Honolulu

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Honolulu: capital and the most populous city of Hawaii

Honolulu

Honolulu

Honolulu is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Hawaii. It is a major financial centre of the islands of the Pacific Ocean.  The city has been the capital of the Hawaiian Islands since 1845 and gained historical recognition following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour near the city on December 7, 1941, and as the birthplace of Barack Obama, the 44th and current President of the United States.  Honolulu has a massive skyline with a total of over 470 high rises, which is ranked 4th only behind New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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Sydney

Sydney, Australia

Sydney: most populous city in Australia and one of the world’s most liveable

Sydney

Sydney

Sydney is the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales, as well as being classified as an Alpha+ World City.  It is located on Australia’s south-east coast off the Tasman Sea and has a metropolitan area of about 4.6 million people.  It is considered one of the world’s most liveable cities as well as one of the world’s top fashion capitals.  The city was built on the site of the first British colony in Australia (1788) on hills surrounding Port Jackson which is commonly known as Sydney Harbour.  It is where the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge feature prominently. The hinterland of the metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks and the coastal regions feature many bays, rivers, inlets and beaches including the famous Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Within the city are many notable parks, including Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens.  It has hosted major international sporting events, including the 1938 British Empire Games and the 2000 Summer Olympics.

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