For the past four years, explorer and Swiss-bord filmmaker Bernard Weber has been on the hunt for the seven new natural wonders of the world in a contest called (originally), the New7Wonders Cities.
The contest originally contained over 1,200 nominations in 220 countries and was whittled down to a shortlist of 28 options.
This latest contest comes on the back of Weber’s last slice of fame, which received over 100 million votes in 2007 and was to find out which was the top of the seven wonders.
“We began with more than 1200 nominees from 220 different countries and here have seven cities that represent the global diversity of urban society,” Mr Weber said. “For the first time in human history, more than half of our planet’s population lives in cities and this election emphasises the dramatically challenging character of our changing world,” Weber said.
The shortlist of 28 of the world’s natural wonders even included Australia’s own Perth.
The winners of the seven natural wonders of the world are:
Despite being ravaged by war in its recent history, Lebanon is now considered one of the go to places for travelling tourists. It’s not hard to see why…
It’s considered the jewel of the Arab nations. This advanced nation features modern infrastructure and a focus on design creativity.
Durban, South Africa
Durban is a city located on the coast of South Africa. This underrated, stunning city is an untapped tourist resource.
Known for its array of old-school cars and beautiful scenery, Cuba is a must see place and is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This beautiful city is home to millions of Malaysians and features the iconic Petronas Towers with interlinking bridge. Kuala Lumpur has also been named one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
La Paz, Bolivia
It sits some 3,500 metres above sea level, making it one of the highest cities in the world. It also doesn’t lack in the scenery stakes. That’s why La Paz, Bolivia is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Old buildings, lovely people and tonnes of heritage. That’s why Vigan in the Philippines has been named as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.