Zos M Profile

I started counting WHS visit since 2016 after relocating to China. Ticking off a site is just half the fun. Like most of us here in this community, the excitement is more on seeing places and understanding what makes it have an OUV. I particularly cherish going to off-the-beaten tracks - sites not on the tourist trails and if not for WHS listing might seem not worth a visit but many ended up getting surprised by what it offers.

Currently still based in Beijing I make it a goal to see all China WHS and as many as possibly on its T-list. Occasionally, in particular during China peak tourist season, I ventured to other countries and see what it offers.

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Qinghai Hoh Xil

Zos M Philippines/China - 24-Dec-21

[Visited Oct 2021]

Planning a trip to Hoh Xil is really a challenge for foreigners. The pandemic made it even harder. As a devout WHS traveller, I was determined more than ever to complete China this year, having been trapped inside the Covid bubble.


It would make sense to combine Hoh Xil with Lhasa/Tibet to minimize cost and maximize the experience. After all, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway already traverses the core zone.

It seemed straightforward at first. But not really. Even if I would consider a “pass by” as a WHS visit, it had to be during the day. I could not find information online about which train would do it. I had to calculate the predict the course based on the scheduled departure from the closest stop

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Tusi Sites

Zos M Philippines/China - 23-Sep-21

Tusi Sites

[Photos: Left - tomb at Tangya Site. Top Right - ethnic pebble pattern at Laosicheng Site. Lower Right - barbican at Hailongtun Fortress]

An empire can only grow so much until the people at the peripheries felt discontented and neglected by the central government. Maintaining control need more than military prowess. Governing an area so large and with multitude of ethnicities makes it even extra difficult. So, if you are the emperor of a multi-ethnic and vast empire in the 13th century, what would you do to exert control on your dominion?

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Imperial Tombs

Zos M Philippines/China - 03-Jul-20

Imperial Tombs

Ming Xian Ling in Zhongxiang, Jingmen Hubei visited, 15 Sep 2019)

Zhongxiang, a small town in the middle of Hubei very much far away from any imperial capital of China, is the oddest of locations for inscribed Imperial Tombs. Here lies a testimony of an emperor’s filial piety. Interred here are Prince Xiang of Wang, Zhu Yuyuan, and his wife.

Zhu Yuyuan’s position was unique amongst the Chinese royal lineage as he was a son, a brother and a father of emperors without being [...]

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Mount Sanqingshan

Zos M Philippines/China - 30-Jun-20

Mount Sanqingshan

[Visited, 16 Sep 2017]

Fresh from 2 day hike of Huangshan, a friend and I took the train from Huangshan North to Shangrao. We arrived past 5 PM so no more buses were available. A taxi to our guesthouse near Jinsha cableway, costed 150 RMB for over an hour drive.

Sanqingshan was one of my most memorable WHS visit. The adventure began upon arrival to our guesthouse

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Migratory Bird Sanctuaries

Zos M Philippines/China - 04-Nov-19

Migratory Bird Sanctuaries

Migratory Bird Sanctuaries (Yancheng Nature Reserve) [Visited 26 Oct, 2019]

It is tricky to plan a visit to this site. There are limited English information online. The detailed maps on the dossier shows three interpretation centers open for visitors (Yancheng Nature Reserve for Rare Birds, Dafeng Milu Nature Reserve, Tiaozini Scenic Area), but all in the buffer zones. Our Chinese fellow-WHS enthusiasts Wechat group also don’t know where and how to get to the core zones.

Only the middle section of Yancheng Nature Reserve is in the core zone. The Reserve for Rare Birds is completely in the buffer area but abuts the core on its northeast corner. Likewise, only the northeast section of Dafeng Milu Nature Reserve is in the core, the deer breeding center is way far from the inscribed area. And only one side of the Tiaozini Scenic Area abuts the core zone too

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Cambodia . China . Holy See . Singapore . Sri Lanka . Viet Nam .

