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THE pris­tine blue wa­ters and white sandy beaches of beau­ti­ful Ishi­gaki, Ja­pan, has earned the rank­ing of num­ber one in the world. The is­land has topped TripAd­vi­sor's ‘Des­ti­na­tions on the Rise’ list. The awards, now in its sixth year, recog­nise 44 des­ti­na­tions around the world se­lected by mea­sur­ing year-over-year in­crease in pos­i­tive TripAd­vi­sor trav­eller re­view rat­ings for ac­com­mo­da­tions, restau­rants and at­trac­tions, as well as in­crease in search and book­ing in­ter­est. Trav­ellers’ Choice Des­ti­na­tions on the Rise - Asia:

● Ishi­gaki, Ja­pan

Con­trary to its name which lit­er­ally trans­lates to ‘stone wall’, Ishi­gaki is an is­land in Ok­i­nawa that is sur­rounded by wa­ter. Home to sandy beaches and co­ral reefs, the desti­na­tion is a pop­u­lar div­ing spot.

● Takayama, Ja­pan

A city lo­cated in the moun­tain­ous Gifu Pre­fec­ture, Takayama's ap­peal lies in its beau­ti­fully pre­served towns and his­toric districts. Be sure to head to Takayama in spring and au­tumn to catch the Takayama Fes­ti­val.

● Bu­san, South Korea

South Korea's sec­ond largest city, Bu­san, has plenty to of­fer to ev­ery trav­eller - it's a favourite amongst

na­ture lovers for its hot springs, beaches, hik­ing trails and na­ture re­serves, while the cul­tural and art buffs will ap­pre­ci­ate the mu­se­ums, tem­ples, and his­tor­i­cal build­ings scat­tered across the city.

● Ph­nom Penh, Cam­bo­dia

The cap­i­tal city of Cam­bo­dia, Ph­nom Penh still re­tains traces of its French colo­nial his­tory through its tem­ples, mu­se­ums, palaces and cul­tural sites, while re­minders of its somber past are still pal­pa­bly felt in the Killing Fields lo­cated just out­side the city.

● Nan­tou County, Tai­wan

Nan­tou County is the only land­locked county in Tai­wan and home to Tai­wan's high­est peak (Yushan), moun­tain­ous ranges, lush forests and scenic lakes in­clud­ing the fa­mous Sun Moon Lake. Be­sides nat­u­ral of­fer­ings, trav­ellers can learn more about the prac­tices of the lo­cals by vis­it­ing its tem­ples, cul­tural vil­lages and even agri­cul­tural farms.

● Shen­zhen, China

Sit­u­ated in Guang­dong Province and ad­ja­cent to Hong Kong is Shen­zhen, a cityscape that is on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities with some of the most mod­ern build­ings world­wide. Al­though the desti­na­tion is largely in­dus­trial, it of­fers many at­trac­tions to trav­ellers in­clud­ing theme parks and cul­tural vil­lages where trav­ellers can learn more about China's long his­tory and var­ied cul­tures.

● Tainan, Tai­wan

Tainan is the old­est city in Tai­wan with over 200 years of his­tory as the cap­i­tal of Tai­wan un­der Koxinga and later Qing Dy­nasty rule. Now, a mod­ern city of com­merce and trade, his­tory and cul­ture, it is also a re­li­gious cen­tre, with more than a thou­sand tem­ples in­clud­ing Tai­wan's first Con­fu­cian tem­ple.

● Seog­wipo, South Korea

Seog­wipo is the sec­ond largest city on Jeju is­land and of­fers swanky ho­tels, rugged cliffs, pop­u­lar beaches and gor­geous wa­ter­falls. A coastal city that is lo­cated on the south side of the is­land, Seog­wipo's many ac­tiv­i­ties re­volve around the ocean, in­clud­ing div­ing and sub­ma­rine tours.

● Ne­gombo, Sri Lanka

Known for its cen­turies-old fish­ing in­dus­try, one of Ne­gombo's top sites is its fish mar­ket called the ‘Lel­lama’ where trav­ellers can watch the boats re­turn­ing with their fresh catch or even try their hands at fish­ing in the la­goon. It is no won­der that the town is a food lover's par­adise with seafood avail­able in plenty.

● Pokhara, Nepal

Vis­i­tors to Pokhara stop here be­fore start­ing or af­ter fin­ish­ing the ‘Round An­na­pu­rana’ trekking route. Due of its pop­u­lar­ity, city it­self has rel­a­tively mod­ern ho­tels and restau­rants, but trav­ellers will also be able to find an­cient lakes, wa­ter­falls and ma­jes­tic views of Hi­malayan peaks.

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