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Author Solivagant
#16 | Posted: 28 Feb 2020 06:17 | Edited by: Solivagant 
Wondering if the WHC will meet in Fuzhou this year.

No need - just inscribe everything!! Much the same as they would do if they met - and it would be a "green" statement !

Author clyde
#17 | Posted: 28 Feb 2020 09:10 | Edited by: clyde 

:) But then we would miss out on the pompous speeches (especially from Iran lately) and ICOMOS' advice being overturned more often than not.

Author jeanbon
#18 | Posted: 1 Mar 2020 11:19 | Edited by: jeanbon 
France also begins to give in to psychosis. Louvre is closed today because of the staff who is scared of the covid-19

Author joelonroad
#19 | Posted: 1 Mar 2020 22:08 
Shandos and I have flights booked back to China in May but I don't think that will be happening now! We might go somewhere else instead, but who knows. Hopefully our South Pacific trip in July will still be okay!

Not especially worried for us as we're both young(ish!) and healthy, but both of my sisters-in-law are pregnant, we're constantly around young children, my dad is a life-long asthmatic and mum has chronic sinus and bronchitis issues so I'm more worried about passing it on to someone!

Author paul
#20 | Posted: 2 Mar 2020 13:20 
We have tickets to South Korea in late April. Even with our 2 teenagers we would probably risk the flu symptoms. But Korea is gradually shutting up shop and the chance of quarantine seems to be getting more real. KLM is allowing free booking changes so Korea will have to wait till next year!

Author Durian
#21 | Posted: 2 Mar 2020 21:58 
Japan WHSs on Coronavirus

Hokkaido declared state of emergency, Shiretoko NP is closed.
Ogasawara Island announced setting up quarantine, all passengers to Ogasawara need to pass the medical check.
Himeji Castle canceled it WHS marathon.
Museum of Western Art in Tokyo is closed.
Nijo Castle, close the interior viewing.
Many tourist facilities in Kii Mountain WHS will be closed for a whole month.

Author elsslots
#22 | Posted: 5 Mar 2020 10:14 | Edited by: elsslots 
If you're in doubt whether you'll be allowed into a country at all (Israel today for example has implemented some drastic measures), follow these updates:

Author tsunami
#23 | Posted: 5 Mar 2020 10:22 | Edited by: tsunami 
I have an opera ticket at the WH Arena di Verona in Italy in late June and corresponding Ryanair round-trip tickets from Poland. This event will be most likely cancelled, and I would excuse myself from this trip. Hope they will refund the opera ticket. And Ryanair tickets? Forget them.

On same occasion I was planning to swing by the WH San Marino for the first time. But there is already a man who died and 7 reported cases in this tiny country.

But more than Arena di Verona I'm concerned with the 100th anniversary of the Salzburg Festival in WH Salzburg, Austria, this summer. If the whole event is cancelled, what a tragedy.

And yesterday when I crossed the border from Poland to Ukraine by bus, an Ukrainian officer pointed some sort of light-emitting device to our forehead in the bus. I'm guessing that is to see if we have high body temperature.

Author mrayers
#24 | Posted: 5 Mar 2020 14:25 
follow these updates:

That's a fantastic resource, thanks so much for the link, Els!

I have officially scratched my plans to go to Italy, and that means 16-18 WHS that I won't get to visit.

Many of those will not be too disappointing (pile dwellings/MtSanGiorgio/Crespi d'Adda, etc.,) but my alternate route will only provide 5-6 replacements, so my upcoming count will take a big hit.

Instead, I will pass through Berlin, which I have not had much of a chance to research. I will likely enjoy Potsdam and Museum Is. but will only snap a quick photo of the apartments. Beyond that, I am not sure what else to see in Berlin, anyone have any non-WHS recommendations for that city?

Author Durian
#25 | Posted: 5 Mar 2020 17:39 

Author Colvin
#26 | Posted: 5 Mar 2020 21:04 
In Berlin I liked the view from both Berliner Dom and the Reichstag. The Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie May be of interest from Cold War history; you can also see the "Bridge of Spies" when you visit Potsdam. The Brandenburg Gate is impressive, as well, and the Tiergarten is a nice green space in the middle of the city. If you aren't tired of palaces, I enjoyed my visit to Charlottenburg some 15 years ago. Hope you find enough to make up for your change in plans!

Author clyde
#27 | Posted: 6 Mar 2020 04:59 

Even though the situation is evolving quite rapidly, I wouldn't jump to conclusions beyond a month away! In less than a month, countries worldwide, including Italy, changed/updated their position several times. Italy's decree applies till around the end of March, so June is too far away to even think of refunds or what not.

Hopefully, when the climate starts to get warmer, the usual season of normal flu will be over, and ideally the novel coronavirus cases will start to decrease. Only time will tell, so if you have already booked tickets (and cannot change them), all you can do unfortunately is wait and hope everything works out in the end.

Author hubert
#28 | Posted: 6 Mar 2020 05:13 
anyone have any non-WHS recommendations for that city?

In Addition to Colvin:
- The dome and roof of the Reichstag building are open to the public free of charge from early morning until late at night, but there are always long lines.
- The Holocaust Memorial is one of my favorite places in Berlin, accessible around the clock, it is close to the Brandenburg Gate.
- The German tentative list is expected to reopen in 2024. A likely proposal from Berlin could be Karl-Marx-Allee / Hansaviertel. Karl-Marx-Allee is not far from the Museum Island.

Author meltwaterfalls
#29 | Posted: 6 Mar 2020 05:25 | Edited by: meltwaterfalls 
Berlin, anyone have any non-WHS recommendations for that city?

Ah Berlin is great! Though I admit to being a little biased as I come to it as someone who specialised in 20th century European history and there aren't many other cities that show it actively.

If you want those Cold War aspects then finding the remnants of the wall are good ways to go, personally I think the most interesting section was the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse, as it comes with the additional interpretation of the documentation centre, as well as sign posts showing the development of the wall. Though the East Side gallery has the more photogenic section.

To be honest, I wouldn't really bother with Checkpoint Charlie, unless you are desperate for a specific photo of it. I would recommend Tränenpalast as a great place to understand the issues relating to moving across the wall, also it is a beautiful building.

Alexanderplatz/Karl Marx Allee/ Frankfurter Allee, is a great walk to get a feel for the influence of Soviet town planning, but it also contains a few beautiful buildings, Kino International and Cafe Moskau opposite each other are my highlights.

But if you carry on along you end up in Kreuzburg and a slight bend to the right puts you in Boxhagener Platz and that is when Berlin starts to really shine as it is the non showy, fun neighbourhoods, full of bars restaurants and activity. Kreuzberg and Neukoln were the best parts when I last visited, though things change a fair bit so I'm sure there are new upcoming areas that have stolen a march on them.

If you do want to visit a housing estate I think Britz is the most worthwhile to visit.

Enjoy your time in the EU's new largest city!

Author clyde
#30 | Posted: 6 Mar 2020 13:40 
I totally agree even though I'm not a fan of modern architecture. Berlin is perhaps the only city worldwide where you feel that the whole city is still in the making with several beautiful buildings which will surely become "historical" in a few decades.

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