Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year January 1, 2011. Local authorities planned for over 1.5 million people to crowd the Sydney Harbour foreshore and welcome in the new year under the massive fireworks display.
An ironworker had a great view of the New York City skyline as he worked on the 52nd floor of One World Trade Center, Thursday. The tower, previously known as the Freedom Tower, is halfway to its eventual 104 floors and scheduled to be finished in 2013.
China’s urban developments of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing showcase the intersection of ancient philosophies and technological advancement. Known as Asia’s Manhattan, Hong Kong is a rapidly growing center of international finance and is home to more skyscrapers than any other city on Earth.
Here, a flash of red plies the nighttime waters of the South China Sea as shining skyscrapers mark the prosperity of Hong Kong. With seven million people living in its 426-square-mile (1,103-square-kilometer) region, the Asian megaport is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.
Consumers stroll along Nanjing Street, where the glow of neon signs brings colorful life to the storefronts of Shanghai’s busiest shopping district. In an effort to capitalize on a booming tourist industry, the government hopes to turn Nanjing Street into the Fifth Avenue of China.
Headlights, traffic lights and buildings lit up a spiderweb across Moscow, photographed from the window of a passenger jet Friday night
Outside Shibuya Station in Tokyo, a crowd of pedestrians crosses a busy intersection beneath the glare of lighted billboards and neon signs. Japan’s capital is the planet’s largest urbanized area, with some 36 million people.
Rain doesn’t discourage shoppers from navigating the hundreds of stalls lining Tung Choi Street in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Known as the Ladies Market, the bazaar offers every variety of women’s wear from cosmetics to undergarments, as well as produce and housewares.
Every year, during Ramadhan, especially when it’s almost come to its end, the longest bazaar of all will happen in Kuala Lumpur. this bazaar covers the whole alley of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman. Items sold are mostly for the preparation for the coming Syawal. The crowds are never ending. The photo was taken from a rooftop parking lot on a nearby complex.
The hustle and bustle of modern-day Phnom Penh is a far cry from the poor farmlands that stretch across much of the country, most of which still lack infrastructure such as roads, phones, and electricity.
The Tucson, Arizona, skyline is illuminated by a bolt of lightning.
The Youth Olympic Torch is transported on a Phoenix across the Singapore River towards the cauldron during the opening ceremony mark the start of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games held on Saturday Aug. 14, 2010 in Singapore.