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View Poll Results: Your choice?
Beijing 2 5.13%
Los Angeles 15 38.46%
Osaka 10 25.64%
Rhine-Ruhr 8 20.51%
Combined option for "none", "confused at the moment", "I don't really know where to begin", "huh" 4 10.26%
Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 01-15-2013, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Exeter
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The city categories are different since each city has its own qualities and uniqueness.

Beijing = Washington DC (diplomacy)
Shanghai = NYC (business center)
?? = LA

You forgot Hong Kong which is a city known for its international relations, business and entertainment.

Similar goes to Osaka as it's known more its entertainment while Tokyo is the business center.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA
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Whats the weather like?

i always see pictures and videos of various east asian cities and it seems like its a very foggy region.
Hot and humid summers, cold and snappy winters. Less extreme than Beijing but just barely IMO
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:20 AM
 
Location: London, United Kingdom
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This particular comparison came down mainly to Los Angeles & Osaka for me. I give Los Angeles an 8/10 overall.

It has quite a lot of what I like, a strong sense of multiculturalism (Little Bangladesh, Koreatown, Chinatown, Japantown, strong Jewish enclaves, Russian enclaves, Armenian enclaves, so on). It has a great food scene and a internal mix amongst it's community there to enjoy the benefits from all of that. It has a rapidly growing transit network and it's got great outdoor opportunities (Channel Islands, mountains, forests, so on).

It has a little bit of everything.

Osaka on the otherhand is more technologically driven and hi-tech as is the case with all of Japan and offers first class service and culture. I've never been but it's been a place I've looked at since I was a kid. I used to be really into Anime and almost all my products are Japanese from my laptop to my car to just about everything. I feel comfortable with Japanese products and entertainment.

Close call because I could live in either but for a change of pace, lifestyle, and scenery right now Osaka and later on in life would be the option for Los Angeles. If this scenario was applicable.

Beijing probably has a lot of history but I think Xi'an will probably be tops for ancient Chinese history and to be honest little else from what I've looked at about the city really registers to me. I'm sure it's worth visiting at least once to see China's capital but it doesn't seem like the most outsider friendly environment.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Monnem Germany
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No desire to live in Japan or China, LA is close to San Diego where I come from and I still miss lots of things about SoCal but I would take the Rhine/Ruhrpott area for living. It is not my favorite part of germany but is quite livable. Close to Holland only 2/ 2.5 hours to the coast, Some nice villages on the outskirts...

For visiting would be a toss up, Osaka or Bejing
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:44 PM
 
Location: London, United Kingdom
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Damn, is Beijing really that unpopular on this forum? It only has like one vote.

I'm also amazed at how quickly Rhine-Ruhr caught up to Osaka & Los Angeles on the poll. Then again, I paired these four cities up because they're all so different from one another and all awesome in their own different ways.

Last edited by Facts Kill Rhetoric; 01-21-2013 at 02:53 PM..
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:59 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Damn, is Beijing really that unpopular on this forum? It only has like one vote.

I'm also amazed at how quickly Rhine-Ruhr caught up to Osaka & Los Angeles on the poll. Then again, I paired these four cities up because they're all so different from one another and all awesome in their own different ways.
I asked the same thing in my Beijing vs Seoul poll in the Asia forum. Beijing just seems unpopular on this forum. Tellingly, few people on the forum seem to have even been there. I think they just get the impression that all Chinese cities are really polluted, crowded, full of boring architecture with no character. Beijing is actually one of the most fascinating cities I've been to. I've quite forgotten how interesting it is. It isn't the easiest city to get around, no, but would definitely put it above Osaka as far as interest goes, and Rhine-Ruhr. It's just so different from LA to compare it.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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Why would Beijing be popular? Polluted grey mess.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:11 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Why would Beijing be popular? Polluted grey mess.
Yeah I've heard tons of people talk about the pollution, but I'm talking the city itself.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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1 Los Angeles by far
2 Osaka
3 Rhein-Ruhr
4 Beijing
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:45 PM
 
Location: London, United Kingdom
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Why would Beijing be popular? Polluted grey mess.
Beijing is the capital city of China. It has a lot of historical sites to see and the culture there would be unique to anyones experience (I'm guessing even for China).

I'm not saying whether it should be popular or not but what I'm saying is that it should at least get the respect it deserves for what it does have to offer.
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1 Los Angeles by far
2 Osaka
3 Rhein-Ruhr
4 Beijing
18Montclair, I had no idea you posted in the World forum.

I did a comparison with Bay Area versus Randstad if you want to take a look: Randstad versus Bay Area
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