There has been a shitload of bickering over Shen Zhen, with many of us foreign devils putting our boots in, some warranted, some not so much perhaps, this time round, I would like to hear from some of the locals, it may give them a chance to vent their spleens as well, and also quell the animosity we have been subjected to, in addition to this it may offer many of us a good laugh.
So, whether you are a sheep-shagging Kiwi, or a disenfranchised Cocky canadian, or perhaps a Thailand-bound , American sex tourist, and of course a local; speak now or forever hold your peace.
I would like to know of a city in another part of the world you have visited or resided in, kindly give me your pennance worth in a few words.
The thread is open to anyone, it will be nice to hear the locals put the boot in for a change, maybe we may surprise a few of you out there, and quite possibly agree upon your findings.
Pretty Fucking Cold.
I can help you guys out with that, we have 60 million sheep, maybe we could send a few your way, apparently they are great in helping stave off hypothermia, and they push back when at the edge of a cliff too..apparently so! :-)
Oh, thought we were saying our own countries.
Liberia - Ugghhh, I don't even have that many words for that place.
My apologies, a faux pas on my behalf, anyway , not your fault I have just updated the thread. :-)
Anyway, Liberia, the stories I have heard, probably not the most hospitable place in the world!
Lived, other than my home country? Hong Kong. How do I find it? It's cool. A lot of things are right where they should be. Yeah, the locals amuse the shit out of me with what they are afraid of (germs, typhoons, mainlanders) but hey, that's the price you pay for living in a very civilized and fairly safe place. The positives outweigh the negatives, so there's no need to comment on either of them.
Visited? You mean for how long? I took some few-days-long business trips to places like Sao Paulo (looks fucking dangerous), Johannesburg (looks even more dangerous), Moscow (people said it's dangerous but I'm white, so I didn't care), Istanbul (my second-favorite city in Europe) or Prague (my favorite city in Europe, on world's top list). Not long enough to form an opinion, but long enough to know that in many of those places I wouldn't like to live. For countries: Czech Republic was one of the coolest, despite the fact that a lot of people don't really like us; France was freaking nuts and I'm not sure if I wanna go back anytime soon, Italy was awesome, that place would make me gain 15kg in a month, England was okay, though maybe a bit too cold (I don't mind the rain).
Hong Kongers, I hate to say are real pussies. Some people who live in HK island are actually afraid to travel to places in Kowloon like Mong Kok. And if they come to SZ, most will not venture further than Lo Wu Commercial City.
Lagos, Nigeria - Dirty diseased hell - but despite the fact that you can get shot at and stabbed on every corner, still far more polite than Shenzhen. No, I wouldn't go back, not today, not tomorrow, not ever.
Dubai - The big fuck you to the Shenzhen growth argument, the country is about the same age as this city, it's clean, has world-class hospital facilities, has overseen a 1,200% growth in national population in the same length of time as this city has grown, it is a little soul-less and bloody hot - but it was a great place to live too. Visiting bands included Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Robert Plant, among others - compare that to umm... Westlife here.
Manama, Bahrain - Small and substantially poorer than the rest of the Gulf, but the nicest place I've lived overseas. Genuinely multi-cultural, hospitable and fun. Was really sad to see how the uprising was handled and because of that - I wouldn't go back.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - It's boring in Riyadh. Very boring. But still 1000% more civil than here.I'd go back but reluctantly.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Only lived there for a month (and have spent 3-4 months there total) but I love KL. Best place I've been in this part of Asia by a barnyard mile - cosmopolitan, multi-cultural, clean, awesome facilities, a population that speaks English as standard (and Chinese, Malay and an Indian language too).
P.S. That's lived not visited - may have visited 50/60 countries all told...
If you live in europe and plans a visit Sofia by car don't have to bring your car there. You're car is already there!
Germans used to say it about Poland. It was factually not true, because we used to sell the cars we stole in Germany to Russia.
Lived in Budapest, Hungary for roughly 9 months. Was interesting place. Nightlife was awesome, beautiful girls, food was good but not much variety. Casinos and peepshows were ubiquitous. Downside was buildings were very old and falling apart. Not very modern compared to Shenzhen. Most young people could speak English, at least those university-educated.
I have visited 40, maybe 50 countries. My first non-business related trip was to England. I was unimpressed because it was too much like America. My next trip was a month in Hungary and a month in Czech Republic. I'm not sure if spending a month somewhere can be considered living there, but I Ioved both of them. This ignited my love of travel.
I've spent several years off and on in China and enjoy it, but it's mostly because I have a near saint for a girlfriend.
I lived a little more than 8 months in Vietnam. That was my favorite place of all time. They say Thailand is the Land of Smiles, but the same can be applied to Vietnam. It's interesting, beautiful, diverse, great climate, inexpensive, and the people are great.