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Huanglong

Christravelblog Netherlands - 20-Nov-22

Huanglong

Huanglong is a real fairy tale landscape with autumn leaves, frozen waterfalls and ponds colored blue through yellow make Huanglong a surreal place. I visited in 2018 after a business trip in Beijing. I always flew in to Chengdu (great KLM fares). Huanglong is just 150 kilometers from Chengdu but through the mountains by road I would not recommend. Take a short flight to Jiuzhaigou airport and stay in a hotel there. From Jiuzhaigou it's a 1.5h drive to Huanglong. A day trip suffices. The entrance fee is huge. Avoid visiting during Chinese holidays as you will regret that. Keep in mind that during November at some point the cable car stops for the winter and opens again in spring.

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Archaeological Complex of Toro Muerto (T)

Wojciech Fedoruk Poland - 22-Nov-22

Archaeological Complex of Toro Muerto (T)

Coming from Nazca to Arequipa by car it is worth turning left and visiting some of the most interesting rock drawings I have ever seen. The site is called Toro Muerto (Dead Bull), but this name could be changed to almost any other animal - nothing can survive in this desert except perhaps a camel - but there are no camels in the New World. The petroglyphs are close to the village of Corire and the fertile valley of the Camana River, but in this part of Peru only a few rivers are suitable for life. It is enough to drive a kilometer or two to the side and you can meet there at most sand and rocks.

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Amazonia Theaters (T)

Els Slots The Netherlands - 20-Nov-22

Amazonia Theaters (T)

The Amazon Rubber Boom (1879-1912) caused the economic and social transformation of Brazil’s Amazonia region. In Europe and the USA, the Industrial Revolution and the production of tires drove the high demand for rubber. Rubber could be tapped from trees in the Amazon rainforest, and mostly European entrepreneurs employed indigenous people and migrants from the Northeast to locate and extract it. The temporary commercial success led to the rise of a wealthy elite in the Amazonian cities. They imported all kinds of luxury items from Europe and provided their cities with street cars and electrical lighting. Theaters were also built as places to show off, and the ones in Manaus and in Belém are considered the best examples of this specific era

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Complex of Sheikh Mukhtar-Vali (mausoleum) (T)

Nan Germany - 16-Nov-22

Complex of Sheikh Mukhtar-Vali (mausoleum) (T)

As a short excursion von Khiva, I visited the Complex of Sheikh Mukhtar-Vali. It's a bit to the East, less than 30min drive, most of it being spent on getting out of Khiva. The mausoleum is situated on a scenic cemetery. It is dedicated to yet another sheikh, the founder of the local town, Ostana.

The mosque is nice and quiet. While I visited a local couple came to pray in the mausoleum.

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While it sure is a nice visit, there really isn't anything outstanding about the site that warrants an individual inscription. At most, seeing the proximity to Itchan Qala I could see it as an extension.

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Shibam

Christravelblog Netherlands - 20-Nov-22

Shibam

In November 2022, finally I was able to visit Yemen Mainland. Just Hadramout though, but that's were Shibam is. Will advise on logistics below.

It was around 10AM when we finally headed to, in my opinion, the highlight of the Yemen trip: Shibam Hadramout, the Manhattan of Arabia. Shibam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982 and I now know why: It’s an amazing unique place.

Shibam is a unique city in Wadi Hadramout as it’s completely built from mud bricks up to eleven stories high. These skyscrapers house around 7000 people and are built very close to each other. The whole city is surrounded by a wall

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Samarkand

Nan Germany - 15-Nov-22

Samarkand

Looking at the places on my "to visit" list, Samarkand is the one that made the list first and stayed there the longest. My late aunt sometime in the 80s (or 90s?), had been to Uzbekistan and told me some mythical stories about her visit to Samarkand. I can't remember many details, but I think she was a bit challenged regarding customs and hygiene. In any case, I got Fernweh for the place: Wanting to go to Samarkand has stayed with me ever since.

I had planned to visit in 2020 but then Covid hit. Now, in 2022, I felt was the time to follow up.

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Nice

Ilya Burlak USA - 18-Nov-22

Nice

In September of 2022, I had a chance to reacquaint myself with Nice, having explored it first over twenty years earlier. As with any reasonably large city, it has quite a lot to offer to every visitor: museums, churches, palaces, public spaces, elevated viewpoints, and a certainly colorful historic old town. And yet, it is not exceptional in any sense of the world. As others noted before me, Nice's recognition as a WH property is quite a stretch of the concept of the OUV; as you move around town, you will be hard-pressed to put your finger on what exactly made this large seaside town a foremost leader in well-to-do winter tourism. Everybody takes a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais when they are in Nice - that can't be enough of a reason by itself, can it?

