Top 10 cities of Asia facts Selected as the most interesting among cities of Asia related questions in Cities of Asia quiz What does the name Singapore mean?City of Lions. The English name of Singapore is derived from the Malay word Singapura (lit. Lion City), hence the customary reference to the nation as the Lion City. Lions probably never lived there; the beast seen by Sang Nila Utama, who founded and named ancient Singapore, was most likely a tiger.Created by: globalquiz.orgcity names facts » Chennai is one of the India's largest cities. What was the previous city name?Madras. The renaming of cities in India started after the end of the British imperial period in India in 1947 and continues to date. Madras was changed to Chennai in 1994, but the old name preserved in many institutions, like Madras Stock Exchange, Madras University and Madras High Court.Created by: Kasiageography of India facts » Which city is associated with cremated bodies lying on the banks of a river?Varanasi. Hindus believe that bathing in the Ganges remits sins and that dying in Varanasi ensures release of a person's soul from the cycle of its transmigrations. Those who are lucky enough to die in Varanasi, are cremated on the banks of the Ganges, and are granted instant salvation. Thus, many Hindus arrive here for dying.Created by: globalquiz.orgdeath facts » What is the capital city of Mongolia?Ulan Bator. The city was founded in 1639 as a nomadic Buddhist monastic centre. It changed location twenty-eight times, with each location being chosen ceremonially – before settling permanently at its present location in 1778.Created by: globalquiz.orgEastern Asia facts » What was the previous name of Ho Chi Minh city?Saigon. Immediately after the communist takeover of South Vietnam in 1975, a provisional government renamed the city after Ho Chi Minh. Even today, however, the informal name of Sai Gon remains in daily speech both domestically and internationally.Created by: Gizem İsmailoğlucommunism facts » Where is Beijing?At point 1. Beijing is located in northern China. Its name, which means "Northern Capital", was applied to the city in 1403 during the Ming Dynasty to distinguish the city from Nanjing (the "Southern Capital").Created by: globalquiz.orggeography of China facts » What is the capital city of Iran?Tehran. From the 1920s to 1930s, the city was essentially rebuilt from scratch, under the rule of Reza Shah Pahlavi. In an attempt to modernize the city, many historic buildings, fortifications and gardens were demolished, and modern buildings in pre-Islamic Iranian style (such as National Bank) were built in their place.Created by: globalquiz.orgIran facts » What is the capital city of Armenia?Yerevan has been the capital since 1918, the thirteenth in the long history of Armenia, and the seventh located in or around the Ararat plain.Created by: globalquiz.orgWestern Asia facts » What is the capital city of Afghanistan?Kabul. The Soviets turned the city of Kabul into their command center during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Kabul was considered moderately safe during that period. However, about 80 percent of the city was destroyed during the civil war between different mujahideen factions, which broke out after Soviet's retreat.Created by: globalquiz.orgSouthern Asia facts » What is the capital city of Jordan?Amman is considered to be among the most liberal and westernized Arab cities. Coincidentally, it was named “Philadelphia” during classical times, after Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the Macedonian ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom.Created by: globalquiz.orgcapitals facts » Play cities of Asia quiz and see all the questions.