Today we’re going to be exploring the top ten megacities in the world and why you should visit them! So without further ado, let’s start with number ten:
10. New York City, USA (Urban population: 22, 400,000)
Ah, New York, New York! What’s not to love? The hustle and bustle of New York City is unlike anywhere else in the world – from Times Square to Broadway to Central Park, there is something for everyone in this metropolis. The city has a distinct European feel and is vastly multi-cultural, it’s uniquely different to every other state in the US. There is so much to do and as they say; if you’re bored of New York then you must be bored of life!
9. Mexico City, Mexico (Urban population: 22,800,000)
At number nine we have Mexico City, or the City of Mexico is the most populous city in North America. It is one of the most important cultural and financial centers in the world, with plenty of historical churches, monuments and museums. Travel highlights include the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Chapultepec Castle and the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Of course, the city is a foodie heaven, with famous restaurants serving the best cuisine that Mexico has to offer.
8. Seoul, South Korea (Urban population: 24,700,000)
Sitting pretty at number eight is Seoul, which has developed quickly since the Korean War (1950-53). Today, almost 50% of the nation’s populace lives in and around Seoul. From its high quality subway system to its many trendy fashion stores, Seoul is packed full of style, class and attitude. It is a huge metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets. Notable attractions include futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a convention hall with curving architecture and a rooftop park; Gyeongbokgung Palace, which once had more than 7,000 rooms; and Jogyesa Temple, site of ancient locust and pine trees.
7. Mumbai, India (Urban population: 24,700,000)
Next up at number seven is Mumbai (formerly called Bombay), a densely populated city on India’s west coast. A financial center, it is packed with beautiful, historical architecture as well as plenty of modern skyscrapers. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. Offshore, nearby Elephanta Island holds ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The city’s also famous as the heart of the Bollywood film industry – who knows, you may end up as a film extra while visiting there!
6. Manila, Philippines (Urban population: 25,200,000)
At number six is Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is a densely populated bayside city on the island of Luzon, which mixes Spanish colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers. Its parks and memorable structures have turned into a noteworthy vacation spot. Intramuros, a walled city in colonial times, is the heart of Old Manila. It is home to the baroque 16th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and former military prison. There are beautiful parks, museums and outdoor markets which is a must when you visit there.
5. Delhi, India (Urban population: 29,400,000)
Halfway through our list and at number five is Delhi, India’s capital territory, is a massive metropolitan area in the country’s north. It’s a position of striking differentiations. Mosques, bazaars, and restricted paths stamp the old town. New Delhi, the capital, highlights fantastic avenues, business focuses, and shopping centres. In Old Delhi, a neighborhood dating to the 1600s, stands the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people. Nearby is Chandni Chowk, a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls. A trip to Delhi is overwhelming and unforgettable and should definitely be on your bucket list!
4. Jakarta, Indonesia (Urban population: 30, 600,000)
Next on our list is Jakarta, Indonesia’s massive capital, sits on the northwest coast of the island of Java. A historic mix of cultures – Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and European – has influenced its architecture, language and cuisine. The old town, Kota Tua, is home to Dutch colonial buildings, Glodok (Jakarta’s Chinatown) and the old port of Sunda Kelapa, where traditional wooden schooners dock. Jakarta is a fascinating place to visit due to its long history, diverse culture, charming natural beauty, making it a must see megacity!
3. Shanghai, China (Urban population: 35,900,000)
Coming in at number three we have Shanghai, the pearl of China. It is based on China’s central coast and is the country’s biggest city and a global financial hub. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Across the Huangpu River rises the Pudong district’s futuristic skyline, including 632m Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with distinctive pink spheres. Sprawling Yu Garden has traditional pavilions, towers and ponds. There is a never ending list of things to do in this magnificent metropolis, though a visit to Nanjing road, Shanghai’s main shopping street is surely a must!
2. Tokyo, Japan (Urban population: 40,200,000)
At number two we have the amazing Tokyo! Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city’s many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theater (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum). Tokyo has so much to offer with so much character and charm, beauty and quirkiness – it’s an absolute must visit megacity!
1. Guangzhou-Foshan, China (Urban population: 45,600,000)
And at number one on our list of top ten megacities in the world is Guangzhou-Foshan! A place you’ve most likely never heard of but is surprisingly the most populated megacity in the world today. Generally known as Canton, Guangzhou is China’s biggest city and situated on the Pearl River in southern China around 120 kilometers northwest of Hong Kong. It is a basic exchanging port and capital of China’s mechanical and assembling territory of Guangdong, which has been one of the speediest urbanizing regions of the world for a long time. There are plenty of historical temples, parks and places of interest to make the largest megacity in the world a destination worth seeking.
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