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15 Largest Cities in Asia With a Map

Using the map, name the 15 most populous urban areas in Asia.
Urban area population, not city proper
According to citypopulation.de, January 2023
Quiz by Quizzer6794
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Last updated: March 6, 2023
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First submittedAugust 11, 2016
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Population
City
67.8 m
Guangzhou /
Shenzhen
40.8 m
Tokyo
40.0 m
Shanghai
33.4 m
Delhi
28.9 m
Jakarta
Population
City
26.7 m
Manila
26.6 m
Mumbai
24.9 m
Seoul
21.3 m
Dhaka
20.9 m
Beijing
Population
City
20.5 m
Bangkok
19.1 m
Karachi
17.7 m
Osaka
17.4 m
Kolkata
16.6 m
Chengdu
74 Comments
+17
Level 65
Aug 11, 2016
Thanks to jiaozira for help getting precise city locations :)
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Level 70
Aug 23, 2016
No problem :)
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Level 26
Feb 1, 2021
Istanbul is in Europe FYI
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Level 65
Nov 25, 2021
It's in both
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Level 25
Mar 22, 2022
no it's not
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Level 82
Jun 11, 2022
Two-thirds of it is in Europe. Tallying up the districts in Europe gives a total of a bit over 10 million, leaving a little over 5 million for the Asian side. So if we're being strict about it, the part that's actually in Asia isn't large enough for it to count as one of Asia's largest cities.
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Level 49
Jun 17, 2022
True
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Level 76
Jun 24, 2023
Or, the division is entirely arbitrary.
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Level 81
Aug 16, 2016
Nice quiz!
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Level 65
Oct 13, 2016
Thanks! Try for other continents: Africa, Europe, North America, and South America
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Level 68
Mar 7, 2023
Oceania is missing.
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Level 34
Dec 12, 2023
Oceania would mostly be Australia I think
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Level 49
Sep 28, 2016
Fun quiz, way to much time tho^^
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Level 65
Sep 28, 2016
Perhaps i will not be enough time come 30 October ;)
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Level 61
Oct 30, 2016
Kept typing in Hong Kong, then realized Guangzhou is right there also.
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Level 66
Feb 17, 2023
I tried that and Shenzhen too lol, they're all right there!
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Level 82
Oct 30, 2016
Very easy. With a map, super easy.
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Level 60
Oct 30, 2016
Anything is easy with a map.
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Level 82
Oct 31, 2016
I could make a quiz like this that was all but impossible just to prove a point, but that would take a long time.
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Level 82
May 16, 2019
What about this one? I lived in Virginia for close to 30 years and still find it impossible.
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Level 46
Oct 30, 2016
Even though Istanbul is not in Asia, it is a nice quizz.
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Level 63
Nov 1, 2016
No, not in Asia at all. Not even partly.
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Level 36
Nov 2, 2016
But...half of it is on the Asian side of the Bosphorus...
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Level 70
Apr 9, 2021
50% ≠ 100%
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Level 56
Aug 23, 2021
"Includes the whole population of cities that straddle Europe and Asia!"
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Level 68
Jun 4, 2017
Agreed, nice quizzzz.
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Level 49
Oct 30, 2016
Colkata should count as Kolkata
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Level 59
Nov 17, 2019
Why Colkata should be counted for Kolkata 🤷?

Never heard of Kolkata being called Colkata 🤣🤣🤣🤣 apart from being called Calcutta, Kalkatta, Kalikata, but Colkata ?

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Level 56
Sep 14, 2023
lmaooo
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Level 48
Mar 15, 2022
Might as well do Ceoul for Seoul or Changhai for Shanghai.
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Level 53
Mar 7, 2023
And let me guess, shengdu?
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Level 59
Jun 11, 2024
Jacarta
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Level 28
Oct 30, 2016
Who would want to live in such a big behemoth of a place? I s'pose if you're born there, you don't think about it. My metro area population is 1.5 million and even that's too big for me.
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Level 82
Oct 31, 2016
Big cities are great for a lot of different reasons. Usually they are centers for art and culture with events, exhibitions, etc that you will never find in small towns. You will never run out of new people to meet a city this size, so options for making friends, finding dates, or looking for various activity partners are much greater and more varied. Typically you have a much wider range of options for shopping and greater access to different specialty items, more entertainment and nightlife venues, better cinemas with a wider variety of films, etc. Larger cities have busier airports and so it's easier finding good cheap flights to a variety of places. And some people just like being somewhere where they feel like they're at the center of something greater- the hustle and bustle.

But, realistically, the most important reason anyone lives in a big city is also the primary reason people move anywhere. Jobs.

