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Old 10-23-2017, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Cannes
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So which city really lives up to its hype?

For me it was and still is Hong Kong. I knew that it would be a skyscrapers heaven but boy was i impressed when i got there....It is so dense it feels claustrophobic. Yes NYC has tons of buildings as well but because it is on a flat terrain it doesn't feel as dense.

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Old 10-23-2017, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Ankara, Turkey
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Los Angeles. I thought it would be awesome, and it was very beautiful.
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Old 10-23-2017, 01:36 PM
 
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So which city really lives up to its hype?

For me it was and still is Hong Kong. I knew that i would be a skyscrapers heaven but boy was a impressed when i got there....It is so dense it feels claustrophobic. Yes NYC has tons of buildings as well but because it is on a flat terrain it doesn't feel as dense.
Hong Kong has been taken a beating on this forum lately. I don't think it was really that deserved.
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Old 10-23-2017, 01:37 PM
 
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Paris. Prague as well.
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Old 10-23-2017, 02:08 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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New York City, London and Paris

You can go to those cities for many years and still not see and do everything. Something new will always be lurking around the corner.
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Old 10-23-2017, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Cannes
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New York City, London and Paris

You can go to those cities for many years and still not see and do everything. Something new will always be lurking around the corner.
I agree to some extent. My first time in Paris i wasn't that impressed , yes i was young but everybody talked so highly about it that when i got there it didn't blow my mind...I think maybe it is because i am person of extreme....For me a city has to have something abnormal like tons of skyscrapers or an unique architecture, or surrounded by breathtaking beauty.
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Old 10-23-2017, 03:04 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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The only cities that have lived up-to their hype and exceeded them in some cases for me are New York, Edinburgh and Rome. Paris and Barcelona, although great cities no doubt, didn't really live up to the hype.

The biggest let-down for me was Atlanta.
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Old 10-23-2017, 03:14 PM
 
Location: London, United Kingdom
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Hong Kong exceeded everything I've ever imagined it to be, by a lot.

It's a spectacular city, especially if you absolutely love the pulse of a true big city with unfathomable human population and structural density (in the first world, no less) with an absurdly gorgeous natural setting and a stunner of a night time skyline. I get a ticklish sort of feeling on the inside with density of this nature, makes me so ecstatic really.

The only two downsides to Hong Kong stem from its exorbitant housing costs. When you factor out the inhumane housing like the closet walk-in sized apartments (see this for reference) or the cage apartments (see this for reference), which no one with a sane head on their shoulders, especially from a Western society would ever live in, then the real-estate and housing prices of the more humane housing units is the highest in the world. By orders of magnitude. It is very a cutthroat housing market. The other major downside is how immigrants from less developed nations like the Philippines, Vietnam, or the like are treated by the natives. Hong Kong people usually hire nannies and housekeepers, whether they need their assistance or not, primarily because it is a cultural norm and a means to show your status in society when you have a nanny or someone to wait on you and things of that nature (very much similar to Singapore in this regard) but the way these immigrant workers are treated is less than humane.

Outside of those two things, you don't really have much in the way to slight Hong Kong with really. It's a truly spectacular first class city in every way, shape, and form. I've been to it twice, definitely the type of place I want to keep seeing more and more of in the future.

London was never on my radar until I moved here. Since moving to London, my knowledge and understanding of the place have expanded exponentially to a much more significant degree. It exceeds everything I have ever heard about it prior to moving here. Like Hong Kong, it is also a first class and bonafide global city. It just has layers and layers to it that would require years to explore and even then, there's probably deeper layers that you'll never get the chance to experience.
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Old 10-23-2017, 03:43 PM
 
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The only cities that have lived up-to their hype and exceeded them in some cases for me are New York, Edinburgh and Rome. Paris and Barcelona, although great cities no doubt, didn't really live up to the hype.

The biggest let-down for me was Atlanta.
There is no hype about Atlanta. One should not expect anything in the first place lol.
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Old 10-23-2017, 03:46 PM
 
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Hong Kong exceeded everything I've ever imagined it to be, by a lot.

It's a spectacular city, especially if you absolutely love the pulse of a true big city with unfathomable human population and structural density (in the first world, no less) with an absurdly gorgeous natural setting and a stunner of a night time skyline. I get a ticklish sort of feeling on the inside with density of this nature, makes me so ecstatic really.

The only two downsides to Hong Kong stem from its exorbitant housing costs. When you factor out the inhumane housing like the closet walk-in sized apartments (see this for reference) or the cage apartments (see this for reference), which no one with a sane head on their shoulders, especially from a Western society would ever live in, then the real-estate and housing prices of the more humane housing units is the highest in the world. By orders of magnitude. It is very a cutthroat housing market. The other major downside is how immigrants from less developed nations like the Philippines, Vietnam, or the like are treated by the natives. Hong Kong people usually hire nannies and housekeepers, whether they need their assistance or not, primarily because it is a cultural norm and a means to show your status in society when you have a nanny or someone to wait on you and things of that nature (very much similar to Singapore in this regard) but the way these immigrant workers are treated is less than humane.

Outside of those two things, you don't really have much in the way to slight Hong Kong with really. It's a truly spectacular first class city in every way, shape, and form. I've been to it twice, definitely the type of place I want to keep seeing more and more of in the future.

London was never on my radar until I moved here. Since moving to London, my knowledge and understanding of the place have expanded exponentially to a much more significant degree. It exceeds everything I have ever heard about it prior to moving here. Like Hong Kong, it is also a first class and bonafide global city. It just has layers and layers to it that would require years to explore and even then, there's probably deeper layers that you'll never get the chance to experience.
You forgot to say quality of life in Hong Kong is abysmal, except for the ultra rich.

London is great, just not as glamorous as u expected it to be. I'd visit it again though.
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