A Trio Of East Asian City Delights

Conjure up in your mind an image of an East Asian city.

It’s fair to assume – based on the kind of knowledge you would pick up from TV and films – the kind of image that came into your head. Let’s see… bright lights? Lots and lots of people? Neon flashing signs? Perhaps even the odd reference to manga, K-Pop, or J-Pop related billboards?

It’s the same image we all have, even if we have not set foot in these cities. There’s a technicality to these cities; the lights, the falseness, the high octane shouts of the way they look when depicted in popular culture.

Rather delightfully… those images aren’t wrong. That, genuinely, is what the major East Asian cities look like. They can be a riot on the senses, but nevertheless, travellers are compelled to go and visit their abundant lights for themselves. Like moths to a neon flame, thousands of us turn our attentions to some of the biggest and loudest that East Asia has to offer. If you want to experience the sights and sounds for yourself, then these three cities are classics for a reason.

Seoul

Seoul is the South Korean capital. If you’re going to South Korea, then this is where you would base your stay. Within Seoul, the area to aim for is Gangnam.

If you’re thinking that sounds familiar – and perhaps having flashbacks to incredibly addictive pop songs – then you’re thinking of the right place. Gangnam is the LA of Seoul; the area where the fashion clique collect and there’s more shopping opportunities than you could ever dream of. As for the style mentioned in the (in?)famous – and surprisingly culturally observant song – that’s something that has to be seen to be believed.

Seoul is the South Korean capital. If you’re going to South Korea, then this is where you would base your stay. Within Seoul, the area to aim for is Gangnam.

If you’re thinking that sounds familiar – and perhaps having flashbacks to incredibly addictive pop songs – then you’re thinking of the right place. Gangnam is the LA of Seoul; the area where the fashion clique collect and there’s more shopping opportunities than you could ever dream of. As for the style mentioned in the (in?)famous – and surprisingly culturally observant song – that’s something that has to be seen to be believed.

Shanghai

Shanghai might have a reputation as a business city, but there’s plenty to offer the excited tourist too. The night life here is of a particular interest, with fine food and a delightful party scene just waiting to be sampled.

When you feel like you need to turn the volume down, the Yu Garden will be calling to you. Compared to the rest of the city, the peace and tranquility will be a much-needed rest for your senses. Accommodation is relatively easy to find in and around Shanghai, especially if you’re on a budget. A Shanghai Pudong Hotel, for example, will cater to business and pleasure guests alike, offering upmarket facilities that will allow you to recharge for another night on the town.

Tokyo

Photo source: http://www.pixabay.comIf it’s futuristic that you want, then Tokyo is the city that should demand your attention in East Asia. It’s a haven for geeks, with Akihabara district a particular focus. Not only does the area offer more gaming arcades than you could ever have the chance to play through, but also there’s plenty of stores offering the latest manga and anime wares.

Surprisingly affordable to stay in, Tokyo has something to offer whatever your budget. There’s youth hostels and five-star hotels to choose from; though do ensure you leave some money in the budget to spend enjoying this fascinating city. If you have an interest in Japanese pop culture, then look no further than this rich, densely populated city that will make the long flight to get there 100% worth it.

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