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One part Hollywood; six parts traffic; a bunch of rich power-moguls; equal parts of mayhem and order; a handful of Hinduism; a dash of Islam; throw it all in a blender: xxxxMumbai, India
Gold-spired Buddhist temples sharing space with neon-lit strips of sleaze; slow-moving rivers of traffic bypassed by long-tail boats plying the royal river...Bangkok, Thailand
It's popular to dismiss xxxx as a kind of Asia Lite - blandly efficient and safe, a boringly tasteless, disciplinarian and unadventurous place. Utter nonsense...Singapore, Singapore
The ghosts of the past live on in the churches, temples, former GI hotels and government buildings that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoilHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam
xxxx draws together all the colours and cultures that make up this island nation, condenses them into a patchwork of markets, gardens and buildings both humble and grand...Colombo, Sri Lanka
Glitzy, glam, over-the-top and a little overexposed, xxxx lives for attention. On the surface it’s materialistic beyond anyone’s wildest dreams,...Dubai. United Arab Emirates
Locals like to call their 600-year-old capital the ‘miracle on the Han’. No stranger to cosmetic surgery, xxxx has signed up for the full face lift and lipo dealSeoul, South Korea
On the one hand, the fortresses, churches and food of its colonial master speak to a uniquely Mediterranean style. On the other, xxxx is the self-styled Las Vegas of the EastMacau, China
Once a playground for foreign adventurers and socialites, the one-time wh*re of the Orient is now where home-grown tycoons build soaring monuments to capitalismShanghai, China
Kippas are swapped for sun visors, gefilte fish for sushi and quarried stone for poured concrete. If it’s 3000 years of history you’re after, head for the hills...Tel Aviv, Israel
More than just a capital, it is a monument to national ingenuity and determination.From humble beginnings as a tin-mining shanty, xxxx is dominated by the tallest skyscrapersKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Amid the split-new Chevrolets and luxury Lotuses, slip the mutawwa hurrying and harrying the citizens to prayer. Its considered conservative, cautious and sober...Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
its architecture traces each and every mood swing from 1949 to the present, from felled hútòng to huge underground bomb shelters scooped out during the paranoid 1970sBeijing, China
No name is so evocative of the Silk Road as xxxx. For most people it has the mythical resonance of Atlantis, fixed in the Western popular imagination by poets of bygone erasSamarkand, Uzbekistan
Lenin is still here in his concrete overcoat (albeit recently demoted to a smaller square) and a larger-than-life Frunze still sits on a bronze horse facing the train stationBishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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xxxx is the world’s only capital without traffic lights. Residents complained it was impersonal, so gesticulating, white-gloved police continue to direct the trafficThimphu, Bhutan
While there’s a long way to go before xxxx is restored to its position as a travellers’ haunt, there’s a whiff of its old cosmopolitan self in the air.Kabul, Afghanistan
xxxx’s magnificent white marble mosque stands like a bulbous beacon, drawing tourists like moths to a wondrous flame. Despite the hype, it’s every bit as good as you’ve heardAgra, India
Legend has it that Prophet Mohammed cast his gaze from the mountainside onto xxxx but refused to enter the city because he wanted to enter paradise only once – when he diedDamascus, Syria
In the best possible tradition of Minsk and Ashgabat, xxxx rose from the ashes of destruction. Mysterious and grey, xxxx is definitely one of the world’s strangest capitalsPyongyang, North Korea
A tiny island, densely crowded with motorbikes, stern-faced policemen, hawkers and crisply uniformed school children, xxxx is the modern, mercantile face of the countryMale, Maldives
whether trundling down the narrow winding streets in a rickshaw or dodging the tiger balm sellers and trekking touts, xxxx can be an intoxicating,amazing and exhausting placeKathmandu, Nepal
old, smoking Mercedes taxis, bars to rival Soho and coffee thicker than mud, political demonstrations, and swimming pools awash with more silicone than MiamiBeirut, Lebanon
one of the finest cities in the Islamic world. The exquisite blue mosaic tiles of xxxx’s buildings, its expansive bazaar and its gorgeous bridges demand much of your timeEsfahan, Iran
One of the world’s most culturally rich cities, it is fair to say that xxxx ranks with Paris, London and Rome as one of those cities everyone should see at least onceKyoto, Japan
this sickly, sweet cake of a city is one of the world’s great urban centres. Its many layers, colours and patterns make it the most romantic, living, breathing Islamic city...Sana'a, Yemen
Expressive black eyebrows, proud noses and classical Greek and Persian profiles appear everywhere, in a street culture somewhere between Marseilles and old BeirutYerevan, Armenia
In the 80 years since independence the once anonymous provincial capital has really grown into its role as an international city, assuming a very modern air of sophisticationAnkara, Turkey
A great city in the would be misleading to represent xxxx as a latter-day New York: much of the development has been given a heart but hasn’t yet acquired a soulDoha, Qatar
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world... xxxx, dare we say, is the new Dubai. It's a tolerant, diverse city full of big dreams and optimismErbil, Iraq

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