Yushan not picked as one of the ‘New 7 Wonders’


TAIPEI — Taiwan’s highest peak Yushan, also known as Jade Mountain, was not one of the winners of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature,” a worldwide competition that began three years ago, the New7Wonders Foundation announced Friday, based on provisional results.

In alphabetical order, the new wonders are: the Amazon in South America, Halong Bay in Vietnam, Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brazil, Jeju Island in South Korea, Komodo in Indonesia, Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines, and Table Mountain in South Africa.

The list threw up some surprises, as some of the top 10 finalists announced earlier this week — including the Dead Sea in Israel and the Grand Canyon in the U.S.— fell out of the final seven, while others originally not in the top 10 made it at the last minute, such as the Amazon and Iguazu Falls.

“We congratulate each of these participants on achieving their provisional status, and look forward to completing the confirmation process to celebrate each one in their own official inauguration ceremony early in 2012,” said Bernard Weber, founder and president of the foundation, on the event’s official website.

Yushan stands at a height of 3,952 meters and is the tallest peak in northeast Asia.