In pictures: The new ‘Urban Wonders of the World’ in Asia-Pacific

The Bund Shanghai

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WHAT drives urban, trendsetting travelers to visit some of the world’s top destinations?

Other than local cuisine, diversity, activities, heritage, and culture, there is also architecture and Intagrammability.

With that in mind, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s flagship brand, has revealed the new “Seven Urban Wonders of the World”.

Crowdsourced using influencers worldwide with a combined reach of more than 3.5 million, the list of wonders were analyzed and validated by LikeWhere, Hilton’s travel tech partner.

A survey of 2,000 18 to 35-year-olds was conducted to determine their holiday preferences when visiting urban destinations.

The new list, which puts the spotlight on preferred destinations, aims to encourage tourists to add them on their travel bucket list.

“With more than 575 hotels in some of the most coveted destinations in the world, we wanted to empower today’s experience-driven travelers to identify modern-day travel Wonders – which, as you will see, are much different from the original Seven Wonders of the World,” Hilton Hotels & Resorts senior vice president and global brand head Vera Manoukian said.

Here is a look at the “Urban Wonders of the World” that are located in Asia-Pacific:

#1 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Louvre

Since opening in 2017, the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi has become one of the best art galleries in the world, with impressive installations such as Animals, Between Real and Imaginary and Japanese Connections: The Birth of Moden Decor.

#2 Sydney, Australia: Sydney Opera House

One of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings, the iconic Sydney Opera House, which hosts more than 3,000 events a year, socred high among travelers, mostly for its position as a “very Instagrammable” viewpoint.

#3 Tokyo, Japan: Tsukiji Fish Market

On Oct 6, 2o18, the 80-year-old Tsukiji fish market, a popular landmark known for its early-morning tuna auctions, an array of restaurants and shops selling anything from the freshest seafood to household items like Japanese knives, officially closed to the public to allow for renovation works.

#5 Shanghai, China: The Bund

The Bund in Shanghai is one of the Chinese city’s many historic destinations, featuring a mile-long stretch of waterfront promenade lined with 52 historical structures known among locals as the “museum of buildings”.

#6 Hong Kong, China: Temple Street Night Markets

Prepare for an over sensory experience when you visit Hong Kong’s bustling Temple Street Night Markets, filled with smells of food, craft goods, a lively atmosphere, the chatter of people, and plenty of psychedelic neon lights overhead.