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8 Natural Wonders Of The World You've Never Heard Of (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 11/08/10 08:11 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

Each year, the United Nations unveils a list of the world's most stunning natural attractions, called World Heritage sites, and chances are, you've never heard of them--Papahanaumokuakea, anyone? The designation shines the spotlight on a handful of hidden gems, while also protecting them from man.

This year's picks were especially gorgeous...and hard to pronounce! Budget Travel put together a photo tour of the newest spots, equipped with a handy pronunciation guide.

Are there any that didn't make the list that should be on there? Tell us about them!

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China Danxia, China
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(Say it: chy-nah dan-syah). The region known as China Danxia spans six subtropical areas approximately 310 miles southwest of Xi'an, home of the terra-cotta warriors. Red sandstone pillars, ravines, and other fantastical shapes recall Mars more than they do southwestern China. Another don’t miss: Shangri La, our other favorite China destination.

Fu Chunrong/XinHua/Xinhua Press/Corbis
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