Oh, what a beautiful city–Ralph Stanley, “Twelve Gates to the City” (2002)
Did your favorite make the cut?
According to recent Just Go Vacation rankings, Hong Kong topped the chart of this year’s “12 Most Livable Locations.” Numerous international locales were ranked according to several qualitative and quantitative factors including food, culture, transportation, culture, and things to do. Here then are the top 12 “most livable” locations according to JGV:
12.Vancouver, British Columbia
This is a Canadian coastal seaport city. The city scores high for its overall quality of life there. A favorite location for films, the city also has its share of museums and a surprisingly diverse nightlife.
11. Charleston, U.S.
The oldest city in South Carolina is a blend of traditional Southern U.S., English, French, and African cultures. It’s known for its history and impact on jazz music.
10. Perth, Australia
This capital city was founded in 1829. Visit The interactive Scitech Discovery Centre. Enjoy a stroll through Kings Park or relax on Cottesloe Beach.
9. San Diego, U.S.
This major metropolis has one of the top-ten best climates in the country. Enjoy the beaches, the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld.
8. Barcelona, Spain
The capital of Catalonia, it’s the 20th most-visited city in the world. Famous for its art and architecture, Barcelona includes modernist landmarks by architect Antoni Gaudí.
7. Auckland, New Zealand
Based around two harbors, the city has an oceanic climate. Tourist attractions include the Auckland Civic Theatre, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, MOTAT and Sky Tower.
6. Tokyo, Japan
This capital city is praised for its nightlife and shopping. See the world’s tallest tower, the Tokyo Skytree, the Tokyo National Museum or the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
5. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
World-famous for its shopping, the UAE’s largest city also includes other attractions. Relax in Dubai Creek Park or go indoor skiing at Ski Dubai.
4. San Francisco, U.S.
With moist mild winters and dry summers, it’s easy to dress for seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Prison or Ocean Beach.
3. Sydney, Australia
The capital of New South Wales has a humid subtropical climate. This “gateway to Australia” includes The Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Bondi Beach and the Blue Mountains.
2. Singapore, Asia
This island sovereign city-state has a tropical rainforest climate. Highlights include diverse cuisine, The Esplanade, and the Supertree Grove in Gardens By The Bay.
1. Hong Kong, China
An autonomous territory and Cantopop music center, its movie industry gave us Bruce Lee. Points of interest include Ocean Park, Kowloon Walled City and Hong Kong Museum of Art.