One of my favorite parts of travelling is seeing the city skylines. A skyscraper is often defined as a habitable building that is over 40 stories tall. As demand for real estate goes up, it justifies the expense of building taller and taller buildings. The resulting skylines are typically an amazing sight. Below I’ve gathered my 18 favorites.
How many of them have you been to? Are there any I missed?
ENJOY THE VIEW!
San Francisco, USA
San Francisco is bottled in between the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay, and a state park. This means that the city is locked into the left over roughly 7 mile by 7 mile square. The result is that space comes at a premium, and whatever is left in the city is typically fabulous. I say fabulous because San Francisco has routinely been rated the most LGBT friendly city on the planet. To read more about San Francisco see my post here.
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The Shanghai skyline you see today did not exist 30 years ago. Shanghai used to be a small fishing village, but over the last 30 years it has literally sprouted out of almost nothing. This skyline is my absolute favorite!
Hong Kong features more skyscrapers than any other city, and even though the exact count varies depending on how you define skyscraper, the second place city isn’t even close. Limited land has caused the city to maximize the little they do have with massive building and excellent public transportation (thankfully since there is very little room for cars). best skylines in the world
New York, USA
New York City’s skyline is one of the most recognizable in the world. One of the best things about New York City is that city planners designed it around 3.5 square miles of park, known as Central Park.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio De Janeiro’s skyline is a perfect mix of beaches, mountains, and skyscrapers. Rio is Brazil’s second biggest city, and if often known for its parties. It is also my husband’s favorite city ever, read about it here.
Sydney is often the first thought when someone mentions Australia. Sydney’s skyline is frequently shown featuring the iconic Sydney Opera House. Construction of the Opera House came in 1,457% over budget, so make sure enjoy that beautiful over-priced view!
Frankfurt is known as Germany’s financial center, and frankly (get it) one of the world’s financial centers. I think of it as an airport I’ve been stuck in too many times.
I love London; it is the source of the Spice Girls, David Beckham, and the Queen of England. It is often called the world’s biggest financial center, which may be why more billionaires supposedly live in London than any other city.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia, and one of the fastest growing cities in the world (in terms of population and economy). The skyline features the tallest twin towers in the world (and formerly tallest buildings in the world), the Petronas Towers. I have not been able to make it to Malaysia yet, but am dying to go.
Toronto is the largest city in Canada. My husband says Toronto is home to one of the worst, yet best supported hockey teams in the world, the Maple Leafs.
I don’t care what you say, to me Paris is the most romantic city on Earth. It is also home to an incredible skyline.
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Singapore is a city/country, and is home to a recently blossomed skyline. Singapore is also known for having really high per capita incomes, low taxes, and being one of the safest cities on Earth. I think the best view of the skyline is from the Marina Bay Sands rooftop pool (see my post here).
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Taipei is at the center of an ownership controversy with China. While China thinks that Taiwan “belongs” to them, Taiwan thinks they should be allowed to remain autonomous. One thing I find especially unique about Taipei is that the 7-11s offer the opportunity to have full sit down meals!
The Tokyo metropolitan area has the biggest population in the world. This incredibly large population means that the city is almost always crowded. Want to see for yourself, watch the subway attendants whose job it is to shove more people into the cars.
Seoul, South Korea
Over half of all South Koreans live in the Seoul metropolitan area. Also, the official name of the city is the Seoul Special City, which I can’t help but think is cute.
Photo: InSapphoWeTrust / Flickr
Seattle is known as a wet techy city. I used to live in Seattle and it almost always seemed to be gray and drizzly. On days when the sun was out, it felt like the best place on Earth. Microsoft and Amazon were each established there, which may be part of the reason the city remains such a tech hub today.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
This desert oasis aims to feature the most modern buildings in the world, and currently features the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Dubai is definitely worth the trip, see my other posts.
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Istanbul used called Constantinople, and even though some people still do, the Turks don’t want you to, so stop it! This popular tourist city has the unique honor the border between Europe and Asia.