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Cities with the Most Skyscrapers

Try to name the cities that have the most buildings over 150 meters in height.
Source: Skyscaper Center. January 2023.
City proper, not urban area
Quiz by Ahawkshadow
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Last updated: January 2, 2023
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First submittedApril 13, 2012
Times taken77,517
Average score57.1%
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Continent
City
552
Asia
Hong Kong
358
Asia
Shenzhen
309
N. America
New York City
244
Asia
Dubai
183
Asia
Shanghai
180
Asia
Guangzhou
167
Asia
Tokyo
153
Asia
Kuala Lumpur
141
Asia
Chongqing
135
N. America
Chicago
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Continent
City
127
Asia
Wuhan
115
Asia
Chengdu
111
Asia
Jakarta
109
Asia
Bangkok
97
Asia
Shenyang
95
Asia
Singapore
85
Asia
Mumbai
82
Asia
Nanning
82
Asia
Seoul
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Continent
City
79
N. America
Toronto
77
Asia
Busan
74
Asia
Tianjin
68
Oceania
Melbourne
68
Asia
Nanjing
66
N. America
Panama City
63
Asia
Hangzhou
60
Asia
Beijing
58
N. America
Miami
+21
Level 69
Aug 25, 2014
So happy for getting Chongqing, the most stereotypical name for a Chinese city.
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Level 75
Jul 27, 2016
I knew it, but I couldn't spell it - I still remember when we learned it as Chungking. Chonqing was the nearest I got.
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Level 56
Jun 8, 2018
My boyfriend is from Chongqing and some people in my family are conservative white people. I facepalm every time a new relative asks him where he is from, and he answers, truthfully, with the most stereotypical-sounding city in China. (Also, he tried dog meat at a festival one time when he was twelve, and now that's firmly cemented in my family's heads as another stereotype.)
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Level 88
Jan 5, 2019
Accept it.
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Level 50
Jan 7, 2023
Culturaly biased people are so annoying. It's a fact that all cultures are hugely different. Nobody can deny it, they can just be buffoons about it. (No offense intended to your family, I'm sorry if you get offended.)
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Level 61
Jan 31, 2021
My father was once going on a business trip to China and I asked him to what city. He answered with Chonqing, and I genuinely believed he was trying to make some racist joke until I looked it up
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Level 29
Jan 31, 2021
Oh wow.
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Level 79
Feb 2, 2021
Another reason why Chungking is a better transliteration of the city's name.
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Level 38
Jan 9, 2023
Not really, chongqing comes directly from the pinyin for the city's name in mMandarin, where qing is pronounced more like tsing. Chungking does not accurately reflect the way the city's name is pronounced in Mandarin
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Level 79
Feb 16, 2023
It's a romanised version, and I like it better
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Level 64
Feb 29, 2024
It sounds like "chunking"
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Level 45
Aug 25, 2014
Can you also include a hint next to each answer box of what country the city is in? Or continent since at least one of these answers is a city AND a country?
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Level 71
Jan 5, 2019
Better still, put a list of all the answers and we can just copy them down.
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Level 28
Aug 25, 2014
Arghh! How could I forget China!
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Level 79
Feb 2, 2021
BUt China is not a city
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Level 68
Mar 25, 2021
Man, this is a cities quiz, it's clear they just forgot a Chinese city or two.
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Level 79
Feb 16, 2023
OKay I didn't know that thanks for your help!!!
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Level 59
Aug 25, 2014
Mostly Asian cities....wonder if they are compensating for something?
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Level 49
Aug 25, 2014
They are rightfully compensating for population density.
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Level 58
Aug 25, 2014
I can't decide which comment I love more
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Level 45
Aug 26, 2014
Lol there needs to be a like button on this site.
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Level 50
May 26, 2023
looks like they really took that into consideration haha
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Level 52
Aug 5, 2023
Yeah, notice there's no Sub-Saharan African city ;)
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Level 83
Aug 25, 2014
Panama City is the only one on that list that surprises me.
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Level 67
Jan 4, 2023
Ahead of Miami!
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Level 62
Aug 25, 2014
wow. my home city kuala lumpur is here.
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Level 79
Feb 2, 2021
That's my home city too! 🇲🇾
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Level 49
May 26, 2016
these chinese cities keep killing me in almost every quiz
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Level 88
Jun 9, 2016
Yep, and most of the ones I've memorized from other quizzes (Qingdao, Xian, Urumqi, etc.) didn't help me here!
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Level 72
Dec 21, 2020
Yup. These quizzes are just a list of Chinese cities that I have never heard of. Bar the obvious three and ehhh Wuhan.
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Level 57
Feb 1, 2021
Unfortunately heard way too much about Wuhan this year
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Level 79
Feb 2, 2021
You mean last year 😁
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Level 82
Jul 27, 2016
