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10 Largest Cities in the World by Population

Traveling to big cities can bring huge rewards and culture shock. Have you ever wondered what the cities with the largest population in the world are? Fifteen year old guest blogger Paulo Seval tells us the top ten.

The world is growing at an alarming rate. There are a huge number of estimates on the number of cities in the world, but it certainly would be safe to say that there are more than 300,000 cities in the world currently. world's biggest cityOf course, this depends on what one defines a city. In most cases, a city is considered to be a place that is large and well-populated, and assumes more importance than a village or town. Now assuming more importance leads to several things, like better living conditions, more choice in all respects of life, and so on. These are what lure people to cities, and make cities experience population growth. Because of the large population, cities are generally managed by an authority, which in most cases is the municipal corporation of the particular city, and this body looks into all the things that make up the city. A typical city consists of further sub-areas, called districts or precincts in most places. This division of a city into smaller parts helps in better administration and ultimately leads to providing better living conditions.

For the traveler, the largest cities in the world can be an intense experience as the sights, smells, sounds, and sometimes the feel of the population can be exhilarating.

10. Tokyo, Japan

With a population of over 8.8 million, the capital of Japan ranks 10th among the World’s largest cities. Famous for its
sushi, Tokyo is one of the most advanced cities in the world, a top tourist destination and is also well known for its technically innovative  products. Being that Tokyo is a popular tourist destination there are 26 luxury hotels in Tokyo that offer the best accommodations in the

9. Beijing, China

China is the most populated country in the world and its capital is no exception. Ranked 9th with a population of 10.1 million, Beijing, one of the greatest cities in the world, hosted the 2008 Olympic Games.

8. Seoul, South Korea

With a population of just under 10 and a half million, Seoul is ranked number 8. It has been in existence from over 2000 years and is one of the oldest cities in the world as well.

7. Moscow, Russia

Moscow ranks 7th with a population of 10.5 million. Russia is the biggest country in the world, and its capital is just as diverse. Featuring some of the greatest churches and cathedrals in the world, Moscow is an enchanting city.

6. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo is ranked 6th with a population of 11 million. It is the largest city in Brazil, and is named to honor Saint Paul. Featuring one of the largest helicopter fleet in the world, Sao Paulo is also famous for its majestic skyscrapers.

5. Istanbul, Turkey

Formerly known as Constantinople, Istanbul ranks 5th, with a population of 12.5 million. One of the largest cities in Europe, Istanbul is a major business center, and many of its monuments have been classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

4. Delhi, India

India is the second most populate country in the world, and its capital is the 4th largest city in the world, with a population of over 12.5 million. Delhi is one of the oldest cities of India, and is home to the Parliament and Supreme Court of India.

3. Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi is ranked 3rd, with a population of 12.9 million. It is the largest city of Pakistan and also serves as is financial center. It features all major businesses in Pakistan, and is also one of the best study destinations in the Islamic world.

2. Mumbai, India

The second Indian city to feature in the top 10, Mumbai is ranked second with a population of 13.8 million. Erstwhile known as Bombay, Mumbai is the entertainment capital of India, home to Bollywood and many architectural wonders as well.

1. Shanghai, China

Shanghai has been the largest city in China from quite some time, and now it’s the largest in the world as well. Once just a fishing and textiles town, Shanghai grew quickly because of its port, and it is the world’s largest cargo port since 2005, and attracts millions of tourists every year, who flock to the city, which has got many attractions, with the City God Temple, the Oriental Pearl Tower, and many more.

Paulo Seval is fifteen years old and lives in the city of Ontario, Canada. He dreams of finishing his studies and traveling the world. So far, he has been to three different Canadian provinces, the United States, and in his imagination also took a trip to all of the cities in this article and Antarctica.

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5 of the World’s Most Amazing Waterfalls

How does one decide which waterfalls are the most amazing in the world? Is it the tallest, the widest, the fastest, or the most scenic? There are just so many to choose from. Check out the story below and be blown away by the magnificent waterfalls that grace our planet.

Victoria Falls, Zambia

cc image of victoria falls courtesy of ebel on FlickrVictoria Falls means “the smoke that thunders” in the language of the Kololo Tribe. It is one of the largest waterfalls in the world. When David Livingstone first stumbled upon it in 1885 he was completely awestruck by its beauty, describing the falls as “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”

The waterfall is where the Zambezi Rivers drops over a 108 metre vertical wall into a narrow gorge below. The fall at its widest is 1.7 kilometres across. Such is the intensity of the falls that mist can be seen several kilometres away. Pure majesty!

Angel Falls, Venezuela

The Angel Falls are the tallest in the world, dropping an amazing 979 metres from a table top mountain. The falls are frequently shrouded in clouds adding to their mystique and beauty. Getting to the falls is quite an adventure; you will travel by boat for four hours and then a take a 90 minute uphill climb. When you finally spy the falls after all that hard work you will be exhilarated. They are breathtaking.

Iguazu Falls, Brazil

The Iguazu falls are beyond compare. They are made up of 275 different waterfalls across an area of 3 kilometres. The combined flow of water is nature at its most powerful: around 1000 cubic metres per second! Nothing can prepare you for the sense of grandeur that the waterfalls evoke. It is an incredibly energising place; watching the sheer volume of water fall is awe inspiring. There is an abundance of wildlife around the falls, including banded-tail coaties, parrots, toucans and butterflies.

Gullfoss, Iceland

cc image of Gulfoss, Iceland courtesy of Bryan PociousGullfoss means “Golden Falls’ and is arguably Iceland’s most popular waterfall. Gullfoss is unique in that features two separate drops, one a short distance from the first, at right angles to each other. The falls produce glorious sprays of mist that are rainbow filled in certain lights. The Hvita River from whence the falls come is glacial and the colour of the falling water reflects its’ origins. The first drop is 11 metres and the next around 13 metres.

Yosemite Falls, USA

Yosemite Falls are the iconic symbol of the beautiful Yosemite National Park in California. The waterfall drops in three points: the Upper Fall plunges 435 metres; the next drop known as the Middle Cascades, tumbles a further 200 metres; followed by the last drop, The

Lower Fall, which drops a final 100 metres. The Yosemite falls are one of the tallest in the world. The double attraction of the falls is that they are easy to access and stunningly beautiful. The makes them once of the most popular waterfalls to visitors from all over the world.

27 Quick World Travel Tips

Here are 27 quick tips to make world travel better. What are your quick tips for world travelers?

1) Say hi to other people who are traveling
2) Don’t flash your bling
3) Catch a cab and talk to the driver about cool things to do (Cabbies are almost always multi-lingual)
4) Scan a picture of your passport and give it to someone you trust
5) Get a nice padlock and use it when necessary (It takes two to steal: the thief and the one who left an opportunity)
6) Wear long pants during long transport
7) Look at the mattress…know what bedbugs look like
8) Stay where you get breakfast for free
9) Make sure hot water is included
10) Find paperback exchanges
world travel tips
11) Stay longer and get cheaper room rates
12) Fill out your couchsurfing profile completely
13) Look for free fruit on the trees
14) Look for language exchanges
15) Don’t leave your phone in your room
16) Bring your own condoms
17) Don’t get so drunk you can’t take care of yourself
18) Trust your instincts about people
19) Eat the local food
20) Always ask for a second price
21) Don’t wander around alone late at night
22) Don’t give up your passport
23) Bring your valuables to the shower with you in a hostel
24) Eat lots of cheese if you get diarrhea
25) A handful of nuts makes hunger go away
26) Get a haircut and a shave (or a wax and a style)

This last one is my personal opinion only.

27) Drink the water.

What are your quick tips for world travel?