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Level 72
Jun 21, 2018
I agree. My job was the only reason that I lived in the city. I found that the only time I left my immediate neighborhood was when I had guests in from out of town. I did force myself to go to most of the really important cultural kind of stuff and enjoyed it while I was there, but would have been just as happy at home. The other stuff you mention: shopping - on line, movies - Netflix, travel - worked for a major airline for 30 years so I've had my fill of that. I couldn't wait to get back to the country and have a big yard full of critters, cookouts, and pool parties with friends and family. Green Acres is the place to be...
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Level 75
May 16, 2019
...farm livin' is the place for me. Small towns are within driving distances of either large cities or college towns which have cultural and sporting events, and I would much rather shop online these days. One doesn't have to live in a city to travel. I'm quite happy with the partner I've been married to for nearly 45 years and we're both now retired, so none of your reasons tempt me, Kalba, but I understand why you and others prefer city living. I'll take fishing in the pond, wading in the creek, chatting with neighbors in the gravel road when they stop by on their way to town, eating meat, veggies, fruit, and honey from our farm, and watching the stars at night with my sweetie. (Along with mosquitoes and buffalo gnats, marauding raccoons, coyotes, herbicide drifting over the garden from leaking spray planes, slow arrival time for emergency vehicles, slow internet speeds, - it isn't all idyllic here, but for me the positives far outweigh the negatives.)
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Level 69
Feb 18, 2021
I've got to agree with kalba on this one. Cities are awesome, and when they're this big, they're usually really several cities in one, with different neighbourhoods that have their own distinct character. I've been living in the suburbs for close to a year because of Covid, and I can't wait until I can get back to roaming the streets of Paris everyday!
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Level 60
Jul 7, 2017
I was born in Pakistan and 20 million is low for me! btw, disappointed that Karachi is the least guessed :-(
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Level 79
Apr 22, 2020
20 million is low for you? Hum.
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Level 68
Aug 5, 2020
How is it low for you if Karachi as the only Pakistani city on here has 17.8 million?
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Level 79
Apr 22, 2020
@Roxy you're weird.
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Level 48
Mar 15, 2022
Roxy7699, ever heard of rural-urban migration?
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Level 83
Mar 7, 2023
As someone who comes from a town of 7,000 people, the 150,000-strong population of Oxford was already way too much for me. Cannot imagine living in anything close to your 1.5 million city, I'd feel trapped
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Level 14
Oct 30, 2016
Tokyo is the biggest city, but other than that the quiz is great!
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Level 70
May 16, 2019
Jetpunk uses populations from citypopulation.de. They tend to include larger areas than you would expect because they don't stick to traditional city limits and sometimes other cities can be included within one city. For example Guangzhou includes Shenzhen, the reason being that the area between them is entirely built up (you can see this on a satellite image).
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Level 21
Nov 15, 2016
keep typing guanzhong i tought it was guangzhou
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Level 64
Dec 4, 2016
Got all with 2:34 remaining.
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Level 83
Mar 2, 2017
Interesting that if you combined this with Europe, there would only be 2 European cities big enough to make this list. Huge cities in Asia!
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Level 65
Mar 26, 2017
Nice quiz, but Istanbul is in Europe.
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Level 68
Jun 4, 2017
Nice comment, but get your facts right.
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Level 68
Jun 4, 2017
Actually, you are right. But it is obviously in Europe and Asia.
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Level 69
May 16, 2019
It's amazing that Manila is actually slightly west of Shanghai. Never realized that.
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Level 64
May 16, 2019
Shouldn't Chongqing be on there now?!
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Level 57
May 28, 2019
Well Chongqing is about the same size as Austria so even though it acts as one entity with over 30 million inhabitants I wouldn't count everyone living within that area. I mean there are people who live hundreds of kilometers away in the countryside at some rice farms and are technically citizens of that city...
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Level 79
May 16, 2019
Shouldn't only the population on the European part of Istanbul be counted for this quiz?
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Level 95
May 17, 2019
You mean the Asian side
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Level 79
Apr 22, 2020
Oh yes yes that's what I meant!
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Level 57
Dec 1, 2020
2:40 :)
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Level 43
Dec 1, 2020
How can Istanbul be the 15th largest city in Asia? Istanbul is a very big city of the world.
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Level 47
Feb 8, 2021
too much time
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Level 37
Apr 17, 2021
why the hell have i never heard of guangzhou
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Level 63
Jul 4, 2022
It gave me that one for typing 'Canton', so you might have heard of a different name.

I wonder if 'Pearl river delta' would have worked, since the quiz population values seem to be taking greater metropolitan areas, so it could be all of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Huizhou, Zhaoqing, Hong Kong, and Macau

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Level 43
May 10, 2021
Istanbul is in Europe
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Level 68
May 10, 2021
Way too much time
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Level 75
Jun 26, 2021
Much easier than I expected - I thought there were going to be more Chinese cities. Cool quiz, and you could probably shave a minute off the time.
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Level 68
Sep 30, 2021
same
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Level 68
Sep 30, 2021
39 seconds
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Level 76
Mar 6, 2022
given the bulk of Istanbul and above all its historical centre is in Europe I do not think it should be counted for this quiz
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Level 53
Oct 11, 2022
Guangzhou's population is 13,965,000
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Level ∞
Mar 6, 2023
Nice work counting them all.
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Level 65
Mar 7, 2023
Isn’t Yokohama bigger than Osaka?
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Level 64
Mar 7, 2023
Pretty sure it's in the Tokyo urban area so it doesn't count
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Level 60
Jul 6, 2023
I always forget the city that's least guessed here.
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Level 24
Jun 3, 2024
Istanbul?

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