If you love the hustle and bustle of the city, there are all kinds of places in the world for you to experience the traffic jams, high rises and general cacophony of extreme humanity. Check out some of TravelPod’s latest blogs from some of the busiest places in the world.

1. Mumbai, India, 13,922,125 people

Owain was overwhelmed by the driving experience in India

Owain was overwhelmed by the driving experience in India

The driving style here is incredible, and certainly takes some getting used to. There are no lanes, no gentlemen of the road and seemingly no rules. You go where you want, when you want. The use of the horn is a big part of driving here – it is in constant use, and unlike back home where it is reserved for matters of urgency, I am sitting in a cyber cafe listening to the constant toots and beeps outside.Owain

2. Shanghai, China, 13,831,900 people

Trizzyb found that Shanghai was very busy

Trizzyb found that Shanghai was very busy

Shanghai is not a walkers dream, which is how we are use to getting around, so we got acquainted with the Metro system, very easy and clean. We took the metro to People’s Square, well manicured and clean and headed to the Shanghai Museum – note to self do not go during the weekend. – Trizzyb

3. Karachi, Pakistan, 12,991,000 people

Redheadgrrl was troubled by children begging in the street in Karachi

Redheadgrrl was troubled by the children begging in the street in Karachi

As we drove home around 11:30 pm, we were stopped at a light when this tiny boy, with his baby brother riding piggy-back, started washing our windows with a rag and a squeegee. He couldn’t have been more than six, and the baby looked about two. We gave him money, of course. Washing windows for a few rupees in the middle of the night. My heart broke all over again. Adnan and his friends were blasé about it, having seen the same thing for their much of their lives. They said I’d get used to it when I stay here, but I fervently hope not. Redheadgrrl

4. Delhi, India, 12,259,230 people

Robgandee got really sick in Delhi

Robgandee got really sick in Delhi

Delhi – big, noisy, dirty (there is no government trash collection, except around the govt buildings)… Auto rickshaws all over the place, taxis look like they were made in the 50s, food is awesome if you like curries, but watch out for the dodgy water (some vendors refill water bottles from the tap and reseal the cap) – it is the cause of many an intestinal event (4 for me, in my 2 week stay)…Robgandee

5. Istanbul, Turkey, 11,372,613 people

Willinturkey spent a month in Turkey thanks to the Rotary Club

Willinturkey spent a month in Turkey thanks to the Rotary Club

Istanbul is an incredible, fascinating city, and they ways in which this developing nation is influence by its history and tradition, as well as by western civilization is very intriguing.Willinturkey

6. São Paulo, Brazil, 10,990,249 people

Redwoodm at the train station in Sao Paulo

Redwoodm at the train station in Sao Paulo

We arrived in SP in about 1 hour as the pollution could be seen in the distance and favelas in sight. Then the traffic jam began! We sat in traffic for about 2 hours just to get to the Rodoviaria! I saw people on the side of the highway and at the median with their carts selling things to the drivers! I guess if you are sitting in traffic you do get hungry.Redwoodm

7. Moscow, Russia, 10,452,000 people

Richardlodge getting acquainted with Moscow

Richardlodge getting acquainted with Moscow

Moscow is amazing but very difficult for the non-Russian speaking tourists as everybody only seems to speak Russian and if you’re lucky maybe a bit of German which leads to me and the other person doing hand signals at each other which is quite funny…I wanta beero pleasea doesnt work!Richardlodge

8. Seoul, South Korea, 10,421,782 people

Yyztrvlr found a gigantic fish market in Seoul

Yyztrvlr found a gigantic fish market in Seoul

The fish market was huge. I walked down the stairs from the top level of a parking garage and my jaw dropped at the expanse of this market. On the ground floor I was able to take in the breadth of this undertaking. I walked down lengthy aisle after lengthy aisle and began to wonder if there was anything left in the oceans. Everything was for sale and most of it was alive. There were shrimps, giant king crabs battling each other in buckets, octopus managing to make daring escapes from one bucket into another bucket, flounder, halibut, rays, tuna, grouper, snails, whelks, clams, oysters, sea cucumbers and an odd assortment of mollusks and fish that I had never seen before. Most were alive and people were all ready to chop, slice and dice the marine morsels into bite sized bits.Yyztrvlr

9. Beijing, China, 10,123,000 people

Ladengast is the odd one out in Beijing

Ladengast is the odd one out in Beijing

Culture: the noisier the better, flashing advertisement, crowded underground, parks, malls, number 1 hobby of the Chinese- shopping. Girls use an umbrella in the sunshine to stay pale. Ladengast

10. Mexico City, Mexico, 8,836,045 people

Tipperoonie loved the bustling markets in Mexico City

Tipperoonie loved the bustling markets in Mexico City

There’s always something special about being in any city on a weekend. It affords a tourist the chance to mingle with the locals in markets, fairs and going about their usual business. San Jacinto is a place where artists gather on the weekend to sell their works while all crowded around a romantic plaza and fountain. There were food sellers, painters, silversmiths, potters, figurine makers and all manner of arts and crafts to peruse. The garden of the Templo de San Jacinto and its overflowing Jacaranda trees proved to be a heavenly place to relax from the hubbub of merchandising outside.Tipperoonie

2 comments

  1. Funny how Mumbai and Karachi’s pictures are of slums and naked young children on the streets.Couldnt find a better picture? Try google!

  2. WHAT A FUCKING CLICHE ABOUT SAO PAULO! THIS IS A VERY STUPID FOREIGNER VIEW. THEY GOT HERE AND WRITE IN THEIR BLOG ABOUT THE BAD THINGS THEY SEE (and ignore the other side). I HAVE BEEN TO THE WHOLE EUROPE AND SEEN BAD HOUSES, POVERTY AND VIOLENCE. BEEN MUGGED IN BARCELONA, AMSTERDAM, LONDON also the other side of ATLANTIC – NYC. BAH!

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