Amman is the capital and most populous city of Jordan, and the country’s economic, political and cultural centre. Situated in north-central Jordan, the city has a population of 4,007,526 and a land area of 1,680 square kilometres. Amman is considered to be among the most modernized Arab cities. It is a major tourist destination in the region, particularly among Arab and European tourists. Amman is predominantly filled with historic sites that frequently host cultural activities, while West Amman is more modern and serves as the economic center of the city. Amman was named one of the Middle East and North Africa’s best cities according to economic, labor, environmental, and socio-cultural factors. Amman wheelchair access is very poor, making disability travel a real challenge.
San Antonio was founded during the Spanish Colonial Era. The Greater San Antonio metro area has a population of 2.5 million. San Antonio was named by a 1691 Spanish expedition for Saint Anthony of Padua, whose feast day is June 13. The city contains five 18th-century Spanish frontier missions, including The Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which together were designated UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2015. San Antonio is home to six Fortune 500 companies and the South Texas Medical Center, the only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region. San Antonio wheelchair access is of a high standard.
San Antonio has several taxi companies with accessible cabs. These include Yellow Cabs and San Antonio Wheelchair Taxi. Yellow Cab accessible taxis feature lowered floor entry access and passengers with wheelchairs measuring 31 inches or less do not need to transfer out of their wheelchair. When booking a ride, wheelchair users need to request an accessible cab.
San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. Located in the mid-west of the Central Valley, San José is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of the nation. San José’s metropolitan area stretches beyond the canton limits and has an estimated population of over 2 million. Though few people live in the city center, it is the most important working area of the country, which brings in more than a million people daily. According to studies on Latin America, San José is one of the safest and least violent cities in the region.] In 2006, the city was appointed Ibero-American Capital of Culture. San José is the sixth-most important destination in Latin America. San Jose wheelchair access is quite poor, which puts the onus on the visitor to plan their visit in great detail.
Quito is the capital and the largest city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 2,850 metres above sea level, the second-highest official capital city in the world, after La Paz, and the one which is closest to the equator. It is located in the Andes Mountains. With a population of 2,671,191 according to statistical projections, Quito is the most populous city in Ecuador. It is also the capital of the Pichincha province and the seat of the Metropolitan District of Quito. The historic center of Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. Quito and Kraków, Poland, were among the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO, in 1978. The central square of Quito is located about 25 kilometres (16 mi) south of the equator; the city itself extends to within about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) of zero latitude. A monument and museum marking the general location of the equator is known locally as la mitad del mundo (the middle of the world), to avoid confusion, as the word ecuador is Spanish for equator.
Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits and 17 million within the urban area. Moscow is the northernmost and coldest megacity and metropolis on Earth. It is home to the Ostankino Tower, the tallest free standing structure in Europe; the Federation Tower, the second-tallest skyscraper in Europe; and the Moscow International Business Center. The city is well known for its architecture, particularly its historic buildings such as Saint Basil’s Cathedral with its colourful architectural style. With over 40 percent of its territory covered by greenery, it is one of the greenest capitals and major cities in Europe and the world, having the largest forest in an urban area within its borders—more than any other major city. Moscow wheelchair access is average by modern western standards, despite the city being the seat of power of the Government of Russia. The Kremlin, a medieval city-fortress that is today the residence for work of the President of Russia. The Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are also one of several World Heritage Sites in the city, making disability travel to the city well worth the effort.
Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With a population of more than 9 million, Lima is the most populous metropolitan area of Peru and the third-largest city in the Americas (after São Paulo and Mexico City). Lima is home to one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the New World. The National University of San Marcos, founded on May 12, 1551, during the Spanish colonial regime, is the oldest continuously functioning university in the Americas. Lima wheelchair access is good by South American standards, but challenging for western tourists.
Durban is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. The third most populous city in South Africa, Durban is located on the east coast of South Africa. One of the major centres of tourism, with a warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches, Durban forms part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, which includes neighboring towns and has a population of about 3.44 million, making the combined municipality one of the biggest cities on the Indian Ocean coast of the Africa continent. Durban is located on the East coast of South Africa, looking out upon the Indian Ocean. The city lies at the mouth of the Umgeni River, which demarcates parts of Durban’s north city limit, while other sections of the river flow through the city itself. Durban has a natural harbour, Durban Harbour, which is the busiest port in South Africa and is the 4th-busiest in the Southern hemisphere. It is also the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg. Durban wheelchair access is average, but improving all the time.
Kuala Lumpur, commonly known as KL, is the national capital and largest city in Malaysia. As the global city of Malaysia, it covers an area of 243 km2 and has an estimated population of 1.73 million as of 2016. The city is home to British colonial-era landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It is among the fastest growing metropolitan regions in Southeast Asia, in both population and economic development. Kuala Lumpur is the cultural, financial, and economic centre of Malaysia. It is also home to the Parliament of Malaysia, and the official residence of the Malaysian King the Istana Negara. Kuala Lumpur wheelchair access is below average which makes planning your trip in detail a must.
Yogyakarta is a city on the island of Java in Indonesia, known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage. It is the only Indonesian royal city still ruled by a monarchy, Yogyakarta is regarded as an important centre for classical Javanese fine arts and culture such as ballet, batik textiles, drama, literature, music, poetry, silversmithing, visual arts, and wayang puppetry. Renowned as a centre of Indonesian education, Yogyakarta is home to a large student population and dozens of schools and universities, including Gadjah Mada University, the country’s largest institute of higher education and one of its most prestigious. Yogyakarta is a relatively small city, so traveling around town should not be too expensive. If you are on foot, note that a street sign facing you at a corner indicates the name of the street you are entering, not the cross street. However Yogyakarta wheelchair access is poor, limiting options for those with a significant mobility impairment.
Shenzhen in southeastern China, is a modern metropolis that links Hong Kong to China’s mainland. It’s known for its shopping destinations, including Luohu Commercial City, a massive mall with a vast array of wares, from tailors’ custom clothing to designer bags. Shenzhen’s cityscape results from its vibrant economy – made possible by rapid foreign investment following the institution of the policy of “reform and opening-up” in 1979. The city is a leading global technology hub, dubbed by media as the next Silicon Valley. Shenzhen offers free admission to over twenty public city parks such as People’s Park, Lianhuashan Park, Lizhi Park, Zhongshan Park, and Wutongshan Park. The Xianhu Botanical Garden is spread around the lake of the same name in the Luohu District on an area of 590 hectares. Shenzhen wheelchair access travel is superior to most other Chinese cities, largely as a result of the recent construction of so much of the city.