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~ Tuesday, April 22, 2003
 
CITY LIFE

Some 'city of' nicknames:

1 Kobe (Japan) - the city of pearls
2 Fengdu (China) - the city of devils
3 Baltimore (US) - the city of firsts
4 Bangalore (India) - the city of draught beer
5 Dundee (Scotland) - the city of discovery*
6 Tacoma (US) - the city of vacant lots
7 Meissen (Germany) - the city of porcelain
8 Kansas City (US) - the city of fountains
9 Puerto Madryn (Argentina) - the city of whales
10 Agadir (Morocco) - the city of the blue men**
11 Oxford (England) - the city of dreaming spires
12 Puebla (Mexico) - the city of tiles
13 Baguio (Philippines) - the city of pines
14 Escazu (Costa Rica) - the city of good witches)
15 Chicago (US) - the city of big shoulders
16 Oporto (Portugal) - the city of work
17 Leiden (Netherlands) - the city of refugees
18 Galway (Ireland) - the city of tribes
19 Antwerp (Belgium) - the city of the Madonnas
20 Philadelphia (US) - the city of brotherly love
21 Prague (Cz) - the city of a hundred spires
22 Austin (US) - the city of the violet crown***
23 Auckland (NZ) - the city of sails
24 Moyobamba (Peru) - the city of orchids
25 Adelaide (Australia) - the city of churches
26 Mandalay (Burma) - the city of gems
27 Kuching (Indonesia) - the city of cats
28 Guangzhou (China) - the city of five goats

*from the famous Antarctic ship made and now docked there
**from the uniform of camel drivers
***from the surrounding purple mountains

Source: various (There are hundreds more of these, often sounding suspiciously like they were made up by local officials trying to tempt people to 'the city of roses, warmth, festivals' etc, of which there are many. These are just some of the more interesting ones.)

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