UNESCO Sites in Asia Worth Visiting
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The UNESCO World Heritage list is an incredible round up of some of the world’s most remarkable, unique and diverse sites. They include famous landmarks such as the Pyramids of Egypt, the wild plains of East Africa’s Serengeti and the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. 

By encouraging the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage sites around the world, UNESCO identify those that are considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.

Every year UNESCO add to the ever-growing list and the following sites are new additions in the Asia region. These sites are worth adding to your bucket list and we suggest getting there soon before the crowds do!

China’s extraordinary holy mountain - Fanjingshan

Located within the Wuling mountain range in Guizhou Province in south-west China, Fanjingshan ranges in altitude between 500 metres and 2,570 metres above sea level. It is an island of metamorphic rock in a sea of karst, with a highly diverse range of flora and fauna. Many plant and animal species that originated in the Tertiary period, between 65 million and 2 million years ago, call this extraordinary place home.

Isolation is the main factor that has led to a high degree of biodiversity with many endemic species. The region has 2,000 types of plant, 31 of which are endangered and 19 threatened animal species which include the Guizhou Snub-nosed Monkey, the Chinese Giant Salamander, the Forest Musk Deer, and Reeve’s Pheasant. By adding Unesco World Heritage status the vision and hope's are to preserve these species.

South Korea Sansa Buddhist mountain monasteries

Travel to the southern provinces of the Korea Peninsula and you will find some of the best preserved Buddhist mountain monasteries anywhere in the world. This spatial arrangement of seven temples that comprise The Sansa was established in the 7th to 9th centuries – surviving as living centres of faith and daily religious practice to the present day.

What makes these monasteries differ from those in other countries is that they were shaped by the integration of Buddhism and indigenous religions. Over the years as Confucianism became the dominant school of thought, the only Buddhist temples that remained were those in the mountains. One unique experience for travellers in this region is a Temple stay, an official program that lets travellers spend a couple of days at a monastery taking part in Buddhist daily life.

Japan’s hidden Christian sites in Nagasaki Region

Dating from 17th to 19th century there are the remains of ten villages, a castle, and a cathedral on the northwest part of Kyushu Island. These ruins reflect the era of prohibition of the Christian faith, as well as the revitalization of Christian communities after the official lifting of prohibition in 1873.  The sites bear a unique testimony to a cultural tradition nurtured by hidden Christians in the Nagasaki region who secretly transmitted their faith during the period of prohibition from the 17th to the 19th century.

The region is a destination that has long attracted travellers looking to enjoy the local hot springs, see the beautiful bursts of pink in Cherry Blossom season and sample the many gourmet foodies delights on offer. Adding the hidden Christian sites to UNESCO will ensure that the story of how the hidden Christians survived and continued their faith over two centuries lives on.

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