My tally of WHS since 2002, the year I started to develop interest in traveling, now stands at 102.
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.
9 — Immensely enjoyable. The only knock is I feel like I have seen somewhat similar but obviously inferior sites elsewhere. 7 sites.
Volcanoes National Park
8 — Highlights of past travels. I planned my days around these sites and they didn’t disappoint. 11 sites.
Ollantaytambo (Qhapaq Ñan)
7 — These world-renowned sites are negatively impacted by factors such as crowd, price, pollution, poor management and crime. Remain worthwhile destinations. 6 sites.
Great Barrier Reef
Mutianyu Great Wall
6 — Mostly less-famous sites I am glad to detour for a visit. Several are as famous as Category 7’s but the negative factors are even more pronounced. 13 sites.
Gardens of Suzhou
Pont du Gard
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.
Glacier Bay National Park
Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Jægersborg Dyrehave (Par Force hunting landscape)
4 — Places where I came away feeling a little underwhelmed. 13 sites.
Bauhaus in Dessau
Daintree National Park
Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park
Temple of Heaven
3 — World icons. Many have become overhyped and a hassle to visit. 16 sites.
Orange Roman Theatre
Statue of Liberty
Tower of London
West Lake in Hangzhou
Yangshuo (South China Karst)
2 — I couldn’t recall much about these places the moment I got home. 10 sites.
Boboli Gardens (Medici Gardens)
Cathedral of St James in Šibenik
George Town, Penang
1 — I can’t grasp what outstanding universal values do these sites offer. 6 sites.
Georgium Garden, Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
National Museum of Western Arts (Tokyo)
Shichahai (Grand Canal)