Asia has a multitude of impressive cities. Many of the most dazzling can be found in the Far East and have become renowned for their mix of ancient temples and modern skyscrapers. If you’ve been thinking of taking a city break in the far east, why not try one of these incredible metropolises.
Shanghai is renowned for its futuristic skyline. It’s sphere shaped buildings look like something out of a sci-fi film. However, the city also has a very historical side to it – there’s the Bund Waterfront which consists of colonial European buildings and then there’s the city’s more traditional Chinese side including sights such as Jing’an Temple and the Yuyuan Garden. There are also a number of museums within the city full of ancient relics. Many of these museums are free making it a great city for tourists travelling on the cheap. Shanghai also has a vast array of places to eat. Whether you’re looking for fine dining or street food, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this foody paradise.
A former British colony, this densely populated city was returned to Chinese control in 1997. It’s a mixture of old Chinese architecture, colonial buildings and urban skyscrapers, renowned for its buzzing street markets and scenic waterfront views. Lantau Island meanwhile is a tourist hotspot sporting sunny beaches and amusement parks such as Hong Kong Disneyland. You’ll also find the giant Tian Tan Buddha statue here, built atop the island’s hills. You can find plenty of city break packages online that include trips to see the Big Buddha and trips on a Chinese junk.
No Japan holiday is complete without a visit to Tokyo. This city boasts all manner of weird and wonderful attractions from its Robot Restaurant to sumo shows. You can go shopping in the famous district of Ginza and enjoy famous Japanese foods such as sushi and teriyaki. You can even stay in a capsule hotel if you dare. Teeming with things to do, Tokyo also has one of the most impressive public transport networks in the world. Its trains are rarely ever late and there are many free bus services around the city.
For a more traditional taste of Japan, Kyoto offers everything from castles to temples to pagodas. Much of the city’s history has been preserved and you’ll find many people dressing in traditional Japanese clothing. There are many top-class restaurants here in which geishas provide entertainment and diners are seated on the floor. The city is also known for its scenic views.
Singapore is a city state on the southern tip of Malaysia. It’s a tax haven that has become the trading centre for many global businesses, resulting in areas of huge skyscrapers. However, it’s also got a historical side. Colonial buildings include the Raffles hotel and Fort Canning. You can also venture into the backstreets and dine on some traditional Singapore noodles. The city even has its own amusement parks including a Universal Studios park.
Located in northern Cambodia, Siem Reap is known largely for its ancient architecture. The magnificent temple of Angkor Wat is thought to date back to the 12th Century and is one of the landmarks of the area. You’ll find lots of ancient Buddhist monuments and relics of Khmer civilisation within the area. The modern town itself meanwhile is a great place to experience traditional market shopping, as well as taking a tour of the local bars.
For many people visiting Thailand, the country’s capital is a must-see destination. Bangkok is known for its buzzing street markets and vibrant nightlife. You can take a private tour of its floating markets positioned in the river. You can then hit the bars in the evening. On top of offering a lot for shopaholics and young partygoers, it’s also a very cultural and historical city. Its temples are renowned for their shimmering gold interiors, the most famous being The Temple Of The Golden Buddha. There’s also the iconic Grand Palace. Thailand’s biggest perk is that it’s a very affordable city. Food and drink costs very little and hotels are generally cheap (unless of course you’re opting five stars).