Getting to know Beijing’s cultural and historical core: the Central Axis; Chen Xi; Global Times

Editor’s Note: The Beijing Central Axis refers to the core area of the old city that stretches 7.8 kilometers from the Yongding Gate in the south to the Bell Tower and Drum Tower in the north. Today, it includes both historical and modern architecture, many of which have been listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. In 2013, the Central Axis itself was included on UNESCO’s Tentative List for World Cultural Heritage Site nominations. Considering the Central Axis’ important position in Chinese culture and history, from September 29 to December 20, the Overseeing Beijing Central Axis at the Top of the Forbidden City exhibition at the Guande Hall in Beijing’s Jingshan Park will give visitors the opportunity to get to learn more about this valuable cultural heritage.

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Puebla; Unesco

Puebla is a cultural city, noted since its foundation in 1531 as a city of letters and a territory of invaluable traditions, classed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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Arequipa; Unesco

Arequipa – a charming and generous cityArequipa, considered an intermediate city and home to 80 per cent of the region’s population, historically constitutes a node that articulates the economic and social dynamics of the Andean south.

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Unesco Sites of Italy: Historic Center of Naples; Italy Magazine

“Naples is one of the most ancient cities in Europe, whose contemporary urban fabric preserves the elements of its long and eventful history…”

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Six African heritage sites under threat from climate change; Pablo Uchoa; BBC

A recent study warns that without intervention many of the continent’s ancient sites could be lost.

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UNESCO condemns the murder of two guards at Okapi Wildlife Reserve; Unesco

Source: UNESCO condemns the murder of two guards at Okapi Wildlife Reserve

To Save Its Monuments, Rome Seeks Corporate Sponsors; Peter Yeung; Bloomberg

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The 30 best things to do in Doha right now; Time Out Doha

Make the most of the city reopening with these activities…

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Tourism KZN promotes northern parks to draw visitors back; Mia Russell; The South African

Tourism and Heritage Month puts the spotlight on rural development in this lush province of South Africa.

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India’s iconic monument Taj Mahal reopens after 6 months of closure due to COVID-19; Xinhua

Source: India’s iconic monument Taj Mahal reopens after 6 months of closure due to COVID-19

Qatar Museums joins national effort to protect coastal heritage sites; Asmahan Qarjouli; Doha News

Qatar Museums has pledged to join forces with the government to clean up ancient coastal villages across the country, starting with Qatar’s only UNESCO World Heritage site. A year-long cooperation agreement has been signed by Qatar Museums Authority and representatives from Al Shamal Municipality and the Seashore Engineering and Contracting Group (SECG). Throughout the collaboration, the three parties will introduce a clean-up programme to Qatar’s coastal heritage towns.

Source: Qatar Museums joins national effort to protect coastal heritage sites – Doha News

Tourists return to Mexico’s ancient ‘City of Gods’; AFP

AFTER months in hibernation because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mexico’s ancient “City of Gods” is slowly coming back to life as tourists return to the majestic pyramids of Teotihuacan. For the first time since it was closed in March, dozens of tourists in face masks strolled last week along the Avenue of the Dead stretching between the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon.

Source: Tourists return to Mexico’s ancient ‘City of Gods’

The blood of the nation be on their hands; Menafm

Source: The blood of the nation be on their hands

7 small towns and cities that celebrate Mexico’s quieter side; Alex Bresler; Matador Network

Leave the all-inclusives behind.

Source: 7 small towns and cities that celebrate Mexico’s quieter side

National Park in Thailand Mails Trash Back to Campers Who Littered; Rachel Chang; Travel + Leisure

To show the importance of not littering in national parks, Thailand officials boxed up campers’ garbage and mailed it back to the rightful owners.

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Saqqara: Egypt’s Hidden Gem and the Discoveries Made Around the Ancient Necropolis; Scoop Empire

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Germany May Have Banished Nazism, but Its Medieval Anti-Semitism Is Still in Plain Sight; Carol Schaeffer; Smithsonian Magazine

In the city where Martin Luther revolutionized Christianity, a vile, 700-year-old sculpture openly denigrates Jews. Why is it still there?

Source: Germany May Have Banished Nazism, but Its Medieval Anti-Semitism Is Still in Plain Sight

Taj Mahal to reopen after 6 months as India COVID-19 cases soar; Al Jazeera

Mughal era monument set to reopen to visitors, even as the pandemic continues to accelerate in India.

Source: Taj Mahal to reopen after 6 months as India COVID-19 cases soar

In this Saudi Arabian farm in al-Ahsa, rare hassawi rice is ‘as precious as gold’; Reuters

The city of al-Ahsa in the Saudi Arabian eastern region is famous for its rare hassawi red rice, a hidden gem which farmers say has high nutritional value and can help alleviate the pain of those suffering from arthritis and broken bones.

Source: In this Saudi Arabian farm in al-Ahsa, rare hassawi rice is ‘as precious as gold’ 

Maharashtra: Kas, Masai plateaus bloom bright during tourist-free time; Rahul Gayakwad; Times of India

Blooms of myriad hues are painting bright landscapes on the Kas plateau these days as the Unesco world heritage site remains out of bounds for tourists because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: Maharashtra: Kas, Masai plateaus bloom bright during tourist-free time | Kolhapur News – Times of India

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