Across this beautiful globe, there are thousands of beautiful cities to explore, each with their own special flair. Then there are cities that stand out among the rest, drawing crowds from all corners of the Earth to visit.
Aerial View of Paris, France, with Eiffel Tower
The world’s most visited cities each have sights, attractions and experiences that make them unique.
Here are the top 10 most visited cities in the world:
10. Hong Kong, China
This metropolitan gem in China sees as many as 8.6 million visitors every year — from international countries everywhere. It’s a financial powerhouse with one of the highest Financial Development Index scores consistently. Many of the cities visitors each year come on business and find some pleasure in the city as well.
9. Seoul, South Korea
With 10.35 international visitors each year, Seoul, South Korea is a must see on this global list. Known as the “gateway to Korea” it’s a great first stop in exploring the country.
Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea
8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Every year Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is swarmed with 11.12 million international visitors. The culture-rich city is well known for its cultural diversity and relatively low cost of travel.
Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The only city and state on the list is Singapore. As an area still in transition, you’ll find all sorts of languages, cultures, cuisine, and art in this Asian melting pot. Around 11.88 million international visitors come to Singapore each year.
Marina Bay Sands in Singapore at night
6. New York City, USA
Known to many as “The Big Apple,” New York City sees 12.27 million visitors annually. You can find anything you want in the city that never sleeps from the bright lights of Times Square to delivered Chinese food 24/7.
New York City, USA
5. Istanbul, Turkey
Perhaps one of the most colourful cities on the list, Istanbul, Turkey rakes in an impressive 12.56 million international visitors each year. The hilly metropolis hosts over 20,000 cultural sites dating back to sixth millenium B.C. all the way up to modern times.
4. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
To see the richest of richest — in money and culture — in the world, join the 14.26 international visitors that travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates every year. If you can pull your plans together, Dubai will be the site of the World Expo in 2020.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
3. Paris, France
No other city has quite the iconic monuments as the French city of Paris. The Eifel Tower alone is one of the most recognizable structures every built — not to mention Notre Dame and Moulin Rouge district. You’ll be in good company if you travel to Paris as 16.06 million people do each year.
Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
2. Bangkok, Thailand
Over 18 million international visitors come into Bangkok, Thailand every year to experience the people, culture, and exquisite food. It’s also known as party central for this part of Asia.
1. London, England
Aerial view of London, England at night
With 18.82 million visitors every year, London, England is a city that transcends its home in the U.K. This international travel port is home to iconic British history — as well as a growing melting pot of global cultures.
Palace of Westminster next to the River Thames in London, England
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