Known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food.
Osaka is a large port city and commercial center on the Japanese island of Honshu.
The 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle, which has undergone several restorations, is its main historical landmark.
It's surrounded by a moat and park with plum, peach and cherry-blossom trees.
Sumiyoshi-taisha is among Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines. ―
A sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry.
Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry.
Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours.
On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand- and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars’ homes.
Widely recognised as a leader in the global green economy
Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager.
It’s linked to Malmo in southern Sweden by the Öresund Bridge.
Indre By, the city's historic center, contains Frederiksstaden, an 18th-century rococo district, home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace.
Nearby is Christiansborg Palace and the Renaissance-era Rosenborg Castle, surrounded by gardens and home to the crown jewels
Headquarters of Europe’s United Nations and the Red Cross, it’s a global hub for diplomacy and banking.
Geneva is a city in Switzerland that lies at the southern tip of expansive Lac Léman (Lake Geneva).
Surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains, the city has views of dramatic Mont Blanc.
French influence is widespread, from the language to gastronomy and bohemian districts like Carouge. ―
Among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers.
New York City comprises 5 boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean.
At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers.
Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway theater is staged in neon-lit Times Square.
A highly developed free-market economy, characterised by low taxation, almost free port trade and a well-established international financial market.
Photo: Benh LIEU SONG
Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is a city and special administrative region of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta in South China.
A global center for banking and finance
The city of Zurich, a global center for banking and finance, lies at the north end of Lake Zurich in northern Switzerland.
The picturesque lanes of the central Altstadt (Old Town), on either side of the Limmat River, reflect its pre-medieval history.
Waterfront promenades like the Limmatquai follow the river toward the 17th-century Rathaus (town hall)
Along with Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan, Singapore is one of the Four Asian Tigers
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign island city-state in maritime Southeast Asia.
Modern Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles as a trading post of the British Empire.
In 1867, the colonies in Southeast Asia were reorganised and Singapore came under the direct control of Britain as part of the Straits Settlements.
Singapore has a highly developed market economy, based historically on extended entrepôt trade.
Singapore has surpassed its peers in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita. Between 1965 and 1995, growth rates averaged around 6 per cent per annum, transforming the living standards of the population.
Paris, France's capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture.
Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine.
Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
A city on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, is marked by stark 1930s Bauhaus buildings, thousands of which are clustered in the White City architectural area.
Photo: Gidi Epstein
Museums include Beit Hatfutsot, whose multimedia exhibits illustrate the history of Jewish communities worldwide.
The Eretz Israel Museum covers the country’s archaeology, folklore and crafts, and features an on-site excavation of 12th-century-B.C. ruins.