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View Poll Results: Which city has the most beautiful natural setting?
Auckland 1 4.00%
Cape Town 3 12.00%
Hong Kong 1 4.00%
Nice 3 12.00%
Rio de Janeiro 8 32.00%
Vancouver 9 36.00%
Other 0 0%
Voters: 25. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-15-2017, 09:08 PM
 
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The cities under consideration are:

Africa: Cape Town
http://www.capeintern.com/uploads/fi...ress%20136.jpg
http://cms.travelstart.com/uploads/i...peak-drive.jpg
https://cdn.theculturetrip.com/wp-co.../capetown3.jpg

South America: Rio de Janeiro
http://www.getsready.com/wp-content/...-in-brazil.jpg
http://www.rioloft.com/rio-guide/wp-...09/prainha.jpg
https://a.travel-assets.com/mediavau...5c1a5fed3.jpeg

North America: Vancouver
http://res.cloudinary.com/simpleview...033ca0bb72.jpg
http://www.philarmitage.net/garibald..._ridge2400.jpg
https://www.hellobc.com/getmedia/2ae...o-Sky.jpg.aspx

Europe: Nice
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...e_d%27Azur.jpg
http://www.tourisme-paysflechois.fr/...Mercantour.jpg
http://www.moustiers.eu/IMG/jpg/gorges-02_OT.jpg

Asia: Hong Kong
http://cache-graphicslib.viator.com/...ong-114439.jpg
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/MWawGu1pdII/maxresdefault.jpg
https://www.sassyhongkong.com/wp-con...i-Long-Wan.jpg

Oceania: Auckland
http://farm1.nzstatic.com/_proxy/ima...3D25EC75240F19
https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/me...c-explorer.jpg
https://cdn.concreteplayground.com/c...-7308-Edit.jpg

Rate them on the following criteria:
-Immediate Natural Setting
-Urban Parks/Trails
-Greenery/Lushness
-Mountainous Scenery
-Diversity of Landscape
-Coastline
-Unique Geology/Geothermal Features
-Anything within around 60 miles/100 kilometers (as the bird travels) is part of the overall equation.

If you happen to say other, don't just vote that, name the (MAJOR, AT LEAST OVER 1M URBAN AREA) city you think ousts all these, and why it does.
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Cannes
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Nice, hands down
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Galewood
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Rio, Vancouver, Hong Kong
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Old 08-16-2017, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Rio from this list but my favorite city with a beautiful natural setting is Honolulu.
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Top of the South (Motueka), NZ
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Interesting - wouldn't have expected to see Auckland on a most beautiful setting list.

I like Capetown, but would choose Rio, as I'm not a big fan of dryish looking environments.
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Old 08-16-2017, 02:45 PM
 
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1. Rio de Janeiro
2. Hong Kong
3. Vancouver
4. Nice

I have never been to Rio de Janeiro but I don't need to because I can see the pictures and I don't think anywhere else on the planet compares to it. It has the full package. Batholiths emerging from the ocean, mountains with ripple effects, varied natural bodies of water. The full package.

I have been to Hong Kong (twice) and Vancouver (4 times; including a 1 month stay there as a child) and they are #1 and #2 most scenic cities I have ever been to in the world and I have been to plenty of spectacularly beautiful cities (including Nice, Barcelona, and Zurich) but these two take the cake amongst them all.

Hong Kong wins against Vancouver. Hong Kong's spectacular, arguably the best natural + city juxtaposition on Earth. Vancouver is dreamy, it really is. The best is during winter when you go to the nearby ski resorts during the evening and you can see the streetlights coming on, the entire city can be seen from there, so can the Salish Sea and also the mountains. The coolest part is when the light off the city's street-grid reflects off the clouds in the sky, it's insane. Hong Kong has a similar effect as well but in contrast, the city is far more monstrous, making it significantly more intense when viewing from one of the peaks around the city.

I have also been to Nice too, in any other thread Nice would easily win because it is purely beautiful but it doesn't measure up to Hong Kong and Vancouver IMO and would easily fall short of Rio de Janeiro as well. I have not been to the others to make the comment and while I have viewed photographs of their scenery, I still haven't seen enough from different vantages to have a basis to form an opinion. I will just have to go to them and find out for myself at some point in my life.

Great thread.

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Old 08-16-2017, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Paris
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Originally Posted by Facts Kill Rhetoric View Post
1. Rio de Janeiro
2. Hong Kong
3. Vancouver
4. Nice

I have never been to Rio de Janeiro but I don't need to because I can see the pictures and I don't think anywhere else on the planet compares to it. It has the full package. Batholiths emerging from the ocean, mountains with ripple effects, varied natural bodies of water. The full package.

