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Pharaon Island (T) 23-Oct-18

Pharaon Island (T) by Zoe Sheng

Pharaoh's Island is a tiny island off the coast in the Gulf of Aqaba, between Sinai and Jordan. You can't miss it when you travel north from Sharm to the ferry towards Jordan. I strongly assume the inscription is for the crusader castle, now called Salah El Din Citadel, that takes up most of the space on the island as seen in the picture. To get across one has to take a small fishing boat but it's a really short ride. Most people on the tour didn't bother going and just took pictures from the coast. I suppose in retrospective that would be good enough for me too but at the time it was nice to get off the bus (the ferry port is actually just 5 more minutes north where you get off anyway).

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Fagaloa Bay - Uafato Tiavea Conservation Zone (T) 20-Oct-18

Fagaloa Bay - Uafato Tiavea Conservation Zone (T) by Zoe Sheng

I drove right over the mountain to Uafato, a crazy drive alone but luckily only 10 minutes tops (not that you can't drive the flat northern cape "road" unless you have a 4WD and even then I don't recommend it). I think I wasn't really supposed to though as the villages and beaches in Samoa are private and people looked at me oddly. Nevertheless I made it to the end of the road and one thing is for sure, the views of Fagaloa Bay are great. How about all the stuff they consider world heritage status?

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Liangzhu Archaeological Site (T) 20-Oct-18

Liangzhu Archaeological Site (T) by Zoe Sheng

At the time of writing the Liangzhu sites are gearing up for an inscription attempt. I went to the Liangzhu Museum on the outskirts of Hangzhou a couple of years ago. It can easily reached by bus from the city center areas and the bus is semi-frequent plus very cheap. Now I have to say I did not actually go to any of the archaeological sites with the assumption that they are off-limits, but I don't know for certain. It certainly looks like nothing on the map so I did not want to "waste" my time trekking around in the heat. Either way, unless you are purist you are better off going to the museum for all the insight into the Liangzhu culture and the findings at those dig sites.

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Sigiriya 19-Oct-18

Sigiriya by Zoe Sheng

I will say right away: this place isn't my favorite. It looks great on pictures, it's a must-do when in Sri Lanka, it has all the things of an epic day out, I was so looking forward to finally reaching it, or let's say reaching the top, but alas I was disappointed in the end.

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Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T) 18-Oct-18

Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T) by Zoe Sheng

The cenotes were part of my plan but a lot of these are impossible to get to. Cenotes are everywhere in Yucatan, basically sinkholes, but there are only 99(?) as part of the Chicxulub crater which are supposed to be listed on some website but it doesn't work anymore. I had already given up on this until the second last day of the Yucatan trip until I met a French hitchhiker at Uxmal who actually mainly wanted a ride but was talking about "senoetes" and after some thinking I finally understood he was ALSO looking for the cenotes and he was told by a local guy at Uxmal where to find one! Now I don't know if it was part of the crater and will later be inscribed if ever but I was so happy to get to one in the end.

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Name: Zoe Sheng

Country: China

Visited WHS: 508

Most Impressive: Rock Islands, Palau

Proposal New WHS: Mariana Trench

Update 2018-10-18 02:54:18

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