Tuesday, July 29, 2008

World Heritage Site Update, July 2008

unesco world heritage siteTo quote myself from a previous post, one of my professors at Rollins College used to describe World Heritage Sites in this manner:
"If aliens were to land on Earth and you wanted to tell them where the most important ecological, cultural, and historical sites on the planet were, you would use the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites."
Before my recent trip to Hawaii, I had visited the following 25 World Heritage Sites:
  1. Area de ConservaciĆ³n Guanacaste - Costa Rica
  2. Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park - Costa Rica
  3. Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church - United Kingdom
  4. Maritime Greenwich - United Kingdom
  5. Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites - United Kingdom
  6. Tower of London - United Kingdom
  7. Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church - United Kingdom
  8. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Palace of Tau, Reims - France
  9. Paris, Banks of the Seine - France
  10. Everglades National Park - United States
  11. Statue of Liberty - United States
  12. The Great Wall - China
  13. Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties - China
  14. Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing - China
  15. Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing - China
  16. Historic Centre of Lima - Peru
  17. Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza - Mexico
  18. Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal - Mexico
  19. Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama - Japan
  20. Complex of HuƩ Monuments - Vietnam
  21. Ha Long Bay - Vietnam
  22. Hoi An Ancient Town - Vietnam
  23. My Son Sanctuary - Vietnam
  24. Town of Luang Prabang - Laos
  25. Angkor - Cambodia
I can now add these two sites to my list:

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
South China Karst/Li River

Obviously I visited Volcanoes National Park last week, but maybe you are wondering about the one in China? Well, the South China Karst World Heritage Site was declared just last year. When I visited in 2004 it was not yet a listed site. Now it is. Add it to my list.

That brings my total to 27.


I've been meaning to write more about World Heritage Sites for some time. Until I do, answer me this question:

How many have you visited? Tag.


Saipan Writer said...

I'm pathetic. I've only been to 3, but 2 of them are ones not on your list. The rice terraces in the Philippines (Cordillera range), and Mammoth Caves.

Winter Park Fords said...

I've been to several with you! Love, Mom