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Riyadh

Shimmering like a precious stone in the fierce desert sun, the city of Riyadh is a complex mix of dualisms that will intrigue the intrepid traveller. A modern cutting edge metropolis that boldly strides towards the future whilst at the same time a city firmly rooted in the traditions of its historical past. Known as the “Queen of the Desert”, Riyadh will captivate every suitor with her desert landscapes and lush green oases, her ancient monuments and the renowned Arabic hospitality of her denizens.

Zaragoza

Zaragoza, the capital of Aragon, has a privileged location with an equal distance from Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao. The city counts on an international airport and the high-Speed line (AVE). The destination has a delicious gastronomy and a rich heritage of historical monuments (Basilica del Pilar, Cathedral of San Salvador, Aljafería Palace, the paintings of Goya or the Mudejar–UNESCO Heritage of Mankind). The city also has renewed infraestructures from the 2008 International Expo (Water Tower, Bridge Pavilion or river Aquarium).

Welcome to Christmas City Helsinki!

The Christmas season begins in Helsinki when the lights are turned on along the traditional Christmas street Aleksanterinkatu. During the run-up to the holidays, shoppers flock to the Christmas markets throughout the city. The Christmas spirit can also be enjoyed by attending one of the many carol singing and other concerts. http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en/whats-on/events-in-helsinki/christmas-events-bring-light-and-joy Directed and produced by Jussi Hellsten

Kalamaja - bohemian & trendy

The trendy and upcoming wooden architecture area of Kalamaja or "fish house" in English has changed most dramatically over the past few years. The bohemian and hip Kalamaja is known for its many eateries, little pubs and bars as well as design and crafts shops. It is also home to Seaplane Harbour and Tallinn's first "smart" street formerly known as Culture kilometre.

Macau

Macau has a colorful palette and a plethora of sites despite occupying just 30.8sq km of the Chinese mainland. From neon-lit casinos to dusky markets, cobbled streets to modern cafés and Baroque churches to Art Deco buildings - there’s a wonderful mix of East and West. Thirty buildings and squares are UNESCO listed and many reflect Macau’s colonial Portuguese legacy, as does the food, laid-back lifestyle and the blue azulejo-tiled street names. Yet Macau has a modern Asian look, rivalling Singapore and Hong Kong.

Make your own #MyHelsinki

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Brno

With a skyline dominated by the imposing Špilberk Castle and the soaring twin-spires of the Peter and Paul Cathedral, Brno has an attractive and historic city centre. The name, Brno, might sound like a crossword anagram, but the Czech Republic’s second largest city and capital of Moravia is a vibrant, yet traditional, place. Brno boasts stunning architecture, great museums, a crypt, a gorgeous lake – just a tram ride away – and an exciting, beer-filled bar scene without heaving crowds.

48 hours in Rotterdam

A couple of days in Rotterdam? Keen to explore Rotterdam but not sure where to start? Let this video inspire you and discover how you can get the most out of Rotterdam in 48 hours.

Chisinau

Chisinau appears to have little to no concern for the superficial – still very much rough around the edges and with scant tourist infrastructure, the Moldovan capital conquers with precisely its uncharted quality, an authenticity guaranteed to make off-the-beaten-path aficionados' and Soviet era enthusiasts' hearts flutter with excitement. The country's genuinely welcoming populace, free-flowing wine and overtly low travel costs all ensure its relatively obscure status isn't long to stay.

Guangzhou

Known formerly as Canton, Guangzhou is the third biggest city in China because of its position, on the Pearl River. It has long been one of China's main commercial and trading centers. Today this giant metropolis is a famous cultural city with history of more than 2,200 years and is home to old temples and gleaming steel towers. As one of the fastest growing cities in Asia, Guangzhou has also seen a quick growth on tourism, attracting visitors with its cosmopolitan atmosphere, Cantonese cuisine and with its vibrant nightlife. The vast array of shopping options and the close proximity to other major Asian cities are also the reasons why visitors are attracted to this dynamic city.

Bangalore

Once a sleepy regional capital, Bangalore today is a modern metropolis that will come as a big surprise to those who are visiting for the first time. Also known as Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka is the technological hub of India and this is the very place where the country’s new, confident and global identity is being forged. As the fifth largest city in India, Bangalore is said to be the fastest growing city in Asia, with a plethora of interesting buildings and high tech industries. As wealthier Indians flock to live here, Bangalore has become a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant cafe and bar culture. The city might lack historical sites but it compensates it with its buzzing, relaxed and liberal atmosphere, providing the perfect base for exploring the beautiful temples and evocative palaces of the Deccan.

Phnom Penh

Situated at the crossroads of three great rivers - the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac - Phnom Penh is the heart of a country steeped in tradition, overflowing with rice paddies, jungles and still untouched rural communities. Once a sleepy backwater, Phnom Penh is buzzing today with commercial activity, as the country develops after years of isolation. It is dotted with monumental landmarks in a surreally beautiful environment. Old French colonial mansions stand alongside newly emerging designs, which make the city’s mixed architecture and communities fascinating sites to explore.