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Archive for the ‘World Heritage Site of the Week’ Category

Get a Chinese Visa to Visit the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan

March 13th, 2011
You could literally spend weeks touring this week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas includes 1.7 million hectares of land inside China's Three Parallel Rivers National Park. The three rivers in question are among the largest and most important in Asia: the Yangtze, the Mekong and the Salween. Although their courses take them far away from each other, they run roughly parallel in Yunnan province, slicing deep gorges into the steep mountains. According to UNESCO, "The deep, parallel gorges of the Jinsha, Lancang and Nu Jiang are the outstanding natural feature of the site; while large sections of the three rivers lie just outside the site boundaries, the river gorges are nevertheless the dominant scenic element in the area. High


Get an Indian Visa to See the Red Fort of Agra

March 6th, 2011
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is the less-well-known older sibling of the world-famous Taj Mahal. The Red Fort of Agra is located about a mile and half away from the Taj Mahal. Like the Taj, the Red Fort of Agra is a relic of the Mughal Empire, which ruled India from the 16th to the mid-19th centuries. While the Taj Mahal was built as a monument to Mumtaz Mahal, the favorite wife of the Emperor Shah Jahan, the Red Fort of Agra was the center of the Mughal administration and the home of the imperial family. More of a walled city than a mere fort, this breathtaking collection of buildings gets its name from the red sandstone that the walls and many of the buildings are constructed out of. Inside the walls, there were originally about 500 sandstone buildings, though so


Indonesia Visa Requirements to Visit the Jungles of Sumatra

February 27th, 2011
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most breathtaking and ecologically diverse places on the planet. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most threatened. The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra consists of three national parks. Gunung Leuser National Park is located on the north side of the island. It houses an orangutan sanctuary and research station, and is home to other endangered species like the Sumatran elephant, Sumatran rhino and Sumatran tiger. Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park is on the southwestern side of the island. The park's boundaries include both mountainous and lowland terrain and is blessed with many rivers, lakes and hot springs. Kerinci Seblat National Park is the home of Sumatra's highest mountain, Mt. Kerinci, and Lake Gunung Tuju


Zimbabwe Visa Requirements to See the Rock Art of Matobo Hills

February 21st, 2011
If you visit this week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll see some of the most incredible rock art in all of Africa. The Matobo Hills of Zimbabwe have been inhabited for many thousands of years, since well before the dawn of agriculture. The area's distinctive boulders and caves form natural shelters that humans have long taken advantage of. The name Matobo means "Bald Heads" in the language of the Ndebele people. According to the World Heritage website, "The Matobo Hills has one of the highest concentrations of rock art in Southern Africa. The rich evidence from archaeology and from the rock paintings at Matobo provide a very full picture of the lives of foraging societies in the Stone Age and the way agricultural societies came to replace them." There are several camps fo


Get a Kenyan Visa to Visit Lake Turkana

February 12th, 2011
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest permanent desert lake in the world. Lake Turkana is located in Kenya along the border with Ethiopia. Sometimes called the Jade Sea, this salt lake surrounds an active volcano on Central Island. Lake Turkana is a salt lake, but it's not nearly as salty as the Dead Sea, and animals like fish, crocodiles and birds thrive there. In addition to the crocs, large numbers of scorpions and poisonous snakes make it a dangerous place for tourists to travel unguided. That's not to say that you shouldn't go, only that you this park is best visited as part of an organized tour with a reputable tour group. The Lake Turkana World Heritage Site consists of 3 protected national parks: Sibiloi National Park, Central Island National Park and S


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