WHAT do Beirut, Kuala Lumpur and La Paz have in common?
The New7Wonders Cities was created by Swiss-born filmmaker and explorer Bernard Weber, who has been on the hunt for the best new spots across the globe for years.
More than 100 million votes flooded in back in 2007 when he asked the world which seven wonders were the greatest. The Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China were among the winners.
Then, in 2011, he did it all again, this time searching for natural wonders. Winners included Jeju Island in South Korea and the Amazon.
The latest list may be surprising to many, but Weber says it showcases the diversity of the planet.
“We began with more than 1200 nominees from 220 different countries and here have seven cities that represent the global diversity of urban society,” Mr Weber said. “For the first time in human history, more than half of our planet’s population lives in cities and this election emphasises the dramatically challenging character of our changing world.”
The winners were whittled down from a shortlist of 28 options, which had included Perth.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Although it’s been home to a lot of unrest, Beirut has great shopping and sightseeing, even being called the “Paris of the Middle East” by Lonely Planet.
Visitors to Doha will find spectacular architecture and cultural sights.
Durban, South Africa
Durban is a beach city that’s home to a range of attractions.
Described as “a city trapped in time”, Havana is magical.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A vibrant city with towering high-rise buildings, Kuala Lumpur is a hit to the senses.
La Paz, Bolivia
Perched more than 3500 metres above sea level, this city will leave you breathless in more ways than one!
There are ancient structures in Vigan that have survived the test of time.