Biggest World Cities A-Z

Starting with each letter A-Z, guess the world city with the highest urban area population.
According to citypopulation.de, January 2021
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: March 5, 2021
First submittedFebruary 10, 2012
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Population
Region
City
A
8.75 m
South Asia
Ahmedabad
B
20.0 m
East Asia
Beijing
C
21.5 m
Africa
Cairo
D
31.3 m
South Asia
Delhi
E
1.37 m
North America
Edmonton
F
4.10 m
East Asia
Fuzhou
G
47.6 m
East Asia
Guangzhou
H
10.6 m
Southeast Asia
Ho Chi Minh City
I
16.2 m
Near East
Istanbul
J
32.1 m
Southeast Asia
Jakarta
K
18.2 m
South Asia
Karachi
L
20.1 m
Africa
Lagos
M
26.3 m
Southeast Asia
Manila
 
Population
Region
City
N
21.8 m
North America
New York City
O
17.7 m
East Asia
Osaka
P
11.4 m
Europe
Paris
Q
6.25 m
East Asia
Qingdao
R
13.3 m
South America
Rio de Janeiro
S
34.1 m
East Asia
Shanghai
T
40.5 m
East Asia
Tokyo
U
4.18 m
East Asia
Urumqi
V
2.90 m
North America
Vancouver
W
9.25 m
East Asia
Wuhan
X
10.2 m
East Asia
Xiamen
Y
5.75 m
Southeast Asia
Yangon
Z
5.10 m
East Asia
Zhengzhou
+19
Level 36
Feb 20, 2012
I know nothing! I now feel stupid.
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Level 60
Feb 25, 2021
I'm sure you know a lot of things we don't hence we are stupid too in some category where you are not so do not feel stupid (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤
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Level 36
Feb 20, 2012
Well, I knew some but...
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Level 36
Feb 20, 2012
Oh well
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Level 15
Feb 23, 2012
What is Guangzhou? Does it have a second name, because it's largest after tokyo, so I should know it.
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Level ∞
Feb 23, 2012
It was formerly called Canton.
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Level 81
Feb 6, 2013
It was also known as Kwangchow. It's at the center of a giant megalopolis just north of Hong Kong and adjacent to Shenzen, one of the largest population centers in China and the world.
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Level 56
Aug 28, 2019
Look up the Pearl River Delta
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Level 28
Feb 21, 2013
I got Urumqi but not Delhi, Facepalm.
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Level 51
Apr 19, 2021
Nah its fine, I kept thinking it was Dongguan or Dubai, and it took me forever to realize it was just Delhi
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Level 72
Apr 14, 2014
Just curious, but who decides how the English understanding of Chinese spellings changes? Some of these cities have changed at least three times during my lifetime. I can't keep up.
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Level 80
Apr 14, 2014
Since China will soon rule the world, they are just messing with us to let us know who's boss.
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Level 83
Jul 10, 2019
And the spellings in English are indecipherable to most people rendering it garbled mush mouth to everybody. Nor would anyone pronounce it within a row of bungholes of being correct in Chinese. And even if they did, so what because you need to learn 1,000s of other words, grammar, idioms, etc, etc, etc to communicate. So let's stick to Canton, English speaking world, huh? Everyone's heard of the Cantonese language and food, so at least there's a tangible connection to the city.
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Level 65
Mar 15, 2021
There is a standardized transliteration system for Mandarin called pinyin, which ties the characters to their pronunciation, hence producing official readable names, which are the ones generally used. Of course, there are also traditional names such as Canton, which are also correct in English language, and also accepted in this quiz.
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Level 75
Apr 14, 2014
I typed in Urumchi. It didn't occur to me that you write it "Ürümqi".
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Level 81
Feb 12, 2015
Is that where Munch MaQuchi is from?
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Level 75
Mar 17, 2016
I would lol but I don't know what you refer to.
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Level 71
Feb 28, 2021
You forgot the umlaut.
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Level 58
Mar 12, 2021
Ah that makes sense. I always wondered where that man is from.
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Level 65
Nov 4, 2016
Same, I typed in Urumchi, was puzzled, but then tried Urumqi. Phew, I thought I was going mad!
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Level 78
Jun 7, 2014
I've got to get out more. I thought Jakarta still began with a D.
+7
Level 80
Feb 13, 2019
All those folks moved to Djibouti!
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Level 67
Aug 5, 2019
And from there n the future they will go to djamaica
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Level 31
Dec 30, 2019
Or Dhaka?
+3
Level 47
Jun 26, 2014
Yangon instead of Rangoon? C'mon xD
+3
Level 50
May 30, 2017
We've taken enough punishment. Don't even hint at this.
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Level 72
Mar 12, 2021
I prefer the 'Rangoon' spelling.
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Level 68
Aug 23, 2014
Delhi or New Delhi?? How about some consistency in these quizzes!
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Level 81
Nov 3, 2014
New Delhi is a district or neighborhood of Delhi, but sometimes counted as a separate city. The government has its address in New Delhi, but the urban area is centered around the city of Delhi.
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Level ∞
Mar 15, 2016
Exactly. And we are extremely consistent when it comes to city and country names.
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Level 67
Aug 5, 2019
I have allways been taught new delhi (and it is like that on many maps) I researched after this quiz though, and it seems I have always been taught incorrectly. (and many with me it seems)

