Back in year 2000, there was an initiative to officially choose Wonders of the World due to the varying selections worldwide on this prestigious title. Organized by the New7Wonders Foundation, a seven-year long campaign was held and the result was finally announced in 2007. Great Pyramids of Giza is not contested as it is awarded with honorary title as the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. The New 7 Wonders of the World are Great Wall of China, Petra, Colosseum, Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu, Taj Mahal and Christ the Redeemer.
Right after that, another campaign is organized to select the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It ended in 2011 with the result as follow: Amazon Rainforest, Jeju Island, Halong Bay, Iguazu Fall, Puerto Princesa Underground River, Komodo Island and Table Mountain. The New7Wonders Foundation didn’t stop there, as they are now in the campaign of selecting the New 7 Wonders Cities. Started in 2012, more than 1200 cities from over 220 countries across the world are listed and opened to be voted by the general public.
Then, the list eventually narrowed down to 300, then to 77, and to 28 for the finalist phases. Currently, there are only 21 finalist cities and if you want to vote seven out of them, here’s the link to its official voting website: https://www.new7wonders.com/en/cities. The 21 finalists are Bangkok, Mendoza, Havana, Beirut, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Seoul, Durban, Doha, Barcelona, Quito, Saint Petersburg, Vigan, La Paz, London, Perth, Reykjavik, Shenzhen, Chicago, Istanbul, and Mexico City. The bold ones are my picks. I wonder how many of my picks got into the final prestigious top 7 list.
This current top 21 list will be further narrowed down to top 14 by 7 October 2014, and then the final New 7 Wonders Cities list will be announced on 7 December 2014.
First of all, I’m quite surprised by the current top 21 finalists. Popular major cities like New York, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney aren’t present. Even other beautiful cities like Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Melbourne, Washington and Athens are no where to be seen. I’m now confused how the others vote and what do they think of seriously when they are voting. There are so many unpopular cities that are shockingly successful on being listed in the top 21. Huh…It’s not easy to be the top 21 out of over 1200 cities and I’m very curious on how most of the presently listed 21 cities advanced into this final stage.
But I’m obviously glad that my home city, Kuala Lumpur made it into the list. What a happy news to my country. Looking from this top 21 list, I think KL has quite a high chance to be in the final New 7 Wonders Cities’ list. Wishing that my city, KL would be able to be listed in the final New 7 Wonders Cities official selection. It will make the country and all Malaysians proud and happy. I have to say that Kuala Lumpur is really a vibrant, nice and beautiful city.
Kindly vote and support my city if you have the free time to do so. I have provided the website’s link earlier. It’s easy to vote too. Thanks.
(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)