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Central Amazon Conservation Complex

Els Slots The Netherlands - 28-Nov-22

Central Amazon Conservation Complex

The Central Amazon Conservation Complex is a mostly contiguous area of parks and reserves in the northwest of Brazil, approximately in the center of the Amazon biome and the Amazon basin. You can dip your toe in with a one-day tour to Anavilhanas from the state capital of Manaus, but I opted for a more substantial visit to the sublocation ‘Marimaua Reserve’. Situated over 500km west of Manaus, I first had to fly to Tefé. This is a bustling river port of 60,000 inhabitants with no road access. I was picked up for another 1.5 hours of travel by boat to the Uakari Lodge, where I stayed for 3 nights inside the Reserve.

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Desert Castles of Ancient Khorezm (T)

Nan Germany - 15-Nov-22

Desert Castles of Ancient Khorezm (T)

What a difference a different location makes ... Coming from Nukus by shared cab, I had exited my cab at Beruni to visit Pil Qala. It was a 15min walk from the junction to the ruins and I figured I could always get a ride to Urgench and Khiva (I managed).

Pil Qala was fairly underwhelming. It's pretty small, surrounded by a town and itself heavily reconstructed. Admittedly, the castle being made of clay means it has to be reconstructed regularly. But still: This felt underserving of being on the list. Too little.

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Sites marquants de la Route de l’Esclave au Bénin (T)

Solivagant UK - 18-Nov-22

Sites marquants de la Route de l’Esclave au Bénin (T)

Back in 2008 we gave a pretty thorough visit (including walking the entire "route") to the T List site which was then called “La ville d'Ouidah : quartiers anciens et Route de l'Esclave”. It has since “morphed” into something larger (with a completely new Ref No) via the addition of 4 sites “upcountry” from Ouidah (to make 8 in all) and a new title “Sites marquants de la Route de l’Esclave au Bénin”. We have only visited 1 of these additions but, in this review, as well as covering the original locations, I will share what I have been able to discover about the additions, as part of a wider objective of trying to understand the entire site as it may now be nominated.

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Poverty Point

Blake - 14-Nov-22

I went to poverty point in october of 2022, it is extremely out of the way and not near anything. I recommend it as a day trip if you go to new orleans. If you need gas or food the Farmer one stop right by it is something I recommend, it's not gourmet but it's a friendly little spot with a bit of everything. I spent about 4 hours on an archaeological day (highly recommend) there, about an hour and a half to hike the site, 30 minutes in the museum and the rest at the archaleogical day exhibits. Atlatl throwing was my favorite demonstration. I highly recommend the 15 minutes of film the museum offers before you do the hike, it was extremely informative. The Mound A is the highlight of the hike, pictures do not and as far as I'm concerned do not do it justice

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Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc

Jakob Frenzel Germany - 24-Nov-22

Decorated cave of Pont d

February 2022 - after visiting Orange we drove through the marvelous Ardeche Valley. It should be on the Natural WHS list on its own. We stopped at numerous viewpoints to take good shots an memories back home. Of course we stopped at Pont d'Arc as well. The Natural Bridge on one side, the entrance to the cave in the back. A must-stop to see the actual core zone.

With my daughter I decided to enter as the Chauvet II theme park to get a better impression of the WHS. The visit took us several hours though. First the stone age exhibitions and finally the guided tour through the Replica.

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Cold winter deserts of Turan (Uzbekistan) (T)

Nan Germany - 15-Nov-22

Cold winter deserts of Turan (Uzbekistan) (T)

Planning my trip to Uzbekistan in 2022, I looked at the upcoming nominations. The cold winter deserts are coming up for 2023 and I figured I would give it a visit. But then I ran into a wall: Where?!

