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Tokyo, capital of Japan   Many of the major cities in the world are located in Asia, on the other hand over 60% of the population lives on this continent, with China and India which alone have now exceeded two billion and seven hundred million inhabitants.

   The following ranking is ordered by the number of inhabitants of urban agglomerations, fact that reflects more reality than that of administrative borders, as over time, in most cases, cities have expanded far beyond these limits, incorporating into the urban area other neighboring cities previously separated from the main center by rural or uninhabited areas; however, the data relating to the population of the city alone is also presented, excluding its conurbation, which in some cases coincides with the previous one, as the city borders may have been redefined in the meantime.

   In some countries, especially China, the municipalities are very large and often include rural / wooded areas, for example Chongqing, which has about 29 million inhabitants, but on an area of 82,403 kmē, in fact similar to a region more than a real city, in these cases only the inhabitants of the urban area contiguous to the city center are counted.

   Tokyo at the moment is the most populous metropolis of the entire planet, considering the urban agglomeration, but there are other cities with much higher growth rates that in the future should contend with it for this supremacy.

   The list obviously includes a large number of cities in China and India, but there are large metropolises all over the continent, even in less populated areas, such as the Arabian Peninsula; none in Asian part of Russia.


City Urban aggl.  Population Urban area Country Other cities in urban area
Tokyo 39,105,000 9,630,000 8,231 Kmē Japan Yokohama, Kawasaki,
Saitama, Chiba
Jakarta 35,362,000 10,562,000 3,541 Kmē Indonesia Bekasi, Tangerang, Depok,
Tangerang Selatan, Bogor
Delhi 31,870,000 11,035,000 2,233 Kmē India Ghaziabad, Faridabad,
Gurgaon, Noida
Manila 23,971,000 1,780,000 1,873 Kmē Philippines Quezon City, Caloocan, Taguig
Seoul 22,394,000 10,011,000 2,769 Kmē South Korea Incheon, Suwon, Goyang, Yongin
Mumbai 22,186,000 12,442,000 1,008 Kmē India Vasai-Virar, Bhiwandi
Shanghai 22,118,000 22,118,000 4,069 Kmē China  
Guangzhou 21,489,000 12,874,000 4,341 Kmē China Foshan
Beijing 19,437,000 19,437,000 4,172 Kmē China  
Kolkata 18,698,000 4,497,000 1,352 Kmē India  
Bangkok 17,573,000 5,588,000 3,199 Kmē Thailand Nonthaburi, Pak Kret
Dhaka 16,839,000 6,970,000 456 Kmē Bangladesh Gazipur, Narayanganj
Osaka 15,490,000 2,725,000 3,020 Kmē Japan Kobe, Kyoto, Sakai, Himeji
Istanbul 15,311,000 15,311,000 1,375 Kmē Turkey  
Karachi 15,292,000 15,292,000 1,044 Kmē Pakistan  
Shenzhen 14,678,000 12,994,000 1,803 Kmē China  
Bangalore 13,999,000 8,495,000 1,204 Kmē India  
Ho Chi Minh City 13,954,000 7,005,000 1,637 Kmē Vietnam Bien Hoa
Tehran 13,819,000 8,694,000 1,704 Kmē Iran Karaj
Chengdu 11,920,000 9,177,000 1,829 Kmē China  
Chennai 11,564,000 4,647,000 1,085 Kmē India  
Lahore 11,148,000 11,148,000 852 Kmē Pakistan  
Tianjin 10,932,000 10,932,000 2,813 Kmē China  
Hyderabad 9,840,000 6,993,000 1,274 Kmē India  
Wuhan 9,729,000 8,897,000 1,722 Kmē China  
Nagoya 9,522,000 2,320,000 3,704 Kmē Japan Toyota, Gifu, Okazaki, Ichinomiya
Taipei 9,078,000 2,563,000 1,059 Kmē Taiwan New Taipei, Taoyuan
Kuala Lumpur 8,639,000 1,790,000 2,163 Kmē Malaysia Subang Jaya, Klang,
Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya
Chongqing 8,261,000 7,920,000 1,536 Kmē China  
Dongguan 8,142,000 7,639,000 1,759 Kmē China  
Pune 7,948,000 3,124,000 650 Kmē India  
Nanjing 7,729,000 6,500,000 1,614 Kmē China  
Ahmedabad 7,717,000 5,634,000 360 Kmē India  
Zhengzhou 7,479,000 4,459,000 1,790 Kmē China  
Hanoi 7,375,000 3,605,000 963 Kmē Vietnam  
Hong Kong 7,345,000 7,345,000 291 Kmē China  
Shenyang 7,208,000 5,718,000 1,515 Kmē China Fushun
Xi'an 7,090,000 5,403,000 1,093 Kmē China  
Bandung 6,932,000 2,575,000 487 Kmē Indonesia Cimahi
Riyadh 6,889,000 6,889,000 1,673 Kmē Saudi Arabia  
Hangzhou 6,713,000 6,713,000 1,445 Kmē China  
Quanzhou 6,662,000 1,330,000 2,090 Kmē China Jinjiang, Nan'an, Shishi
Dubai 6,595,000 3,411,000 1,507 Kmē United Arab Emirates Sharjah, Ajman
Yangon 6,497,000 4,729,000 603 Kmē Myanmar  
Surabaya 6,494,000 2,765,000 912 Kmē Indonesia  
Qingdao 6,232,000 5,500,000 1,655 Kmē China  
Baghdad 6,107,000 6,107,000 694 Kmē Iraq  
Singapore 5,686,000 5,686,000 523 Kmē Singapore  
Suzhou 5,103,000 4,540,000 1,386 Kmē China  
Kabul 5,062,000 4,435,000 272 Kmē Afghanistan  
Ankara 5,036,000 5,036,000 671 Kmē Turkey  


* data on urban agglomerations updated to 2020 (estimates), those on population according to official data or more recent estimates of the national statistical services, when different from urban agglomerations.