Aerial View of Cities in Asia: #WorldFromAbove
Are you ready take a trip to the East and South East side of Asia during this lockdown? If yes, we’ve made a playlist for you to take you to the beautiful cities of the Eastern and South Eastern Asia. So sit back, relax and enjoy the aerial tour.
Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. It is known for its ornate shrines and vibrant street life. It is the only cosmopolitan city in a country of small towns and villages and is Thailand’s cultural and commercial centre.
Batam is the largest city in the province of Riau Islands, Indonesia. The city administrative area covers three main islands of Batam, Rempang, and Galang, as well as several small islands.
Beijing, China’s sprawling capital, has history stretching back 3 millennia. It is known for both the Ancient Chinese Architecture as well as the modern architecture. It is the world’s most populous capital city. Beijing is an important world capital and global power city, and one of the world’s leading centers for culture, diplomacy and politics, business and economy, education, language, and science and technology.
4. Bien Hoa
A bustling suburb, Biên Hòa is a large industrial area in Đồng Nai Province, Vietnam. It is one of the oldest cities of Southern Vietnam.
Bogor, Indonesia, is a city south of Jakarta on Java Island set against the volcanic backdrop of Mount Salak. The city’s frequent rain is ideal for the thousands of plant species.
Busan is a large port city in South Korea, is known for its beaches, mountains and temples. It is the economic, cultural and educational center of southeastern South Korea.
7. Cebu City
Cebu is a province of the Philippines, in the country’s Central Visayas region, comprising Cebu Island and more than 150 smaller surrounding islands and islets.
8. Chon Buri
Chon Buri is a Thai province set on the country’s eastern Gulf of Thailand coast. Its coastline is lined with popular beaches. Among them is Pattaya, a long-standing resort town with a seafront promenade, restaurants, shopping malls and a busy, neon-lit nightlife zone that includes cabaret bars and clubs.
Chongqing is a sprawling municipality at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers in southwestern China. It is one of the four municipalities under the direct administration of central government of the People’s Republic of China
10. Da Nang
Da Nang is the largest city in central Vietnam and one of the country’s most important ports. It is known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port. It’s a popular base for visiting the inland Bà Nà hills to the west of the city.
Daegu is a Metropolitan city in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. It’s known for the Daegu Yangnyeongsi Oriental Medicine Cultural Center, which has a market as well as exhibitions tracing the history of local medical traditions.e.
12. Davao City
Davao City, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, is a coastal commercial center near 2,954m-high Mount Apo, the country’s highest peak. The city is also nicknamed the “Durian Capital of the Philippines”.
The multi-cultural town of Denpasar is Bali’s capital and also its largest city. It is a gateway to Bali and the many other cities in the Lesser Sunda Islands. Denpasar is speckled with temples, gardens, museums and palaces. Although it’s a more city, it still has that magical Balinese personality.
Guangzhou is a port city northwest of Hong Kong on the Pearl River. The city features avant-garde architecture such as Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou Opera House (known as the “double pebble”); the carved box-shaped Guangdong Museum; and the iconic Canton TV Tower skyscraper, resembling a thin hourglass.
Gwangju is a city in the southwest corner of South Korea. It’s known for a pro-democracy uprising in 1980. The city is also famous for its rich and diverse cuisine.
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences.
Hiroshima, a modern city on Japan’s Honshu Island, was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. Today, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorates the 1945 event. In the park are the ruins of Genbaku Dome, one of the few buildings that was left standing near ground zero. Hiroshima is also known as the ‘City of Peace’. It has since become the largest city in the Chūgoku region of western Honshu, the largest island of Japan.
18. Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It’s also known for its French colonial landmarks.
19. Hong Kong
Hong Kong officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a city and special administrative region of China in the eastern Pearl River Delta by the South China Sea. With over 7.4 million people of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
Incheon, a South Korean city bordering the capital of Seoul, has long been a transportation hub. The ultramodern, massive Incheon International Airport, with railway connections to Seoul, features a casino, spa and golf course.
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.
22. Khon Kaen
Khon Kaen is one of the four major cities of Isan, Thailand, also known as the “big four of Isan”. It is the capital of Khon Kaen Province and the Mueang Khon Kaen District. Khon Kaen is on the Khorat Plateau.
Kobe is a city on Osaka Bay in central Japan. It is known for its signature marbled beef and scenic setting of mountains framing the harbor.
24. Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, boasting gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, charming locals, and a myriad of natural attractions. Divided into numerous districts, its main hub is called the Golden Triangle.
Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. It’s famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for formal traditions.
Macau is an autonomous region on the south coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of cultural influences. Its giant casinos and malls on the Cotai Strip, which joins the islands of Taipa and Coloane, have earned it the nickname, “Las Vegas of Asia”.
Makassar is the capital of the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi. The city is located on the southwest coast of the island of Sulawesi, facing the Makassar Strait. It is not only the gateway of Eastern Indonesia, but also the epicenter of West and East Indonesia, as well as between Australia and Asia.
Manila officially the City of Manila is the capital of the Philippines and a highly urbanized city. It is a densely populated bayside city on the island of Luzon, which mixes Spanish colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers.
Nanjing, capital of China’s eastern Jiangsu province, is roughly 300km up the Yangtze River from the city of Shanghai. It was the national capital during part of the Ming dynasty. Many monuments and landmarks remain, including Zhonghua Gate (Gate of China), a preserved 14th-century section of the massive wall that contained the old city’s southern entrance.
Osaka is a large port city and commercial center on the Japanese island of Honshu. It’s known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food.
31. Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s busy capital, sits at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers. It was a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French colonialists.
Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mainly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas and restaurants. Phuket City, the capital, has old shophouses and busy markets.
33. Roi Et
Roi Et refers to both a province and a city of the same name in northeast Thailand. The city of Roi Et is best known for the large standing Buddha of Wat Buraphaphiram. It is the largest of its kind in Thailand.
Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a huge metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets.
Shanghai, on China’s central coast, 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.
Shenyang is the capital and largest city of China’s northeast Liaoning Province. It was the site of the 17th-century Manchu capital Mukden, and the imposing Mukden Palace (Shenyang Imperial Palace) is a blend of Manchurian and Tibetan architectural styles.
Shenzhen, in southeastern China, is a modern metropolis that links Hong Kong to China’s mainland. It’s known for its shopping destinations, including Luohu Commercial City, a massive mall with a vast array of wares, from tailors’ custom clothing to faux designer bags. The city also features contemporary buildings.
Suzhou, a city west of Shanghai, is known for its canals, bridges and classical gardens. It is a major economic center and focal point of trade and commerce.
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is a modern metropolis with Japanese colonial lanes, busy shopping streets and contemporary buildings. The skyline is crowned by the 509m-tall, bamboo-shaped Taipei 101 skyscraper. Taipei is also known for its lively street-food scene and many night markets, including expansive Shilin market.
Tangerang is a city in the province of Banten, Indonesia. Located on the western border of Jakarta, it is the third largest urban centre in the Greater Jakarta metropolitan.
Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples.
42. Ubon Ratchathani
Ubon Ratchathani is one of the four major cities of Isan, also known as the “big four of Isan.” The city is on the Mun River in the southeast of the Isan region of Thailand, and is located 615 km away from Bangkok. It is known as Ubon for short. The name means “royal lotus city”.
43. Udon Thani
Udon Thani is one of the four major cities of the Isan region, Thailand. It is a major official and commercial center and the gateway to Laos, northern Vietnam, and southern China.
Ulaanbaatar is the largest and capital city of Mongolia. It is the country’s cultural, industrial and financial heart, the centre of Mongolia’s road network and connected by rail to both the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia and the Chinese railway system.
Wuhan, is the capital of Central China’s Hubei province. It is a commercial center divided by the Yangtze and Han rivers. The city contains many lakes and parks, including expansive, picturesque East Lake.
Xi’an is a large city and capital of Shaanxi Province in central China. Once known as Chang’an (Eternal Peace), it marks the Silk Road’s eastern end and was home to the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties’ ruling houses.
Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is the largest city in Myanmar (formerly Burma). A mix of British colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gilded Buddhist pagodas define its skyline.
Yogyakarta (often called “Jogja”) is a city on the Indonesian island of Java known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage. Its ornate 18th-century royal complex, or kraton, encompasses the still-inhabited Sultan’s Palace.
Yokohama, a Japanese city south of Tokyo, was one of the first Japanese ports opened to foreign trade, in 1859. It contains a large Chinatown with hundreds of Chinese restaurants and shops. It’s also known for Sankei-en Garden, a botanical park containing preserved Japanese residences from different eras.
Zhengzhou, a metropolis on the Yellow River, is the capital of east-central China’s Henan province. With history dating to Neolithic times, it’s notable as the ancient Shang dynasty capital, whose earthen walls still stand in the city center.
So… how was your trip to East and South East Asia fun? If there is any place we’ve missed please let us know in the comments below.
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