Places That Should Be World Heritage Sites

By Hadley Keller - 2014-07-10T18:31:06Z

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UNESCO has announced its newest additions to the World Heritage List—a vaunted group that includes the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids of Giza, and Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia. Close to 800 sites are cultural, and sadly, 46 of the 1,007 (a recently updated list) are in danger of disappearing. Here are 11 natural and manmade wonders that we think also should have made the cut.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie, China

Do the towering pillar-like mountains of this national forest look familiar? This park was used as a prototype for the landscape in James Cameron’s Avatar. The Chinese government was so taken with this cameo that they renamed the “Southern Sky Column,” of Zhangjiajie “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” in 2010.

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