Weird how many people can get the wrong idea. there are several examples of this.

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Level 81
Jul 16, 2020
Well New Delhi is technically the capital so it gets the star on the map, that's why it shows up.
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Level 20
Oct 4, 2014
WHAT only 89% of ppl know NYC? THis is a stupid world. I only got 16 but in those 16 i got x, y, f, and my amazement of how i got those
+6
Level 49
Feb 9, 2019
thats because not everyone is an american
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Level 57
Jul 10, 2019
To be fair I don't think you need to be american to know NYC its like top 3 most famous cities with London and Paris
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2020
Yes and it is ofcourse without a doubt that the people that missed an answer are totally oblivious to the existence of that city. Same on other quizzes, people that missed australia as an answer have obviously never heard of the country, silly people..
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Level 65
Mar 29, 2015
Never heard of Qingdao, Urumqi, and Wuhan. Visited Istanbul, Rio, Paris, LA, and Vancouver and missed em all!
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Level 72
Apr 22, 2020
now I'm sure you've heard of Wuhan.
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Level 43
Nov 7, 2015
I missed Yangon because I still think of it as Rangoon.
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Level 68
Jan 8, 2020
And i wrote it Yangun, i thought it was correct :(
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Level 32
Mar 9, 2016
I could tell from the first letter...

