Popular City of Boats From Around the World
Some cities in the world situated along rivers or bays built canals instead of concrete pavement as means of transportation which became their most notable feature that make them unique from all other cities in the world. Here are some notable "city of boats" in the world.
1.) Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The City of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is one of the most popular cities in the world with a unique and well-planned canal system. Hundreds of boats are used for transportation in this city. This comprehensive canal system known as Grachtengordel was based on four concentric half-circles of canals with their ends emerging at the IJ Bay. Their names are as follows; Patricians' Canal, Emperor's Canal, Prince's Canal and the Singelgracht.
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is the largest city of the country with a population of about 1.36 million. A visit to this lovely city is not complete with having experience riding a Gondola.
2.) Venice’s Grand Canal, Italy
The Grand Canal in the lovely city of Venice in Italy is one of the most magnificent canal systems in the world. Canal Grande, as it is known in Italian, forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city.
Public transport is provided by water buses and private water taxis, but many tourists visit it by “gondola”. This comprehensive canal system with an average depth of 5 meters and a width of 30-90 meters is 3.8 kilometers in length.
3.) Jiangnang Canal, China
The Jiangnan Canal, which is part of Grand Canal, is of great economic importance. It is used heavily by different water vessels transporting coal and construction materials. The canal has a minimum width of 100 meters on congested city centers but can be as wide as 300 meters in the countryside. It is also known as the South of the Yangtze Canal.
4.) Grand Canal, China
The Grand Canal is perhaps the most popular canal in the world. It is the longest artificial river or canal in the world with a total length of 1, 776 km. The Grand Canal is of major economic importance to China. Hundreds of shipping vessels used this canal to transport goods and commodities.
This amazing engineering achievement was completed in 618 CE. The oldest parts of the canal were constructed during the 5th century BCE. This grandiose canal starts in Beijing, the country’s capital, passes through Tianjin and 4 more provinces and ends up in Hangzhou City.
5.) Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, one of the most visited cities in the world, is the capital and largest city of Thailand. This beautiful Southeast Asian city is located along Chao Phraya River. The unique ‘floating market’ of Bangkok is one of its most recognizable features. With vendors on board on boats fully loaded with variety of local products, residents and tourist alike can buy goods, souvenirs and other local products while riding a boat.
6.) Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital and largest city of Brunei Darussalam, is situated in the Brunei River. It is also a city where boats are the primary means of transportation. This city with a population of approximately 140,000 had been inhabited since the 7th century. The water taxis used for transportation between downtown Bandar Seri Begawan and Kampong Ayer are known locally as ‘Penambang’.
7.) Kampong Ayer, Brunei
Kampong Ayer is a village located near the City of Bandar Ser Begawan, Brunei. Houses on this village are stilt houses stretching some 8 km along the Brunei River. The village of Kampong Ayer with a population of about 39,000, is a well-preserved national heritage site, the world’s largest of its kind. The village, which is about 1,000 years of age, is nicknamed “Venice of the East” by Pigafetta, the historian of Ferdinand Magellan. It is also known as ‘Water Village’ because all of the buildings are constructed on stilts above the Brunei River.
8.) Cannes, France
Cannes is a very popular city in the world located in France. It is one of the best-known cities of the French Riviera. This busy tourist destination is host of the annual Cannes Film Festival. The City of Cannes is also well-known for its various luxury shops, restaurants, hotels and ferries (boats).
Some cities are also well-known the world over for their special attraction – boating.
9.) Burnham Park, Baguio City – Philippines
Baguio City, Philippines’ ‘summer capital’, is the most favorite tourist destination in the country. One of this “city in the sky’s” most prominent and favorite attraction is Burnham Park. The park, situated in the center of the city, was named after Daniel Burnham, an American architect and urban planner who laid the plans for the city.
Quite unusual for a city on a mountain top but Baguio City is a city popular for its rented boats. Its scenic Burnham Park features a man-made lake where tourists can enjoy boating with rented boats of various designs and styles. There are boats that use paddle while some are pedal boats.
10.) City Park, Denver – USA
In the United States, the City Park in Denver, Colorado is a popular urban park for its boats. This beautiful park, which is the largest and most remarkable in Denver, has boats of various designs for rents. There is also a ‘boathouse’ for rent for events. This 1.3 km2 park also contains the Denver Zoo, Ferril and Duck Lakes and Denver Museum.