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Biggest Cities in Asia

Name the 51 most populous urban areas in Asia.
According to citypopulation.de, January 2018
Includes one city that straddles Europe and Asia
Last updated: February 03, 2018
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Population
Urban Area
45.6 mil
Guangzhou / Shenzhen
39.9 mil
Tokyo
30.3 mil
Jakarta
29.5 mil
Shanghai
28.4 mil
Delhi
24.6 mil
Manila
24.6 mil
Seoul
24.2 mil
Mumbai
20.0 mil
Beijing
18.8 mil
Dhaka
18.4 mil
Bangkok
17.7 mil
Osaka
16.9 mil
Karachi
16.4 mil
Kolkata
14.8 mil
Istanbul
14.7 mil
Tehran
12.7 mil
Tianjin
Population
Urban Area
12.2 mil
Lahore
11.5 mil
Bangalore
10.7 mil
Chennai
10.5 mil
Nagoya
9.80 mil
Xiamen
9.60 mil
Hyderabad
9.30 mil
Chengdu
9.10 mil
Taipei
8.70 mil
Wuhan
8.45 mil
Kuala Lumpur
8.35 mil
Ho Chi Minh City
8.25 mil
Hangzhou
8.00 mil
Ahmedabad
7.85 mil
Shenyang
7.80 mil
Chongqing
7.75 mil
Singapore
7.70 mil
Shantou
Population
Urban Area
7.40 mil
Riyadh
7.35 mil
Hong Kong
6.95 mil
Baghdad
6.75 mil
Xi'an
6.60 mil
Nanjing
6.50 mil
Pune
6.30 mil
Surat
6.15 mil
Bandung
5.90 mil
Qingdao
5.40 mil
Yangon
5.40 mil
Zhengzhou
5.30 mil
Amman
5.30 mil
Harbin
5.30 mil
Wenzhou
4.88 mil
Surabaya
4.85 mil
Ankara
4.75 mil
Colombo
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level 67
Mar 30, 2013
Have only heard of about half of the cities - need to do some homework!
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level 44
Mar 30, 2013
istanbul is in europe..
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level 75
Mar 30, 2013
Depends on if Turkey is counted as part of Europe or part of Asia... I've seen it both ways plenty of times, but this quiz goes with the traditional distinction between Europe/Asia being at the bosporous, which means Istanbul is half in Europe and half in Asia.
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level 22
Apr 12, 2013
and it does say at the top that it 'includes one city that straddles Europe and Asia' :)
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level 44
Apr 20, 2013
marinebioligst, that qualification must have been added after my comment ;)
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level 28
Jul 3, 2018
istanbul is in europe and asia
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level 43
Jul 30, 2013
I'm pretty sure people living in Shantou wouldn't have guessed the city would be on this
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level 48
Dec 9, 2014
How could I miss Beijing? I got (of China) Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shangai, Chennai and Xi'An.
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level 83
Dec 17, 2014
Chennai is in India, though.
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level 81
Aug 20, 2015
Must have meant Chengdu.
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level 44
Mar 27, 2015
China and India make up for more than half of the list (26). O.o This quiz could be updated with better data, though :) Thanks!
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level ∞
Aug 19, 2015
I don't think there is a site with better data.
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level 44
Oct 12, 2015
What I mean was that Guangzhou and some other cities at the time of my comment was were a bit more. Now, it looks great and after 6 tries I got them all (every time I missed 2 or 3).
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level 10
Feb 3, 2018
Hey Quizmaster. I dare you to try my quizzes!
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level 74
Oct 12, 2015
By far the two biggest countries in the world in terms of population, so I don't see why that would come as a surprise. Quizmaster is right, best available data.
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level 44
Oct 12, 2015
Man, I have commented like months ago and the data was different, wouldn't you think? :)
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level 62
Sep 21, 2015
shenzhen?
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level 55
Oct 6, 2015
Source considers it part of the Guangzhou metro.
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level 36
Oct 21, 2018
Shenzhen is considerably closer (walking distance) to Hong Kong than it is to Guangzhou, and is not considered part of Guangdong in Chinese statistics (except in a broader conurbation that includes Hong Kong and Guangzhou). It doesn't really matter so long as typing it in brings up its pair, but really it's big enough to count on its own, with 12 million people, bigger than two thirds of the cities on this list.
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level 74
Oct 12, 2015
The growth of Surat is incredible. These Gujaratis know how to get things done.
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level 60
Oct 12, 2015
........well I got all of the ones I've heard of....
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level 67
Oct 12, 2015
Bengaluru is the proper name for Bangalore and should be accepted, just as Mumbai and Kolkata are.
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level ∞
Oct 13, 2015
Bengaluru was supposed to work. It will now.
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level 51
Oct 13, 2015
Im guessing Quezon city is considered part of Manila's metro area?
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level 75
Oct 14, 2015
probably. In terms of "city proper" I think Quezon is technically bigger.
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level 65
Oct 13, 2015
Argh how could I forget Manila? I typed all the Asian capital cities and forgot that one :-/
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level 63
May 25, 2017
Although Turkey is geographically Asia, (and also recognised as an Asian country by Jetpunk), Istanbul is definitely in Europe.
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level 74
Feb 3, 2018
Istanbul is on both sides of the Bosporus Strait, so it's partly in Europe and partly in Asia. ("Includes one city that straddles Europe and Asia") Of course, there aren't 14.8 million people on the Asian side, so that figure is misleading.
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level 49
Jun 4, 2017
Normally would expect to not know Chinese cities but I knew 'em all!
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level 53
Sep 1, 2017
44 but I can't believe I missed Pune
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level 57
Feb 3, 2018
1:54 left
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level 10
Feb 3, 2018
I only know Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing. I don't know much big cities in Asia because I don't live there.
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level 75
Feb 8, 2018
That's not a good result regardless of whether you live in Asia or not.
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level 10
Feb 3, 2018
I forgot to say Hong Kong.
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level 41
Feb 8, 2018
I was expecting Karachi to be much further up the list. Its urban area has a population of 25.1m according to the World's Largest Cities quiz.
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level 56
Feb 12, 2018
Finally got 51/51, 3:20 left.
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level 41
May 8, 2018
where is chittagong
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level 46
May 8, 2018
I wish the powers that be would just change the definition and boundary of europe i have been all over europe and i can confirm unequivocally that turkey, cyprus and israel are european in every sense of the word. Customs culture ethnicity are wholly european and from my understanding Armenia is as well however i have never been there to see for myself.
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level 75
May 8, 2018
"In every sense of the word", aside from actually being part of the actual continent (aside from the small part of Turkey)? You're barking up the wrong tree mate. And who are the "powers that be" anyway?
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level 38
May 8, 2018
Chittagong is located in south-eastern Bangladesh
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level 75
May 8, 2018
If someone would make a largest cities in Asia excluding Chinese cities, I might have a shot at a decent score. I tried adding zhou, chen, and dong to every syllable I could think of, but still failed miserably. (Then again I also forgot Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Ahmedabad, Colombo, Lahore, Bangalore, and Karachi, so my failure is not limited to China.) I'll keep trying.
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level 52
May 8, 2018
Why on earth did I even try this one?
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level 54
Dec 30, 2018
To those saying that Istanbul is in Europe, you are correct. It is geographically and I would say politically but I think a large majority of us would consider Turkey Asian so while not in Asia, it's technically Asian. Sort of like how the Sinai peninsula is technically African.