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  1. Kris
    Kris at |

    I really enjoyed this. I would really like to hear you opinion of some of the less successful (read: ugly) skylines as well. I am not too keen on the current shape of Dubai, but can't really explain why other than a sense of crassness.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing!

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  2. manggirie
    manggirie at |

    what about Petronas twin tower??

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  3. Sadsack
    Sadsack at |

    eh….not a lover of cities….but why isn't San Fransico mentioned? Beauty of a skyline.

    Also…London and Paris.

    oh yeah….BOSTON!!!

    Just my sad opinion.

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  4. Sadsack
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    yeah yeah yeah…okay,,,,just read what I wrote…well, I LOVE visiting cities….just can't stand being in them for more than 3 days…..

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  5. Dan
    Dan at |

    Pittsburgh has a beautiful skyline and should have made the list.

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  6. Brian
    Brian at |

    NYC will always be the best….sorry

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  7. Bayareakid
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    (cough) what about san francisco?? Golden gate bridge to bay bridge to transamerica…

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  8. yoyoigo
    yoyoigo at |

    New York is clearly the best skyline; you list the reasons, yet evade the obvious conclusion. Height, density, history. How about beauty, influence on other skylines, cultural importance.

    New York has two amazing skylines: downtown and midtown. The Chrysler tower is the single most beautiful skyscraper every built. New York is the best skyline. Case closed.

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  9. Jim
    Jim at |

    I have to second a city mentioned above: PITTSBURGH should definitely be on the list……beautiful skyline in the Burgh!

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  10. adam
    adam at |

    WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!dubai isn't up there!

    whoever made this list will die!

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  11. Lawrence Oliver
    Lawrence Oliver at |

    Chicago is the most beautiful city in the world; but Vancouver, Canada deserves to be on the list as does San Fran.

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  12. JERRY
    JERRY at |

    you forgot DUBAI , UNITED EMIRATES!!!!!!

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  13. ArmyAviator
    ArmyAviator at |

    New York City !!! say no more

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    1. ArmyAviator
      ArmyAviator at |

      chicago second….really ???

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  14. Jim
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    I have been to 4 out of 10 above cities: Seattle, Toronto, Tokyo and Shanghai. To my opinion, Toronto is the best. I lived there for 1 year and never get bored to enjoy the waterfront view and CN tower. It was so modern and impressive, as if I have seen the city in the future.
    A city with good skyline must have a “marker”, which is a distinctive symbol represents the city. i.e. CN tower in Toronto, Space Needle in Seattle, Oriental Pearl in Shanghai. To me, the skyline of crowded cities such as NY, HK and Tokyo is too dense, and that makes them not as impressive as others. Also depends on the environment around the city, for example, the water of Huangpu river in Shanghai is dirty, and the air quality is poor.
    Why Los Angeles is not on the top 10 list? in addition, I personally think Calgary, Canada has one of the top 10 skyline.

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    1. Brian
      Brian at |

      Really Ny doesnt have anything distinctive? Empire State Building? Chrysler Building? soon to be Freedom tower? etc NYC is the best skyline in the world no question about it

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  15. awesomesauce
    awesomesauce at |

    I wonder how Toronto, Canada made this list, but not Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver has glass highrises in the foreground, snowy mountains in the background… wierd…

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    1. ihos501
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      has more than triple the number of buldings of vancouver and couple times the height

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  16. Gav
    Gav at |

    When Mt. Rainier is out and in the background, Seattle trumps all.

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  17. GG
    GG at |

    Agree that SF and Vancouver need to be on here. Just took a sunset bay cruise around Alcatraz island a few days ago and coming back looking at the whole of SF, it really is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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  18. D-Town
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    http://halftimeadjustments.files.wordpress.com/20

    detroit has easily a top ten skyline

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  19. Miami skyline
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    why was miami Atlanta or La not put on this list those skyline’s would beat some on the list I’m not saying they are the best but they would have beat some

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  20. aliiii
    aliiii at |

    where the hell is Dubai it has the tallest building in the world , the tallest all hotel , in 2011 the tallest all residential building in the world it has 14 buildins over 300 m morw that hong kong and NY it must take at least the no 9 spot

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  21. ihos501
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    im sorry but, Hong Kong is was never the best and is never gonna be, NY should be the best, then Toronto, btw, im talking about 2010 not 2005 or 2007. Toronto has the second most number of buildings in the world just after NY soo yeah. do some research. Has lot more than Hong kong and shanghai but not taller, looks tall from ground level though atleast 200m and more. then chicago then HONG KONG then you can put ur chinese cities (shanghai etc.)

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  22. ihos501
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    just look at the distance of which the toronto and chicago skyline are taken from, also, toronto skyline from the side is killer lmao, thin and longggggggg like 8 kilos.

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  23. kate
    kate at |

    yokohama, japan 🙂 luurrvvee it there.

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  24. Matt
    Matt at |

    Have to disagree with this list for a number of reasons

    1. This list is bias in that the person who created this is from the US and therefore is bias towards America
    2. Most of the cities listed are being marked as “The best skyline” because of how many buildings they have.

