UNESCO has confirmed 33 newly inscribed properties for 2021, of which seven can be found in Asia Pacific.
The committee did not meet last year due to the pandemic, which led to a combined review of 2020 and 2021 nominations at this year's hybrid meeting in Fuzhou, China.
India has two additions: the ancient city of Dholavira in the State of Gujarat, home to a well preserved fortified city and cemetery; and the sandstone Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple, northeast of Hyderabad, in the State of Telangana.
Japan bags another two mentions: The 17 Jomon Prehistoric Sites in southern Hokkaido Island and northern Tohoku; and the combined Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, Northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island — which are entirely uninhabited by humans but teem with endemic species.
In China, the port city of Quanzhou has been identified for its maritime emporium past during the Song and Yuan dynasties (10th - 14th centuries AD).
Meanwhile, Thailand has also gotten its sixth World Heritage Site: Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex, which spans some 640 million sqm across the three provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, and Ratchaburi.
Europe continues to dominate 2021's World Heritage Site listing, including the combined 'Great Spa Towns of Europe' which is shared between 11 towns in seven countries: Austria, Belgium, Czechia, France, Germany, Italy, and UK.
The full listing can be viewed here.
Japan bags two new UNESCO sites, such as the 17 Jomon Prehistoric Sites in southern Hokkaido Island and northern Tohoku (pictured). Photo Credit: Sannai Maruyama Jomon Culture Center
Jordan's As-Salt city makes UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Mohammad Arar