...that Ahmedabad mistake trying to do this quiz

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Level 83
Mar 17, 2016
^ hahaha, good one!
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Level 65
Nov 4, 2016
That's embarrassing. I'd Hyderabad mistake like that if I were you.
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Level 76
Mar 20, 2018
How come it Tokyo so long to come up with that retort?
+10
Level 65
Jul 11, 2019
Just Yangon a minute!
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Level 71
Feb 28, 2021
I am trying to come up with a humorous retort that uses "Zhengzhou" but I am failing.
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Level 83
Mar 12, 2021
Zhengzhou better try harder!
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Level 66
Mar 17, 2016
I'm unfamiliar with Hyderabad, but the metro population for Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is about 20 million. The quiz says "urban area," which I assume means the metro area, so Ho Chi Minh City should be the answer for H.
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Level 54
Mar 17, 2016
It depends on what exactly is considered part of the city agglomeration and what isn't. The source used gives 8.25 million for Ho Chi Minh City, noting explicitly that that includes Biên Hòa
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Level 58
Feb 21, 2018
Hyderabad is quite bigger than ho chi minh city both in area and population
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Level 69
Mar 18, 2016
Isn't Ecatepec (Mexico) bigger than Edmonton?
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Level 65
Mar 2, 2017
The source counts it as part of Mexico City. its just one of those jetpunk conventions you have to get used to.
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Level 65
Mar 20, 2016
Took me a while to think of Los Angeles...
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Level 84
Mar 24, 2016
Isn't Xian bigger than Xiamen?
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Level 71
Jun 28, 2018
No.
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Level 81
Jul 16, 2020
It was back when Qin Shi Huang was hanging out there.
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Level 66
May 13, 2016
Isn't Fortaleza bigger than Faisalabad
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Level 54
Nov 27, 2016
no but foshan is bigger than both of them
+1
Level ∞
Feb 5, 2018
Foshan counted as part of Guangzhou
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Level 39
Jun 2, 2016
SHOOT ME I FORGOT NEW YORK CITY
+7
Level 50
May 30, 2017
Bang bang you're dead.
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Level 52
Oct 15, 2016
I kept thinking "what's a big city in Europe that starts with P" and was stuck on that question for over a full minute and just couldn't think of the answer.... *facepalm*
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Level 73
Oct 19, 2016
Xian has to be bigger than Xiamen. Quanzhou should not be counted as part of Xiamen.
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Level 71
Jun 28, 2018
Just because you want it to be bigger doesn't mean it really is.
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Level 65
Nov 8, 2016
Tried to guess Zhangzhou but got nothing for the effort.
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Level 58
Mar 12, 2021
Thanks how I spelled it too 🤦‍♀️
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Level 54
Nov 27, 2016
foshan has an urban pop. around 7.2 mill
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Level 54
Nov 27, 2016
and isn't wuhan more populous than dc?
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Level 54
Nov 27, 2016
or do you consider foshan to be a part of guanzhou-shenzhen?
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Level 71
Jun 28, 2018
It is considered part of Guangzhou
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Level 65
Dec 7, 2016
Bruh i was like rangoon...
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Level 72
Feb 12, 2017
I'm pretty sure Ecatepec is much larger than Edmonton. And because it is also in North America I was very confused.
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Level 50
May 30, 2017
Ecatepec de Morelos is part of Mexico city: this quiz is on metro areas.
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Level 50
May 30, 2017
Urban areas really.
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Level 54
Apr 12, 2017
As a canadian seeing that Edmonton is the most populous city starting with e IN THE WHOLE WORLD blew my mind. Vancouver was pretty suprising too.
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Level 68
Mar 12, 2021
Right? That was the only city I could think of that started with e, so I entered it, not thinking that it would be the actual answer. Crazy.
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Level 71
Jun 15, 2017
Good quiz! But according to wiki, Vienna is bigger than Vancouver, with a Metro area of 2.6 million.
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Level 74
Jun 29, 2017
But I think Vancouver is growing at a faster rate, so probably no need to update the quiz..........lol.
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Level ∞
Feb 5, 2018
Does anyone read the source I link to?
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Level 49
Apr 25, 2018
Yes I read it and can't find any mention of Zhengzhou having that large a population. It says 3,677,032
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Level 74
Jun 29, 2017
Where in the world is Urumqi? Well, obviously it's in east Asia.
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Level 79
Feb 5, 2018
It's only in East Asia insofar as China is considered wholly in East Asia. Urumqi is up between Mongolia and Kazakhstan.
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Level 78
Feb 6, 2018
Yeah it's more like Central Asia if we pay less attention to national borders.
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Level 21
Sep 14, 2017
I missed Vancouver. I live in Vancouver..
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Level 56
Dec 30, 2017
I kept trying to spell Ahmedabad with more 'h's in there. Ughhh the ignorance in me is showing. On another note, taking all of these country/city quizzes makes me want to visit all of them.

I wish it were easy to just pack up a bag and travel the entire world for a few years. It wouldn't even need to be fancy -- I have no problem camping/couch-surfing/staying in hostels as long as it's reasonably safe and there's some vegetarian food. (Frankly, I think grand hotels can sometimes deprive travelers of a purer and truer experience of a place.) I did read about a couple who traveled and worked odd jobs to keep up the money to continue traveling... maybe one day.

