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World Heritage sites a letdown

3 Nov 2006

The Great Wall of China, Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza are just three of the world's most famous tourist attractions which scored badly in a recent survey.

The World Heritage sites were ranked as 'destinations in trouble' by a team of experts from the National Geographic Traveller magazine.

All of the World Heritage sites were visited and given scores out of 100 and it transpired that some of the most renowned sites received the lowest scores.

The magazine described Stonehenge in the UK by saying: 'What a mess! The current experience lacks magic.'

Unsightly fences and traffic from nearby roads were cited as the reasons that Stonehenge scored so badly, receiving just 56 points.

The Great Wall of China faired equally poorly, gaining just 55 out of 100, with a National Geographic reporter describing it as 'a sea of KFCs and tour buses'.

The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt are one of the tourist attractions which hold more mystique than most, but the report found them to be something of a letdown.

Scoring just 50 points, the site is described as the place 'where most people seem to come away disappointed'.

West Fjords in Norway scored the highest and was praised for its beautiful scenery and 'complete natural experience'.

Other sites that ranked highly include Vezelay in France, Alhambra and medieval Granada in Spain and the city of Bath in England.

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