Nothing starts a city-wide tour than by viewing the whole city from high above. Whether its from a tower, a skybridge, or even an observation wheel, a birdâ€™s eye view of the streets, the buildings, the people, and the lights is something to be part of the memories of your trip.
Here are nine skyscraping perches which overlooks magnificent Asian cities.
Shanghai World Financial Centre
This 101-story mixed-use tower accomplishes soÂ many things, like being Chinaâ€™s tallest building, the worldâ€™s third tallest building, and the worldâ€™s tallest hotel. The observation deck on it is the worldâ€™s highest, being located on the 97th to 100th floor, some 450 meters above the ground. Visitors will have to pay 150 Yuan for the chance to see Shanghai from so far up. Sad to say, the designers were forced to abandon plans to include a Ferris wheel on top, which would have made the view from above Shanghai even Shang-higher.
Bank of China Tower
The small skydeck on the 44th floor gives a great view of the northwest section of Hong Kong Island. Though not 360 degrees, there is a scale model of the viewable landscape for people to consult, including Victoria Harbour.
Melbourne 360 Observation Deck
In level 55 of the Rialto Towers Building, at the very heart of Australiaâ€™s capital. The visit starts with a 20-minute film about the attractions in Melbourne and Victoria, and then onto the deck itself, with highlights of the view such as the botanical gardens and Yarra River. Free binoculars are available and courteous service officers will assist in answering questions from guests.
Built on top of the peak of Nassam Park, the tower is 480 meters above sea level, and the built-in observation deck itself rising 380 meters above sea level. There are two levels, with the top level possessing seats to help people relax while they take in the view. Furthermore, each window overlooking the city lists out the names of the countries in the direction it faces.
The top here presents a great view of Kowloon with the Hong Kong skyscrapers decorating the foreground. A special Peak Tram ferries visitors up the steep slopes of the island while permitting them to look out the view during the entire time.
Tokyo City View
250 meters above the ground, this 360-degree view is on the 52nd floor of Mori Towers in posh Roponggi Hills. If you wait until 8:30pm, you can see the fireworks lighting up from way-off Tokyo Disneyland.
The skybridge connecting the famous twin buildings of Kuala Lumpur lies 311 meters above the ground, around halfway up the towers on the 41st floor. There are two decks here: the top deck is for use by office workers to cross between the two buildings, while the bottom deck is reserved for tourists. Visitors need to visit the ticket office early in the morning to reserve their afternoon or evening schedule with the deck, with just 10 minutes allowed to soak up and photograph the view of Kuala Lumpur.
At 165 meters in height, this is the world’s tallest observation wheel at the moment. 28 air-conditioned capsules each take 30 minutes to spin around the axis, giving occupants plenty of time to enjoy the breathtaking sight of City Hall and Marina Bay.
This 101-story bamboo-shaped skyscraper, the tallest building in Taiwan at 509 meters, has an indoor observation deck at the 89th floor and an outdoor observation deck at the 91st floor. It is required to purchase tickets for the indoor deck to gain access to the outdoor deck. High-speed elevators take visitors from the admission entrance at the 5th floor to the observation decks in less than 39 seconds.
The best time to visit these observation decks is on a sunny day, right before sunset. The magic of a city lighting up before your eyes as night draws on sets the right mood for your entire stay.