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Level 49
Feb 5, 2018
I was so, so annoyed. Misspelled Guangzhou, Karachi and Zhengzhou. Never again!
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Level 62
Feb 5, 2018
i got Qingdao but missed New York
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Level 83
Feb 15, 2018
The clue for the U city should be changed. It is in Central Asia, not East Asia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/urumqi
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Level 65
Mar 31, 2018
Manila over Mumbai? Karachi over Kolkata? Pretty surprising to me.
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Level 52
Apr 24, 2018
Los Angeles has dropped from the list, the over population of Africa now begins, by the end of the century Lagos is expected to have over 80 million people living in it.
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Level 27
Apr 24, 2018
This is not meant to stir debate, but was Yangon renamed Naypyidaw, or did the capital actually move to another city? I put Yangon as a wild guess and was astounded it was right because I thought the city no longer existed. In any case, I apologize for my ignorance on this issue.
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Level 71
Apr 24, 2018
They are different cities. You're probably mixing up that Yangon was formerly called Rangoon.
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Level 52
Apr 24, 2018
Naypyidaw and Yangon are two different cities.
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Level 81
Apr 24, 2018
Yangon/Rangoon is a huge and ancient city on the coast of Myanmar. Naypyidaw is a relatively new planned city in central Myanmar, famous for being eerily and almost totally empty in spite of its massive wide boulevards; large temples, buildings and public spaces. The government moved there in 2006.
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Level 60
Apr 24, 2018
Urumqi is might be in China, but is actually located in Central Asia
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Level 61
Apr 24, 2018
I tried Prague. Didn't think of Paris.
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Level 48
Apr 25, 2018
I spent the entire time trying to spell "Poughkeepsie" but then realized it was too small.
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Level 41
May 20, 2018
Near East? For Istanbul?
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Level 71
Jun 28, 2018
Yes.
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Level 70
Aug 30, 2019
Yeah, I had never heard the phrase "near east" before. I spent more time trying to figure out what part of the world it refered to than I should have.

Personally, I did find the regions distinctly unhelpful, although that's more because of the plethora of various asian ones. I understand why QM uses them though.

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Level 81
Feb 25, 2021
The regions are very helpful if you're used to looking at maps and see the same ones used commonly. As always, Algernon, speak for yourself.
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Level 66
Mar 12, 2021
Personally, they helped me a lot. No way I would've figured out E or V (or many of the other ones) if it didn't explicitly state they were in North America.
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Level 38
May 25, 2018
I knew Zhengzhou........but forgot how to spell it :P
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Level 43
Sep 2, 2018
Isn't Ho Chi Minh larger than Hyderabad?
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Level 81
Jul 10, 2019
Probably depends on the source, but it's certainly a contender. Around the same as Hyderabad.
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Level 48
Sep 28, 2018
I think Fuzhou is bigger than Fortaleza; citypopulation.de lists it with a population of 7.5 million!

If we go off of citypopulation.de, here are a few more cities that I think are incorrect:

-Chongqing over Cairo, 28.8 million vs. 18.2 million

-Harbin over Hyderabad (and Ho Chi Minh), 10.2 million vs. 9.6 million

-Wuhan over Washington DC, 10.8 million vs. 8.6 million

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Level 60
Oct 11, 2018
Urban area and Metropolitan population are the same, right?
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Level 74
Feb 21, 2019
could you please accept xiamin as an alternate spelling?
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Level 71
Jul 10, 2019
It's so strange how there are no bigger cities beginning with E. It's not like E is an uncommon letter in most other languages or anything.
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Level 81
Jul 10, 2019
I agree with you about that, Tramp. You'd think there would be a lot of cities named "East" something, too.
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Level 81
Jul 10, 2019
Pretty easy with the region clues
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Level 67
Jul 17, 2019
But we're not all know-it-alls.
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Level 81
Feb 11, 2020
All quizzes are difficult if you don't know things.
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Level 65
Jul 11, 2019
When you just play around and completely guess Fuzhou and it works!
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Level 51
Jul 11, 2019
Only missed X and Z, not too bad
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Level 67
Jul 17, 2019
Citypopulation.de;

