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Cruise to Asia’s Glittering Cities

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Holland America Line will take you to Asia’s captivating metropolises with their fabled ancient temples and palaces, as well as neon-lit bustling neighborhoods and lively markets. Here’s a look at some of the favorite sites of AFAR contributors in some of Holland America Line’s most popular Asian ports from Bangkok to Tokyo, and Shimizu to Shanghai.
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Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Architecture lovers flock to the Huangpu River's western side to stroll the Bund, a waterfront tourist magnet in central Shanghai. There's a glorious mishmash of late-19th- and early-20th-century styles here, from Gothic revival to art deco. Walk...
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4 Chome-2-28 Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken 248-0016, Japan

This seaside town just 10 minutes by train from Yokohama is home to three important religious sites: the Buddhist temple Kotoku-in, its famous Daibutsu (Big Buddha) statue and the Shinto shrine Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. The temple’s main...

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13-15 Irifunechō, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken 424-0942, Japan

The best place to learn about Shimizu’s attractive, fascinating port is at the Verkehr Museum, which has a permanent exhibition of model ships and tools as well as excellent temporary exhibitions. At the port’s entertainment and...

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This major river flows through the heart of Bangkok to empty into the Gulf of Thailand. Bangkok is big and always buzzing, so a languid boat ride along the river is a tranquil alternative to exploring the streets. As you...

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80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
Singapore Zoo has been recognized as a leader in creating naturalistic habitats since its opening in 1973, using concealed moats to separate animals from visitors and incorporating a local reservoir into the landscaping. There are dozens of themed...