches of Peace
  71. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  72. City of Bath
  73. City of Luxembourg
  74. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  75. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  76. Cologne Cathedral
  77. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  78. Cordoba
  79. Corfu
  80. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  81. Cracow
  82. Crespi d'Adda
  83. Danube Delta
  84. Dazu Rock Carvings
  85. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  86. Dengfeng
  87. Derwent Valley Mills
  88. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  89. Donana National Park
  90. Dong Phayayen
  91. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  92. Dubrovnik
  93. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  94. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  95. El Escurial
  96. Elvas
  97. Epidaurus
  98. Etruscan Necropolises
  99. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  100. Everglades
  101. Evora
  102. Ferrara
  103. Flemish Béguinages
  104. Florence
  105. Fortifications of Vauban
  106. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  107. Fraser Island
  108. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  109. Fujian Tulou
  110. Fujisan
  111. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  112. Garajonay
  113. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  114. Gelati Monastery
  115. Genoa
  116. Giant's Causeway
  117. Gobustan Rock Art
  118. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  119. Gondwana Rainforests
  120. Gorham's Cave Complex
  121. Granada
  122. Grand Canal
  123. Grand Canyon
  124. Grand Place, Brussels
  125. Graz
  126. Great Barrier Reef
  127. Great Wall
  128. Greater Blue Mountains
  129. Grimeton Radio Station
  130. Guimarães
  131. Gunung Mulu
  132. Gusuku of Ryukyu
  133. Gwynedd Castles
  134. Gyeongju
  135. Ha Long Bay
  136. Haeinsa Temple
  137. Hahoe and Yangdong
  138. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  139. Hani Rice Terraces
  140. Hawaii Volcanoes
  141. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  142. Heritage of Mercury
  143. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  144. Himeji-jo
  145. Hiraizumi
  146. Historic Cairo
  147. Hoi An
  148. Holasovice
  149. Hollókö
  150. Holy Trinity Column
  151. Hortobágy
  152. Horyu-ji Area
  153. Huanglong
  154. Huangshan
  155. Hué
  156. Hwaseong Fortress
  157. Ibiza
  158. Imperial Palace
  159. Imperial Tombs
  160. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  161. Ironbridge Gorge
  162. Island of Mozambique
  163. Jeju
  164. Jelling
  165. Jiuzhaigou Valley
  166. Jongmyo Shrine
  167. Kaesong
  168. Kaiping Diaolou
  169. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  170. Kandy
  171. Karlskrona
  172. Kathmandu Valley
  173. Kernavë Archeological Site
  174. Kew Gardens
  175. Kiev
  176. Kii Mountain Range
  177. Kinabalu Park
  178. Kinderdijk
  179. Koguryo Kingdom
  180. Koguryo Tombs
  181. Komodo National Park
  182. Kotor
  183. Kremlin and Red Square
  184. Kronborg Castle
  185. Kuk
  186. Kulangsu
  187. Kutna Hora
  188. L'viv
  189. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  190. La Lonja de la Seda
  191. Lagoons of New Caledonia
  192. Lake District
  193. Lake Malawi
  194. Las Medulas
  195. Laurisilva of Madeira
  196. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  197. Le Morne
  198. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  199. Lenggong Valley
  200. Levuka
  201. Litomysl Castle
  202. Liverpool
  203. Longmen Grottoes
  204. Longobards in Italy
  205. Luang Prabang
  206. Lushan National Park
  207. Macao
  208. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  209. Major Town Houses
  210. Malbork Castle
  211. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  212. Margravial Opera House
  213. Maritime Greenwich
  214. Maulbronn Monastery
  215. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  216. Medici Villas and Gardens
  217. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  218. Medina of Tétouan
  219. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  220. Melaka and George Town
  221. Messel Pit
  222. Meteora
  223. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  224. Mir Castle
  225. Modena
  226. Mogao Caves
  227. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  228. Monastery of Alcobaça
  229. Monastery of Batalha
  230. Mont-Saint-Michel
  231. Monte San Giorgio
  232. Mostar
  233. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  234. Mount Etna
  235. Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
  236. Mount Sanqingshan
  237. Mount Taishan
  238. Mount Wuyi
  239. Mountain Resort, Chengde
  240. Mtskheta
  241. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  242. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  243. Muskauer Park
  244. My Son
  245. Mycenae and Tiryns
  246. Mystras
  247. Mérida
  248. Namhansanseong
  249. Nan Madol
  250. Nancy
  251. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  252. Nesvizh
  253. Nikko
  254. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  255. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  256. Ohrid Region
  257. Old City of Berne
  258. Old City of Jerusalem
  259. Old Rauma
  260. Old Town of Galle
  261. Old Town of Lijiang
  262. Olympia
  263. Olympic National Park
  264. Oporto
  265. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  266. Palmeral of Elche
  267. Papahanaumokuakea
