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Old 11-26-2017, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Oslo, NO
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Compton, California
Long Beach, California
Hip hop fan?
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Old 11-26-2017, 01:45 PM
 
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Chengdu, China is significantly underrated.

16 million metro population, 6 million in city proper.
Birth place of famous dishes of Sichuan cuisine: kung pao chicken, mapo tofu, double-cooked pork, ...
Largest panda research and breeding center in the world.
Rich historical sites.
Rich local culture. e.g. Chengdu has more tea houses than Beijing and Shanghai combined.
Some ethnic diversity. There is a Tibetan neighborhood.
Consulates of USA, Germany, France, Israel, South Korea, Thailand, Australia, Pakistan...
Direct flights to America and Europe.
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Old 11-26-2017, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I was quite pleasantly surprised by the following three. Obviously picking the right season is helpful.
Penang Malaysia
Montreal Canada
Vancouver Canada
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Old 11-27-2017, 03:48 AM
 
Location: Near Luxembourg
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Chengdu, China is significantly underrated.

16 million metro population, 6 million in city proper.
Birth place of famous dishes of Sichuan cuisine: kung pao chicken, mapo tofu, double-cooked pork, ...
Largest panda research and breeding center in the world.
Rich historical sites.
Rich local culture. e.g. Chengdu has more tea houses than Beijing and Shanghai combined.
Some ethnic diversity. There is a Tibetan neighborhood.
Consulates of USA, Germany, France, Israel, South Korea, Thailand, Australia, Pakistan...
Direct flights to America and Europe.
Good one
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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1. Kiev, Ukraine.
2. Lvov, Ukraine.
3. Chicago, USA.
4. St. Petersburg, Russia
5. San Juan, PR / USA
I'm not sure it's underrated, it still has a lot of name recognition and lots of tourists, however I do think most people forget just how big of a city it is compared to most European cities. If you count Istanbul as a European city (and the largest) then St. Pete would be number 4 just under Moscow and London. It has 5,323,300 inhabitants. However it's area is somewhat large and contains the majority of the urban area, and in that regard it would still be somewhere between the top 10 - 5 spot making it larger than cities such as Barcelona and Rome, and just under Madrid.
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Old 11-27-2017, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Near Luxembourg
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I'm not sure it's underrated, it still has a lot of name recognition and lots of tourists, however I do think most people forget just how big of a city it is compared to most European cities. If you count Istanbul as a European city (and the largest) then St. Pete would be number 4 just under Moscow and London. It has 5,323,300 inhabitants. However it's area is somewhat large and contains the majority of the urban area, and in that regard it would still be somewhere between the top 10 - 5 spot making it larger than cities such as Barcelona and Rome, and just under Madrid.
Indeed

No, Paris isn't 2.2M inhabitants, but 12.5M... Which makes it the owner of the fourth place. It is the sister ship of London in term of size.
Moscow and Ist' are bigger.
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Old 11-27-2017, 04:08 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I'm not sure it's underrated, it still has a lot of name recognition and lots of tourists, however I do think most people forget just how big of a city it is compared to most European cities. If you count Istanbul as a European city (and the largest) then St. Pete would be number 4 just under Moscow and London. It has 5,323,300 inhabitants. However it's area is somewhat large and contains the majority of the urban area, and in that regard it would still be somewhere between the top 10 - 5 spot making it larger than cities such as Barcelona and Rome, and just under Madrid.
I do think it's underrated, except perhaps among culture buffs or people who have actually been there. It doesn't figure prominently in the "great European cities" conversation, even after the usual suspects of Paris/London/Rome/Madrid, and it really should.

Also, numbers reveal only part of the story. The population figures will tell you that the urban areas of Moscow, Paris and London are anywhere between 2 and 3 times the size of SPB. But SPB's historic center is so massive and it's built on such a grand scale that it feels very much in the same weight class. It is undoubtedly one of Europe's most beautiful cities as well as one of its great metropolises. The reason it doesn't quite get the recognition it deserves is because it's in Russia (and therefore is somewhat isolated both culturally and geographically) and is not a big international business center.
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Old 11-27-2017, 06:54 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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From the ones I've been to

1. St Petersburg
2. Lima
3. Cordoba
4. Santiago
5. Philadelphia
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:50 PM
 
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Mexico City - just look at that recent NYC vs Mexico City thread
Thats not a good argument to suggest itís underrated since it went up against the Big Apple which is one of the global cities.
It was obviously gonna lose to New York, but the comments suggested that a lot of people have no clue what it's actually like.
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Old 11-27-2017, 09:10 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Portland, OR
Xi'an, China
Lausanne, Switzerland
Vladivostok, Russia
Havana, Cuba
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