While some travel for the joy of travelling, there are those who like ticking off items from their bucket list. One such item on the wishlist of most of the travellers is a trip to places with an eccentricity or two; one such eccentricity is stunning skylines. If you are scouring for the most impressive skylines in Asia, here is our quick guide to the best of this amazing continent.
Slick professionals and fast growing economy with amazing infrastructure defines the city of Shanghai. This wonderful metropolis is said to have over 24 million people living in Shanghai. When here, there is no missing the awe-striking skyscrapers; in fact, the tallest building here is the 127-storey Shanghai Tower, standing tall at 2073 ft (it is said to be second tallest building in the world).
For an amazing vantage point, go to The Bund; this rooftop terrace at the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong offers just the bird’s eye-view that people crave for.
Ask Instagrammers and photographers about Hong Kong’s skyline and they would rate it as perhaps the most photographed skyline in the world. Such is the beauty, making the city earn the title of being the world’s most vertical city. Tall skyscrapers and unique-looking buildings along the beautiful Victoria Harbour amidst lush green mountains in the background give an edge to its beauty. It is said that The International Commerce Center, which has 118 floors is the tallest building in Hong Kong.
For an amazing vantage point, go to Kowloon waterfront, Star Ferry, Victoria Peak.
The Kuala Lumpur skyline has a vast variety to offer to the eye. It has buildings that have unique architectural styles. Some with influences of Asian, Malay Islamic, and postmodern style. The most popular one being the Petronas Twin Towers; made to look like rockets, they are 1483 ft tall.
For an amazing vantage point, go to Marini’s on 57 and SkyBar in Kuala Lumpur.
How well-planned a man-made country can look is what Singapore stands for! Over 90 per cent of its population lives in high-rise buildings. As per the laws of air traffic control restrictions, skyscrapers in Singapore cannot exceed 918 ft in height, and this has resulted in stunningly uniform and consistent building heights. The Marina Bay Tower is the most famous of these tall buildings.
For an amazing vantage point, check out Rooftop Terrace (or observatory) of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
Coming up with new skyscrapers is the signature style of Dubai; and it is home to over 250 m (820 ft) skyscrapers. Each towering building here is considered an architectural marvel. One cannot miss viewing the Burj Khalifa. It is has 163 floors, topping at 585 m (1918ft) and the tip of its spire reaches 829 m or 2722 ft. You must catch sight of it when the lights are on during the evenings, for it makes for a sight to behold.
For an amazing vantage point, visit the Burj Khalifa Observatory and the Uptown Bar of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel (for views of the Burj Al Arab Hotel).