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Top 10 city parks in the world

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If you are seeking some green space or outdoor activity in the heart of the city, this guide to the top 10 city parks in the world will help you decide where to book your hotel.

A cosmopolitan playground in New York

See New York’s skyscrapers from a boat on Central Park’s romantic 22-acre lake. During the festive season, the rainbow-coloured amusement park in Victorian Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland with the Wollman ice-skating rink.

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Outdoor symphonies in Kuala Lumpur

Hypnotic fountain displays synchronised to classical music enchant onlookers in KLCC Park below the giant, twin Petronas Towers. The 50-acre tropical gardens, designed by landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, feature a jogging track and wading pool.

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360-degree panoramas in Edinburgh

Brace the invigorating Scottish air and take the gentle climb spiralling the volcanic cliffs to Arthur’s Seat. This hilltop peak in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park looks out west to Edinburgh Castle and Old Town and as far as the distant Ochil Hills.

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Island gardens in Stockholm

A patchwork of historical buildings, tiny harbours and meadows makes up the island game park at Royal Djurgården. Meet native elk and lynx at the Skansen Zoo, or marvel at the huge wooden skeleton of a 17th-century warship at Vasa Shipping Museum.

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A country park in Moscow

On the southern outskirts of Moscow the free-entry Kolomenskoe Park whispers of old Russia. The royal blue domes and tent roofs of chalky-white ancient churches built by old rulers – including Ivan the Terrible – mark the landscaped gardens of this Tsars’ country residence.

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A Dubai desert oasis

The well-irrigated palm trees, lawns and blooming flowerbeds in Safa Park were planted on a patch of desert, a couple of blocks from the prosperous Burj Dubai tower and Jumeirah Beach
amusements. This urban retreat has a children’s indoor play area and shaded paths to escape the heat.

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Rio’s waterfront park

The beachside Flamengo Park is a swath of green behind the picturesque Guanabara Bay where Portuguese explorers first landed. Yachts moor up at the Marina da Glória while city-dwellers take post-siesta strolls for views of Sugarloaf Mountain.

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A palace park in Florence

The beachside Flamengo Park is a swath of green behind the picturesque Guanabara Bay where Portuguese explorers first landed. Yachts moor up at the Marina da Glória while city-dwellers take post-siesta strolls for views of Sugarloaf Mountain. 

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Tokyo’s museum park

Museum-hop in Tokyo’s own garden of culture, Ueno Park. Start with ancient swords and sculptures at Tokyo National Museum. Then move on to the National Museum of Nature and Science for dinosaur fossils and the 360-degree, spherical cinema Theatre360. Visit in spring to see 1,000 cherry trees break into a candyfloss-hued mass of blossom. 

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Sculptures in Toronto

Ontario’s finest sculptors use the Toronto Sculpture Garden’s waterfall wall as a backdrop for their installations. Abstract sculptures like giant yellow bears and flying saucers have turned this small King Street East corner into an outdoor art gallery. 

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