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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Recent Reviews Zos M

Mount Taishan

Zos M Philippines/China - 02-Dec-18

Mount Taishan

[WHS #0038: Visited on April 29, 2017]

Taishan is inscribed in all 6 cultural criteria and criterion vii (superlative natural phenomena or natural beauty). Listed prior to the idea of cultural landscapes, inscription under criterion vii seems odd today as Taishan’s natural beauty/phenomena is short of being universally exceptional. The views at the top is pretty but typical of mountain vista. Rather, it is in the harmony with the cultural aspects where Taishan stands out not only in terms of its architectural elements but also of the ideas it represented and originated.

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Zos M Philippines/China - 26-May-18


[Visited April 2017]

I spent 3 days exploring all inscribed components during a 4-day Qingming holiday weekend. My visit was possibly a few days before Juha’s and I concur to his impressions on the review below. As he had excellently written about the components he visited, I will focus mine on the others in a lengthy review.


Shaolin Temple is the birthplace of Kung Fu. Visiting it was worth the hype and hassle. Yes, it is crowded and considering I went on a public holiday, it was really ”people mountain people sea” type of place. The payoff is not solely on the exceptionality of the built heritage

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Chengjiang Fossil Site

Zos M Philippines/China - 15-Apr-18

Chengjiang Fossil Site

[Visited Chengjiang Fossil Site on Apr. 5, 2018]


Chengjiang Fossil Site was somewhat an easy day trip from Kunming. The metro connectivity from the airport took an hour to Kunming South Passenger Coach Station. There were hourly buses for 18 RMB to Chengjiang County taking another hour via an expressway. And the ease of visiting this WHS stopped upon arriving at bus station. After almost three years from the last review, the situation of going to and of the site itself had not change - still no public transport except hiring a car, taxi or Didi (Chinese Uber for those with no Mandarin knowledge).

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Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art

Zos M Philippines/China - 16-Jan-18

Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art

[Visited Ningming Cluster on Jan. 13, 2018]

English information on Hanoi-Nanning train route is limited. But coming from Hanoi, the MR1 train actually stops at Ningming Country. Hotels in Hanoi can book train tickets – mine costs $35 USD to Pingxiang Border and I bought Pingxiang-Ningming at the station for 11 RMB. The train leaves Hanoi at 9:15 PM and arrives Ningming at 7:00 AM.

Ningming really takes pride in their WHS. You can see the rock art figures printed all over town

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Most Impressive
Drum and Bell Towers of China
Gabaldon Heritage School Buildings of the Philippines

Recently Visited WHS

Update 04.05.19
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  1. Archaeological Sites of the Ancient Shu State: Site at Jinsha and Joint Tombs of Boat- shaped Coffins in Chengdu City, S (T)
  2. Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments (T)
  3. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  4. Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Extension) (T)
  5. Chinese Section of the Silk Road (T)
  6. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  7. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  8. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
  9. Historic Monuments and Sites of Ancient Quanzhou (Zayton) (T)
  10. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  11. Jaipur city, Rajasthan India (T)
  12. Jinfushan Scenic Spot (T)
  13. Le site de Koh Ker (T)
  14. Les villes bastionnées des Pays-Bas du nord-ouest de l'Europe (T)
  15. Lingqu Canal (T)
  16. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  17. Maijishan Scenic Spots (T)
  18. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  19. Route of Magellan. First around the World (T)
  20. SanFangQiXiang (T)
  21. Seoul City Wall (T)
  22. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  23. Silk Road Sites in India (T)
  24. Site of Southern Yue State (T)
  25. Sites along the Uttarapath, Badshahi Sadak, Sadak-e-Azam, Grand Trunk Road (T)
  26. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  27. Sites of Saytagrah, India's non-violent freedom movement (T)
  28. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  29. The Chinese Section of the Silk Roads (T)
  30. The Four Sacred Mountains as an Extension of Mt. Taishan (T)
  31. The Lijiang River Scenic Zone at Guilin (T)

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