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    Mount Fuji- UNESCO says: "The beauty of the solitary, often snow-capped stratovolcano rising above villages and tree-fringed sea and lakes has long inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimages. Its representation in Japanese art goes back to the 11th century."
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    Tajik National Park, Tajikistan: "Covering more than 2.5 million hectares [9,653 square miles] in the east of Tajikistan, the site is a mountainous and sparsely inhabited, a meeting point of the highest mountain ranges on the Eurasian continent. It consists of high plateaux in the east and, to the west, rugged peaks, some of them over 7,000 meters [22,966 feet] high."
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    Mount Kenya-Lewa Wildlife Conservancy - UNESCO says: "The area added consists of a core of nearly 20,000 hectares [77 square miles] and a buffer zone of almost 70,000 hectares [270 square miles]. It's situated between the Tropical Montane ecosystem and the semi-arid savannah grasslands."
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    Xinjiang Tianshan, China – UNESCO says: "Xinjiang Tianshan … comprises four components -- Tomur, Kalajun-Kuerdening, Bayinbukuke and Bogda -- that total 606,833 hectares [2,343 square miles]. They are part of the Tianshan mountain system of Central Asia, one of the largest mountain ranges in the world. Xinjiang Tianshan presents unique physical geographic features and scenically beautiful areas."
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    Namib Sand Sea - UNESCO says: "Namib Sand Sea is the only coastal desert in the world that includes extensive dune fields influenced by fog. Covering an area of over three million hectares [11,583 square miles] and a buffer zone of 899,500 hectares [3,473 square miles], the site is composed of two dune systems, an ancient semi-consolidated one overlaid by a younger active one."
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    Mount Etna - UNESCO says: "Mount Etna is an iconic site encompassing 19,237 uninhabited hectares [74 square miles] on the highest part of Mount Etna, on the eastern coast of Sicily. Mount Etna is the highest Mediterranean island mountain and the most active stratovolcano in the world."
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    El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve - UNESCO says: "The 714,566-hectare [2,759-square-mile] site comprises two distinct parts: the dormant volcanic Pinacate Shield of black and red lava flows and desert pavements to the east, and, in the west, the Gran Altar Desert with its ever-changing and varied sand dunes that can reach a height of 200 meters [656 feet]."
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    Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine - UNESCO says: "Situated in the eastern fringe of Eastern Europe, the transnational property numbers a selection of 16 tserkvas, churches, built of horizontal wooden logs between the 16th and 19th centuries by communities of the Eastern Orthodox and Greek Catholic faiths."
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    University of Coimbra, Alta and Sofia - UNESCO says: "Situated on a hill overlooking the city, the University of Coimbra, with its colleges, grew and evolved over more than seven centuries within the old town. Notable university buildings include the 12th century Cathedral of Santa Cruz and a number of 16th century colleges."
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    Red Bay Basque Whaling Station - UNESCO says: "Red Bay, established by Basque mariners in the 16th century at the north-eastern tip of Canada on the shore of the Strait of Belle Isle is an archaeological site that provides the earliest, most-complete and best-preserved testimony of the European whaling tradition."
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    Levuka Historical Port Town - UNESCO says: "The town and its low line of buildings set among coconut and mango trees along the beachfront was the first colonial capital of Fiji, ceded to the British in 1874."
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    Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong - UNESCO says: "Situated in Kaesong city, in the south of the country, the site consists of 12 separate components, which together testify to the history and culture of the Koryo Dynasty from the 10th to 14th centuries."
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    Hill Forts of Rajasthan: " The ecclectic architecture of the forts, some up to 20 kilometers [12.4 miles] in circumference, bears testimony to the power of the Rajput princely states that flourished in the region from the 8th to the 18th centuries."
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    Golestan Palace- UNESCO says: "The lavish Golestan Palace is a masterpiece of the Qajar era, embodying the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences. The walled palace, one of the oldest groups of buildings in Tehran, became the seat of government of the Qajar family, which came into power in 1779 and made Tehran the capital of the country."
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    Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces - UNESCO says: "The Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China covers 16,603 hectares [64 square miles] in Southern Yunnan. It is marked by spectacular terraces that cascade down the slopes of the towering Ailao Mountains to the banks of the Hong River."
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    Bergpark Wilhelmshohe- UNESCO says: "Descending a long hill dominated by a giant statue of Hercules, the monumental water displays of Wilhelmshohe were begun by Landgrave Carl of Hesse-Kassel in 1689 around an east-west axis and were developed further into the 19th century."
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    Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora- UNESCO says: "The site features the remains of a city founded by Dorian Greeks in the 5th century BC on the northern shores of the Black Sea. It encompasses six component sites with urban remains and agricultural lands divided into several hundreds of chora, rectangular plots of equal size."
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    Al Zubarah Archaeological Site- UNESCO says: "The walled coastal town of Al Zubarah in the Persian Gulf flourished as a pearling and trading centre in the late 18th century and early 19th centuries, before it was destroyed in 1811 and abandoned in the early 1900s. Founded by merchants from Kuwait, Al Zubarah had trading links across the Indian Ocean, Arabia and Western Asia."
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