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. Of 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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