In which city...
Posted by Dan | Apr 9th, 2023 - 8:36pm
This quiz takes you on a tour around the world, identifying well-known landmarks and landscapes, all you need to do is tell me which city it is! For each, we will talk a little about what makes the city unique, a little about the buildings that keep bringing people in and just generally what you may be likely to think of when I mention each city - these are some of the better-known ones, so good luck, see if you can identify all 10...
A small peninsula juts out from near the city of Shenzhen, connecting a handful of islands via expressways that follow the slopes and contours of the landscape. The city is home to an immense collection of skyscrapers, with the tallest being the International Commerce Centre, home to the likes of Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, ABN-AMRO, Accenture and more. In fact, the city is home to the second largest number of business headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region - impressive for such a small city-state. But it is more than just a business hub, complete with its own Disneyland, an array of Country Parks and some stunning beaches too...
Primarily situated around the Hudson and East Rivers where they collide with the Atlantic Ocean, and directly bordering other cities (including cities in neighbouring states), this major international hub for business and culture is world renowned for various reasons. It is perhaps best recognised for its combination of a large rectangular park central to an array of towering high-rises, sprawling out in all directions (at least, as far as the water will allow them). The most recognisable stretches are around its midtown and financial districts, with the tallest skyscrapers in and around these areas. But beyond the buildings are plenty of other iconic vistas, including a statue dedicated to its independence and freedom sitting in the bay, on Liberty Island.
Flanked to the south by the stunning beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, to the North-East by Guanabara Bay and with mountains smattered all around, the landscape here is something to behold. The city sprawls as out as the landscape allows, but the tourism is perhaps what the city is best known for - from its iconic Carnival and beaches laden with bars and opportunities for fun, those looking for an Instagramable spot are best off ascending to meet Cristo Redentor.
This city is situated directly next to the nation's capital, just across the curves of the Nile. One of the places people would think of if they think 'historic' city, tourism is aplenty due to the pull of the mysteries of the ancient world. Beyond the reaches of the cities, and its green patchwork iconic of the riverbanks of the Nile, you enter the desert, where you find the sizeable pyramids for which the city is unquestionably best known for.
A small island on a lagoon off of the Adriatic Sea, this historic former city-state is unquestionably known for its canals, so much so I could probably stop there. Linked to the Italian mainland by a single road & rail bridge brings in millions of tourists each year, excited to see the array of museums and historical sites, the beautiful Piazzas and winding paths - wonderful to explore as long as they aren't flooded. Take a gondola tour, see the Basilicas, and walk the bridges of the nearly 2000-year-old built to escape Germanic and Hun invaders.
A sprawling amalgamation of boroughs and a blurry line defining where this city ends, it is best known for the densest section along the River Thames. Visitors flock to the city every year, to see its many landmarks including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace to name just a few. Beyond the draw of the history, things to see and things to do, the city is a hub of business, with countless headquartered there - a financial hub of world renown.
Framed by an array of canals and waterways, with the IJ splitting a section of the city but allowing for ports linked to both Markermeer Lake and the North Sea. The nation's "toleration policy" allows the existence of coffee shops to sell weed (under strict guidelines) - this has turned the city into a popular tourist destination, and combined with its red light district, it draws a certain array of partiers, hen and stag dos plus more mellow visitors looking to space out for an hour or two with a cappuccino. Don't think the city is all parties though, it is a stunning historic place with plenty of interesting places; you could always pay a visit to the NEMO Science Museum, Rijksmuseum, or Anne Frank Huis to take in some culture.
While all cities are man-made, none are quite as man-made as this one - its continuous desire to expand and draw in tourism has led to the creation of many man-made islands including "The World" (a scale replica of the world), two large palm-shaped islands as well as the other artificial Deira Islands. But the city is not lacking for space to sprawl, with a wealth of towering buildings expanding out into the desert, including the current tallest building on earth: the Burj Khalifa. Both work and play draw in millions to the city, or at the very least you may have stopped over here on a connecting flight given its status as an international hub.
Looking out over the Tasman Sea and beyond into the Pacific, this sprawling city on the Parramatta River. The city is a collection of towering buildings, beautiful green spaces and miles of sprawl as it stretches out towards Blue Mountains National Park to the west, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to the north and Royal National Park to the south. All of the wonders of the city are often forgotten because its opera house is so iconic it is the first image drummed up whenever you mention its name...
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