Often when we think of photography we picture amazing wildlife shots and epic landscapes, but cities provide so many great photo opportunities too, with the chance to capture intricate architecture and locals going about their daily lives. We’ve collected together some of the best photos of our favourite Asian cities to inspire your next holiday.
The sheer level of energy in Tokyo is the most striking aspect of Japan’s capital, and nowhere more so than at the Shibuya Crossing, where up to 1,000 people are rumoured to cross at a time. This image of the famous intersection really captures the buzz of the city.
Yangon has an incredible air of spirituality about it and the Shwedagon Pagoda is one of its most sacred sites. As the gilded stupa soaks up the changing light throughout the day, no two images are ever the same. This one featuring a pair of young monks is one of our favourites.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City is a haven for foodies, and a trip to one of the vibrant food markets is an absolute must. Ogle at the brightly coloured fruit and vegetables, breathe in the tantalizing aromas and chat to the lively local vendors. This colourful photo sums up why we love the city.
The hillside shrine of Fushimi Inari-Taisha is one of the most iconic images of Kyoto, and indeed Japan. Walking through the thousands of red torii gates that cascade down the mountainside over a 4km trail is very striking, and this image captures it perfectly.
Luang Prabang, Laos
A historic city nestled in the hills, UNESCO protected Luang Prabang is widely regarded as the jewel in Laos’ glittering crown. Rising at dawn affords visitors the sight of the city’s saffron-robed monks collecting alms, as chants and incense waft from the gilded temple spires.
Shanghai is a cosmopolitan metropolis where traditional Chinese buildings co-exist with sleek modern developments. Echoes of the country’s revolutionary and imperial past linger even in this most futuristic city, and this picture perfectly captures the city’s unique mix of old and new.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Featuring classic Khmer roofs, the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh is a prominent feature in the Cambodian capital’s skyline. This stunning photo shows the palace silhouetted against a glowing orange sky – a sight which is not uncommon as the day draws to a close in the city.
Faded colonial buildings with colourful shutters and creeping plants give Vietnam’s capital Hanoi an old-world charm. Photos like this one, which could easily be mistaken for a chateau in the south of France, provide constant reminders of the city’s French influences.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Over the last century, Kuala Lumpur has transformed itself from a small tin-mining town to Malaysia’s cosmopolitan capital. It is an exciting and ever-expanding modern metropolis, and this photo beautifully captures the sun rising over some of its many skyscrapers.
Xi’An is endowed with a magnificent historical heritage, and never is this clearer than when viewing the Terracotta Army. Almost an exact replica of the first Emperor of China’s army, this impressive collection comprises some 9,000 sculptures, each of which is completely unique.