- 1 Hubei Shennongjia, China
- 2 Mistaken Point, Canada
- 3 Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico
- 4 Naval Dockyard and Archeological Sites, Antigua
- 5 The Lut Desert, Iran
- 6 Khangchendzonga National Park, India
- 7 Nan Madol Ceremonial Center, Micronesia
- 8 Gorham’s Cave Complex, British Gibraltar
- 9 Philippi Archaeological Site, Greece
- 10 Antequera Dolmens, Spain
10 New World Heritage Sites You Should Have on Your Radar
Hubei Shennongjia, China
Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico
This Mexican archipelago is made up of four islands that are the volcanic peaks of a submerged mountain range. The waters around the islands of San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida, and Clarion are home to abundant populations of manta rays, whales, dolphins, and sharks.
Naval Dockyard and Archeological Sites, Antigua
The naval buildings and structures along this bay shielded early settlers from hurricanes, and were used to repair ships. Built by the British Navy and slaves, the main purpose of the Dockyard was to protect the sugar cane planters in the 18th and 19th centuries during times of tension and unrest, which characterized many Eastern Caribbean islands at the time.
The Lut Desert, Iran
The Lut Desert in southeast Iran is a beautiful but delicate ecosystem that's particularly susceptible to erosion due to strong winds. The desert is home to picturesque sand patterns and ridges, known as yardangs. NASA has dubbed it the hottest place on earth.
Khangchendzonga National Park, India
Northern India's Himalayas boast jaw-dropping views of lakes, glaciers, valleys, ancient forests, and snowy mountaintops. Dare to climb to the world's third-highest peak, Mount Khangchendzonga, at the center of this national park, and you may get to see them all.
Nan Madol Ceremonial Center, Micronesia
The megalithic lagoon ruins of Pohnpei's Nan Madol are a series of ancient coral temples and hand-built mangrove walls that mark a place of worship dating back to the 13th century. UNESCO has said the boulders that make up these awesome structures are in severe danger of collapse, as waterways and wild mangroves encroach upon the semi-flooded structures.
Gorham’s Cave Complex, British Gibraltar
Anthropologists have learned about more than 100,000 years of life by studying four caverns of Jurassic limestone that make up Gorham's Cave Complex, which is Gibraltar's only UNESCO site. The caves feature Neanderthal drawings created around 20,000 years ago, and have provided groundbreaking insight about human behavior as well as information about ecological and sea-level changes.
Philippi Archaeological Site, Greece
Athens' Parthenon only has about a century on Greece's ancient ruin city of Philippi, which lies just East of Macedonia in the Balkans. Built around 360 B.C., the ruins span Roman, Christian, Byzantine, and Ottoman civilizations. Philippi features an ancient amphitheater, four churches, Christian-period baths, a bishop's palace, and many private houses.
Antequera Dolmens, Spain
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Read the original story: 10 New World Heritage Sites You Should Have on Your Radar (2016) by Ashley Rossi, who is a regular contributor to SmarterTravel.
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