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PRIMED TO CAPTURE THE IMAGINATION OF ALL TRAVELLERS, FIND OUT WHICH CITIES YOU SHOULD BE VISITING THIS YEAR...
FROM CHINA TO SENEGAL, YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS ANY OF THESE HIDDEN HOTSPOTS.
Welcome to China's most innovative city - Shēnzhèn - otherwise known as the 'Silicon Valley'.
Drawn to its slew of new design openings and constant tech innovation, creatives are swarming to the cultural hotspot which lies just over the border from Hong Kong.
Previously known as the 'cheaper, nightlife alternative' to its bigger, sister-city, Hong Kong - Shēnzhèn has now made its mark, offering a plethora of indi-music scenes, urban cafes, a small contingent of craft brewers and an entire arts district crafted from the remains of former warehouses.
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Serbia's 'New Garden' hosts the rocking EXIT festival, whose 20th edition coincides with the city's stint as the 2019 European Youth Capital.
Headlining this revival, the Petrovaradin Citadel's Lower Town is getting a facelift, and the dilapidated Chinatown has now blossomed into an alternative-culture district.
Bursting with creative energy, new Gradić Fest is reinvigorating Petrovaradin through music, film, theatre and art, as Novi Sad gears up to wear another crown - that of the 2021 European Capital of Culture.
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Famed for its beautiful beaches and buzzing nightlife, Miami has long captivated travellers seeking a slice of tropical paradise whilst the rest of North America shivers.
Although the Magic City still makes a fine wintertime escape, the preceding years have seen Miami transform into a cultural hotspot, offering a centre for the arts, a foodie destination and an innovator in urban design.
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In the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake, news reports from Kathmandu showed a city broken and in mourning, but today, the narrative is all about reconstruction and rejuvenation.
Undoubtedly, there is still work to do restoring the magnificent monuments that crumbled during the disaster, but historic sites are being returned to their former glory, and moves to calm the city's infamous traffic, smog and noise have made Kathmandu more liveable that it has been in decades.
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Dakar, is one of Africa's most dynamic cities - offering a dizzying mix of sun-kissed beaches, colourful markets and mbalax-fuelled nighclubs where revellers emerge into the early-morning as the first call to prayer drifts over the landscape.
Despite its myriad attractions, Senegal's seaside capital has long been overlooked by many travellers. All that is set to change, as the city positions itself as a new travel hub in West Africa.
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Smart, progressive and loaded with creative energy, Seattle is rarely out of the global spotlight...
In a city that has a habit of turning homegrown ideas into international brands, Amazon is the current headline-grabber - creating sleek, eco-friendly office buildings which fuel the brainpower behind the company.
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Zadar has risen from the ashes of its war-ridden past and blossomed into a spirited cosmopolitan city.
Wander through the Old Town's warren of bright marble streets to discover cool bars and laidback cafes, ancient Roman ruins, innovative museums and rustic, trattoria-style restaurants.
The true phoenix of Zadar's transformation is its imagination-stirring waterfront promenade, where scores of locals gather to listen to the magical chimes of the Sea Organ or bask in the mesmeric illuminations of the Sun Salutation.