Xiamen 2016 estimate; 3,920,000

Xi'an 2016 estimate; 8,832,100

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Level ∞
Jul 17, 2019
Urban area population
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Level 38
Jul 20, 2019
Edmonton? Really?
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Level 49
Aug 28, 2019
lmao i guessed zhengzhou because it sounds like a chinese city name and it counted
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Level 56
Aug 29, 2019
I feel so dumb. I got everything except for Vancouver, where I live.
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Level 48
Aug 31, 2019
All I could think was Kolkata for K when I forgot Karachi!
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Level 45
Jan 14, 2020
Harder than I thought it would be! Thumbs up though :)
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Level 61
Jan 29, 2020
I guessed Edmonton as a joke figuring I missed some obvious US city... wow was I wrong. That's actually kind of hilarious.
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Level 67
Mar 8, 2020
Only two that came to mind were edmonton and edinburgh and I dismissed both, thinking, surely there are bigger ones around..
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Level 75
Feb 24, 2020
Citypopulation.de lists Wuhan as larger than Washington, and its numbers are if anything conservative (most figures elsewhere seem to say 11 million - they've been quoted in the media a lot recently for some reason...)
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Level 61
Nov 4, 2020
yeah, pretty sure this is including the surrounding region. I live in the Baltimore-DC area, and Washington is not that big XD
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Level 43
Apr 27, 2020
Just wondering, why Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan etc. are still considered with Guangzhou for urban area, while Chongqing which is today supposed to be the biggest urban agglomeration in the world (at least according to some Chinese sources) is still listed with few million inhabitants?
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Level 40
May 8, 2020
I would have said Urumqi was Central Asia
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Level 50
Jul 26, 2020
So true, I was confused myself
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Level 36
Jun 11, 2020
alternative title: how many cities in china and india can you name? /j
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Level 32
Jun 17, 2020
DIHUA?
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Level 45
Aug 9, 2020
I am pretty sure that you are wrong about Edmonton having 1.3 million people. As far as I know, Canada only has 3 cities with over 1 million; Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary (Where I live.)
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Level 46
Aug 13, 2020
urban area
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Level 47
Dec 18, 2020
how did i forget New York and Osaka and tokyo? those were so obvious
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Level 39
Dec 19, 2020
I'm well impressed I got Ürümqi
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Level 38
Dec 29, 2020
How did I get Xiamen but miss Shanghai?
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Level 89
Feb 25, 2021
Great quiz- easy to do after having spent a bunch of times doing the biggest cities by continent and letter quiz!
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Level 56
Feb 25, 2021
Year after year a new Asian city is getting a new letter from this quiz.
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Level 90
Feb 25, 2021
If Hawaii is considered as part of Oceania on official quizzes, then how is Ürümqi a part of East Asia?
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Level 51
Mar 5, 2021
I assume it's because it is in China, despite how far West it is.
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Level 69
Feb 26, 2021
With Wuhan overtaking Washington, DC, Canada now has more representation on this quiz than the United States.
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Level 51
Mar 5, 2021
Ho Chi Minh City has more people than Hyderabad now. Is it not included for a reason (because it's also called Saigon) or was it just missed during the update?
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Level ∞
Mar 5, 2021
My mistake, now fixed.
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Level 50
Mar 10, 2021
99/100, only missed Zhengzhou (China), worst thing is that I have actually been there before and even spent the night...

Perhaps I missed it because 'zh' in standard Mandarin is pronounced similarly to 'j' in English.

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Level 53
Mar 12, 2021
That was my only miss too. I felt quite bad, since I I went chronologically through everything and just did not come up with Zhengzhou :s
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Level 50
Mar 12, 2021
Why did I think H was Hanoi?
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Level 56
Mar 12, 2021
My mind also went for Hanoi.

I don't like calling Saigon "Ho Chi Minh". he was a bad guy and should not have this great city named after him. I'm glad JetPunk accepts Saigon for HCMC.

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Level 81
Mar 14, 2021
Two Canadian cities sneak on here by naming themselves with unpopular initial letters...
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Level 34
Mar 22, 2021
Amazing quiz
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Level 48
Apr 8, 2021
Urumqi but not Guangzhou