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8 Must Visit Asian Cities in 2017

A list of must visit cities in Asia, a continent brimming with adventure, comfort and divinity.

BY Jack Holmes   May 17 2017

Accommodating more than half of world’s population, and nearly 50 countries, Asia is of the diverse regions in the planet. History buffs, foodies, outdoor adventurists and nyctophiliacs will all find Asian cities that’ll make them feel like they were made just for them. A visit to Asia will allow travellers to experience places filled with countless art, architecture, diverse communities of natives and immigrants, wild landscapes, ancient civilizations, futuristic urban centers and culinary treasures galores. The Asian region will offer them fresh twists with places packed full of adventurous action.

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Beijing, China

The massive capital of China offers a lively mix of modernity and history, best exemplified by the Forbidden City which smoothly blends the old and new. Beijing is also home to some exceptional remnants of the country’s monarchical history. And of course there are modern touches throughout the city as well, including the Olympic stadium, built for the 2008 Summer Games and shopping districts full of mind boggling varity of goods. Most importantly Beijing offers easy access to the Great Wall of China, the longest manmade structure in the world.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A city that is buzzing with energy and famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. The War Remnants Museum within the city, which convey the brutal effects of war on its civilian victims, is hugely popular among tourists. And don’t miss the impressive Jade Emperor Pagoda. Wander through Ho Chi Minh to discover fine hotels, classy restaurants, street stalls full of tasty food and sleek 21st-century skyscrapers.

Singapore

Singapore has become an economic powerhouse in Asia over the past half century. This city is renowned for its safety, cleanliness and melting pot of cuisine. For those who are familiar with modern Asian metropolises, Singapore is a study in eco-friendly urban design and conservation. Gardens by the Bay, a network of modern greenhouses and waterfront parks containing super trees lined with solar cells, is one of Singapore’s most eye-catching eco-attractions.

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, often synonymous with the term “restless” is a fast-paced city placed as a top destination for shopping in Asia, with sheer variety of products fitting every budget. One of the world’s leading financial, banking and trading centers, this city has a show-stopping skyline which offers a sensory feast for visitors. As one of world’s top culinary capitals, foodies will find themselves immersed in delicious cuisines of Cantonese, Sichuanese, Japanese or French. And beneath the commercial persona of Hong Kong one can find a dynamic cultural landscape with roots in Chinese colonial history.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

A popular resort town in Cambodia, Siem reap is a gateway to an ancient world. Travellers go there to see the temples and this place is widely known as a base camp for Angkor, as it is the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor. Siem Reap offers a wide range of cuisines, luxurious spas, great shopping, local tours and a creative cultural scene for foodies and adventurers alike.

Ipoh, Malaysia

Experiencing a quiet revival, backpackers love this pleasant, mid-sized city as an overnight stop between their journeys. Ipoh contains interesting heritage sites and street arts, and the city is filled with glittering shops and fine eateries. This city is an exciting place for an urban interlude, with Cameron Highlands only a short drive away. The beautiful island of Pangkor and the Royal Belum State Park are must visit places located near Ipoh.

Shanghai, China

A renowned international metropolis with a skyline that brushes the clouds, Shanghai is a model city for progress. This multicultural city offers great nightlife and authentic food combined with neoclassical architecture and historic museums. Shanghai is home to the world’s second-tallest tower and lots of other architectural landmarks, like The Bund, Jade Buddha Temple and the Jing’an Temple.

Kyoto, Japan

Famous for its numerous classical Buddhist shrines, Kyoto offers a rare link between modern life in the city and its very ancient past. With over 1000 Buddhist temples in Kyoto, history buffs will find true masterpieces of religious architecture, such as the splendid Golden Pavilion and the vast expanse of Higashi Hongan-ji. This city offers a wide variety of excellent restaurants, to work your way through the entire range of Japanese food. Kyoto is perfect for experiencing the old Japanese way of life by wandering through the streets of traditional Japanese townhouses.