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Ekamra Kshetra - The Temple City, Bhubaneswar (T) 17-Dec-18

Ekamra Kshetra - The Temple City, Bhubaneswar (T) by Zoe Sheng

Ekamra Kshetra is the old town of Bubhaneswar. It contains nearly a hundred temples according to the map I saw on one of the buildings, with the offices document stating 199 and there used to be 700. Getting around is easy on foot if you want but be prepared to take the whole day. I found that most of them are very, very similar but maybe I'm just ignorant. I had a driver/guide for half a day which would be continue to then Sun Temple and end at Chiliak lake mid-evening. I also went to Dhauli up on a hill on the outskirts and its popularity was even more than the town. I think it is part of the nomination as well and has a fancy Ashuka pillar nearby as well.

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Ancient Ruin of Drukgyel Dzong (T) 15-Dec-18

Ancient Ruin of Drukgyel Dzong (T) by Zoe Sheng

King of Bhutan: “In celebration of my son's birth by my beautiful wife I hereby announce the renovation of the Drukgyel monastery.”

Ministry of Tourism: “But, my dragon king, as beautiful as your wife may be, we just placed the monastery on the list of tentative works heritage sites as ruins. If we renovate it the entire work will be in vain.”

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Khangchendzonga National Park 13-Dec-18

Khangchendzonga National Park by Zoe Sheng

Flying over this doesn't do it justice. I actually didn't expect to trek into it either because of the distance involved from the towns but in Darjeeling there are many trekking tours advertised. First off you need to get to Darjeeling which a lot of people do easily. They then often continue to Gangtok but I'm quite sure there is no way to enter the park from the north. Well, yes, there is a road at Lachen monastery so you CAN drive into the park but the real way to enter is only on foot.

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Nalanda 12-Dec-18

Nalanda by Zoe Sheng

Most about this place has already been said in a greatly written review so I shall now only add that it has since been inscribed and got a nice price hike. Twice!

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Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India (T) 11-Dec-18

Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India (T) by Zoe Sheng

Every Indian girl dreams about getting married in her Banarasi saree. As for me, I waltzed into a shop, threw money on the floor and demanded to get three blue and couple purple ones. No, just kidding. I bought one but not in a bitchy way.

