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Al-Faw Pre-Islamic City in Central Arabia (Qariah) (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 24-Aug-21

Al-Faw Pre-Islamic City in Central Arabia (Qariah) (T)

This non-review from my misadventures is to point out a few things. During my visit in December 2018 I had tried to visit Al-Faw (Faw/Fao however you want to romanize it) to no avail. First off it's far out near the Empty Quarter but the now-inscribed rock art at Ḥimā made me drive the outer loop anyway. There is also a wildlife sanctuary that you cannot enter beyond it that might one day be a WHS.

As you drive along the 177 there is a clear sign for the archaeological site as if it was a tourist attraction. You can see it in my picture. Once you drive off the road here though, it is suddenly all fenced off - see the second sign, with no visit center, no parking - well you can park ANYWHERE in the desert I suppose, lots of broken tires and an interesting sign to call if one needs information. Well I called and nobody answered and I kinda doubt I would have come far this way. I believe it's the caretaker's phone number who lives in the area - anyway it wasn't of much use

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Rijal Almaa Heritage Village in Assir Region (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 12-Aug-21

Rijal Almaa Heritage Village in Assir Region (T)

As I was starting to review I noticed the tentative site already has two thumbs up, but I didn't really think it's worth seeing so I took a bit longer to think about if I'm wrong about it, re-read the document and in the end - one big problem with it that stops me from recommending it.

So first off, Rijal (Rojal) Almaa has a rich history. A natural trade center between many destinations settled right here in the mountains. Second, military reasons with a long list of armies stationed here, what battles were fought, not my kind of thing but ok so it's historically important. However, that's still not what made me dislike it.

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Western Xia Imperial Tombs (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 05-Aug-21

Western Xia Imperial Tombs (T)

Once a mighty force, the Tangut Empire... wait, who?! If you have heard of the Tangut Empire before you must have either been to the tombs before, be a Chinese History major or maaaaybe just picked up tiny bit of info on it in some museum or wikipedia. Well, so the Tanguts had an empire from 1038 to 1227 in northwestern China (this according to Wikipedia). The empire got totally destroyed by the Mongols and traces of it vanished until the 20th century when the imperial tombs where discovered near Yinchuan, Ningxia, which was the empire's former capital.

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Xinjiang Yardang (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 23-Jul-21

Xinjiang Yardang (T)

The words "amazing" are easily spread around but a trip into the Xinjiang Yardang deserts is extremely satisfying and an adventure you shouldn't miss. I have only visited the Hami basin at Dahaidao, although I did take lots of pictures from the plane when flying to Kanas and the desert landscapes on the way have many yardangs too, I can't exactly count it as having visited.

Some preparations are required:

Have/rent a car. 4x4 is preferred or at least high clearance. I don't usually drive in China but this was an exception and actually it was very easy. I just hate driving in Chinese cities. If you need to rent a driver then you can find it in Hami but they won't come cheap. If you just stick to the road then any car will do. Sunny day. The Yardangs look drab when you don't have sun shining on them. I would say stay 2 days in Hami in case the first day is cloudy. Hami has other things to do like the a Karez Wells (not the best example but it IS on the tentative list, but having seen it I would recommend checking out the Turpan ones instead) and the Hami snow melon park

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Heaven Pit and Ground Seam Scenic Spot (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 28-Apr-21

Heaven Pit and Ground Seam Scenic Spot (T)

While I try to cover all tentative sites in China excluding autonomous regions (i.e. Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia plus a couple more) you still come across something that is hard to reach. But in the end Tiankeng, or Heavenly Pit, isn't that far off the beaten track as you might think. The main issue with that is the outdated maps available. Google map has absolutely no towns nearby, Baidu map isn't very good in that area of China, and forget even trying to use an alternative. Your base of operations would be Enshi in the far west of Hunan. Whereas Heavenly Pit is located in the Chongqing province, the area around there is so mountainous  that getting there from Chongqing is going to take forever

