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Asian Cities by Wikipedia Descriptions

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It was devastated by the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, and again by
Allied bombing raids during World War II
Tokyo
Considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions
Jerusalem
Straddles the Bosphorus strait, and lies in both Europe and Asia
Istanbul
The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War
Hong Kong
Not far from Russia's borders with China and North Korea
Vladivostok
Hosted the 2022 FIFA World Cup
Doha
The starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army
of Emperor Qin Shi Huang
Xi'an
This proposed tower, formerly known as the Kingdom Tower,
will stand 1-kilometre (0.62 mi) tall
Jeddah
It has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India
Mumbai
It is a major financial and shipping hub, consistently ranked the most expensive city
to live in since 2013, and has been identified as a tax haven
Singapore
The largest city on Hokkaido
Sapporo
The largest city in the world for much of the Abbasid era during the Islamic Golden Age
Baghdad
The city was the capital of South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City
It is the largest city, capital, and seat of government of Cyprus
Nicosia
The largest city on the Caspian Sea, it is located 28 metres (92 ft) below sea level
Baku
The provisional capital of a continuing Republic of China, with the official capital at Nanjing
Taipei
Authorities maintain a restrictive regime of movement into the city, making it
atypical of East Asia as it is silent, uncrowded and spacious
Pyongyang
After the late 1930s the public stopped using the name "Angora"
Ankara
In September 2022, the president of Kazakhstan announced that the city
would revert to the former name
Astana
Home to the country's film industry, Lollywood
Lahore
22 Comments
+4
Level 75
Jun 2, 2019
Please add more time
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Level 85
May 21, 2021
Fun quiz!
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Level 69
May 21, 2021
The question about Lollywood was a pretty good one.
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Level 68
Jun 10, 2021
Yes! First time I ever heard of Lollywood!
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Level 84
May 21, 2021
This proposed tower, formerly known as the Kingdom Tower, will stand 1-kilometre (0.62 mi) tall.

Sounds like it's asking for the name of the tower, not the city.

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Level 66
May 21, 2021
The name of the tower is the name of the city
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Level 72
Jun 17, 2021
They're hints, not questions. The quiz takes excerpts from the cities' Wikipedia articles...
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Level 75
May 21, 2021
Nicosia ... Blatant attempt to provoke an argument!
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Level 85
May 23, 2021
Not "too" provocative. They didn't even mention that the northern section of the city is occupied by an outside invader.
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Level 72
May 22, 2021
Wow Pyongyang sounds lovely
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Level 82
May 22, 2021
Creepy's more how I'd describe it. If you go to Google Maps, there's no Street View, but a few people have taken panoramas there. Its weird seeing such big spaces, buildings and monuments, but so few people. Looks almost post-apocalyptic, except that everything is pristine.
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Level 76
May 23, 2021
Perfect for a movie set, then. Sci-fi dystopian horror/thriller.
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Level 61
Jun 9, 2021
Do I hear Pyollywood?
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Level 67
Jun 7, 2021
Got Lahore
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Level 66
Jun 7, 2021
I always misspell Jeddah as Jedah, ah!
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Level 58
Jul 15, 2021
I'm surprised so many people missed the Angora question!
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Level 63
Feb 22, 2023
I suggest changing or rewording the question about Doha, as the World Cup has now passed
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Level 56
Apr 12, 2023
An even better answer to the Pyongyang question is Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar.

In 2006, the Burmese junta moved the capital from the largest city (Yangon) to Naypyidaw, a brand new city 200 miles away, specifically to avoid crowds and to control movement.

Unlike every other major city in east/southeast Asia, Naypyidaw is sprawling (6x the area of New York City) and relatively empty (less than 1m people, compared to Yangon's 7m). To ensure that the military always has clear firing lines against protestors, Naypyidaw's major streets are gigantic highways with up to 20 lanes, which are constantly empty.

Pyongyang seems eerily quiet because of the lack of car ownership and tight government control in the central city. Compared to Naypyidaw though, it's a bustling metropolis.

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Level 46
Jan 3, 2024
"Hosted the 2022 FIFA World Cup"

^^ This is misleading since it actually took place in multiple cities. While everything was near Doha, only 2 out of the 8 venues were actually in Doha. One was in Al Khor, three were in Al Rayyan, one was in Al Wakrah, and one was in Lusail (which is the one I remember since that was the final played at Lusail Stadium). Maybe change it to say "Hosted the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final" and the answer is Lusail, or something similar.

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Level 66
Apr 20, 2024
Regarding the answers "Vladivostok" and "Taipei", I have two points to add.

First of all, Vladivostok is not the only city close to the junction of China, Russia, and North Korea (a “city” division recognized by the state). Yanji City in Jilin Province, China, is closer to the junction than Vladivostok. At the same time, according to citypopulation.de, the urban population of Yanji City in 2020 was 630,000, while that of Vladivostok was 600,000. Therefore Yanji is a city that is both closer and larger, which obviously meets the answer requirements. If we focus on cities with smaller populations, Hunchun City in China's Jilin Province is closer to Rason City in North Korea, but the population will be smaller (about 200,000). (Of course, I understand that Vladivostok is much more famous, I just think that some necessary explanations should be added or compatible and accepted cities should be added)

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Level 66
Apr 20, 2024
Secondly, the Republic of China has moved its capital many times in history, the most famous one being Chongqing as its capital during the Anti-Japanese War, which naturally meets the conditions of provisional capital. Therefore, more explanation should be added here.
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Level 66
Apr 20, 2024
Correction:

“Hunchun City in China's Jilin Province is closer to Rason City in North Korea”

Corrected to:

Compared to Vladivostok/Yanji, Hunchun City in Jilin, China, and Rason City, North Korea are both closer to the junctions of the three countries.