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    Cyburbian ablarc's avatar
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    Another Good Looking City -- Miniature Edition

    An intriguing city...






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    Interesting. I have no idea where this is!

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    Was this a GTC?
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    Mexico City?

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    Manila?

    (oops, too short). Could it be possible that this is Manila, the Phillipines?
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    Haha, I love the neotraditionalism there in the second picture, except... That's European neotraditionalism! In an Asian city! That's even funnier than the fake Spanish colonial developments in Flordia.

    As for a guess, I'd go with Manila too, I suppose.

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    The people in the pictures are too warmly dressed for it to be Manila. The Chinese signs also point further north. My guess is that it's probably Macau. Portuguese architecture can't be that different from Spanish?! It's definitely not Hong Kong as the skyline is a lot shorter, plus the architecture seems out of place.

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    Quote Originally posted by undergrad planner
    The people in the pictures are too warmly dressed for it to be Manila. The Chinese signs also point further north. My guess is that it's probably Macau. Portuguese architecture can't be that different from Spanish?! It's definitely not Hong Kong as the skyline is a lot shorter, plus the architecture seems out of place.
    I could be wrong, but ISTR that the tower in the background of the third image is in Shanghai.

    Mike

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    One Cyburbian has correctly identified this city; I think I'll wait for one or two more.

    jordanb, nothing "neo" about the traditionalism. Those are genuine old buildings.

    Here are some more pics:













    Some parts of this city are pretty scrappy:





    Two tip-off images-- the last one, sure-fire:




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    I'll second Shanghai.

    I like the old smaller scale buildings.

    The highrise towers in Asia all start to look the same after a while. That could be siad for 3-8 story mixed use buildings too, but I would rather live in a the smaller scale built environment that in a place dominated by 25-40 story highrises.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Gotta be Macau. Like ablarc says, the last photo is a giveaway. Macau is known for its casinos and the "Casino Lisboa" gives away its Portuguese past. Undergrad Planner gets the prize.
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    But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate
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    Is also great
    And would suffice.

    Robert Frost (1874–1963) (From Harper’s Magazine, December 1920.)

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    That's right, DecaturHawk and undergradplanner.

    Another tipoff is that wavy pavement. It seems to have spilled over from Lisbon to Brazil to points beyond. I wonder if you'll find it in Luanda.

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    If the last clinching photo wasn't included in this latest round there are still other clues as it being Macau. The European style traffic signs, Portuguese business signs (it would be very unlikely to see Spanish and Chinese signs together), plus all the license plates began with the letter M. The old fort is another colonial giveaway. Hong Kong had already been ruled out, and I don't think Shanghai was a European colonial centre for any period of time. Plus the hilly topography seems out of place for Shanghai's river plain setting.

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