Top 10 Most Populated Cities In The World

Added by Edan Barak on May 26, 2014

5 Tehran, Iran

Population: 12,223,598

Since being declared the capital city of Iran in the 1800s, Tehran saw a massive migration from people throughout Iran, leading to its current status as the world's 5th largest city. The citizens identify themselves as Persian, and speak in a Tehrani accent of Persian - only around 13% of the population speak a language other than Persian.

Tehran is an old city steeped in tradition and unique architecture dating as far back as 6,000 BC. The city features many tourist attractions, from museums to art exhibitions, and even the Imperial Crown Jewels of Persia, claimed to be the largest and most dazzling collection of jewelry in the world. Cinema is very popular amongst the younger generation, and beautiful parks and lakes adourn the city, bringing a dose of much-needed greenery into the largely concrete jungle that is Tehran.

4 Mumbai, India

Population: 12,478,447

Located in Western India, the city is the capital of the Maharashtra state, and the economic and financial hub of India. The noisy, bustling streets of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) are the first things you'll encounter when first entering this exuberant city. Here you'll find a hodgepodge of luxurious wealth and extreme poverty, often located side-by-side, usually in stark contrast to one another. An ocean of humanity daily awakens to drive through some of the worst traffic, smog and pollution in the world on their way to work in the financial districts, or Bollywood, India's answer to Hollywood.

It takes a couple of days to get over the shell-shock of madness that is Mumbai, but once you're ready to explore the city you'll discover a city steeped in culture, filled with art and museums, swarming bazaars, and people who are at once friendly and ethnically diverse.

3 Karachi, Pakistan

Population: 12,991,000

Often considered the financial and cultural center of Pakistan, Karachi is also one of the most densely populated cities in the country with an average 6,000 people per square kilometer. The city is a hub for higher education in Southern Asia and considered the go-to place for education in the Muslim world. Having lost its capital status when Islamabad was constructed to spread development to other areas of the country instead of it being concentrated in one city, Karachi is still home to the largest and busiest ports in the country, and people still flock to the city every year, leading to dramatic increases in population.

The city's cuisine is made up of traditional Pakistani food consisting mainly of meat, curries, and lentils. The architecture of the city is distinctive, and even eccentric, and many tall buildings have been constructed to make up a beautiful Karachi skyline.

2 Istanbul, Turkey

Population: 13,854,740

Steeped in Roman history from the days of the Ottoman empire, Istanbul is a unique combination of wonderful Byzantine architecture, loud and bustling markets, and a nightlife setting that would put Vegas to shame. Located near one of the busiest waterways in the world, the Bosphorus, the city provides amazing views to Palaces and yalis, large Mansions by the water.

The Turkish cuisine is well represented in the city, which boasts a massive selection of fantastic restaurants. At the end of the day, the Istanbul nightlife is where it's at, and the best reason to visit the city. The Bosphorus boasts a huge array of nightclubs, bars, and parties by the water and, if you enjoy Turkish Pop, you'll feel right at home at the numerous music venues in the city.

1 Shanghai, China

Population: 17,836,133

Known as the cultural and economic center of Eastern Asia, Shanghai is often considered the most modern of China's cities. Boasting some of the most modern architecture in the world, the city is home to the Shanghai World Financial Center, the tallest skyscraper in China, and third tallest in the world.

The city is a truly fascinating blend of Eastern and Western culture, with a strong cosmopolitan feel in many areas of the city. Take note, in the past few years the city has become extremely expensive for living and travel, as real-estate prices have skyrocketed due to high demand.

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