Rating Stats
  1. Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)
  2. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  3. Ancient Porcelain Kiln Site in China: The Yue-Kiln Site at Shanglin Lake (T)
  4. Ancient Residences in Shanxi and Shaanxi Provinces (T)
  5. Archaeological Sites of the Ancient Shu State: Site at Jinsha and Joint Tombs of Boat- shaped Coffins in Chengdu City, S (T)
  6. Badain Jaran Desert—Towers of Sand and Lakes (T)
  7. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  8. Baiheliang Ancient Hydrological Inscription (T)
  9. Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Extension) (T)
  10. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  11. Bulwarked Fortifications (T)
  12. Capital Fortifications of Hanyang : Hangyangdoseong Capital City Wall, Bukhansanseong Mountain Fortress and Tangchundaeseong Defense Wall (T)
  13. Central Park (T)
  14. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  15. Chinese Section of the Silk Road (T)
  16. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  17. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  18. Colonial Urban Plan and Fortifications of the Walled City of Manila (T)
  19. Dali Chanshan Mountain and Erhai Lake Scenic Spot (T)
  20. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  21. Diaolou Buildings and Villages for Tibetan and Qiang Ethnic Groups (T)
  22. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  23. Dong Villages (T)
  24. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
  25. Ellis Island (T)
  26. Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal (T)
  27. Fenghuang Ancient City (T)
  28. Former M-13 prison/ Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (former S-21)/ Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre (former Execution Site of S-21) (T)
  29. Fujian Minjiang River Estuary: The ecotone between marine and terrestrial biogeographical regions (T)
  30. Guancen Mountain -- Luya Mountain (T)
  31. Guizhou Triassic Fossil Sites (T)
  32. Haitan Scenic Spots (T)
  33. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  34. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  35. Huangguoshu Scenic Area (T)
  36. Imperial Kiln Sites of Jingdezhen (T)
  37. Jinfushan Scenic Spot (T)
  38. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  39. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  40. Les villes bastionnées des Pays-Bas du nord-ouest de l'Europe (T)
  41. Lingqu Canal (T)
  42. Maijishan Scenic Spots (T)
  43. Mayon Volcano Natural Park (T)
  44. Miao Nationality Villages in Southeast Guizhou Province (T)
  45. Nanxi River (T)
  46. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  47. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  48. Phuphrabat Historical Park (T)
  49. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  50. Qinghai Lake (T)
  51. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (Extension) (T)
  52. Route of Magellan (T)
  53. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in Portugal (T)
  54. Samar Island Natural Park (T)
  55. SanFangQiXiang (T)
  56. Seruwila to Sri Pada (Sacred Foot Print Shrine), Ancient pilgrim route along the Mahaweli river in Sri Lanka (T)
  57. ShuDao (T)
  58. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  59. Silk Road Sites in India (T)
  60. Site of Southern Yue State (T)
  61. Sites along the Uttarapath, Badshahi Sadak, Sadak-e-Azam, Grand Trunk Road (T)
  62. Sites for Liquor Making in China (T)
  63. Sites of Hongshan Culture: The Niuheliang Archaeological Site, the Hongshanhou Archaeological Site, and Weijiawopu Archa (T)
  64. Sites of Saytagrah (T)
  65. Slender West Lake and Historic Urban Area in Yangzhou (T)
  66. Taihang Mountain (T)
  67. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  68. The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River (T)
  69. The Andaman Sea Nature Reserves of Thailand (T)
  70. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  71. The Chinese Section of the Silk Roads (T)
  72. The Coast of the Bohai Gulf and the Yellow Sea of China (T)
  73. The Four Sacred Mountains as an Extension of Mt. Taishan (T)
  74. The Historic Towns and Landscape of Taal Volcano and its Caldera Lake (T)
  75. The Lijiang River Scenic Zone at Guilin (T)
  76. The Padang Civic Ensemble (T)
  77. The Sugar Cultural Landscape of Negros and Panay Islands (T)
  78. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  79. Western Xia Imperial Tombs (T)
  80. Wooden Structures of Liao Dynasty - Wooden Pagoda of Yingxian County, Main Hall of Fengguo Monastery of Yixian County (T)
  81. Yalong, Tibet (T)
  82. Yandang Mountain (T)

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