  268. Paphos
  269. Par force hunting landscape
  270. Pearling
  271. Peking Man Site
  272. Petra
  273. Petäjävesi Old Church
  274. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  275. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  276. Pico Island
  277. Pienza
  278. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  279. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  280. Ping Yao
  281. Pitons of Reunion
  282. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  283. Plitvice Lakes
  284. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  285. Potala Palace
  286. Potsdam
  287. Prague
  288. Prambanan
  289. Preah Vihear Temple
  290. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  291. Primeval Beech Forests
  292. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  293. Pyramids (Memphis)
  294. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  295. Pyu Ancient Cities
  296. Qadisha Valley
  297. Qal'at al-Bahrain
  298. Qinghai Hoh Xil
  299. Ravenna
  300. Redwood
  301. Regensburg
  302. Reichenau
  303. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
  304. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  305. Rhaetian Railway
  306. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  307. Riga
  308. Rila Monastery
  309. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  310. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  311. Rock Islands
  312. Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin
  313. Roman Walls of Lugo
  314. Rome
  315. Roskilde Cathedral
  316. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  317. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  318. Royal Exhibition Building
  319. Royal Joseon Tombs
  320. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  321. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  322. Sagarmatha National Park
  323. Salamanca
  324. Salzburg
  325. Sambor Prei Kuk
  326. Sammallahdenmäki
  327. San Gimignano
  328. San Marino and Mount Titano
  329. Sangiran Early Man Site
  330. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  331. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  332. Santiago de Compostela
  333. Sceilg Mhichíl
  334. Schokland
  335. Schönbrunn
  336. Segovia
  337. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  338. Serra de Tramuntana
  339. Seville
  340. Shirakami-Sanchi
  341. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  342. Shiretoko
  343. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  344. Siena
  345. Sighisoara
  346. Silk Roads
  347. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  348. Sinharaja Forest
  349. Sintra
  350. Site of Xanadu
  351. Skocjan Caves
  352. South China Karst
  353. Southern Öland
  354. Speyer Cathedral
  355. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  356. Split
  357. St. Petersburg
  358. Stari Grad Plain
  359. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  360. Stevns Klint
  361. Stećci
  362. Stoclet House
  363. Stonehenge
  364. Strasbourg
  365. Struve Geodetic Arc
  366. Studenica Monastery
  367. Sukhothai
  368. Summer Palace
  369. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  370. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  371. Sydney Opera House
  372. Tallinn
  373. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  374. Tasmanian Wilderness
  375. Teide National Park
  376. Telc
  377. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  378. Temple of Heaven
  379. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
  380. Thang Long
  381. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  382. The Four Lifts
  383. Three parallel rivers of Yunnan
  384. Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng
  385. Tokaji Wine Region
  386. Toledo
  387. Tomioka Silk Mill
  388. Tongariro National Park
  389. Torun
  390. Tower of Hercules
  391. Tower of London
  392. Trang An
  393. Trebic
  394. Trogir
  395. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  396. Tubbataha Reefs
  397. Tugendhat Villa
  398. Tusi Sites
  399. Tyre
  400. University of Coimbra
  401. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  402. Upper Svaneti
  403. Urbino
  404. Val d'Orcia
  405. Vallée de Mai
  406. Van Nellefabriek
  407. Vat Phou
  408. Vatican City
  409. Venetian Works of Defence
  410. Venice and its Lagoon
  411. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  412. Verona
  413. Vicenza
  414. Victoria Falls
  415. Vienna
  416. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  417. Villages with Fortified Churches
  418. Vilnius
  419. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  420. Vizcaya Bridge
  421. Vlkolinec
  422. Vézelay
  423. Völklingen Ironworks
  424. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  425. Wadden Sea
  426. Walled City of Baku
  427. Warsaw
  428. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  429. West Lake
  430. Westminster
  431. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  432. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  433. Willandra Lakes
  434. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  435. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  436. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  437. Wudang Mountains
  438. Wulingyuan
  439. Würzburg Residence
  440. Xidi and Hongcun
  441. Yin Xu
  442. Yosemite National Park
  443. Yungang Grottoes
  444. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  445. Zamosc
  446. Zollverein
  447. Úbeda and Baeza