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View Poll Results: Your choice?
Beijing 2 3.77%
Los Angeles 24 45.28%
Osaka 12 22.64%
Rhine-Ruhr 10 18.87%
Combined option for "none", "confused at the moment", "I don't really know where to begin", "huh" 5 9.43%
Voters: 53. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-06-2017, 07:23 PM
 
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Thanks for the video shots of Osaka (looks like a stunning world class city), and for clarification on Rhine-Ruhr. I think it ranks lower on list for some of the others for me, but at the same time, an area I'd very much like to visit.
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Old 09-07-2017, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Bologna, Italy
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I'd like to see them all but for living I'd choose Germany in a heartbeat.
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Old 09-10-2017, 10:35 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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what do you expect from this forum, from which most participants are westerners and have very negative view of CHina

I mean Beijing is way more interesting and important both economically or politically than any of the cities mentioned here. It can easily be the top 5 cities in the world
It's also possible that people have been to Beijing and disliked it so much that it's coloring their views of its importance. I understand Beijing is a very important city due to its economic might, population size, and being the seat of government of China, but the city itself is extremely unappealing and disappointing when there. I think Shanghai most certainly plays second fiddle to Beijing, but Shanghai is the far more preferable city and this topic asked about preferences rather than importance.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:05 PM
 
Location: London, United Kingdom
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It's also possible that people have been to Beijing and disliked it so much that it's coloring their views of its importance. I understand Beijing is a very important city due to its economic might, population size, and being the seat of government of China, but the city itself is extremely unappealing and disappointing when there. I think Shanghai most certainly plays second fiddle to Beijing, but Shanghai is the far more preferable city and this topic asked about preferences rather than importance.
Actually it is my fault.

I made this thread 4 years ago when I didn't know nearly as much about mainland China as I do now. I do have to apologize to the denizens of Beijing.

I completely underestimated your city. It definitely seems like the hegemon of China, it controls an excessive amount of China's development and operations, as well as the ongoings of other cities and entire industries of China's economy.

In terms of importance, it is without a doubt ahead of Shanghai and is no less than a Top 5 most important and influential city in the world today.

That being said, Shanghai appears to be the more likable city with a stronger brand overseas -- by brand, meaning that it piques people's interest far more. This is not to say that Beijing doesn't have a lot to offer but it has not embraced becoming more people friendly with regards to its promotion and campaigns. In contrast, Shanghai has.

My choice for this thread would be Osaka in Japan first then followed by the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolis in Germany. Osaka comes across as a spectacularly first class city in every regard. It's metropolitan region is immense as well, other cities in Osaka's metropolis are pretty well regarded like Kobe and Kyoto.
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