    Personally I think that Sydney, NSW Australia has the best skyline. The Harbour bridge and opera house in the foreground, Centre point tower in the midground, and the amazing blue sky in the background, as well as the beautiful harbour.

    Sorry but sydney owns.

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    1. AussieinChina
      AussieinChina at |

      At last!! Have to agree with this comment wholeheartedly. Maybe not number 1, but Sydney’s skyline should be on here. It has dominated many top 10 travel/tourism lists for over a decade.
      Hong Kong? Maybe when you can see it!
      Overall, quite a subjective list.

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  25. ihos501
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    ahh the hong kong skyline is not bad, just doesnt deserve that no.1 position. Come on its china, all of them are coming down here to live u cant live there. its sh.it. new york is not bad, but its not clean, chicago is say, dust all over the place, like another new york. singapore skyline has nothing really. small no. of buildings

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  26. Anon
    Anon at |

    Couldnt agree more with the list. Chicago has a long way to top the development in Hong Kong.

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  27. Thanial
    Thanial at |

    Great list! Though I would have definitely included the Gold Coast and Panama City.

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  28. steve hull
    steve hull at |

    Jeez SOME Americans make me laugh sometimes. How can anyone say “New York is the best because I say it is, case closed”. Are people here 5 years old?

    London in my view is more beautiful even though it does not have the height. What does New York win on?

    1. Beauty – no. London, Paris and countless European cities much more beautiful with a blend of history, something New York does not have
    2. Height – no. Not a single NY building is in the world’s top ten tallest now
    3. Most skycrapers – nope sorry that’s HK now and soon there will 2-3 Chinese cities with more.

    It seems some New Yorkers think by shouting loudest their city is the best. How ignorant but at the same time very amusing.

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  29. steve hull
    steve hull at |

    Also Sydney is spectacular as well I should have mentioned.

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  30. Nicks
    Nicks at |

    What about mumbai?It is the 5th megacity in the top ten.It must get the 5th position

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  31. Mark
    Mark at |

    New York HAD the best skyline..sixty years ago. Why is NY on the list? And why only Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee cities?

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    1. DallasTen
      DallasTen at |

      NYC currently has more tall buildings than anywhere else on earth. Now, granted, that doesn’t necessarily mean “best skyline”. That’s a personal preference. For all I know, one could prefer the Walla Walla, Washington skyline.

      But, the biggest skyline is definitely NYC, and HK is definitely #2.

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  32. Lachlan
    Lachlan at |

    I agree with your list. Hong Kong is breathtaking when you land by plane at night and you see the whole city vista laid out to one side, though when I last did that was in 1994 at the old Kai Tak airport rather than the new Chek Lap Kok and I imagine the view landing at CLK isn’t as spectacular – but I could be wrong.

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  33. DallasTen
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    NYC has more buildings above 200m than Hong Kong. I’m not sure why the article claimed otherwise. This can be verified at emporis.com

    If you’re asking who has the most tall buildings, the indisputable answer is NYC.

    And HK is easily #2.

    After NYC and HK, all the other cities are far, far behind.

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  34. dick
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    Its hard to say NYC isn’t #1 when every other city in the world used it as a model to build what they are today.

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  35. cliff
    cliff at |

    The picture of Singapore captures about a third of the skyline. It’s impossible to capture all in one shot as lies around a bay in a circle.

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  36. Toure
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  37. nouroiuy
    nouroiuy at |

    sydney must be on top 1 . a vry biased list … bugging american buggars

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  38. anonymous arab gal
    anonymous arab gal at |

    Where in the world Is Dubai on that stupid list! The Burj Khalifa is 828 meters tall and has 163 stories! And the Burj al Arab, that’s a 7 STAR HOTEL! DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY IT COSTS TO STAY IN THE BURJ AL ARAB FOR ONE NIGHT! IN THE BURJ AL ARAB THERE ARE RAIN SHOWERS, JACUZZIS IN EVERY SUITE, PERSONAL BUTLERS ON COMMAND, A ROLLS ROYCE FLEET, AND DINING UNDER THE SEA AND STARS! THAT COSTS $1000 A NIGHT! THAT’S JUST FOR A SMALL ROOM ITSELF! ALL THE BUILDINGS ARE SO HUGE! LIKE THE MARRIOT HARBOR, THAT’S 54 STORIES TALL, AND IN DUBAI IT’S CONSIDERED A 3 STAR HOTEL! 3 STAR! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!

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  39. Denver10
    Denver10 at |

    I personallly don’t like the Dubai skyline, because it’s ugly and pointless, IMO. It’s just random giant towers in the desert. The highrises aren’t even downtown, so they”re basically just exurban sprawl, but 100 floors in the air, and surrounded by nothing.

    To me, skylines are supposed to be urban, pedestrian and transit oriented, and supposed to lead to density and vibrancy. They’re supposed to work as part of a cohesive whole.

    I don’t really care for towers in the middle of nowhere. Give me Manhattan over Dubai any day.

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  40. Travel Biker
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    …put a better photo for Kuala Lumpur. Love this city especially near the Petronas Towers.

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