The main purpose of a UNESCO designation is to promote worldwide support for historic and culturally significant sites. The new UNESCO World Heritage sites announced each year also provide an opportunity to learn about beautiful locations that most of the world has never heard of. Here are 10 of the 21 new UNESCO sites that deserve a spot on your bucket list.
This tiny, pedestrian-only island is located off the coast of Xiamen in southeastern China, and only 20 minutes away by ferry from the major city. The former international settlement is home to famous beaches and a blend of architectural styles.
Taputapuatea, French Polynesia
Taputapuatea is located on Raâiatea Island and is home to one of the new UNESCO World Heritage sites, the marae complex, which was the ceremonial center of the ancient maâohi civilization. You can visit the cultural site, but the heritage location also includes surrounding forests, valleys, a lagoon, a coral reefÂ and part of the open ocean.
Los Alerces National Park, Argentina
Located in the Andes of northern Patagonia, near the Chilean border, is Los Alecres National Park, a newly designated natural property. Here youâll find super-clear lakes, glacial landformsÂ and dense forests. This new site is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites thatâs still in pristine condition.Â Â
The English Lake District, United Kingdom
Experience the true English countryside at one of the new…