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  1. Stoclet House
  2. Quanzhou
  3. Willemstad
  4. Belize Barrier Reef
  5. Ruins of León Viejo
  6. Coiba National Park
  7. Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda
  8. Teotihuacan
  9. Archipiélago de Revillagigedo
  10. Chan Chan
  11. Sucre
  12. Tierradentro
  13. Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
  14. ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape
  15. Kakadu National Park
  16. Taxila
  17. Migratory Bird Sanctuaries
  18. Himā Cultural area
  19. Cordouan Lighthouse
  20. Chiribiquete National Park
  21. Vegaøyan
  22. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  23. Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple
  24. Mistaken Point
  25. Pimachiowin Aki
  26. Aasivissuit - Nipisat
  27. Ilulissat Icefjord
  28. Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands
  29. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  30. Fagus Factory
  31. Mount Wutai
  32. Lumbini
  33. Madā ͐ in Ṣāliḥ
  34. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  35. Koguryo Kingdom
  36. Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil
  37. Susa
  38. Robben Island
  39. Fossil Hominid Sites
  40. Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains
  41. Hyrcanian Forests
  42. Takht-e Soleyman
  43. Ancient Thebes
  44. Lake Malawi
  45. Gonbad-e Qâbus
  46. Trans-Iranian Railway
  47. Abu Mena
  48. Maymand
  49. Pasargadae
  50. Qinghai Hoh Xil
  51. Rock Art in the Hail Region
  52. Qalhat
  53. Champaner-Pavagadh
  54. Petra
  55. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  56. Xidi and Hongcun
  57. Al-Ahsa Oasis
  58. Khangchendzonga National Park
  59. Nalanda
  60. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
  61. Chengjiang Fossil Site
  62. Alto Douro
  63. Hubei Shennongjia
  64. Struve Geodetic Arc
  65. Plain of Jars
  66. Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art
  67. Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region
  68. Chief Roi Mata's Domain
  69. Gunung Mulu
  70. Liangzhu Archaeological Site
  71. Sigiriya
  72. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  73. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  74. First Coffee Plantations
  75. Yakushima
  76. Wood Buffalo National Park
  77. Danube Limes
  78. Papahanaumokuakea
  79. Mount Hamiguitan
  80. Medina Azahara
  81. Amami-Oshima Island
  82. Kladruby nad Labem
  83. Fanjingshan
  84. Okinoshima Island
  85. Mount Wuyi

