Quiz: Which Major Asian City Should You Live In?
Which Major Asian City Should You Live In?
By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

With a history dating back 5,000 years at least, and in many places more, Asia has long been a home to multiple powerful civilizations. There are two primary misconceptions about it in the West. One is that it wasn't as advanced as the West, even though a lot of inventions and discoveries were made in both locations in parallel, and there were whole centuries where the Mongol or Chinese empires were considerably more advanced than their European, African or Middle Eastern counterparts. Indeed, ever since the Mongols built the Silk Road and Marco Polo headed to the East, it has been very clear that Asia is an equal trading partner.

The other misconception is that Asian history has been broadly stable; that the Chinese empire is a continuous goliath going back millennia and that India was always one big powerhouse. Of course, this is nonsense. There have always been changes afoot, with empires and kingdoms changing their borders, rising and falling, building great armies and going to war. The course of history has never run smoothly. This means Asia's modern cities each have their own great histories to draw on, with cultural differences and all sorts of varying industries and opportunities.

For this quiz, we're talking about Far Eastern cities (we'll come back to South Asia in a future quiz). So it's time to find out where you belong at the far end of the great Silk Road!

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