Top 10 Sensational Asian Cities That Will Leave You Breathless

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Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien

Last updated:  2023-12-25 11:58:46

The world's largest continent is diverse, as modern urban cities stand out among preserved natural landscapes. Asia is known to be the home of the most impressive metropolis, usually combining traditional and modern elements. Hence, there are many exciting and unique cities, and every single one is a different story. That's why it took a lot of work to pick just the top ten.

10. Jerusalem

Panoramic view of Jerusalem
Jerusalem is a must-visit place for religious people (Photo: max_gloin/

The fights over this city are still fought, so it's not surprising that it has been demolished and rebuilt many times over the millennia. The main reason is that Jerusalem is home to Christianity, Islam, and Judaism's holiest sites. Since the city is known as where God resided, that explains its importance. So it's no wonder it represents a must-visit place for religious people.

The Old City holds ancient streets and the most important religious monuments within its walls. This includes the Temple Mount and Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and al-Aqsa Mosque. The quarters are colorful, and each has its own irreplaceable identity. The city's divided into four quarters - Muslim, Christian, Armenian and Jewish. Outside the Old City Walls, the modern and urban Jerusalem blossomed with impressive skylines.

9. Kathmandu

Kathmandu festival
Kathmandu's festivals are colorful, vivid, and festive (Photo: gorkhe1980/

Nepal's capital, also known as the "City of Temples," has a vast collection of centuries-old historical marvels and cultural landmarks. In addition, Kathmandu's location in the valley offers gorgeous views and colorful landscapes as far as the eye can see.

This marvelous city is up in the clouds and includes one of the highest altitude hotels, as it's on the way when visiting the Himalayas peaks. Moreover, over 50 beautiful temples at Durbar Square prove its rich heritage. However, some of the most exciting things are religious festivals, as they are vivid and unique. Hence, they are joyful and occur regularly, so it's a must-see experience.

8. Shanghai

Shanghai skycrapers at night
Views on Shanghai's bay are stunning (Photo: Atlantios/

The incredible China metropolis of Shanghai lies on the Yangtze River estuary joining the East China Sea. One of the largest cities in the world is known for its skyscrapers. However, among them are remarkable Buddhist temples combined with arrays of architectural styles. The diversity of construction and its infinite possibilities for having a great time make it a must-see.

Shanghai is known for its exciting nightlife, but it also has an excellent culinary scene. Thus it's a heaven for foodies and party people. Moreover, this is a paradise for shopaholics, one of the best worldwide.

7. Seoul

Seoul temple
Seoul's most beautiful attraction is Changdeokgung Palace (Photo: Leon_Ting/

South Korea's capital is modern, vivid, and among the best cities in Asia. The metropolis is known for its modern architecture with historical sights in between. Gorgeous Changdeokgung Palace is one of the most beautiful historical places, worthy of your time. This old palace, settled within the large park, is among the oldest and most well-preserved. 

Also, this is the longest-serving royal residential palace in the world. Moreover, it has excellent museums and temples, with magnificent national parks nearby. Seoul is known for its shopping malls and lively markets. South Korean cuisine is quite tasteful and appreciated for its excellent street food.

6. Kuala Lumpur

Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Petronas Towers dominate Kuala Lumpur's city views (Photo: spirit111/

A colorful melting pot combining Malay, Indian, and Chinese influences would be the correct description of Kuala Lumpur. Moreover, this determines the local cuisine, making the street food delicious and unique. Malaysia's multicultural capital reflects the city's architecture, identity, and way of life.

Kuala Lumpur is modern, with remarkable architectural buildings like the famous Petronas Towers, the highest ones in the world for a while. The city has gigantic shopping malls, lively art, and a cultural scene. However, we can find ancient temples alongside minarets and mosques among all these urban parts of the city.

5. Beijing

Forbidden city in Beijing, China at night
One of the most beautiful sights in Beijing is the astonishing Forbidden City (Photo: Peggy_Marco/

One of the oldest cities on Earth, Beijing's history is over 3000 years long. Hence it's full of remarkable sights and cultural landmarks, including Forbidden City. It was a residence of the Imperial Court during the Ming and Qing Dynasties and the emperors' residence. On the other hand, as the largest public square in the world, Tiananmen Square has a tragic history.

Besides these, Beijing has much more to offer, as splendid temples and parks are scattered throughout the city. Furthermore, it has delicious food and a thriving art and culture scene.

4. Tokyo

Asakusa quarter in Tokyo, Japan
One of the most colorful districts in Tokyo is old Asakusa (Photo: gibsonredginsuke/

Japan's futuristic capital is a unique combination of cutting-edge technology and history. You'll find the most beautiful historical sights and large parks among Tokyo's skyscrapers. One of the most inspiring temples is Sensō-Ji, with red lanterns in the city's historic part. Moreover, the impressive Imperial Palace, surrounded by gardens, is undoubtedly worth a visit.

However, besides the history and urban sides of the city, you can enjoy magnificent cherry blossoms. Alternatively, shop for anything from electronic and anime products to traditional handcrafted goods. Additionally, you'll be fascinated with its cuisine, which is quite a unique combination of flavors.

3. Bangkok

Floating market in Bangkok
Bangkok's floating markets are a truly unique experience (Photo: terimakasih0/

Bangkok proudly bears a nickname as the home to the friendliest and most welcoming people in the world! The Thai capital is colorful and chaotic, as it's Thailand's cultural, spiritual, and commercial center. Lying on the Chao Phraya River banks, it's home to the most beautiful temples. However, the most impressive ones are the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, and the Temple of the Dawn.

Vivid nightlife and an excellent and unique culinary scene make the city exciting to explore. Moreover, it has excellent shopping malls, colorful markets, and exceptional street food.

2. Hong Kong

Skyscrapers at Hong Kong harbor
Hong Kong's harbor is the most vivid part of the city (Photo: carloyuen/

As a former British territory, Hong Kong is different from the mainland. This harbor city attracts tourists as well as business people. That's not a surprise, as it represents a perfect combination of nature, culture, and entertainment.

Magnificent historical and cultural sights are among excellent shopping malls, exquisite restaurants, and urban bars. Therefore, Hong Kong has it all: fantastic theme parks, excellent viewing points, impressive temples, and one of the biggest Budhha statues - the Tian Tan Buddha. Furthermore, it has lovely street markets where you can find everything! Finally, this is gastronomy heaven as its cuisine combines some of the most tasteful ingredients. 

1. Singapore

Singapore Marina Bay and Merlion Park
Singapore is vivid and exciting, with a beautiful Marina Bay (Photo: Graham-H/

They call it a city of shopping malls and skyscrapers, yet Singapore has many century-old temples and lush green places. Like Kuala Lumpur, this most beautiful city in Asia is a multicultural mixture of Malay, Chinese, and Indian influences, seen all over the city. Moreover, it has impressively colorful historical districts like Little India and Chinatown.

Its residents are obsessed with food, so you can find delicious street meals on every corner. Also, the city is known for vivid festivals and a Formula 1 race. Moreover, Singapore is an excellent gambling destination, with its most prominent casino at the stunning Marina Bay Sands.

Asia has the most exciting cities, combining history with the urban way of life, and our top ten list shows that. It's pretty impressive that modern architecture has thrived so much. Still, at the same time, the natural and historical sites were preserved for the next generations.

Have you ever visited any of the cities on our list? What did you like the most? Please tell us your impressions in the comment section below, as we would like to hear them.

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