There are many cities in the world and each is a different size. Countries are ranked according to their size and so are cities. For the latter, you can either consider ranking by acreage or by populations. When it comes to the population, the following are the world’s ten largest cities:


1. Shanghai

Shanghai is a city in China. It is also the most populous city in the world. In 2014 the population was estimated to be over 24 million.

It is recognized as a global financial center and this started back in the 1930s when the municipality was the financial hub of the Asia-Pacific region.

When it comes to Chinese cuisine, people know about the sweet and sour unique taste that comes in different foods.

Shanghai cooking is known to be the sweetest in China. The city is said to consume more sugar than any other part of the People’s Republic of China.

In Shanghai, unlike other parts of China, English is taught from grade school.

The city is also famous for other things such as the fact that the Shanghai South Railway Station was the first round railway station in the world after the major makeover and renovations in 2006.

2. Beijing

Beijing is the capital city of China. It is located in northern China. The city has over 21 million people making it the second most populous city in the world and the first most populous capital.

This city combines modern and traditional architecture and is an important part of China’s history. If you visit Beijing, you have to try the famous Beijing roast duck.

The meal is made from white ducks from Beijing. Compressed air is injected between the skin and the meat while date, peach or pear branches are used instead of smoky hard wood.

These branches give the duck a fruity flavor. Beijing is home to two impressive tourist attractions: the Great Wall of China which was built during different time periods and the Forbidden City which is the best preserved imperial palace in China and the largest palace in the world.

The latter is classified by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage.

3. Delhi

Delhi is the third most populous city in the world. It has over 16.5 million people and is considered the second most productive metro area in India.

It is home to 18 billionaires and 23,000 millionaires. To add onto this, the city generates $450 billion in wealth. One interesting thing about Delhi is its transportation system.

Firstly, it has the largest public transportation system in India. This runs on Compressed Natural Gas, CNG. In addition to this, the metro is the thirteenth longest in the world and also the first modern transportation system in India.

Delhi is one of the greenest cities. In addition to the fact that at least 20% of it is given to trees and greenery, the CNG bus system is also kind to the environment.

There are different lush parks that you would not expect in such a populous city. It is also has a large population of birds, second only to Nairobi city in Kenya.


4. Lagos

Lagos is Nigeria’s largest city and also Africa’s. The metropolis started out as a port city thanks to the islands which are now known as the Local Government Areas of Lagos Island.

It is one of the fastest growing cities in the continent and has over 16 million people. When it comes to transport, Lagos is leading the pack in many ways. Lagos has the busiest airport in Nigeria.

In fact, Lagos airport is one of the busiest airports for local and international flights in Africa. Additionally, the 3rd Mainland Bridge which is located in Lagos is Africa’s second longest.

Lagos is also significant in the entertainment scene. It is popular for Nollywood, the Nigeria movie industry. It also has one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in the world.

This might be attributed to the fact that it is the only Nigerian state that can cover all of its operations through internally-generated revenue.

5. Tianjin

China seems to have a majority of the most populous cities in the world. Tianjin joins the list at fifth position with over 15.4 million people living there.

It is located on the northern coastal mainland of China bordering Beijing municipality and Hebei province. It also serves as a port to Beijing.

Tianjin is a great location that is full of Chinese history. The Dule Temple is one of the must-visit places if you happen to be in the city.

It is named after the spring that is right behind it and is the oldest pavilion made out of a wood structure. There are other attractions such as the Tianjin eye which is the only Ferris wheel to have been constructed over a bridge.

The Ferris wheel is over 20 meters tall and is above the Yongle Bridge on Hai River. On the other side of the river is a business street.

6. Karachi

Karachi is the most populous city in Pakistan. It is located on the Arabian Sea and is therefore a major transport hub in the region.

This city is also considered among the most populous cities in the world with over 15 million people and ranks as the 8th most populous metropolitan city in the world.

Karachi is a great tourist destination because of its rich cultural history. It has some great and famous museums such as Mohatta Palace.

Here you will find the British reign documented and photos of freedom fighters among things that document the culture of the Pakistani people.

If you do plan to visit this populous city, it is best to avoid the months of May and June when it gets really hot. Temperatures are said to go as high as 45 degrees Celsius.

During July and August you would experience the monsoon which records rainfall of up to 7 inches.


7. Istanbul

Istanbul is a transcontinental city as it spans Europe and Asia as well. The city is located in Turkey and considered one of the most populous cities in the world because of the 14.7 million residents.

It is not a wonder then that it was considered the most crowded city in the world back in 1502. Istanbul is built on seven hills and this was purposefully done to match Rome’s seven hills.

The city used to be known as Constantinople, derived from Constantine the Great who was the Roman Empire. One of the attractions in the city is the Grand Bazaar which is the oldest covered bazaar in the world.

The city has a lot to offer in terms of attractions. There is a lot of history to explore and the monuments are the most popular sites.

The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar and Aya Sofya are considered the big four monuments to visit when in Istanbul.

8. Tokyo

Tokyo is Japan’s capital city. It is where the emperor’s seat is and the center of the Japanese government.

The city is ranked as one of the most populous cities in the world since it has a population of over 13.5 million people.

It is a metropolitan area but is also one of Japan’s prefectures. It is therefore referred to as a metropolitan prefecture.

The city is famous for its public transportation network and especially the Shinjuku station which is the largest one in the world.

It is also the busiest seeing that over 3.7 million passengers pass through Shinjuku station every single day. You cannot visit Tokyo without sampling the food.

One undeniable fact is that seafood is loved in the city. The Tsukiji fish market is the largest and busiest in the world.

With the free visitors’ tickets issued at 4 a.m. every morning, you can attend the tuna auctions which are the main attraction.

9. Guangzhou

Guangzhou is a sub-provincial city in the People’s Republic of China. It is located in Guangdong Province in southern China and is the most populous city in this province.

Guangzhou is in one of the most populous metropolitan areas in China’s mainland and has a population of over 14 million people. Guangzhou is rich in history.

It has the oldest mosque in China which was built by Abi Waqqas in the 630s. This mosque is said to have been built during the first Muslim mission to China by Mohammed’s uncle.

The city is also home to some impressive architecture with the Canton and CTF towers located in the city. Being one of China’s largest manufacturing cities, Guangzhou also hosts a major event in spring, that is, the Canton Fair.

Here you can shop until you drop. Second to this is the cuisine since Guangzhou is the home of Cantonese cuisine, one of the top eight popular cuisines in China.


10. Mumbai

Mumbai is the capital state of Maharashtra which is a state in India. It is the second most populous metropolitan area in India and has a population of over 12.4 million people.

In addition to being one of the most populous in India, has the highest number of billionaires and millionaires in the country.

Mumbai’s status as a transport hub is greatly understated. It has extensive infrastructure including but not limited to the Mumbai Suburban Railway, Navi Mumbai International Airport, Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport buses among others.

This is just a tip of the iceberg which is a glimpse of how big Mumbai actually is. Mumbai has some major tourist attractions that range from historical architecture to museums.

The Taj Mahal Palace is one of the most famous landmarks. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is also one of the most famous gothic buildings in the city.

Elephant Island is also a must-visit site in Mumbai.