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2016 UNESCO 24 New Places to Go

严之俊 Fraser Yan 2016-01-10 09:40

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Even though the cost of travel in China has increased, we have some undeniably beautiful scenery. With the success of the Tusi Site application for inclusion on the list of world sites, the number of UNESCO sites in China has now reached 48. This makes China second in the world, only behind Italy’s 51 sites. 


The Tusi System was agreed by the central government allowing local rulers the right of hereditary. This was a way of bringing places, where it was difficult to send government officials, into the scope of the government’s rule. Also, it was also more effective at creating a unified multi-ethnic country. Tusi is located in the Wuling mountainous area along the common boundary of Hunan, Hubei and Guizhou provinces. Many ethnic groups from the south live in a compact community. “Tusi Sites” include the Laosicheng site in Yongshun, Hunan Province, the Tusicheng site in Tangya Hubei Province and the Hailongtun Site in Bozhou, Guizhou Province. All three sites are the best that remain from the period of the Tusi system. It’s a typical multi-ethnic group area. 

We recommend you travel there during springtime. Ideally you should travel there before the sites become well-known around China. However, transport is still not good, so it’s better to go there with a travel agency. 

Countries Surrounding China

Several places of interest in cities within countries close to China have also been selected by UNESCO. In Mongolia, they added sites show-casing the Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its surrounding sacred landscape. Burkhan Khaldun means the “God Mountain”. It is the highest mountain of the region, rising to an elevation of 2,362 metres. If you love hiking, it is definatley a place to be. 


The Baekje Historic Area in Korea is located in South Korea’s midwest and consists of eight major archaeological sites, dating from 475 to 660. This provides a chance for people to get to know the history and culture of South Korea’s Baekje Dynasty. The government has developed the area to make it into a tourist attraction. We only recommend these sites to those who already know South Korea like the back of their hand. 


Built in 1822 during Brit ish Colonial Rule, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, close to downtown now, cover an area of 64 hectares with plenty of rare plants, many of which are endangered species, which show the professional skill and diversification of the Gardens. Local people like to walk or run, picnic and even take their wedding photos in the gardens. Another feature of it is the National Orchid Garden. There are more than one thousand varieties of orchid and more than two thousand mixed varieties, which include the National Flower of Singapore, Vanda Miss Joaquim. For those who travel to Singapore, just check for good weather and then enjoy a walk in the gardens. A relaxing contrast to the bustling city. You just need to check for good weather and then enjoy a walk in the gardens. All of this can help you settle into the bustling city. 


Mainstream Countries Have Their Own Fresh Spots 

It’s no doubt that several countries in Europe have popular hot spots for travelling. The most famous places of interest are well known by travellers. These new places might offer you a refreshing change. 

Italy has the most cultural sites in the world. Now they have added one more: Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedrals of Cefalu and Monreale. The name is very long because it’s a group of cultural sites, located on the northern coast of Sicily. The cultural sites consist of 9 structures, including two palaces, three churches, one cathedral, one bridge, the Cathedrals of Cefalu and the Cathedrals of Monreale. The history of the sites dates from 1130 - 1194. The Cathedral of Monreale is the biggest existing Norman architecture in the world, which began construction in 1174. The unique feature of the architecture is the combination of Byzantine Mosaic art, Arab architecture and Norman styles together, which compares favourably with other architectural masterpieces in Sicily. It’s very difficult to find other architecture as unique as this one. 


Champagne and Burgundy in France are added to the list. Champagne is where fermentation started to makesparkling wine in the early 17th century. Champagne consists of hillside vineyards, chateaus and cellars. Burgundy is as good as Bordeaux. La Romanee-Conti, whose price has been rising all the time, is from Burgundy. If you are interested in this, go for it. There are not only beautiful views but also delicious, world-famous wines. 


Speicherstadt and Cantor house districts in Hamburg, Germany are listed as world cultural sites. The former one was built on the islands between 1885 to 1927, with part of it rebuilt from 1949 to 1967. The latter one consists of 15 large warehouse in an area of 300,000m2, which is the biggest group of port warehouses in one site. Cantor house district faces the modern Chile House and consists of six large office buildings covering an area of 5 hectares. It was built from 1920 to 1940 for the convenience of the development of business around the port. These places are the result of the fast development of world trade during late 19th century and early 20th century. 


Forth Bridge in Scotland built in 1890 still carries passenger and freight trains, and is one of the world’s cultural sites and is the longest multi-span cantilever bridge in the world.The length of the bridge is 2528.7 meters, the span length of the main span is 519 meters and the railway is 47.8 meters above the water level. Since it’s very windy there, the bridge trusses face inwards. There are 3 bridge towers and 6 cantilevers in the bridge. The Forth Bridge is recognised as one of the milestones in the history of railway bridges. The Forth Bridge is in a busy populated area of Scotland so the bridge is an important transport structure. 


It’s the Palace of Human Civilization

The culture of Tigris & Euphrates, which has been preserved up to the present day, is one of the most important marks of civilisation. There are many early cultural sites here. For people from the Western world or Eastern world, this middle area in the narrow space between the two worlds is a magical foreign land. 

Oof the sites in Iran here is Susa site. It’s found in Iran’s biggest mountain range, the Zagros mountains, located on the southwest Iran plateau. The site is about 20km away from city of Diez Fuller in the Khuzestan Province. Susa is the cradleland of Iranian civilisation. The area of the site is about 2sq km and the site consists of 4 earth hummocks. It’s worth mentioning that Elamite invaded Babylonia in the 12th century BC and took Stela of Hammurabi’s Code and other precious cultural relics to Susa. In 1901, the famous Stela of Hammurabi’s Code (it’s in Louvre, France now) was found here. This place is important for modern archaeology and also famous for Shiite Muslims and the Jewish prophet Daniel. 


The place wher e Jesus was bapt ized - Bethany Beyond Jordan is an archaeological site. Located to the east of the Jordan River, only 9 kilometers away from the north edge of the Dead Sea, it was just added to the list of world’s cultural sites. Christians yearn to visit this place. It’s divided into two parts: Elias Mountain and St. John’s Church close to Jordan River. The river of Jesus’ baptism is only several meters wide and shallow. Various churches, domestic chapels, cloister and caves from Roman and Byzantine periods are there, too. 


Turkey, of course, is a tourist hot spot. From Istanbul’s ancient customs to hot air ballooning, it’s well regarded by travellers. Ephesus is the best-preserved and biggest Ancient Greek and Roman city in the world. Artemis Temple is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Ephesus was built by the Ionians who lived along the Aegean coast, on the west of the Anatolia Plateau, about 1000 years ago. Ionians made a great contribution to Greek culture. Homer’s Epic is considered an eternal classic. If you are going to Turkey, this place is definitely worth a visit. 


Other UNESCO Sites 

hristiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement (Denmark) 

The Par Force Hunting Landscape in North Zealand (Denmark) 

Cultural Landscape of Maymand (Islamic Republic of Iran) 

Necropolis of Beth She’arim—a Landmark of Jewish Revival (Israel) 

Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System (Mexico) 

Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage Site (Norway) 

Rock Art in the Hail Region of Saudi Arabia (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) 

Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape (Turkey) 

Fray Bentos Cultural- Industrial Landscape (Uruguay) 

San Antonio Missions (United States of America) 

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