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The Chongqing is overshadowed by the much hyped neighboring Sichuan. It righteously deserves more attention because of its more dramatic location overlooking the Yangzi River and of course for its delightful spicy food as well. The China’s modernistic landscapes lives in perfect juxtaposition with the old styled docks swayed with traditional steel boats, and the city’s efficient army of potters strive to put luggage and goods on thick bamboo poles to transport it above the steep inclines.
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‘Good Things Comes in Small Packages’, so is the case with the Finnish Capital which is technically the northernmost city of the Europe. On the front it has gleaming Baltic Sea and many of its prestigious sights stand on the island for instance the 18th century grandeur fortress of Suomenlinna. This unostentatious yet majestic capital houses extravagant nouveau riche buildings and the cafeteria’s dating back to 1930’s. The city is usually calm but when the sun is out, it into a buzzing and energetic place.
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For those in search of authenticity, it is recommended that they take a trip to the isolated side of the Honshu Island to grasp the true essence of ancient Japan. Those with the urge for exploration will be rewarded with Takayama, a city blemished with morning markets, hillside sanctuaries and traditional breweries. The next door Shirakawa-go has also got a lot of scenic splendor and its stilt farmhouses are famous across the country.
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
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The temperature is soothingly warm in this off the beaten track Andalucian town, which is incredibly popular for its sherry productions. There are many grandeur churches; an imposing fortress perched on the top of the hill and numerous Bodegas (cellar) where you can savor the Jerez’s desired wines. The art of Flamenco also thrives in the time warped boulevards of the Jerez.
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Only few lucky intrepid travelers have pampered their senses in this small yet enigmatic sibling of Fes and Marrakesh. There’s plenty to cherish in this ancient imperial city which was once dipped in opulence. Within its walls, there are many architectural gems; more than 50 imposing palaces and nearly the same number of soothing gardens. The nearby Roman ruins of Volubilis are awe-inspiring as well.
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