I have been to Hong Kong (twice) and Vancouver (4 times; including a 1 month stay there as a child) and they are #1 and #2 most scenic cities I have ever been to in the world and I have been to plenty of spectacularly beautiful cities (including Nice, Barcelona, and Zurich) but these two take the cake amongst them all.

Hong Kong wins against Vancouver. Hong Kong's spectacular, arguably the best natural + city juxtaposition on Earth. Vancouver is dreamy, it really is. The best is during winter when you go to the nearby ski resorts during the evening and you can see the streetlights coming on, the entire city can be seen from there, so can the Salish Sea and also the mountains. The coolest part is when the light off the city's street-grid reflects off the clouds in the sky, it's insane. Hong Kong has a similar effect as well but in contrast, the city is far more monstrous, making it significantly more intense when viewing from one of the peaks around the city.

I have also been to Nice too, in any other thread Nice would easily win because it is purely beautiful but it doesn't measure up to Hong Kong and Vancouver IMO and would easily fall short of Rio de Janeiro as well. I have not been to the others to make the comment and while I have viewed photographs of their scenery, I still haven't seen enough from different vantages to have a basis to form an opinion. I will just have to go to them and find out for myself at some point in my life.

Great thread.
I m always amazed by how different tastes are all around in this world lol
For me HK is an outlier in this list. In term of natural beauty I found only a forest of buildings that's all... Went there 3 days in June 2015, maximum time without visa if I remember lol, and I was incredibly disappointed ! It's a paradise for thunderstorms photographers at this time tho
For Nice, I prefer the nature around Marseille, it is surrounded by 6 regional parks and 1 national park within 100km.

Others, I don't really know unfortunately for me

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Old 08-16-2017, 03:28 PM
 
Location: London, United Kingdom
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The sensation known as Hong Kong:

http://s1.1zoom.net/big0/695/Hong_Ko...ery_508899.jpg

http://www.people.com.cn/mediafile/p...9852269533.jpg

https://reddogstudio.files.wordpress...opter_0472.jpg

http://s1.1zoom.me/b5050/498/Hong_Ko...5_1440x900.jpg

http://i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/as...-super-169.jpg

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/at...g-p5080680.jpg

https://nationalpostcom.files.wordpr...k_img_3270.jpg

http://www.equinofunholidays.com/wp-...ong%20Kong.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4241/...57fa3a8c_h.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4356/...feb93f70_h.jpg

https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/m...jpg?1498155663

The fly in, in particular the 10 or so minutes you're hovering above the city before your plane lands, that's the most scenic I've ever seen out of a city in my life. Until I saw photographs of Rio de Janeiro, I never knew any city actually could be prettier than Hong Kong with regards to scenery.
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Old 08-16-2017, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Cannes
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Guys i go twice a month to Rio and i don't see how it is so hyped up...Yes there are some nice views, like the views from Urca(neighborhood) and from Niteroi, but i wouldn't rank it among the top 5
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Old 08-16-2017, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Cannes
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Originally Posted by Facts Kill Rhetoric View Post
1. Rio de Janeiro
2. Hong Kong
3. Vancouver
4. Nice

I have never been to Rio de Janeiro but I don't need to because I can see the pictures and I don't think anywhere else on the planet compares to it. It has the full package. Batholiths emerging from the ocean, mountains with ripple effects, varied natural bodies of water. The full package.

I have been to Hong Kong (twice) and Vancouver (4 times; including a 1 month stay there as a child) and they are #1 and #2 most scenic cities I have ever been to in the world and I have been to plenty of spectacularly beautiful cities (including Nice, Barcelona, and Zurich) but these two take the cake amongst them all.

Hong Kong wins against Vancouver. Hong Kong's spectacular, arguably the best natural + city juxtaposition on Earth. Vancouver is dreamy, it really is. The best is during winter when you go to the nearby ski resorts during the evening and you can see the streetlights coming on, the entire city can be seen from there, so can the Salish Sea and also the mountains. The coolest part is when the light off the city's street-grid reflects off the clouds in the sky, it's insane. Hong Kong has a similar effect as well but in contrast, the city is far more monstrous, making it significantly more intense when viewing from one of the peaks around the city.

I have also been to Nice too, in any other thread Nice would easily win because it is purely beautiful but it doesn't measure up to Hong Kong and Vancouver IMO and would easily fall short of Rio de Janeiro as well. I have not been to the others to make the comment and while I have viewed photographs of their scenery, I still haven't seen enough from different vantages to have a basis to form an opinion. I will just have to go to them and find out for myself at some point in my life.

Great thread.
You will be disappointed when you see it in person. Like i said on my other post, few areas has wow view and the best view of Rio is either from above or from :Museu de arte Contemporanea"
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