Travel Weekly Readers Choice 2016

Destinations: Asia/Pacific


The Land Down Under offers top tourist attractions, from bustling Sydney and its Harbour Bridge to Ayers Rock, the Outback and the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system. This year Tourism Australia launched its "There's Nothing Like Australia" advertising campaign, tapping actor and Australia native Chris Hems-
worth as the campaign's voice.


With 50 World Heritage sites among China's offerings, there is much to see beyond the Great Wall and Forbidden City and cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. China offers cruises on the Yangtze River, renowned cultural sights like the Terracotta Army at Xian and hiking in its national parks.

New Zealand

New Zealand's mountain ranges, volcanoes, sweeping coastlines and lush rain forests make it ideal for outdoor adventurers and others in search of tranquility and relaxation; it has also become a favorite location for big-budget Hollywood productions such as the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. This year, tourism became the country's top export, with a record 3.4 million visitors arriving in New Zealand in the year ending in September.


Through August, nearly 207,000 visitors arrived in the Lion City. The 270-square-mile island nation, among Asia's key financial centers, boasts a long history of multiculturalism, dating to its 19th-century colonial roots as a trading post for England's East India Co. Today visitors can dine at its famed hawker stalls, shop at its myriad malls or enjoy its tropical climate on the island resort of Sentosa.


Conjuring visions of paradise, Tahiti is the largest of the 118 islands and atolls that constitute French Polynesia. Tahiti and its capital city, Papeete, are located in the Society Islands, an archipelago that includes the popular islands of Bora Bora, Huahine, Moorea, Raiatea and Tahaa. Boasting coral reefs, turquoise waters and a plethora of luxury resorts, Tahiti is eight hours from Los Angeles via daily, nonstop flights.


The kingdom of Thailand features pristine beaches and a plethora of historical and cultural sites, especially its Buddhist temples. From its bustling capital of Bangkok to the popular island of Phuket, the "land of smiles" is a popular year-round destination.

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