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Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 27-May-20

Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)

Don't even ask me how to pronounce Ještěd. I tried telling people on the trip about my stay there and they were like "what, where?" and when they finally figured it out the conversation had already shifted to something else.

I really like the tower

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Protected area of Lake Atitlán: multiple use (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 11-Apr-20

Protected area of Lake Atitlán: multiple use (T)

"multiple uses" of a lake? Already that raises questions. If you read the short description on the official website, which I could paste here but let me get through it instead, it looks more like a placeholder as well as a "let's throw this on a list so that tourists go there - not that the place requires to be promoted any more.

Their first point about natural beauty could easily be granted. The setting is beautiful from every spot on around the lake

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Tak'alik Ab'aj National Park (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 18-Feb-20

Tak

Guatemala hasn't inscribed any WHS since 1981, and their tentative list hardly gets updated. Almost all 2002 documentation is rubbish yet one of these, The Mayan-Olmecan Encounter (hereafter the M-O-E), had been resubmitted as Tak'alik Ab'aj National Park with an excellent description. I inquired if Tak’alik Ab’aj is the only site for the M-O-E and while technically not true it is the only touristy place, accessible place, "good" place to see the mix-up of the cultures.

First off, this is a bit far from the usual places in Guatemala. Me and my BFF took a road trip to the Fuentes Georginas hot springs (come very early if you want to go there it fills up fast!) and continued south to the park and ended up at the coast from where you can easily get back to Antigua - something I would recommend as itinerary

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Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 18-Feb-20

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo

I'm going to be really selfish and champion Frida's "home-study" as worthy to be WHS. The architecture is not that special if you have been to places designed by Le Corbusier but might find a niche with the committee, yet I think the empowering large windows that let the sun into the massive studio makes me feel it is worthy alone. The other buildings I find only kinda interesting and it is mainly a museum with pictures and explanations so I was done quickly. Instead I was relaxing on the benches just across the main facade and imagine Frida's life here (well, also Diego Rivera but I kind of always have to think about Alfred Molina). Definitely something you should include on your Ciudad de México itinerary.

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Town of Chichicastenango (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 18-Feb-20

Town of Chichicastenango (T)

Highly popular, highly recommended, highly religious (bleh) but I didn't like it very much, what went wrong?

For one when you go you need to go on a market day, Thursday and Sunday. On any other day you will find this place on par with any generic town in Guatemala. The location is nice and the drive was good but most viewpoints where towards the lake and volcanoes.

Alright so market day is interesting to stroll through the markets but isn't that similar to the market in Antigua? Yes, for sure, so I don't see how it was worth it coming for the market day, maybe it used to be more interesting but vendors selling cloths and trinkets are not special at all. The churches were closed and don't strike me as unique.

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Reviewed TWHS

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