Comparing Tokyo vs Shanghai

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1. Tokyo

22 Reasons why Tokyo is better

Comparing Tokyo vs Shanghai

1.Sizably less rainy days in a year
114vs 129 (Shanghai)
Source: Wikipedia, 2016; WMO, 2016.
2.Significantly more universities
185vs 34 (Shanghai)
Universities as centres of higher education and research, are important contribution to city’s development. Source: Wikipedia, 2016.
3.Notably higher gross domestic product (GDP)
910.9$ billionvs 297$ billion (Shanghai)
The level of GDP shows how rich and productive the city is. Source: Wikipedia, 2016.
4.Measurably more billionaires from annual Forbes report residing within the city
11vs 8 (Shanghai)
Number of billionaires can indicate if the city has significant agglomerations of personal wealth. Source: Forbes, 2016.
5.Measurably smaller humidity rate
61.9%vs 76.8% (Shanghai)
Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. High relative humidity reduces the effectiveness of sweating in cooling the body by reducing the rate of evaporation of moisture from the skin. In general, higher humidity makes climate harder to stand for people. Source: Wikipedia, 2016; WMO, 2016.
6.Sizably lower income inequalities
0.25vs 0.44 (Shanghai)
The Gini coefficient is a measure of dispersion, in this case used to show the variation in income. A Gini coefficient of zero expresses perfect equality. A Gini coefficient of one expresses maximal inequality. Lower income inequalities indicate a more equal distribution of wealth and better opportunities for the average citizen. Source: Wikipedia, 2016.
7.Notably lower VAT
5%vs 17% (Shanghai)
Source: Wikipedia, 2016.
8.Measurably better globally connected
4.99vs 2.73 (Shanghai)
The Global Cities Index is unique in that it measures global engagement of cities across five dimensions: business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience and political engagement. Source: ATKearney, 2016.
9.Distinctly higher proportion of women
52%vs 49.56% (Shanghai)
There's an oversupply of female population which can be good for single men. Source: Wikipedia, 2016; city's official stats, 2016.
10.Distinctly more international corporate headquarters
50vs 6 (Shanghai)
The presence of corporate headquarters shows global economic significance and can offer employment opportunities. Source: CNNMoney, 2016.
11.Is a capital city
Yesvs No (Shanghai)
The status of a capital city indicates a great importance of a city for its country, especially for political, diplomatic and lobbying issues. Source: Wikipedia, 2016.
12.Sizably lower maximum income tax
40%vs 45% (Shanghai)
Source: Wikipedia, 2016.
13.Gambling is legal within the city
Yesvs No (Shanghai)
Source: city's official website, 2016.
14.Is/was a host city of the Olympics
Yesvs No (Shanghai)
Source: Wikipedia, 2016.
15.It has lots of canals
Canals in a city look nice, offer a place to relax and can be used for boating.
16.Is/was a host city of the Grand Slam
Yesvs No (Shanghai)
Source: Wikipedia, 2016; city's official website, 2016.
17.Much better food
tokyo has more michelin star restaurants than all European capitals combined
18.Much more advanced public transport
Tokyo has the most extensive urban railway network and the most used in the world with 40 million passengers in the metro area daily. There are 882 interconnected rail stations in the Tokyo Metropolis, 282 of which are Subway stations,
19.It is a technology based city in the world
20.Better facilities for the blind
Subway stations and sidewalks have raised dots and lines on the ground guide blind people through intersections and subway platforms. Streetlights chime different themes when the signal turns green or red
21.More automated bike and car parking facilities
Save spaces and congestion in the city
22.It is because it is a technology based city in the world
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2. Shanghai

20 Reasons why Shanghai is better

Comparing Shanghai vs Tokyo

1.Modestly higher average maximum temperature
20.2°Cvs 19.9°C (Tokyo)
Can get very hot but good when doing water sports. Source: Wikipedia, 2016; WMO, 2016.
2.A little bit higher average temperature/warmer
16.55°Cvs 16.4°C (Tokyo)
Source: Wikipedia, 2016; WMO, 2016.
3.Notably lower population density
3600 people/km²vs 6000 people/km² (Tokyo)
Population density shows how cramped or spread out inhabitants are. Cities with high population densities can be considered overpopulated, but the extent to which this is the case depends on factors like quality of housing and infrastructure and access to resources. Source: Wikipedia, 2016.
4.A bit lower unemployment rate
4.5%vs 4.6% (Tokyo)
Low unemployment rate indicates better career opportunities and economic growth. Source: Wikipedia, 2016; city's official stats, 2016.
5.Substantially more inhabitants
23 millionvs 13.18 million (Tokyo)
Cities with bigger population usually offer better employment and entertainment opportunities. Big cities attract business, are trade and cultural centres and research hubs. Source: Wikipedia, 2016.
6.Noticeably younger population
32.26 yearsvs 44.7 years (Tokyo)
Cities with younger population have usually better development perspectives. Young societies are more dynamic and creative. Source: Wikipedia, 2016; city's official stats, 2016.
7.Noticeably more big sport facilities (stadiums, arenas, ect.)
12vs 5 (Tokyo)
With more large sport facilities (20,000 seats +), a city is able to organize more important sporting events. Source:, 2016.
8.Vastly cheaper Big Macs (Big Mac Index)
2.27$vs 4.08$ (Tokyo)
The Big Mac Index is published by The Economist as an informal way of measuring the purchasing power parity (PPP) between two currencies. The Big Mac PPP exchange rate between two countries is obtained by dividing the price of a Big Mac in one country (in its currency) by the price of a Big Mac in another country (in its currency). Source: Economist, 2016.
9.Notably faster population growth
22.15%vs 0.77% (Tokyo)
Population growth is the change in a population over time. The higher the growth the more dynamic society feels. Growth of population can be connected with economic, cultural and social development of the city, which attracts more and more people who want to live in it. Source: Wikipedia, 2016.
10.Has smoking ban in public places
Yesvs No (Tokyo)
Source: city's official website, 2016.
11.Higher proportion of men
50.44%vs 48% (Tokyo)
There's an oversupply of male population which can be good for single women. Source: Wikipedia, 2016; city's official stats, 2016.
12.There are more skyscraper
because of the higher buildings
average high school students ranked #1 in the world in reading, science and math
15.Highest average IQ of any sub-national territory
IQ is an indication of genetics and economic prospects of the society
16.Most shops doesn't close until 10 pm
You don't have to rush to shops after work
17.Better expatriate life
Shanghai has diverse neighborhoods that make races of all kinds feel at home, while New York is significantly less so.
18.Higher Total GDP
$550 billion vs $403 billion in PPP in 2015. Nominal GDP wise, $400 billion vs $289 billion
19.Very mulicultural
Most international city in China
Mao rules!
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