Everyone has heard of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Wall of China, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and more. These are all historic landmarks and key tourist attractions that have been a pivotal part of travel and tourism for years; but what about the newer, urban wonders of the world? What about the attractions that have appeared in the last hundred years, or the Wonders of the World of our generation? Here, I will discuss some - but not all - of what I believe to be significant landmarks, concentrated in big cities and bustling places, some of which I have visited and enjoyed.
1. The Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
This beautiful hotel is located within the perfectly polished and modern city of Singapore. What’s more, the top of the immense 57-floor building has an ‘infinity pool’: a pool that extends to the edge of the building ending in a deathly drop! Having visited this myself, I can vouch for the fact that it is truly terrifying, albeit aesthetically stunning.
2. The Burj Khalifa, Dubai
The tallest building in the world at a height of 829.8m and has 163 floors. This exquisite building has stunning views across Dubai and is so tall that if you watch the sunset at the bottom, then take the 10m per second elevator to the observation deck, can watch the sunset again.
Pivotal to transport and travel in London, the Underground is an iconic symbol of life in the Metropolitan city of London. You may take a ride along the central line to visit key shopping areas like Oxford Circus or use the Jubilee line to take a trip to Westminster and see significant tourist attractions like Big Ben. Either way, you’ll leave with the red and blue tube sign ingrained into your memory, with the incessant ‘Mind the gap’ ringing in your ears. Try not to get on during rush hour, or you might find yourself squashed between seven people in a cramped corner of the train, any claustrophobic’s nightmare!
4. Sydney Opera House
Despite the ridiculously long plane flight to get there from the Northern Hemisphere this really is worth a visit. On this holiday, I went on a guided tour here and was really impressed by the unique, ingenious architecture, and was star-struck as we saw Jackie Chan filming ‘Bleeding Steel’ on the roof - he is only one of the many stars to have visited or performed at this modern wonder of the world.
5. Place Des Vosges, Paris
Growing up in Paris, I spent many weekends with my family enjoying this beautiful garden, playing on the play equipment and entertained by buskers. Revolutionary in its new architecture and urban design, these houses, built around a beautiful garden rather than just as a single palace, embodied the idea of community. Perfectly proportioned, this was the first developed building constructed in Paris and has influenced the urban design of this city.
6. Hollywood Sign, LA
Chill out amongst the famous along the Hollywood ‘walk of fame,’ find the embedded star of your favourite actor and take a selfie next to this iconic sign - a symbol of how anyone from anywhere can realise their dreams. Perhaps what is most amusing is that it was originally intended to be a semi-permanent advertisement that was not going to remain for long. Now, it represents the opportunities available in any urban city, and hints at the lavish lifestyle fame brings.
7. Eiffel Tower
No list would be complete without mention of the iconic Parisian tower. With magnificent views across Paris and its vertigo-inducing height, it is truly an experience to visit. Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the tower also designed the framework for another urban wonder of the world; the Statue of Liberty.
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