Weird cities and more - when you want something different
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Do you lack inspiration when it comes to picking your holiday? Perhaps you are now itching for a change from the stereotypical beach resort where all is centred around sun loungers, buffet meals and the pool. If you're someone who also enjoys city breaks, maybe you have already done Paris, Rome and Madrid and want to experience something out of the ordinary? If you want something different, it seems you are not alone. A couple of years ago, travel guide provider Lonely Planet produced a list of the 10 most eccentric cities. Some are extremely well-known - such as that most iconic of cities, Las Vegas. We've become used to seeing its landmark buildings including the replica Eiffel Tower or Venetian canals on TV, so while it is truly amazing, many can feel a sense of déjà vu when they actually arrive. Tokyo again is well-documented - although is less of a tourist trap. But, it certainly has more than its share of eccentricities in the form of microsized pod hotels, sumo wrestling and an Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant. But, for the totally bizarre, what about Songjiang? This district of Shanghai, China, also goes by the name of Thames Town. This strange place is a copy of an idealised England, with fake Regency houses, a village green and traditional British pub serving pints. If you love the United States, but perhaps have only visited mainstream places like New York or Disney World in Florida, check out the website www.roadsideamerica.com. This bills itself as the guide to uniquely odd tourist attractions.
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