Bad TripAdvisor reviews of the eight wonders of the world

In Entertainment by Joe Veix / November 7, 2013

There are few experiences that can convey the beauty and breadth of human achievement over the course of our brief existence on this planet than viewing any of the wonders of the world in person. Of course, being labeled a “wonder of the world” will turn a place into one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, which means it will also be crowded and expensive.

A few people can’t reconcile the incredible feats of architecture they’re seeing with these expected discomforts, and they take to TripAdvisor to let the world know how awful these places truly are. The reviews are incomprehensible and funny. We’ve collected a few of them below.

[Regarding the methodology of our selection: there are multiple “official” lists of the seven “wonders of the world.” Some are better than others. Most strangely, USA Today compiled one in 2006 that includes “the Internet” located on the “Earth.” We went with the New7Wonders foundation’s list (which inexplicably includes eight items), as it’s the most recent list that wasn’t biased towards western attractions. (The American Society of Civil Engineers includes the CN Tower, for example, which—no offense to the very pleasant citizens of Canada—just doesn’t belong on the same list as The Great Wall of China).]

The Great Wall of China

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Facts: Built in 7th century BC; the longest man-made structure in the world; it cost the lives of more than a million people to build it
Popular complaints: Bad smells, fog, crowded, better on TV, not as cool as it used to be

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The Historical City of Petra

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Facts: Built in 100 BC; reportedly where King Aretas ordered the arrest of the Apostle Paul; only 15% has been explored by archeologists
Popular complaints: Crowded, boring, dog murder

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Cristo Redentor (Statue of Christ the Redeemer)

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Facts: Built in 1931; largest Art Deco statue in the world
Popular complaints: Fog, crowded, expensive, “nothing to see”

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Machu Picchu

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Facts: Built in 1450; the buildings were made without mortar
Popular complaints: Food poisoning, mosquitos, expensive

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Chichen Itza

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Facts: Built in 600; was once an important pilgrimage site for the Mayans
Popular complaints: Too hot, boring, obnoxious sellers, “terrible”

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Colosseum

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Facts: Built in 80; can accommodate 50,000 spectators; was used for gladiatorial contests
Popular complaints: Gladiators, expensive, “borring” [sic]

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Taj Mahal

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Facts: Built in 1648; largest mausoleum in India; took 20 years to build
Popular complaints: Smells bad, crowded, “invisible”

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Great Pyramids of Giza

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Facts: Built in 2560 BC; took 23 years to build; made of over 2 million blocks, each weighing 2.5 tons
Popular complaints: Dangerous camel rides, “pile of rubbish,” small children will punch you in the back

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