10 most difficult cities of Asia riddlesCities of Asia quiz
The renaming of cities in India started after the end of the British imperial period in India and continues to date. Which of the following names is still the official one?
Bombay was renamed to Mumbai in 1995; Madras was renamed to Chennai in 1996; Calcutta changed name to Kolkata in 2001. Bhopal, Bangalore and Mysore are speculated to be renamed in the future.
What does the name Singapore mean?
City of Birds
City of Monkeys
City of Lions
City of Elephants
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.
Chennai is one of the India's largest cities. What was its previous name?
The renaming of cities in India started after the end of the British imperial period in 1947 and continues to date. Madras was changed to Chennai in 1994, but the old name is preserved in many institutions, like Madras Stock Exchange, Madras University and Madras High Court.
Which city is associated with cremated bodies lying on the banks of a river?
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.
What was the previous name of Ho Chi Minh city?
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.
What is the capital city of Saudi Arabia?
From the 1940s, the city entered the long period of modernization and planned development under king Saud. Today, Riyadh resembles American metropolies with its grid layout pattern and neighbourhoods connected by high-performance main roads to the inner areas.