Thursday, July 31, 2014

The 1000+ places to visit before you die list, part II - Asia



    Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery
    Historical Monuments of Mtskheta
    Upper Svaneti

Krubera Cave in Abkhazia


    Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower
    Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape


    Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin
    Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots
    Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley

Syrian Arab Republic

    Ancient City of Damascus
    Ancient City of Bosra
    Site of Palmyra
    Ancient City of Aleppo
    Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din
    Ancient Villages of Northern Syria


    Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley) and the Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab)

Israel, Palestine, Jerusalem

    Old City of Acre
    White City of Tel-Aviv -- the Modern Movement
    Biblical Tels - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba
    Incense Route - Desert Cities in the Negev
    Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee
    Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves
    Caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands
          as a Microcosm of the Land of the Caves
    Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem
    Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir
    Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls

Dead Sea


    Quseir Amra
    Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a)
    Wadi Rum Protected Area

Dead Sea

Saudi Arabia

    Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madâin Sâlih)
    At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah
    Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah


    Old Walled City of Shibam
    Old City of Sana'a
    Historic Town of Zabid
    Socotra Archipelago

Socotra must be one of the most amazing places on earth...


    Bahla Fort
    Archaeological Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn
    Arabian Oryx Sanctuary
    Land of Frankincense
    Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman

Caves of Oman

United Arab Emirates

     Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas)


    Al Zubarah Archaeological Site


    Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun
    Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy


Iran (Islamic Republic of)

    Meidan Emam, Esfahan
    Tchogha Zanbil
    Takht-e Soleyman
    Bam and its Cultural Landscape
    Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran
    Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System
    Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil
    Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex
    The Persian Garden
    Gonbad-e Qābus
    Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan
    Golestan Palace
    Shahr-i Sokhta


    Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat)
    Samarra Archaeological City
    Erbil Citadel


    Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
    Petroglyphs within the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly
    Saryarka – Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan
    Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor


    Itchan Kala
    Historic Centre of Bukhara
    Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz
    Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures


    Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain
    Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor


    Proto-urban Site of Sarazm
    Tajik National Park (Mountains of the Pamirs)

    State Historical and Cultural Park “Ancient Merv”
    Parthian Fortresses of Nisa

Door to Hell


    Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam
    Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley


    Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro
    Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and Neighbouring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol
    Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore
    Historical Monuments at Makli, Thatta
    Rohtas Fort


    Agra Fort
    Ajanta Caves
    Ellora Caves
    Taj Mahal
    Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram
    Sun Temple, Konârak
    Kaziranga National Park
    Keoladeo National Park
    Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
    Churches and Convents of Goa
    Fatehpur Sikri
    Group of Monuments at Hampi
    Khajuraho Group of Monuments
    Elephanta Caves
    Great Living Chola Temples
    Group of Monuments at Pattadakal
    Sundarbans National Park
    Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks
    Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi
    Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
    Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
    Mountain Railways of India
    Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya
    Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
    Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
    Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)
    Red Fort Complex
    The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
    Western Ghats
    Hill Forts of Rajasthan
    Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area
    Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat

Chand Baori - Abhaneri


Sea of Stars, Vaadhoo island


    Kathmandu Valley
    Sagarmatha National Park
    Chitwan National Park
    Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha


The Tiger’s Nest, Paro Taktsang Monastery

    Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang
    Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
    Mogao Caves
    Mount Taishan
    Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian
    The Great Wall
    Mount Huangshan
    Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area
    Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area
    Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area
    Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains
    Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa
    Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde
    Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu
    Lushan National Park
    Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area
    Ancient City of Ping Yao
    Classical Gardens of Suzhou
    Old Town of Lijiang
    Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing
    Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing
    Dazu Rock Carvings
    Mount Wuyi
    Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun
    Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
    Longmen Grottoes
    Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System
    Yungang Grottoes
    Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas
    Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom
    Historic Centre of Macao
    Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains
    Yin Xu
    Kaiping Diaolou and Villages
    South China Karst
    Fujian Tulou
    Mount Sanqingshan National Park
    Mount Wutai
    China Danxia
    Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth”
    West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou
    Chengjiang Fossil Site
    Site of Xanadu
    Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces
    Xinjiang Tianshan
    Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor
    The Grand Canal

Wuhua Hai, or Five-Flower Lake, Jiuzhaigon National Park
Reed Flute Cave Lake in Guilin, Guangxi
Zhangye, China - the multicolored, striped hills
The Stone Forest - Yunnan


    Uvs Nuur Basin
    Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape
    Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai

North Korea - Democratic People's Republic of Korea

    Complex of Koguryo Tombs
    Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong

South Korea - Republic of Korea

    Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon,
          the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks
    Jongmyo Shrine
    Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
    Changdeokgung Palace Complex
    Hwaseong Fortress
    Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites
    Gyeongju Historic Areas
    Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
    Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty
    Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong


    Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area
    Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)
    Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
    Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)
    Itsukushima Shinto Shrine
    Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
    Shrines and Temples of Nikko
    Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu
    Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range
    Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape
    Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites
          Representing the Buddhist Pure Land
    Ogasawara Islands
    Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration
    Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites

Blood Pond Hot Spring

Taiwan (Republic of China)

Viet Nam

    Complex of Hué Monuments
    Ha Long Bay
    Hoi An Ancient Town
    My Son Sanctuary
    Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
    Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Hanoi
    Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
    Trang An Landscape Complex

Hang En and Hang Son Doong Caves



    Historic Mosque City of Bagerhat
    Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur
    The Sundarbans

Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

    Ancient City of Polonnaruwa
    Ancient City of Sigiriya
    Sacred City of Anuradhapura
    Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
    Sacred City of Kandy
    Sinharaja Forest Reserve
    Golden Temple of Dambulla
    Central Highlands of Sri Lanka

Myanmar (Burma)

    Pyu Ancient Cities


    Historic City of Ayutthaya
    Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns
    Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries
    Ban Chiang Archaeological Site
    Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex

Lod Cave, Mae Hong Son Province
Khao Luang Caves
Khao Sam Roi Yot
The Naga fireballs along the Mekong River
James Bond Island (Ko Tapu), Phang Nga Bay
Koh Poda Rock, Krabi


    Temple of Preah Vihear

Laos - Lao People's Democratic Republic

    Town of Luang Prabang
    Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape

The Naga fireballs along the Mekong River

Champa (Southern Vietnam)


    Borobudur Temple Compounds
    Komodo National Park
    Prambanan Temple Compounds
    Ujung Kulon National Park
    Sangiran Early Man Site
    Lorentz National Park
    Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra
    Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System
           as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy

East Timor


    Gunung Mulu National Park
    Kinabalu Park
    Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca
    Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley

Bako Sea Stack in Bako National Park in Borneo




    Baroque Churches of the Philippines
    Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
    Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
    Historic Town of Vigan
    Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park
    Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

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