China and India on 'must-see' list

3rd Jan 2014

China, India, Turkey are Israel have all been included in Telegraph Travel's prestigious list of "must-see" destinations in 2014.

The newspaper's award-winning writers and editors chose the Telegraph Travel Top 20 destinations and gave their reasons.

Holidaymakers on city breaks to mist-shrouded Chengdu can enjoy a welter of cultural sites. Malcolm Moore wrote: "Chengdu may be a city of some 16 million people, but it is also the gateway to some of China's most spectacular nature reserves."

Lisa Grainger was particularly taken by the top-20 choice of India's Kashmir region, where life is gradually returning to normal in this beautiful area after years of turmoil. She wrote: "The landscapes are so diverse and cultural influences so rich that you leave with your senses reeling."

Jerusalem's inclusion owes much to the Israel city's recent cultural renaissance. Jolyon Attwooll wrote: "This ancient place still exerts the same spiritual magnetism that makes it perhaps the city most steeped in scripture and religious legend on the planet."

Alaçatı is challenging Bodrum for the title of Turkey's most stylish Aegean destination. Its transformation has happened without compromising the laid-back, villagey charm that has wooed so many Turkish and foreign visitors.

Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia also makes the top 20 list. But there are also two leftfield selections in Iran and El Salvador, Central America's smallest country.

The list has been released on Friday (January 3) on The Telegraph travel website and will also be within a bespoke six-page section in The Daily Telegraph Travel supplement on Saturday (January 4).

Charles Starmer-Smith, Head of Travel, Telegraph Media Group, said the list is different from several similar compilations which "seem to be controversial for controversy's sake".

He said: "There may be destinations that raise a few eyebrows, and are pushing the boundaries of travel, but every place is somewhere our expert writers genuinely believe should be on your travel wishlist for 2014."

Copyright Press Association 2014

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