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Name: Zoe Sheng

Country: China

Visited WHS: 523

Most Impressive: Rock Islands, Palau

Proposal New WHS: Mariana Trench

Update 2018-12-08 20:36:38

  1. Calakmul : 5.0
  2. Desembarco del Granma National Park : 5.0
  3. Gunung Mulu : 5.0
  4. Lagoons of New Caledonia : 5.0
  5. Tubbataha Reefs : 5.0
  6. Yakushima : 5.0
  7. Pitons of Reunion : 4.5
  8. Shirakami-Sanchi : 4.5
  9. Shiretoko : 4.5
  10. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park : 4.0
  11. Fanjingshan : 4.0
  12. Hubei Shennongjia : 4.0
  13. Humayun's Tomb : 4.0
  14. Kaziranga National Park : 4.0
  15. Khangchendzonga National Park : 4.0
  16. Lake Malawi : 4.0
  17. Papahanaumokuakea : 4.0
  18. Phong Nha - Ke Bang : 4.0
  19. Qutb Minar : 4.0
  20. Red Fort : 4.0
  21. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras : 4.0
  22. Sagarmatha National Park : 4.0
  23. Viñales Valley : 4.0
  24. Wood Buffalo National Park : 4.0
  25. Alto Douro : 3.5
  26. Hani Rice Terraces : 3.5
  27. Mount Hamiguitan : 3.5
  28. Mount Sanqingshan : 3.5
  29. Québec : 3.5
  30. Rideau Canal : 3.5
  31. Wadi Rum : 3.5
  32. Australian Fossil Mammal Sites : 3.0
  33. Ivrea : 3.0
  34. Joggins Fossil Cliffs : 3.0
  35. Old Havana : 3.0
  36. Old Town Lunenburg : 3.0
  37. Sigiriya : 3.0
  38. Sun Temple, Konarak : 3.0
  39. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra : 3.0
  40. Chitwan National Park : 2.5
  41. First Coffee Plantations : 2.5
  42. Grand Pré : 2.5
  43. Island of Mozambique : 2.5
  44. Koguryo Tombs : 2.5
  45. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary : 2.5
  46. Nan Madol : 2.5
  47. Palenque : 2.5
  48. Sian Ka'an : 2.5
  49. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution : 2.5
  50. St. George, Bermuda : 2.5
  51. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios : 2.5
  52. Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn : 2.0
  53. Camagüey : 2.0
  54. Chongoni Rock Art : 2.0
  55. Koguryo Kingdom : 2.0
  56. Mountain Railways of India : 2.0
  57. Okinoshima Island : 2.0
  58. Paquimé : 2.0
  59. San Pedro de la Roca Castle : 2.0
  60. Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng : 2.0
  61. Tusi Sites : 2.0
  62. Vigan : 2.0
  63. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch : 1.5
  64. Campeche : 1.5
  65. Chief Roi Mata's Domain : 1.5
  66. Cienfuegos : 1.5
  67. Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region : 1.5
  68. Kaesong : 1.5
  69. Levuka : 1.5
  70. Nalanda : 1.5
  71. Struve Geodetic Arc : 1.5
  72. Aflaj irrigation system : 1.0
  73. Lenggong Valley : 1.0
  74. Miguasha Park : 1.0
  75. Sambor Prei Kuk : 1.0
  76. San Cristobal de La Laguna : 1.0
  77. Site of Xanadu : 1.0
  78. Thang Long : 1.0
  79. Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art : 1.0
  80. Chengjiang Fossil Site : 0.5
  81. Kuk : 0.5
  82. Lumbini : 0.5
  83. Aachen Cathedral
  84. Aapravasi Ghat
  85. Abbey of St Gall
  86. Acropolis
  87. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  88. Altamira Cave
  89. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  90. Ancient Kyoto
  91. Ancient Nara
  92. Angkor
  93. Angra do Heroismo
  94. Anjar
  95. Antequera Dolmens Site
  96. Anuradhapura
  97. Aquileia
  98. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  99. Assisi
  100. Asturian Monuments
  101. Atapuerca
  102. Auschwitz Birkenau
  103. Australian Convict Sites
  104. Avila
  105. Ayutthaya
  106. Baalbek
  107. Baekje Historic Areas
  108. Bahla Fort
  109. Bali Subak system
  110. Bamberg
  111. Ban Chiang
  112. Banska Stiavnica
  113. Bardejov Town
  114. Baroque Churches
  115. Beemster Polder
  116. Belem
  117. Belfries
  118. Bellinzone
  119. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  120. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  121. Berat and Gjirokastra
  122. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  123. Bethlehem
  124. Birka and Hovgarden
  125. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  126. Blenheim Palace
  127. Borobudur
  128. Botanical Garden, Padua
  129. Boyana Church
  130. Brugge
  131. Budapest
  132. Burgos Cathedral
  133. Burgundy
  134. Butrint
  135. Byblos
  136. Caceres
  137. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  138. Canterbury
  139. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  140. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  141. Caves and Ice Age Art
  142. Centennial Hall
  143. Central Highlands
  144. Cesky Krumlov
  145. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  146. Chichen-Itza
  147. China Danxia
  148. Choirokoitia
  149. Christiansfeld
  150. Churches of Peace
  151. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  152. City of Bath
  153. City of Luxembourg
  154. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  155. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  156. Cologne Cathedral
  157. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  158. Cordoba
  159. Corfu
  160. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  161. Cracow
  162. Crespi d'Adda
  163. Danube Delta
  164. Dazu Rock Carvings
  165. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  166. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  167. Dengfeng
  168. Derwent Valley Mills
  169. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  170. Dolomites
  171. Donana National Park
  172. Dong Phayayen
  173. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  174. Drottningholm
  175. Dubrovnik
  176. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  177. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  178. El Escurial
  179. Elvas
  180. Engelsberg Ironworks
  181. Epidaurus
  182. Etruscan Necropolises
  183. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  184. Everglades
  185. Evora
  186. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  187. Ferrara
  188. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  189. Flemish Béguinages
  190. Florence
