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The seamless fusion of the old and the new in China’s capital is best exemplified by the Forbidden City. This ancient palace, a quintessential example of imperial architecture, was once home to Chinese emperors. It was also once home to a Starbucks. While you can’t get your caffeine fix there anymore, you can find teahouses, restaurants and shops among the nearby maze of hutongs, or narrow alleyways formed by private courtyard residences.

Asia does not lack for variety. History lovers, gourmands, outdoor enthusiasts, and night owls will all find cities that feel like they were made just for them. And while there are far more than just 10 cities worth exploring, these are the 10 you absolutely must check off your bucket list.

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