What are some of the most amazing cities in the world?
Chris Ebbert, Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design, Mid Sweden University
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Well, what makes a “good city”, is perhaps the first thing we need to ask ourselves.
Luckily, “opinion” is also in the mix as a criterion, so we can make this a bit of a subjective answer, which makes it much easier for me.
I have spent years and years agonizing over the question what the perfect place to live would be for me, and of course, cities were as much in the mix as towns and just purely rural setups.
At long last, I came up with the following points to help me find that perfect city:
by the sea
good amount of sunshine hours
sandy beaches nearby
quiet inner city without cars where you can really live and enjoy life
nice cafés and restaurants
affordable real estate nearby
I’ve found that place.
It’s called Sundsvall, Sweden.
But I have also found a few others that could work for me:
Wellington, New Zealand
San Sebastian, Spain
Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK
Abu-Bakir Waissi, I study geography
Abu Bakir Waissi 我学地理
The great and multicultural cities of the Western world, like London and New York City, are certainly amazing cities; but they have had a long time to develop.
While I do not mean to take away from their beauty, I think that some more impressive cities exist. Cities that were poor or basically did not even exist twenty years ago.
If I were to say what I think the three most amazing cities in the world were, this would be my list:
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
To some, the countries they are in might be surprising. Central Asia brings to mind images of poor people huddled in Soviet-style flats, while Africa makes people think of much worse. Many people do not even consider how this is not the case for everyone.
All three of these cities have seen almost all of their development happen in under twenty years, and now they are all very vibrant and beautiful.
In this answer we will be taking a look at Astana and Dar es Salaam! This is a long answer anyways, and I believe that Didier Champion or another Rwandan Quora would be better suited than me to answer about Kigali.
Welcome to Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan!
The grand and utopian city of Astana is home to some of the world’s most unique architecture. As Kazakhstan continues its rapid economic growth, the city is attracting more and more tourists who are amazed at its towers, mosques, and malls. Kazakhs are moving too. The population of Astana has doubled in just fifteen years to over one million people.
But in fact, almost nothing in Astana was there twenty years ago.
在这个答案中，我们将看看阿斯塔纳和达累斯萨拉姆！不管怎么说，这是一个很长的答案，我相信迪迪埃·坎普（Didier Champion）或Quora 上的另一位卢旺达人比我更适合回答有关基加利这个城市的问题。
Why, you may wonder? It is because Astana was formerly a small town called Akmola, founded in 1830. It is only in 1997 that the capital of Kazakhstan was moved from Almaty, still the country’s largest city now, to Akmola – which was renamed Astana in 1998. Located in the Kazakh steppe, technically a part of Siberia, Astana was almost empty until it became the capital. Since then, some of the world’s most interesting buildings have been built in the city.
Astana is a very diverse city where many different cultures and religions can be found. The government of Kazakhstan extensively funds the preservation of this, and fosters a national identity over an ethnic identity. Kazakhstan is one of the world’s most multicultural countries because of this.
Kazakhstan’s only president since independence, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has put in lots of money to develop Astana to be a technologically advanced city, incorporating amazing ideas such as bike sharing in the city. Careful planning is necessary anyways. Due to the extreme cold in the winters, when temperatures regularly drop below -30 degrees Celsius, all big buildings must be designed to be able to sustain themselves in the cold. Astana is the world’s second coldest capital city!
Another amazing city is located in Tanzania!
Africa is known for “war and poor people”. That’s not entirely accurate.
This is Dar es Salaam, the largest city of Tanzania!
With a name that means abode of peace in Arabic, it is no wonder that Dar es Salaam has become one of the most developed cities on the African continent. The rapid development that Dar es Salaam has gone through the last fifteen years is one matched by few other cities. Skyscrapers, hotels, and resorts have shot up like crazy!
Formerly known as Mzizima, it was a small fishing village in the 19th century, but Sultan Sayyid Majid of Zanzibar began developing it, and renamed the settlement Dar es Salaam. When the Germans colonised Tanzania, they chose Dar es Salaam to be their capital. Since then, it has been Tanzania’s primary city. Dar es Salaam has nearly five million people.
Tanzania is currently the world’s 11th fastest growing economy, and with economic growth comes a population boom. Tanzania is expected to triple its population in 2017 (55 million) by 2060 (165 million). Dar es Salaam will grow along with this.
Dodoma, in central Tanzania, became the capital in 1996. But many government offices remain in Dar es Salaam, making it the effective capital in many cases.
Let us take a little tour of the wonders of the abode of peace…
Dar es Salaam sits on the Indian Ocean. Some of its tallest buildings overlook these tranquil waters, the 6th tallest buildings in Africa. The beaches of the city are famous worldwide!
The vast skyline of Dar es Salaam extends far inland. Unlike many cities in the world, its urban sprawl has been designed very effectively; it didn’t exist just two decades ago. Many parks are located in the city, even its downtown.
Who says that Africa doesn’t have any fun attractions? Seriously, some people I know were surprised to hear that Africa has waterparks, zoos, or races! In fact, Dar es Salaam’s Kunduchi Wet-n-Wild is the largest waterpark in east Africa! In June there are also famous goat races!
它以前被称为Mzizima，在19世纪是一个小渔村，但桑给巴尔的苏丹赛义德·马吉德（Sultan Sayyid Majid ）开始开发它，并将定居点改名为达累斯萨拉姆。当德国人殖民坦桑尼亚时，他们选择了达累斯萨拉姆作为首都。从那时起，它一直是坦桑尼亚的主要城市。达累斯萨拉姆有近500万人口。
Mosques and churches sit side-by-side in diverse Tanzania! While accurate religious statistics do not exist, it is believed that 60% of the country is Christian, and 35% is Muslim.
The people are another great part of the city. They are very welcoming to tourists.
Lively markets, friendly people, beautiful buildings, and great weather. this is one of the most amazing cities in the world for sure. Since the fall of Tanzania’s socialist government, Dar es Salaam has grown to become a beautiful diamond on the Indian Ocean.
Welcome to beautiful Dar es Salaam!
These two cities challenge the perceptions of many people on the state of affairs in central Asia and east Africa. Things are getting better now. Look at other cities like Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan or Nairobi, Kenya to see how these regions of the world are developing very quickly.
And with this comes beautiful and amazing cities such as these two.