Looking at the coordinates on our map (Els has corrected Lake Sudochye since), I was hard pressed to find a location to visit because:

Being deserts they are remote. All are far off from Uzbekistan's population and tourist centres. The dots don't really map to anything of note. Information on the listed natural parks is hard to find online, especially when not speaking Russian. Being tentative, it's subject to change and not really clear what eventually will be inscribed. If it is inscribed at all. The easiest option for the time being is the State Sanctuary of Sudochye-Akpetki. Sudochye is a lake (system) where remnants of the Amu Darya River flow in. You can reach the State Sanctuary from both Muynaq and Nukus by 4WD and it is included in several tours

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Historical Centre of Puerto Plata (T)

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 15-Nov-22

Historical Centre of Puerto Plata (T)

Puerto Plata is one of the tourist hotspots in the Dominican Republic. We spent our family vacation in one of the resorts, a few minutes’ drive from the city center. The city has its own international airport and a cruise terminal. Further, Carnival’s private cruise terminal, Amber Cove, is only a few minutes outside the center.

Thanks to the massive amount of tourists the region sees each year, the old town is very well maintained. There is a large number of wooden colonial houses, all of them in colourfully painted. There is a nice square next to an unimpressive church. The fortress is San Felipe is small but in good shape. The city is clean compared to Santo Domingo and during off-season also very relaxed.

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Itchan Kala

Nan Germany - 15-Nov-22

Itchan Kala

Of all the sites in Uzbekistan I liked Itchan Kala in Xiva (Khiva) best. Samarkand is obviously the biggest and objectively best site in Uzbekistan, but it's fairly spread out. It's also modern Uzbekistan's second largest city with traffic and crowds. It didn't evoke much of an old town feeling in me and I would not have wanted to stay for longer.

Bukhara meanwhile has an old town flair and features the nicest Islamic buildings in Uzbekistan. But ... It's overpriced and overcrowded by (mostly French) tour groups.

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Plain of Jars

Nomad99 - 20-Nov-22

I visited in November 2022. Due to lack of time and a pesky cough I was only able to visit Site 1. Other reviewers have accurately described these curious sites. There is also a large cave at Site 1 where it is speculated the jars were baked, as the cave has chimney holes. It is also likely more recently locals hid in the cave during bombing runs. One curious fact I can add, as stated prior, the jars were likely made for food and alcohol storage and perhaps alcohol distillage. However bone fragments and ashes were carbon dated to as many as 500 to 1000 years later (approx 900 AD). So the jars were repurposed by another generation for burial long after their initial use. I stayed at Pukyo B&B near the airport. Very nice people and excellent food. They also provide tours

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Lower German Limes

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 15-Nov-22

Lower German Limes

I visited the Lower German Limes in Germany and the Netherlands. The “Roman Disneyland” Xanten is already covered in other reviews. The museum in Cologne was in September still under reconstruction. Therefore I will focus my review on the Netherlands.

In my quest to find original remains in the Netherland. While most of the dots on our map seem to scatter around Nijmegen, it seems that none of these remains are actually visible. Then I stumbled upon Utrecht. Most (if not all) remains in the Netherlands are underground and in Utrecht you have the chance to go there. "DOM under" provides a guided tour to, you guessed it, an excavation site under the cathedral, or rather the part of the main square, that used to be part of the cathedral before a storm struck it down.

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Statue of Liberty

Blake - 14-Nov-22

I went to the Statue of Liberty in November of 2022, the covid restrictions were mostly lifted and the statue of liberty cruises that got us to the island were packed and rocky, people piled on in hoards and they packed the boats full of people. Some people in line and I joked they were giving us the real experience. The statue of liberty was extremely impressive, the size and immensity of it were not understated and it's a beautiful statue. I plan on going to NYC again and will probably do a crown tour when I do so (this requires months of advance in registering) otherwise I don't plan on returning. I felt that I got everything out of the experience I could the first time. 

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Everglades

Blake - 14-Nov-22

I went to the Everglades the weekend before thanksgiving of 2019, the climate was perfect for the area. My first stop was the Flamingo campground area, I only spent a day in total and was not initially impressed with the flamingo area. If you are camping there or staying overnight I think it would be a good place to do so. I biked Shark valley tram road later that day which was an amazing experience. I probably saw upwards of a hundred alligators over 6 feet in length and a dozen baby alligators at the end of the trail. The observation tower allowed for a beautiful view. This is one of the world heritage sites I definitely plan on visiting again I would love to do an airboat tour or a kayaking trip. 

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The Ancient City of Apollonia (T)

Clyde Malta - 14-Nov-22

The Ancient City of Apollonia (T)

I visited this tWHS in spring 2022 en route to Butrint from Durres. It is indeed a very big area and if you walk to all the different components of this tWHS a visit can easily take half a day. If you're pressed for time most of the highlights are close to the entrance and a quick visit to the neat museum can suffice.

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