Asia has some of the biggest and the most beautiful cities in the world. Many of them are huge metropolises with more than a billion people staying there, but there is a lot to see in these cities as well. Here is our top 10 list –
Hong Kong is a melting pot, the perfect blend of traditional and the cutting-edge. This former British colony is a vibrant city like the New York of Asia. There are sophisticated shops and restaurants where you can spend the big bucks. Its towering buildings are very impressive. Enjoy the street food of Hong Kong and visit Macau on a day trip.
Many find Singapore too sanitized, but to others it should be a model city for all others across the world. There is plenty to do and see here for both adults and kids. There is Universal Studios and the other attractions in Sentosa, Merlion Park, Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park, river safari, Gardens by the Bay, and shopping at Orchard Road. There is also the world’s greatest rooftop pool in Singapore.
“Paris of the East”, Shanghai is one of the world’s most multicultural and industrial metropolises. The city is an important shopping destination too. There is a definite Parisien feel here, thanks to the tree-lined avenues and old palatial buildings. You will admire the modern skyline, but Shanghai has preserved many traditions as well. Some of Asia’s finest international restaurants are located here.
The capital of China is also one of the most impressive Asian cities. There are the imperial palaces to visit at the Forbidden City. The Great Wall, one of the world’s greatest man-made wonders is just an hour away. Also visit the Tiananmen Square. There are huge modern shopping malls, large outdoor markets, and traditional shopping districts in Qianmen Street and Wangfujing Street.
Visit Tokyo for fashion and food. It’s a huge city, but you are always close to a train station. The transport system is very efficient. Tokyo is the perfect blend of traditional and pop culture, with ancient temples and karaoke bars located side by side. Tokyo is crowded, but still extremely clean. Visit the hip and edgy Harajuku District. Eat wagashi, udon noodles, and sushi.
Dubai is awesome, a city of the future. There is the iconic Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest tower, Palm Jumeirah, The Dubai Mall with 1200+ shops, the world’s largest choreographed fountain, the Dubai Marina, plenty of aquariums and aqua adventures, theme parks, and more. Go on a desert safari to enjoy the Bedouin way of life.
Always exciting, see Bangkok like you want. There are huge malls, traditional shopping streets, and large open markets, floating markets, Emerald Buddha, Reclining Buddha, the Grand Palace, theme parks, river cruises, and the street food is some of the most impressive anywhere in the world. Visit Sukhumvit Road, and the China Town. There are plenty of massage parlors where you can relax.
The capital of India brings together history and modernity very well. See the India Gate, Qutb Minar, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and the Purana Qila. Explore the streets of Chandni Chowk for some awesome deals and great food. Head out from the city to visit the hills of Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh or Kashmir.
Manila too is a huge city, but for most international tourists, the city is a gateway to the huge number of stunning islands and beaches. Visit Boracay, Cebu, Palawan, El Nido, Batanes Islands, Siargao Island, Coron, and the Mayon Volcano. You are likely to visit for more.
The history of Jerusalem goes back 3000 years. It is the world’s spiritual center, a holy place for Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. See the maze of alleys, architectural wonder, and the bazaars here. Must see attractions in Jerusalem includes The Temple Mount, Jewish Quarter and the Wailing Wall, the Armenian Quarter, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Via Dolorosa, the Tower of David, Mount of Olives, the Muslim and Christian quarters, Mount Zion, and the Kidron Valley.