  191. Fortifications of Vauban
  192. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  193. Fraser Island
  194. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  195. Fujian Tulou
  196. Fujisan
  197. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  198. Garajonay
  199. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  200. Gelati Monastery
  201. Genbaku Dome
  202. Genoa
  203. Giant's Causeway
  204. Glacier parks
  205. Gobustan Rock Art
  206. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  207. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  208. Gondwana Rainforests
  209. Gorham's Cave Complex
  210. Granada
  211. Grand Canal
  212. Grand Canyon
  213. Grand Place, Brussels
  214. Graz
  215. Great Barrier Reef
  216. Great Smoky Mountains
  217. Great Wall
  218. Greater Blue Mountains
  219. Grimeton Radio Station
  220. Guimarães
  221. Gusuku of Ryukyu
  222. Gwynedd Castles
  223. Gyeongju
  224. Ha Long Bay
  225. Haeinsa Temple
  226. Hahoe and Yangdong
  227. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  228. Hawaii Volcanoes
  229. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  230. Heritage of Mercury
  231. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  232. Himeji-jo
  233. Hiraizumi
  234. Historic Cairo
  235. Hoi An
  236. Holasovice
  237. Hollókö
  238. Holy Trinity Column
  239. Hortobágy
  240. Horyu-ji Area
  241. Huanglong
  242. Huangshan
  243. Hué
  244. Hwaseong Fortress
  245. Ibiza
  246. Imperial Palace
  247. Imperial Tombs
  248. Independence Hall
  249. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  250. Ironbridge Gorge
  251. Itsukushima Shrine
  252. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
  253. Jeju
  254. Jelling
  255. Jiuzhaigou Valley
  256. Jongmyo Shrine
  257. Kaiping Diaolou
  258. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  259. Kandy
  260. Karlskrona
  261. Kathmandu Valley
  262. Kernavë
  263. Kew Gardens
  264. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  265. Kiev
  266. Kii Mountain Range
  267. Kinabalu Park
  268. Kinderdijk
  269. Komodo National Park
  270. Kotor
  271. Kremlin and Red Square
  272. Kronborg Castle
  273. Kulangsu
  274. Kutna Hora
  275. L'viv
  276. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  277. La Lonja de la Seda
  278. Lake District
  279. Las Medulas
  280. Laurisilva of Madeira
  281. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  282. Le Morne
  283. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  284. Litomysl Castle
  285. Liverpool
  286. Longmen Grottoes
  287. Longobards in Italy
  288. Luang Prabang
  289. Lushan National Park
  290. Macao
  291. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  292. Mahabodhi Temple Complex
  293. Major Town Houses
  294. Malbork Castle
  295. Mammoth Cave
  296. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  297. Margravial Opera House
  298. Maritime Greenwich
  299. Maulbronn Monastery
  300. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  301. Medici Villas and Gardens
  302. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  303. Medina Azahara
  304. Medina of Tétouan
  305. Melaka and George Town
  306. Messel Pit
  307. Meteora
  308. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  309. Mir Castle
  310. Modena
  311. Mogao Caves
  312. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  313. Monastery of Alcobaça
  314. Monastery of Batalha
  315. Mont-Saint-Michel
  316. Monte San Giorgio
  317. Mostar
  318. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  319. Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
  320. Mount Taishan
  321. Mount Wuyi
  322. Mountain Resort, Chengde
  323. Mtskheta
  324. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  325. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  326. Muskauer Park
  327. My Son
  328. Mycenae and Tiryns
  329. Mystras
  330. Mérida
  331. Namhansanseong
  332. Nancy
  333. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  334. Nesvizh
  335. Nikko
  336. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  337. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  338. Ohrid Region
  339. Old City of Berne
  340. Old City of Jerusalem
  341. Old Rauma
  342. Old Town of Galle
  343. Old Town of Lijiang
  344. Olympia
  345. Olympic National Park
  346. Oporto
  347. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  348. Palmeral of Elche
  349. Pannonhalma
  350. Paphos
  351. Par force hunting landscape
  352. Pearling
  353. Peking Man Site
  354. Petra
  355. Petäjävesi Old Church
  356. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  357. Pico Island
  358. Pienza
  359. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  360. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  361. Ping Yao
  362. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  363. Plitvice Lakes
  364. Polonnaruva
  365. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  366. Potala Palace
  367. Potsdam
  368. Poverty Point
  369. Prague
  370. Prambanan
  371. Preah Vihear Temple
  372. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  373. Primeval Beech Forests
  374. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  375. Pyramids (Memphis)
  376. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  377. Pyu Ancient Cities
  378. Qadisha Valley
  379. Qal'at al-Bahrain
  380. Ravenna
  381. Redwood
  382. Regensburg
  383. Reichenau
  384. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
  385. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  386. Rhaetian Railway
  387. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  388. Riga
  389. Rila Monastery
  390. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  391. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  392. Rock Islands
  393. Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin
  394. Roman Walls of Lugo
  395. Rome
  396. Roskilde Cathedral
  397. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  398. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  399. Royal Exhibition Building
