WORLD TOURISM: UNESCO’s Newest World Heritage Sites – Photos 1/20 -5/20

1/20 SLIDES © Photograph by Andia, Getty Images

Chaîne des Puys

In central France, a series of lava domes and cinder cones make up the Chaîne des Puys volcanic chain. Its geological features are a living illustration of plate tectonics.




2/20 SLIDES © Photograph by Simon Dubreuil, Getty Images


The Aasivissuit–Nipisat hunting ground in West Greenland contains archaeological sites, trails, and settlements from Paleo-Inuit and Inuit cultures that reveal 4,200 years of hunting traditions and seasonal migrations.



3/20 SLIDES © Photograph courtesy of UNESCO

Sansa Buddhist Mountain Monasteries

Peppered throughout the Korean peninsula, the Sansa are seven Buddhist mountain monasteries dating from the seventh to ninth centuries. These sacred spaces are designed with a madang, or open courtyard, surrounded by four buildings—a layout specific to the region.


4/20 SLIDES © Photograph by Wikus de Wet, Getty Images

Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains

The volcanic and sedimentary rocks in South Africa’s Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains, dating back 3.6 to 3.25 billion years, make up one of the oldest and best-preserved geological structures in the world.



5/20 SLIDES © Photograph by Zhou Wenqing, UNESCO


Fanjingshan, the highest peak in China’s Wuling Mountains, is a sacred site in Buddhism and home to highly diverse plants and animals that arose between 65 million and two million years ago in the isolated, subtropical climate. Endemic species include the Fanjingshan fir and Guizhou snub-nosed monkey.


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