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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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Cultural landscape of the stud farm at Kladruby nad Labem (T) Zoe Sheng

Cultural landscape of the stud farm at Kladruby nad Labem (T) by Zoe Sheng

A stud farm, not handsome guys, but instead horses for breeding. I was really looking forward to something else. I think Czechia has the best variety when it comes to sightseeing in such a small area, from churches and nature, old cities, mines, beer, castles. There are tours in Czech on the hour between 10:00 and 16:00. I'm unclear what the other parts on the menu were but I think you can see certain parts of the place unguided with individual entrance tickets. For non-Czech speakers you are given some text in several European languages. They said the English one is the only one updated to the new tour though. I had to get used to "English text" when doing tours in Czechia anyway so this was no surprise. The stud farm is only reached by car and I doubt they get many foreign tourists before this has a WHS title.

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SanFangQiXiang (T) Zoe Sheng

SanFangQiXiang (T) by Zoe Sheng

Three Lanes and Seven Alleys is a small block in Fuzhou city that represents its old town. Having seen grande old towns at Lijiang and Pingyao makes this seem very puny. The entire urban planning aspect is invisible to visitors. I also did not see any guided tours coming in to explain anything but I'm sure there are. I think that may be worth it as like I said it just feels like a modernized old town with the McDonald's (or was it Starbucks) disguised in a tiled roof and wooden facade.

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Name: Zoe Sheng

Country: China

Visited WHS: 358

Most Impressive: Rock Islands, Palau

Proposal New WHS: Mariana Trench

Update 2018-04-25 09:37:35

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