WHS

My tally of WHS since 2002, the year I started to develop interest in traveling, now stands at 100.

I have divided my list into nine categories: Archeological site, Nature, Large urban centre, Small urban centre, Landscape, Royal residence, Religious, Fortification and Secular. A site can fall into multiple categories and I will assign the one I believe to be the most relevant.

A score out of 10 regarding if a site justifies the effort for a visit is assigned below.

10 — My favourite destinations. These places are truly one-of-a-kind. 6 sites.

Angkor

Ancient Thebes

Grand Canyon

Petra

Machu Picchu

Yellowstone

9 — Immensely enjoyable. The only knock is I feel like I have seen somewhat similar but obviously inferior sites elsewhere. 7 sites.

Kyoto

Piedmont

Plitvice Lakes

Prague

Rome

Volcanoes National Park

Wadi Rum

8 — Highlights of past travels. I planned my days around these sites and they didn’t disappoint. 11 sites.

Amsterdam

Huangshan

Itsukushima Shrine

Luang Prabang

Museumsinsel

Ollantaytambo (Qhapaq Ñan)

Pyramids

Siena

Uluru-Kata Tjuta

Vatican

Venice

7 — These world-renowned sites are negatively impacted by factors such as crowd, price, pollution, poor management and crime. Remain worthwhile destinations. 6 sites.

Dubrovnik

Florence

Great Barrier Reef

Mutianyu Great Wall

Paris

Salzburg

6 — Mostly less-famous sites I am glad to detour for a visit, although some are as famous as Category 7’s but the negative factors are even more pronounced. 13 sites.

Arequipa

Assisi

Costiera Amalfitana

Forbidden City

Gardens of Suzhou

Pompeii

Pont du Gard

Ravenna

Rhine Valley

Versailles

Vicenza

Wartburg

Weimar

5 — This is the beginning of neutral territory. Fine places I would have no issue skipping if I have limited amount of time. 14 sites.

Avignon

Cinque Terre

Danxia Shan

Fontainebleau

Fujian Tulou

Glacier Bay National Park

Himeji-jo

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Horyu-ji

Kutna Hora

Hwaseong

Jægersborg Dyrehave (Par Force hunting landscape)

Maritime Greenwich

Potala Palace

4 — Places where I came away feeling a little underwhelmed. 13 sites.

Arles

Ayutthaya

Bauhaus in Dessau

Cairo

Chichen Itza

Daintree National Park

Fraser Island

Hongcun

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

Potsdam

San Gimignano

Summer Palace

Temple of Heaven

3 — World icons. Many have become overhyped and a hassle to visit. 16 sites.

Český Krumlov

Changdeokgung

Cologne Cathedral

Cusco

Macau

Nara

Nazca Lines

Orange Roman Theatre

Pisa

Statue of Liberty

Tower of London

Val d’Orcia

Verona

West Lake in Hangzhou

Westminster

Yangshuo (South China Karst)

2 — I couldn’t recall much about these places the moment I got home. 9 sites.

Boboli Gardens (Medici Gardens)

Cathedral of St James in Šibenik

Drottningholm Palace

George Town, Penang

Kaiping Diaolou

Pienza

Ryukyu Sites

Split

Umm ar-Rasas

1 — I can’t grasp what outstanding universal values do these sites offer. 5 sites.

Georgium Garden, Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz

Jongmyo

Shichahai (Grand Canal)

Skogskyrkogården

Trogir

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