Can't believe I forgot Singapore. The other few I missed were all in China which is what I was expecting.
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Level 63
Jul 27, 2016
Surprised Beijing isn't on the list. I was there a few months ago and at the rate they are constructing, they wont be off for long. Also, I am not even kidding when I say China will probably encompass the entire list at some point in the future, assuming this quiz includes high rise apartment complexes.
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Level 47
Jul 27, 2016
Most high rises aren't 150m tall
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Level 56
Jun 8, 2018
Building height regulations are very strict in Beijing, given the proximity to government buildings. Any skyscraper too close to President Xi's estate could be a potential sniper's nest.
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Level 79
Feb 2, 2021
I hope not 😬
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Level 65
Jul 27, 2016
I'm really surprised by this. I lived in downtown Moscow for 4 years and I didn't think there were that many skyscrapers at all. And yet here they are. I guess there aren't really that many large buildings in the world. Interesting.
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Level 82
Jul 28, 2016
I was just at Moscow City last night where according to Wikipedia they have the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th tallest buildings in Europe. Though... next to Dubai or Hong Kong or New York still not super impressive.
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Level 82
Aug 26, 2017
for those that don't know "Moscow City" is not the city but a small cluster of buildings in a planned commercial/business/financial/high-end shopping district.
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Level 79
Feb 2, 2021
Europe isn't really well-known for their abundant skyscrapers.
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Level 42
Jul 28, 2016
I forget Manila, Tianjin and a heap of Chinese cities that I didn't even know existed. xD
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Level 71
Jul 31, 2016
152 in Dubai?? They are crazy! And the Panamans too. õ.Ô
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Level 58
Aug 4, 2016
I gave up on trying more Chinese cities when Beijing was not on the list. Well, except for Tianjin, which I might never learn the correct spelling of...
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Level 82
Aug 23, 2016
Only missed Shenyang and Miami. By my count Melbourne also has 35 completed buildings of 150m or more (plus 4 more topped out and 11 currently under construction) - same as Moscow.
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Level 22
Apr 21, 2017
Sure Sao Paulo is not on that list?
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Level 22
Apr 21, 2017
Just checked wikipedia. Sao Paulo is #68: only 11 skyscrapers.That's surprising.
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Level 84
May 7, 2018
My memory of Sao Paulo is flying into the domestic airport and seeing 20-30 story apartment buildings as far as the eye can see. Massive population and density, but all of those buildings are too short to count for a quiz like this.
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Level 88
Dec 22, 2020
Definitely. If the threshold were lowered São Paulo would shoot way up in the list. It really is a staggering sea of tall buildings.
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Level 47
Aug 6, 2017
Some how missed Hong Kong, I thought I typed it. Guess not.
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Level 47
Aug 6, 2017
I never would have guessed Panama City.
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Level 68
Feb 27, 2018
Me too, Panama City isn't even that big.
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Level 60
Mar 2, 2018
I thought Taipei would be here because it has the Taipei 101. And what Panama is doing here ?
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Level 39
Apr 21, 2018
I really never expected Miami to be on the list. NEVER.
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Level 74
Apr 21, 2018
Metro Miami is huge, they can easily hide 37 buildings that are more than 150 metres tall there.
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Level 74
Apr 21, 2018
Ooops.. I just saw it's about city proper, now I am as baffled as you.
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Level 65
May 11, 2018
I was kind of expecting Vancouver, They have a ton of buildings, but probably not al enough to be considered skyscrapers.
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Level 67
Dec 18, 2018
Same here.
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Level 45
May 27, 2018
silly me, thought it said countries, not cities...sigh
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Level 48
Jun 7, 2018
I've visited Nanjing and Shenyang and didn't get both...
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Level 56
Jun 7, 2018
I missed New York...
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Level 58
Jun 8, 2018
In the source Mumbai has 37 buildings
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Level 45
Jun 8, 2018
I got Nanjing, but ended up missing Singapore...
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Level 46
Jun 13, 2018
Your note says that the stats are for city proper, not metro area, but the stat in Wikipedia for manila is Metro Manila. It cant be both...
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Level ∞
Jun 14, 2018
Metro Manila is a weird case, much like Greater London.
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Level 36
Nov 10, 2019
panama city !
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Level 59
Aug 12, 2020
Only missed Shenzhen.
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Level 46
Sep 13, 2020
I know a lot of Chinese cities but I can't seem to remember how to spell them which makes this quiz hard in some parts
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Level 92
Dec 20, 2020
