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Mt. Myohyang and the Relics in and around the Mountain (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 05-Mar-21

Mt. Myohyang and the Relics in and around the Mountain (T)

I wasn't aware I had visited this tentative site until the other review showed the picture of the temple and mentioned the exhibition hall. I would think the North Koreans want to inscribe the area due to the exhibition hall but then I read it is mainly about the mountains and the temples in the area. The reason I say this is because every tour will visit this hall and it is a huge propaganda piece. It is common for countries to do diplomatic gift exchanges, your own country will have a bulk load of gifts stored somewhere, but the DPRK makes a museum out of it and claim that they got these gifts because "they love us so much" and "they want to be our friends" (real quotes from the guides). You go figure.

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Varazdin (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 23-Feb-21

Varazdin (T)

There is a lot and lot of history about Varaždin, but my reasoning for not recommending to inscribe this is because it's mainly regional interest and very much like other towns already on the world heritage list. It is definitely a worthy visit for a variety of reasons. The castle (pictured) is not that great but very popular. The Prassinsky-Sermage Palace is perhaps unique design, the old town in general is, like many old towns, a leisurely walk on cobble streets. Then you get the medieval churches and walls thrown in as a bonus for those who haven't seen enough in Europe already. Which is more or less my point as before: it's all sort of a mash-up of other European towns from various time periods, well preserved for sure, but nothing special enough to be considered WHS

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Lubenice (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 23-Feb-21

Lubenice (T)

Lubenice is a tiny village on the island of Cres, accessible by ferry only. Cres is also the name of the only town with restaurants and hotels where I met my Croatian BFF, who crazy enough thought it was a good idea to open up a vegetarian restaurant on the island. I don't know if she ever completed her dream but the reason I say it's crazy is because the island (and probably many islands in the area) are famous for delicious sheep meat (also olive oil). The sheep eat the healthy herbs and grass on the island and turn extra delicious - not that I tried.

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Vjetrenica cave (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 19-Feb-21

Vjetrenica cave (T)

You may be thinking: "yet another cave?! Caves are boring!" Well, you are right! After visiting many caves for art, rock formations, it does become boring. However, this cave is famous for having a huge amount of troglobite (refereed to by the official document as "troglobionates" which I assume is incorrect), animals that live in the darkness. The caves feature prominently olms common in caves in this area of the world. These aquatic salamanders have adapted to live in the dark and feed on small crustaceans, insects and snails. You may now be thinking that you never see these when you visit and the water puddles at the front of the cave look so clean, that's because they only live well beyond what visitors get to access.

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Yangtze Gorges Scenic Spot (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 05-Feb-21

Yangtze Gorges Scenic Spot (T)

I'm shocked to see nobody has written something about the Three Gorges before now. After trying to read the official description I'm confused about what they deem special about the place - and that taking a cruise onboard the Changjiang (Long river) one would hardly be exposed to any of these. Anyhow, here is my travel report.

The cruise started from Chongqing and stops at the dam. From there you can take a plane out. Before the connections were very bad but I think it has been improved since then. The cruise takes 2 nights and 3 days. On the way you have optional excursions and one only pays for entrance tickets the temples etc, not for taking part in anything - of course each cruise is different but my point is that you get to see some cultural parts on the trip but apart from "beautiful scenery" there isn't much of animals or plants you can identify on the journey. My cruise ship also usually offers an extra boat trip to a smaller gorge but the weather conditions were not favorable enough. Sad

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  2. Varazdin (T)
  3. Lubenice (T)
  4. Vjetrenica cave (T)
  5. Yangtze Gorges Scenic Spot (T)
  6. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
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  34. Volcan Masaya National Park (T)
  35. Las Pozas, Xilitla (T)
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  38. Eise Eisinga Planetarium (T)
  39. Virgilio Barco Library (T)
  40. Plantations in West Curacao (T)
  41. Auckland Volcanic Fields (T)
  42. The Episcopal See of Egara and its pictorial decoration (5th-8th centuries) (T)
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  45. Tatacoa Desert (T)
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  48. Hima a rock art site in Najran (T)
  49. Aires volcaniques et forestières de la Martinique (T)
  50. Phare de Cordouan (T)
  51. Ancienne chocolaterie Menier à Noisiel (T)
  52. Baquedano Street (T)
  53. Moravian Church Settlements (T)
  54. Bonaire Marine Park (T)
  55. Archaeological and Historical National Park of Pueblo Viejo, La Vega (T)
  56. City Hall, Georgetown (T)
  57. St.Georges Anglican Cathedral (T)
  58. Rock Art of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (T)
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  60. City of Azúa de Compostela (T)
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  62. Arte Rupestre Prehispanico en Republica Dominicana (T)
  63. Historic zone of Basseterre (T)
  64. Primeros Ingenios Coloniales Azucareros de América (T)
  65. The Glorious Kakatiya Temples and Gateways (T)
  66. Central Park (T)
  67. Sitio Arqueológico de la Villa La Isabela (T)
  68. Seville Heritage Park (T)
  69. White Sands National Monument (T)
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  71. Minoan Palatial Centres (T)
  72. Colchis Wetlands and Forests (T)
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  74. Archipelago of la Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio (T)
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  76. Priorat-Montsant-Siurana paysage agricole de la montagne méditerranéenne (T)
  77. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  78. The Neanderthal fossil sites of Wallonia (T)
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