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Top five UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Whether it’s the deep blue of volcanic lakes or the ornate design of centuries-old temples, something about each of these five World Heritage Sites distinguishes them from the hundreds listed by UNESCO

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Tongariro was the first location on the World Heritage Site list to be named a cultural landscape. The park holds spiritual significance for the Maori people and is also home to diverse ecosystems
Tongariro was the first location on the World Heritage Site list to be named a cultural landscape. The park holds spiritual significance for the Maori people and is also home to diverse ecosystems 

As of March 2018, UNESCO has named 1,073 World Heritage Sites, in locations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

From this multitude of outstanding natural and cultural locations, Business Destinations has chosen its top five.

Wulingyuan, China

There is a reason this remote area of China’s Hunan province attracts so many awe-struck tourists. Here, breathtakingly tall pillars of rock, covered with subtropical rainforest, form a stunning vista of natural skyscrapers.


Pamukkale, Turkey

Meaning ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish, the 17 terraces of warm pools at Pamukkale are an impressive sight. The tiers are formed of calcium carbonate that is left by the area’s hot springs. Few other geothermal sites boast Pamukkale’s scale and beauty.

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

New Zealand boasts breathtakingly unspoilt scenery, and the Emerald Lakes are no exception. Both a geological and ecological heritage site, dissolved volcanic minerals give these lakes their signature mesmeric colour.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Home to giant turtles, iguanas and flamingos, unspoilt nature reigns in the Galápagos. With a host of delightful white sandy beaches such as Tortuga Bay, the biodiverse Galápagos are a perfect natural idyll.

Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia

This complex of 12 temples is architecturally spectacular. Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument, also boasts an impressive art collection and is situated in 99,000 acres of peaceful forest.

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