  400. Royal Joseon Tombs
  401. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  402. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  403. Saint Catherine Area
  404. Salamanca
  405. Salzburg
  406. Sammallahdenmäki
  407. San Gimignano
  408. San Marino and Mount Titano
  409. Sangiran Early Man Site
  410. Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries
  411. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  412. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  413. Santiago de Compostela
  414. Sceilg Mhichíl
  415. Schokland
  416. Schönbrunn
  417. Segovia
  418. Semmering Railway
  419. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  420. Serra de Tramuntana
  421. Seville
  422. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  423. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  424. Siena
  425. Sighisoara
  426. Silk Roads
  427. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  428. Sinharaja Forest
  429. Sintra
  430. Skocjan Caves
  431. Skogskyrkogarden
  432. South China Karst
  433. Southern Öland
  434. Speyer Cathedral
  435. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  436. Split
  437. St. Petersburg
  438. Stari Grad Plain
  439. Stevns Klint
  440. Stećci
  441. Stoclet House
  442. Stonehenge
  443. Strasbourg
  444. Sukhothai
  445. Summer Palace
  446. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  447. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  448. Sydney Opera House
  449. Tallinn
  450. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  451. Tasmanian Wilderness
  452. Teide National Park
  453. Telc
  454. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  455. Temple of Heaven
  456. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
  457. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  458. The Four Lifts
  459. Three parallel rivers of Yunnan
  460. Tokaji Wine Region
  461. Toledo
  462. Tomioka Silk Mill
  463. Tongariro National Park
  464. Torun
  465. Tower of Hercules
  466. Tower of London
  467. Trang An
  468. Trebic
  469. Trier
  470. Trogir
  471. Tugendhat Villa
  472. Tyre
  473. University of Coimbra
  474. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  475. Upper Svaneti
  476. Urbino
  477. Uxmal
  478. Val d'Orcia
  479. Vallée de Mai
  480. Van Nellefabriek
  481. Vat Phou
  482. Vatican City
  483. Venetian Works of Defence
  484. Venice and its Lagoon
  485. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  486. Verona
  487. Vicenza
  488. Victoria Falls
  489. Vienna
  490. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  491. Villages with Fortified Churches
  492. Vilnius
  493. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  494. Visby
  495. Vizcaya Bridge
  496. Vlkolinec
  497. Vézelay
  498. Völklingen Ironworks
  499. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  500. Wadden Sea
  501. Walled City of Baku
  502. Warsaw
  503. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  504. West Lake
  505. Westminster
  506. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  507. White City of Tel-Aviv
  508. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  509. Willandra Lakes
  510. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  511. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  512. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  513. Wudang Mountains
  514. Wulingyuan
  515. Würzburg Residence
  516. Xidi and Hongcun
  517. Yin Xu
  518. Yosemite National Park
  519. Yungang Grottoes
  520. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  521. Zamosc
  522. Zollverein
  523. Úbeda and Baeza
  1. Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India (T)
  2. Worship wooden architecture (17th -18th centuries) in Polesye (T)
  3. Sites Megalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang (T)
  4. Tr’ondëk-Klondike (T)
  5. Gombak Selangor Quartz Ridge (T)
  6. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  7. Mediterranean Wind Mills (T)
  8. Pharaon Island (T)
  9. Fagaloa Bay - Uafato Tiavea Conservation Zone (T)
  10. Liangzhu Archaeological Site (T)
  11. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  12. Yukon Ice Patches (T)
  13. Limes Romanus - The Roman antique monuments on the Middle Danube (T)
  14. Prehistoric Cave Sites in Maros-Pangkep (T)
  15. Gaya Tumuli of Gimhae - Haman (T)
  16. The Ipolytartnóc Fossils (T)
  17. Kangjingun Kiln Sites (T)
  18. Ras Mohammed (T)
  19. Valle Salado de Añana (T)
  20. Qinghai Lake (T)
  21. The Wine in Iberia (T)
  22. Monastery of Santa María de La Rábida and the Columbus Memorial Places in Huelva (T)
  23. Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island (T)
  24. The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River (T)
  25. Vertical Vegetation Landscape and Volcanic Landscape in Changbai Mountain (T)
  26. Cultural landscape of the stud farm at Kladruby nad Labem (T)
  27. SanFangQiXiang (T)
  28. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)
  29. Maijishan Scenic Spots (T)
  30. Kvetera Church (T)
  31. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  32. Salterns (T)
  33. The Four Sacred Mountains as an Extension of Mt. Taishan (T)
  34. Ancient Porcelain Kiln Site in China: The Yue-Kiln Site at Shanglin Lake (T)
  35. The President Coolidge (T)
  36. Jinfushan Scenic Spot (T)
  37. Marine Protected Areas of American Samoa (T)
  38. The Complex of Yen Tu Monuments and Landscape (T)
  39. The Djavolja Varos (Devil's Town) Natural Landmark (T)
  40. Baiheliang Ancient Hydrological Inscription (T)
  41. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  42. Stone Buddhas and Pagodas at Hwasun Unjusa Temple (T)
  43. Hua Shan Scenic Area (T)
  44. The Sado complex of heritage mines, primarily gold mines (T)
  45. The Alligator Sinensis Nature Reserve (T)
  46. Sites of Hongshan Culture: The Niuheliang Archaeological Site, the Hongshanhou Archaeological Site, and Weijiawopu Archa (T)