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18 of the Best Skylines in the World

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"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! Click through to see 18 of the BEST skylines in the world!

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

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. Click through to see 18 of the BEST skylines in the world!

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. Click through to see 18 of the BEST skylines in the world!

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.

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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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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.

See also: 10 Reasons Why Rio de Janeiro Is The Greatest City On Earth

Sydney, Australia 

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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, Germany

 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. Click through to see 18 of the BEST skylines in the world!

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.

London, England

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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.

Planning a trip to London for the first time?  Read the Top 10 Things to see Your First Time in London

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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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, Canada

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. Click through to see 18 of the BEST skylines in the world!

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.

Related: Cool Things to do in Vancouver, Canada

Paris, France

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. Click through to see 18 of the BEST skylines in the world!

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.

Traveling to Paris for the first time?  Don’t miss these top 10 attractions!

Singapore

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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).

Related: 10 Must Visit Places in Singapore

Taipei, Taiwan

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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!

Tokyo, Japan

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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.  See more of our Japan posts here.

Related: 10 Cool Things to do in Tokyo

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. Click through to see 18 of the BEST skylines in the world!

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.

Seattle, USA

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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. Click through to see 18 of the BEST skylines in the world!

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.  Read all our Dubai travel tips here.

See also: Top 10 Things To Do In Dubai

Istanbul, Turkey

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. Click through to see 18 of the BEST skylines in the world!

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

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    • Hey Helene, thank you so much! I had actually never thought of Dallas. I googled the skyline after reading your comment and wow, amazing. Definitely post worthy. ;)

  1. Gorgeous images! All great skylines. Though after living in San Francisco for several years I’ve got a soft spot for that one! There’s nothing like it.

  2. Beautiful post. Love all of the skylines. I was very intrigued by how different but similar the skylines are in different countries. Architecture from country to country is awesome! Thank you for the post!

  3. Shanghai is my favourite, too ;) I’m a little biased though, having grown up there. I loved the Dubai skyline when I visited, I’d say it’s a close second, and HK maybe third! These are all gorgeous though, thanks for sharing!

    Euriental

  4. So beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit these places! I’m partial to the Denver skyline…maybe because I live there, but I really like the mountains as a backdrop.

  5. I have a thing for skylines too! One of my favorites is actually the San Diego skyline with how colorful the lights can be, reflected in the water. I also loved the Sydney skyline when I was living there. I’m heading to Hong Kong in the fall, so I’m looking forward to experiencing that epic skyline in person. Awesome post. :)

    • San Diego does have a beautiful skyline. There are so many great ones it was really hard to narrow it down. Hong Kong has one of the best! Have so much fun on your trip in the fall!! Thanks Mimi.

  6. Lived in Toronto and Shanghai and the view of the skyline truly amazes me. The view from the Bund in Shanghai is exceptionally amazing. There are other places like Rio and Dubai that I always wanted to visit.Thanks for putting this all together Claire!

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