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The so-called "New 7 Wonders of the World"!

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1. Posted by Gecko (Budding Member 39 posts) 9y

Hi. Is it just me, or is anybody else out there scratching their heads in disbelief at the outcome of this vote?! The only other vote on such a large scale to produce such contraversial results is the Eurovision Song Contest! I wonder if the same block / tactical voting took place here?

Judging by the final list (and at the risk of sounding like a "travel snob") I think people must have been voting for:

"The 7 Wonders of the World that the most people have heard of, or been to, and are the most easily accessible on a day trip whilst on a package holiday!"

Jesus - how can a statue of Christ the Redeemer be one of the 7 Wonders of the World, when places like Angkor are overlooked? How can Stonehenge be on the shortlist of 21 places, when Bagan is not? And the Colloseum - I mean come on! For theraputic reasons, my list would be:

Machu Picchu
Petra
Angkor
Bagan
Great Wall of China
Taj Mahal
Luang Prabang

If the Giza pyramids qualified, then of course they would make the list. It was also difficult to not include something from Egypt - maybe Abu Simbel, or Edfu?

Your thoughts?

2. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

Yea, i am quite dissapointed with the result.:(
I wonder why people dont vote for Moais which remain its mystery and charm on the Easter Island or the Angkor Wat. Christ the Redeemer??I might as well just close my eyes and vote of Statue of Liberty.
Well,i heard that UNESCO dont recognise the new wonders of the world. Even the Egyptians refused to be involved in it.:(

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

It would have been better that some real experts would have just chosen 7, like in the old days...when choice was much easier of course...
Than at least such new buildigns like Christ, Eiffeltower, Golden Gate Bridge or the Statue of Poverty weren't on the list.
Although, it would have been still difficult to choose 7 of course....maybe 10 would have been a good idea;)

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 9, 2007, at 7:08 AM by Utrecht ]

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Than at least such new buildigns like Christ, Eiffeltower, Golden Gate Bridge or the Statue of Poverty weren't on the list.

LOL!!!
Statue of Poverty!!! NIce 1 Utrecht!!!

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Clearly there are more than 7 structures qualified to be called wonders of the world. So why must we limit it to 7 only?

6. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

I agree with Utrecht,
but he forgot the castle of the king from Bavaria, Neuschwanstein,it has mystery (about the kings "suicide) and dond forget the romantic setting.

serious,I think the statue of the christ the redeemer is very impressing,but a wonder of the world ? No! to young,and where is the mystery,culture....

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

I guess there should have been a time aspect as well, for example not being build after 1800 or something.

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

The 7 Wonders of the World that the most people have heard of, or been to, and are the most easily accessible on a day trip whilst on a package holiday!

The best known and oft-quoted seven wonders of the ancient world was written by Antipater of Sidon, a writer of the 2nd century bc and author of a travel book, and supposedly were called originally the seven "theamata," which means "must-sees," so I am not certain that the original list should be considered any better than a potential tour pamphlet by a Hellenic Lonely Planet writer.

Given that the original 7 wonders of the Ancient World were picked by Hellenic Ancient Greeks, I'm surprised that neither lamb with tzatziki sauce or homo-erotic Olympic sports weren't on the list.

9. Posted by Gecko (Budding Member 39 posts) 9y

That's a good point about there not needing to just be 7, does anyone know why the Greeks only chose 7 for their original list? (If they had known about all the temples and tombs in Egypt, for example, would it have been "The 20 Wonders of the World"?)

opospa - are you Thai? If so, what do you think about places like Ayyuthaya and The Grand Palace / Wat Phraw Kaew not making the list?

Has anyone seen the monasteries of Meteora in Kalambaka, northern Greece - a slightly more impressive spectacle than the Colloseum, me thinks...

I look forward to seeing the shortlist for the Natural Wonders... My 1st draft list would be:

Antarctica
Grand Canyon
Great Barrier Reef
Victoria Falls
Wadi Rum
Yangshuo
Mt Bromo (& chain of volcanos on Java)

10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting Gecko

That's a good point about there not needing to just be 7, does anyone know why the Greeks only chose 7 for their original list? (If they had known about all the temples and tombs in Egypt, for example, would it have been "The 20 Wonders of the World"?)

opospa - are you Thai? If so, what do you think about places like Ayyuthaya and The Grand Palace / Wat Phraw Kaew not making the list?

Has anyone seen the monasteries of Meteora in Kalambaka, northern Greece - a slightly more impressive spectacle than the Colloseum, me thinks...

I look forward to seeing the shortlist for the Natural Wonders... My 1st draft list would be:

Antarctica
Grand Canyon
Great Barrier Reef
Victoria Falls
Wadi Rum
Yangshuo
Mt Bromo (& chain of volcanos on Java)

Isn't Wadi Rum part of the 7 drinks of the world... Ok, bad joke. Here is my list:
Good initiative by the way. Maybe start our own natural 7 wonders of the world with Travellerspoint the only option for voting

1. Sossusvlei, Namibia
2. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
3. Kamtsjatka, Russia
4. Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland
5. Uluru-Kata Tjuta NP, Australia
6. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
7. Fjordland NP, New Zealand