The Most Stunning Skylines In The World — & Where To Enjoy Them

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Whenever we travel to a big city there are many things on our to-do list, but getting a breathtaking view of its horizon is definitely a top priority. Many destinations have become synonymous with their urban silhouettes, and there's simply no better way to feel the pulse of a metropolis than by seeing its most distinctive landmarks at our feet.
While the NYC skyline is as iconic as it gets, there are plenty of international contenders that are pretty spectacular in their own right. Ahead, we've put together a roundup of some of the most jaw-dropping cityscapes around the world — and the best spots to plot your Instagram shots. Be prepared to hashtag #thisviewthough about a million times.
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Sydney, Australia

With an average of 340 sunny days per year, Sydney's perpetually beautiful skies adds to the allure of the cityscape. The shell-shaped exterior of the Jorn Utzon-designed Sydney Opera House makes a unique impression next to the soaring skyscrapers.
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Best Vantage Point: Manly Ferry

You'll get a sweeping vista of not one, but two of Sydney's most iconic landmarks — Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Opera House — on this short ferry ride between Darling Harbor and Manly Beach. The best part? It will cost you less than $7 per ride.
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Shanghai, China

A city that's been praised as the "Pearl of the Orient" has the aptly named Oriental Pearl Tower to match. The fastest growing metropolis in the world, Shanghai is constantly adding futuristic structures to its ever growing portfolio of skyscrapers.
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Best Vantage Point: The Bund

If you're hoping to get a money shot of Pudong, the area where the Oriental Pearl Tower is located, the best place to go is the Bund, the famous waterfront stretch on the other side of the river. Smog is pretty serious in the city, so your best bet is visiting in early fall, when air pollution is supposed to be the mildest.
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London, England

Britain's capital has got the best of the old and new landmarks tucked along both sides of the Thames, from the historic Tower of London to the Shard, a futuristic architectural wonder.
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Best Vantage Point: Duck & Waffle

The line is typically out the door at this 24/7 dining establishment, and we have a feeling that the panoramic views you get from the 40th floor might have something to do with it.
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Tokyo, Japan

Though the red-and-white Tokyo Tower is an imitation of Paris' Eiffel Tower, we are nonetheless impressed by the city's horizons. After all, nothing can beat having Mount Fuji in the background. Other impressive landmarks to spot include the glass-shaped Asahi Beer Hall and Tokyo Skytree.
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Best Vantage Point: Park Hyatt Tokyo

The New York Bar on the 52nd floor of the hotel has Sofia Coppola's seal of approval and played an integral park in establishing the mood of her masterpiece Lost In Translation. Be prepared to pay up for your ScarJo experience: The bar now charges a $20 cover for entry.
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Paris, France

Seeing the Eiffel Tower from afar should be on everyone's bucket list — especially when it glitters in the evening.
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Best Vantage Point: Printemps Rooftop Terrace

Not many people are aware that you can gain rooftop access at Printemps, a well-known department store, but it's hands down the best place to take romantic snaps of the city and enjoy a cup of coffee.
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Hong Kong, China

You'll be hard pressed to find a skyline as dramatic as Hong Kong's: Countless skyscrapers stand tall and proud in front of a shimmering Victoria Harbor, offset by verdant mountains in the background. You really can't say you've been to Hong Kong until you've seen the bustling city from Victoria Peak.
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Best Vantage Point: The InterContinental Hong Kong

The best place to get a postcard-perfect scenery of the city is on the other side of the Harbor. You'll feel like you're standing in front of a moving painting at the lobby bar of the InterContinental Hong Kong, which features impressive floor-to-ceiling glass windows and unobstructed views.
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