Seven new natural wonders of the world revealed, the list may surprise!

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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:

Beirut, Lebanon

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…

Beirut, Lebanon named one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Beirut, Lebanon has been named one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Image: “Beirut” by Shallm Shaddid

Doha, Qatar

It’s considered the jewel of the Arab nations. This advanced nation features modern infrastructure and a focus on design creativity.

Doha Qatar named as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Doha is the technological capital of Qatar. Picture: Jol Ito on Flickr.

Durban, South Africa

Durban is a city located on the coast of South Africa. This underrated, stunning city is an untapped tourist resource.

Durban, South Africa is named as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

This coastal city is home to one of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches. Picture: Pieterjan Grobler on Flickr.

Havana, Cuba

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.

Havana, Cuba has been named as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

The stunning Capitol Building features amazing artwork, in addition to expanses of history. Picture: Paul Bico on Flickr.

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.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has been named as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

This iconic city is home to street markets, humidity and the trademark Petronas Towers. Picture: Jakub Michankow on Flickr.

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.

La Paz, Bolivia has been named as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

La Paz features the world’s highest urban cable car. The views are breathtaking. Picture: Dimitry B. on Flickr.

Vigan, Philippines

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.

Vigan in the Philippines has been named as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Old buildings and loads of heritage make Vigan one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Picture: Andrew Russel on Flickr.

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Paul Maric

Paul Maric has been a freelance travel writer for the past seven years.Paul’s mainstay is freelance motoring journalism, where he has contributed content to major Australian and international publications.Travelling all over the world, Paul has had the chance to stay at some of the finest hotels, eat at the finest restaurants and visit some of the most amazing locations.