Friday, August 21, 2009

Amazing Skylines

I simply love skylines. My adrenaline surges by just looking the bewildering array of skyscrapers. That's why I like travelling! We can actually catch a glimpse of what the city really looks like, how it works, cultures and history. Skyline speaks for the city itself. It represent the landmark, the identity.

*** This listing ranks cities by the visual impact of their skylines. It is drawn entirely from statistics in this website's database, and reflects only completed high-rise buildings as defined by the Emporis Standards Committee (ESC). This calculation does not include TV towers, masts, bridges, or other structures.

Place CityPopulationAreaBuildings²Points³
1.Hong Kong6,943,6001,053 km²7,651126,515
2.New York City8,363,710800 km²5,76837,955
3.Singapore4,351,400685 km²4,33217,334
4.Chicago2,853,114589 km²1,09817,020
5.São Paulo10,990,2491,523 km²5,64416,811
6.Seoul10,331,244616 km²2,87516,805
7.Shanghai9,145,7116,639 km²98214,681
8.Tokyo8,653,000621 km²2,68913,282
9.Bangkok7,587,8821,569 km²77912,733
10.Guangzhou6,560,5007,434 km²50110,984
11.Dubai1,241,0003,885 km²4589,825
12.Toronto2,503,281630 km²1,7658,248
13.Chongqing6,300,00082,403 km²5307,919
14.Shenzhen1,245,0002,020 km²3486,890
15.Moscow10,443,0001,081 km²2,0306,399
16.Beijing7,746,51916,808 km²8986,307
17.Kuala Lumpur1,800,674244 km²5416,158
18.Rio de Janeiro6,161,0471,261 km²2,4665,666
19.Jakarta9,341,400661 km²3874,801
20.Macao453,73321 km²5574,661

Obviously, HK, NYC and Singapore have the most highrises. To compare and rank a certain skyline, we need to take population and area into accounts. Like, Chongqing has an area of 82,4203km2 whilst KL is just 244km2. It's more accurate to compare HK and NYC which have close population and size. This's the skyline part.

To rank 'world city', we look into areas like International, first-name familiarity, participation in international events, fairly large population, international airport, advanced transportation system, international financial institutions, advanced communications infrastructure, World-renowned cultural institutions like museums, lively cultural scene and etc.

Todate, only 2 cities, New York City and London are ranked as Alpha World Cities ++, whereas Hong Kong, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing are Alpha World Cities +

My favourite skylines (random):-

HONG KONG simply the BEST

Hong Kong at night

New York City the Big @pple

Another view of Shanghai

Chongqing, China!

Metro Manila, Philipines

Asia's New York, Sydney

Seoul, the 'fastest' city in the world.

Pearl of the Orient - Penang

Tokyo tower from far

Dubai. Burj Dubai, the world tallest tower in construction!

metro KL

KL night scene

Small nation can do wonders - Singapore

In Asia, it's indisputable Hong Kong has the best skyline while Shanghai catching up fast. While others like European nations have their very unique style of skyline.

Simply just a post about my interest into skyline & city, do share with me what you think!


Anonymous said...

very beautiful city it is...i love shanghai very much...all snaps are very wonderful...
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Wei Chean said...

hi Kristina~~ any chance to go exchange at Shanghai?! haha

xuxu said...

hope will see u take those photos urself~
or v can go to take together too.. ^^

Beh Wei Chean said...

haha~~ xuxu, got chance sure can go de!

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