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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.

Kulangsu, China

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 Ra’iatea Island and is home to one of the new UNESCO World Heritage sites, the marae complex, which was the ceremonial center of the ancient ma’ohi civilization. You can visit the cultural site, but the heritage location also includes surrounding forests, valleys, a lagoon, a coral reef 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 you’ll find super-clear lakes, glacial landforms and dense forests. This new site is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that’s still in pristine condition.  

The English Lake District, United Kingdom

Experience the true English countryside at one of the new…