Anyone familiar enough with Panama City to comment on why they have so many skyscrapers? I'm just surprised that they are the only city south of Houston/Miami in this hemisphere that makes the list, given that the population is about a half million.
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Level 84
Dec 20, 2020
A quick search points to several factors; 1) Panama is more seismically stable than its central American neighbors, 2) the Panama canal is an economic engine enriching the country, and 3) (controversially), the country is a haven for laundering drug money.
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Level 37
Feb 3, 2021
Not just drug money, money in general from many of the world's multinationals, celebs and 'respected' institutions -the Panama Papers scandal showed even the Queen stashed her cash there. It's another version of Switzerland/ Luxembourg/ Netherlands/ Monaco/ Cayman Islands/ Ireland/ Singapore -the world's parasites.
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Level 87
Dec 20, 2020
Considering the "city proper" qualification, I'm surprised Melbourne is on there. The way Australian cities are set up, "the city" itself is rather small, within a large metropolitan area. Cross a block and you're in another town.
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Level 89
Dec 20, 2020
Yes but all the relevant buildings are in the CBD and the entirety of the CBD is covered by the Melbourne City Council.
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Level 52
Jan 31, 2021
I'd guess quite a few of them are in Southbank and South Yarra, which are City of Port Philip and City of Stonnington respectively.
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Level 89
Jan 3, 2023
Fair comment. Forgot about St Kilda Road, and should have said most, not all.
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Level 46
Jan 31, 2021
How do I KEEP FORGETTING about South Korea 🤦🏼‍♂️... Only missed four, two of them there.
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Level 68
Jan 31, 2021
I am 100% sure that I tried Tokyo, and I was shocked it wasn't on the list. Did I somehow manage to misspell it, or was there some kind of glitch?
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Level 55
Feb 1, 2021
According to wikipedia, numbers of building changed
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Level 38
Feb 1, 2021
wikepiedia is not trusted
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Level 38
Feb 1, 2021
wikepiedia is not trusted
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Level 38
Feb 1, 2021
Wuhan has so many skyscrapers, then how did the Coronavirus take so long to get out of China, when it has so may tall buildings full of people to clear out first?
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Level 37
Feb 3, 2021
A virus doesn't work methodically, it just takes one person to travel out by plane, train or automobile to spread it further -Wuhan airport alone flies out to 53 other countries. No brainer there, which is how an isolated farmstead in Kansas spread it to the rest of the world in the 1918 Spanish Flu. Also Wuhan (and Indian cities) had the world's strictest lockdowns, so it didn't work through the whole population anyway.
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Level 64
Feb 1, 2021
Surprising that there's barely any European cities.
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Level 37
Feb 3, 2021
European cities have zoning forbidding highrises due to heritage + viewpoints. i.e London with a similar population/ business demand as NYC, lumped with 14 'viewing corridors' that stretch across great swathes of the city, protecting 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites plus 3 cathedrals and 6 palaces. When a pensioner hacked away a bush on Parliament Hill, restoring a 300 year old vista to St Paul's Cathedral, he took out plans for 4 skyscapers 8 miles away. Likewise Paris crams its skyscrapers in La Defense, just outside the city boundary. Additionally London is the worlds biggest airhub with 6 international airports, including one within the city proper -thus heights reduced even on the outskirts. Instead the city's 32 skyscrapers are crammed into 7 pocket skylines, similar to La Defense. The final nail in the coffin is that they're unpopular in Europe, after postwar monstrosities. 500 highrises were demolished by the 90s in London alone (though since rebuilt due to the population soaring)
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Level 67
Oct 2, 2022
Most major European cities were built centuries ago, when they didn't have the technology to make skyscrapers. Skyscrapers are more common in new world countries and eastern countries with cities that have dense, large, or growing populations. Some European countries want to preserve the view of major structures, so their buildings are generally lower.
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Level 76
Jul 6, 2023
That's why they tend to be such nice places.
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Level 64
Feb 2, 2021
Guessed New Delhi and just gave up on India :(
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Level 34
Feb 2, 2021
Interesting to see such a European aversion to things blocking their views.
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Level 33
Feb 3, 2021
What about shalalincomfamalamadingdongeflipityfloppity thats got 186.35542
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Level 52
Feb 5, 2021
Can't believe DC isn't included /s
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Level 82
Jan 7, 2023
Are you kidding or have you not been to DC? There's nothing taller than the Washington Monument there. A few tall buildings on the other side of the Potomac but that's not technically in DC anymore.
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Level 71
Aug 5, 2023
uh sorry but I think you missed the /s
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Level 49
Mar 25, 2021
i didn't notice that it said cities, so i spent the entire quiz typing in countries help
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Level 40
Nov 28, 2022
how is sao paulo not in here, i don't mean any criticism though

