It’s that time a year, new sites apperon the list, some old sites are updated and extended. Here you can read all about then on UNESCO’s own site. I’m excited, especially when I see some sites I’ve already visited. Some I’ve written about, some are still to come. And more travels will come, thats cool!.
Here are the new inscriptions and exrensions:
- Al Zubarah Archaeological Site – Qatar – a new site and I’m so curious about this one. Quatar is a desert country with sand, hot temperatures and interesting history
- Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora – Ukraine – Seems very interesting.
- Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces–China – A new site, very cool, indeed, as it seems
- Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration – Japan – One more site in Asia
- Golestan Palace –Iran (Islamic Republic of) – A new site, I’d love to go there
- Hill Forts of Rajasthan – India – More Asia
- Historic Centre of Agadez– – Niger – Beautiful pics, when can I book my trip?
- Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong –Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of – Interesting, N Korea doesn’t have many
- Levuka Historical Port Town –Fiji – Interesting, as well.
- Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany –Italy – Food and wine and world heritage sites.
- Red Bay Basque Whaling Station –Canada – Time to go to Canada, I think
- University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia – Portugal
- Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine –Poland , Ukraine – The wooden churches have some friends
- El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve –Mexico
- Mount Etna –Italy
- Namib Sand Sea – Namibia – My personal favourite this year!
- Tajik National Park (Mountains of the Pamirs) – Tajikistan
- Xinjiang Tianshan –China
Extensions of earlier sites:
- Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines – Poland, First inscription from 1979, now extended with Bohnia mine as well.
- Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest –Kenya
- Maloti Drakensberg Tranboundary World Heritage Site –Lesotho , South Africa
Political or not
There have been critical voices saying that many of the nominations and chosen sites are very much political and there are other sites that drserve more the list, but don’t matter that much politically. I might agree that some of the sites seem to have been chosen mostly of political reasons, but many are not. I hope that maybe this might be a way to keep people visiting the sites and realize hiw beautiful our world is. If the politics have to be involved to protect our world, it’s environment and peoples freedom, why not, but if the reason is making money by attracting more tourists, I’m not so sure.
Well, that’s all for now. Keep travelling and keep visiting amazing places!