Everyone swoons over Venice
's celebrated canals and bridges -- but did you know that there are dozens of other canal cities across the globe that are known as the "Venice of" their respective locations? (Think "the Venice of the North," "the Venice of the East," even "the Venice of Mali.") Sure, there's only one real
Venice, but these other watery cities offer plenty of charms of their own, from riverfront palaces to classical Chinese pagodas -- and even gondola rides! Start the slideshow
to check out eight of our favorite canal cities around the globe.