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Explore the World’s Most Exciting Cities


The BBC World News has launched a website to showcase different sides to some of the world’s great cities. For each city, three local celebrities highlight sites that most tourists never get to see.

Featured Cities (click on the city’s name to go directly to its website):

Beirut: One of the Middle East’s most exciting and diverse cities

Cairo: One of the few truly 24-hour cities in the world

Hanoi: A hectic and boisterous Asian metropolis

Hong Kong: East meets West and old meets new in this metropolis

Milan: An international capital for fashion, style and design

New York: They don’t call it “the capital of the world” for nothing

Paris: One of the world’s great centers of style and culture

Rio de Janeiro: One of the world’s most energetic and vibrant cities

Rome: A fascinating history and a modern outlook

San Francisco: Anything goes in the United States’ most liberal city

Stockholm: Grand architecture, green parks and waterways

Sydney: Australia’s largest city is both relaxed and energetic

Tokyo: A fast-paced, tech-savvy, smartly styled metropolis

Washington DC: There’s more than just politics to the U.S. capital