Mao and then: a statue of the former leader in Chengdu

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The capital of Sichuan province offers a mix of serene parks and startling modernity – and direct flights from the UK are about to start, says Julia Buckley

Van with a plan: a statue of Beethoven gazes over the city

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The sound of Beethoven is in the air as this charming German city celebrates its most famous son with a month-long classical music festival, says Nick Boulos

A river runs through it: soaking up the sunset on the Rhine

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The cutting-edge architecture, cultural sights and lively bars of this scenic German city on the Rhine are now easier to reach, says Simon Calder

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48 Hours In: Copenhagen

The Danish capital presents an enticing menu this month, with gourmet festivities adding to some of the world's finest restaurants, says Chris Leadbeater

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The largest city in Canada's Alberta province packs a punch with contemporary galleries, independent shops and thriving nightlife, says Chris Leadbeater

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Inside the ancient walls of Malta's charming capital, a transformation is taking place, with dramatic new buildings joining the city's alluring mix

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Norway's scenic second city shines with colourful clapboard houses, quaint cafés and a dramatic fjord-flecked coastline, discovers Nick Boulos

Capture the castle: the Alhambra Palace

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After three years with no direct links from the UK, Andalucia's ancient Moorish outpost is back on the flight map. Laura Holt jets off to southern Spain

Shop-stop: Winter Park is full of boutiques and cafés

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Jump on board for a rollercoaster ride through Florida's theme park capital. Chris Leadbeater swings by rope courses, laser games and adventure golf

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Scotland's beautiful capital is packed with culture and intrigue, says Simon Calder. To see it at its best go now, before the festival crowds take over

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This historic harbour city is about to be invaded by giant decorated dogs – which is just the excuse you need for a visit, says Fred Mawer

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The Dutch capital is back in full swing this summer, thanks to the reopening of its top museums. Simon Calder joins the celebration

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Bay watch: the ancient walls look over the city

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Friendly, beautiful and with a wealth of cultural attractions, Greece's second city is better connected to the UK than ever before, says Simon Calder

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