edit: i looked it up on google and there are only 18 buildings over 150m in height, but how out of the tens of thousands of tall buildings in sao paulo, are there not more?

edit edit: that is because of planning laws prohibiting the construction of really tall buildings.

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Level 43
Dec 6, 2022
São Paulo has only 18 skycrapers (>150m) but has 40-50 thousand high rise buildings (>35 blocks), the most in the world. After the great fires on the Edifício Andraus (1972) and on the Edifício Joelma (1974), the city limited a lot in the construction of skyscrapers, although they are being built back. The highest skyscrapers of Brazil are being built in Balneário Camboriú, at Santa Catarina. Their skyscrapers reach more than 200 meters long, and it’s currently being built one of 500 meters, and the shadow caused by the buildings caused the enlargement of the main beach of ‘Balneário’. It’s worth to mention that Balneário is not a big city, nor the capital of its state, but the tourism, its limited size and the purchase of high invests has made Balneário Camboriú to be come the Brazilian Dubai. You can also find some modern skyscrapers in Goiânia, capital of Goiás.

Not so fun fact: The Edifício Joelma’s Fire was the second deadliest fire in a skyscraper ever.

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Level 43
Dec 6, 2022
Edifício Joelma has such great and obscure stories, that a blog article about it would be worthy...
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Level 37
Dec 18, 2022
Sao Paulo has height limits due to proximity of the airport, right in the city
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Level 38
Jan 3, 2023
12 chinese cities. insane
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Level 71
Jan 4, 2023
I can't believe I missed Singapore - kind of easy to forget, as it's not "part of India" or "part of China", etc. Or am I just making an excuse for myself?

Panama City - not too obvious. Easy to gloss over when thinking "North America" because it almost isn't North America, geographically.

Yeah, I missed 8 of 28. Unhappy at only getting 2 points.

One could say that I make the following point out of sour grapes for having missed so many, but nevertheless I do think that the following is an important point to make.

This could have been, instead of 28 cities, 23 urban agglomerations, instead.

I definitely think of Guangzhou, Shenzen, and Hong Kong as being one giant agglomeration. So that could make it 2 less. And I did get all of those.

Beijing and Tianjin are right next to each other, so that could make it 1 less.

Lastly, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai are all fairly close to each other, so that could make another 2 less (2 that I didn't get - ha!)

2+1+2 = 5. 28-5 = 2 ???

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Level 67
Jan 7, 2023
Why does nobody know that Panama has the most skyscrapers in Latin America?
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Level 39
Jan 7, 2023
dang i actually expected taipei in taiwan to be on the list
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Level 75
May 23, 2023
Wow no European cities on this list, not even one??
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Level 76
Jul 6, 2023
Fortunately not, and long may it stay that way. 😌
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Level 50
May 26, 2023
happy to see miami here with less than half a million people hahaha