Reviewed TWHS

  1. Al-Faw Pre-Islamic City in Central Arabia (Qariah) (T)
  2. Rijal Almaa Heritage Village in Assir Region (T)
  3. Western Xia Imperial Tombs (T)
  4. Xinjiang Yardang (T)
  5. Heaven Pit and Ground Seam Scenic Spot (T)
  6. Slender West Lake and Historic Urban Area in Yangzhou (T)
  7. Mt. Myohyang and the Relics in and around the Mountain (T)
  8. Varazdin (T)
  9. Lubenice (T)
  10. Vjetrenica cave (T)
  11. Yangtze Gorges Scenic Spot (T)
  12. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  13. Diaolou Buildings and Villages for Tibetan and Qiang Ethnic Groups (T)
  14. Moler landscapes of the Liim Fiord (T)
  15. Fenghuang Ancient City (T)
  16. Reef System in the Cuban Caribbean (T)
  17. Egyptian Museum in Cairo (T)
  18. National Schools of Art, Cubanacan (T)
  19. Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension) (T)
  20. Imperial Kiln Sites of Jingdezhen (T)
  21. Nanxi River (T)
  22. Yandang Mountain (T)
  23. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  24. Poyang Nature Reserve (T)
  25. Miao Nationality Villages in Southeast Guizhou Province (T)
  26. Archaeological Sites of the Ancient Shu State: Site at Jinsha and Joint Tombs of Boat- shaped Coffins in Chengdu City, S (T)
  27. Dong Villages (T)
  28. Haitan Scenic Spots (T)
  29. Guizhou Triassic Fossil Sites (T)
  30. Lingqu Canal (T)
  31. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)
  32. Protected area of Lake Atitlán: multiple use (T)
  33. Tak'alik Ab'aj National Park (T)
  34. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  35. Town of Chichicastenango (T)
  36. The Cuenca Mirador (T)
  37. Bawomataluo Site (T)
  38. Tianzhushan (T)
  39. Volcan Masaya National Park (T)
  40. Las Pozas, Xilitla (T)
  41. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  42. Paper Mill at Velké Losiny (T)
  43. Eise Eisinga Planetarium (T)
  44. Virgilio Barco Library (T)
  45. Plantations in West Curacao (T)
  46. Auckland Volcanic Fields (T)
  47. The Episcopal See of Egara and its pictorial decoration (5th-8th centuries) (T)
  48. Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)
  49. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  50. Tatacoa Desert (T)
  51. Breiðafjörður Nature Reserve (T)
  52. Taihang Mountain (T)
  53. Aires volcaniques et forestières de la Martinique (T)
  54. Ancienne chocolaterie Menier à Noisiel (T)
  55. Baquedano Street (T)
  56. Moravian Church Settlements (T)
  57. Bonaire Marine Park (T)
  58. Archaeological and Historical National Park of Pueblo Viejo, La Vega (T)
  59. City Hall, Georgetown (T)
  60. St.Georges Anglican Cathedral (T)
  61. Rock Art of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (T)
  62. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  63. City of Azúa de Compostela (T)
  64. Parque Nacional Jaragua (T)
  65. Arte Rupestre Prehispanico en Republica Dominicana (T)
  66. Historic zone of Basseterre (T)
  67. Primeros Ingenios Coloniales Azucareros de América (T)
  68. Central Park (T)
  69. Sitio Arqueológico de la Villa La Isabela (T)
  70. Seville Heritage Park (T)
  71. White Sands National Monument (T)
  72. Bradyseism in the Flegrea Area (T)
  73. Minoan Palatial Centres (T)
  74. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  75. Archipelago of la Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio (T)
  76. Greek Archaeological ensemble in Empúries, l'Escala, Girona (T)
  77. Priorat-Montsant-Siurana paysage agricole de la montagne méditerranéenne (T)
  78. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  79. The Neanderthal fossil sites of Wallonia (T)
  80. Hôpital Notre-Dame à La Rose - Lessines (T)
  81. Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)
  82. Dzongs: the centre of temporal and religious authorities (Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Paro Dzong, Trongsa Dzong and Dagana Dzong) (T)
  83. Early Farmsteads of the Cape Winelands (T)
  84. Ramagrama, the relic stupa of Lord Buddha (T)
  85. The monasteries of the Arab Desert and Wadi Natrun (T)
  86. Voormalige Nazorgkolonie en Sanatorium Zonnestraal (T)
  87. Sungai Buloh Leprosarium (T)
  88. The Hadrianic city of Italica (T)
  89. Huangguoshu Scenic Area (T)
  90. The Natural-Historical Landscape of Izeh (T)
  91. The Cultural Landscape of the Central Region in the Emirate of Sharjah (T)
  92. Sacred Sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants (T)
  93. Augustow Canal (T)
  94. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  95. Aizanoi Antique City (T)
  96. Phra That Phanom, its related historic buildings and associated landscape (T)
  97. Ayvalık Industrial Landscape (T)
  98. Historic quarters and monuments of Rosetta/Rachid (T)
  99. Wooden Structures of Liao Dynasty - Wooden Pagoda of Yingxian County, Main Hall of Fengguo Monastery of Yixian County (T)
  100. ShuDao (T)
  101. Ngwenya Mines (T)
  102. Welwitschia Plains (T)
  103. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  104. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)
  105. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  106. al Dimaniyyat Islands Nature Reserve (T)
  107. Alisadr Cave (T)
  108. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  109. Hamoun Lake (T)
  110. Ras al Had Turtle Reserve and the Heritage Site of Ras al Jinz (T)
  111. The Persian House in Central plateau of Iran (T)
  112. Persian Caravanserai (T)
  113. The Collection of Historical Bridges (T)
  114. The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province (T)
  115. Zozan (T)
  116. Salt Domes of Iran (T)
  117. Asbads (windmill) of Iran (T)
  118. Mandu (T)
  119. Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) (T)
  120. Monuments and Forts of the Deccan Sultanate (T)
  121. Al Bidya Mosque (T)
  122. Aihole-Badami- Pattadakal (T)
  123. Ekamra Kshetra - The Temple City, Bhubaneswar (T)
  124. Ancient Ruin of Drukgyel Dzong (T)
  125. Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India (T)
  126. Worship wooden architecture (17th -18th centuries) in Polesye (T)
  127. Tr’ondëk-Klondike (T)
  128. Gombak Selangor Quartz Ridge (T)
  129. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  130. Mediterranean Wind Mills (T)
  131. Pharaon Island (T)
  132. Fagaloa Bay - Uafato Tiavea Conservation Zone (T)
  133. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  134. Yukon Ice Patches (T)
  135. Prehistoric Cave Sites in Maros-Pangkep (T)
  136. Gaya Tumuli (T)
  137. The Ipolytartnóc Fossils (T)
  138. Kangjingun Kiln Sites (T)
  139. Ras Mohammed (T)
  140. Valle Salado de Añana (T)
  141. Qinghai Lake (T)
  142. The Wine in Iberia (T)
  143. Monastery of Santa María de La Rábida and the Columbus Memorial Places in Huelva (T)
  144. The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River (T)
  145. Vertical Vegetation Landscape and Volcanic Landscape in Changbai Mountain (T)
  146. SanFangQiXiang (T)
  147. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)
  148. Maijishan Scenic Spots (T)
  149. Kvetera Church (T)
  150. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  151. Salterns (T)
  152. The Four Sacred Mountains as an Extension of Mt. Taishan (T)
  153. Ancient Porcelain Kiln Site in China: The Yue-Kiln Site at Shanglin Lake (T)
  154. The President Coolidge (T)
  155. Jinfushan Scenic Spot (T)
  156. Marine Protected Areas of American Samoa (T)
  157. The Yen Tu Complex of Monuments and Landscapes (T)
  158. The Djavolja Varos (Devil's Town) Natural Landmark (T)
  159. Baiheliang Ancient Hydrological Inscription (T)
  160. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  161. Stone Buddhas and Pagodas at Hwasun Unjusa Temple (T)
  162. Hua Shan Scenic Area (T)
  163. The Sado complex of heritage mines, primarily gold mines (T)
  164. The Alligator Sinensis Nature Reserve (T)
  165. Sites of Hongshan Culture: The Niuheliang Archaeological Site, the Hongshanhou Archaeological Site, and Weijiawopu Archa (T)