We’ve all heard of New York City’s nickname “The Big Apple.” But do you know how it got it’s name? I live near New York City, and I never knew the reason…before now. The interesting infographic below provides the stories behind the nicknames of 13 world cities. I had no idea that London was called “The Big Smoke,” or that Barcelona was known as “The City of Gaudi.”
Now I do think it’s debatable which cities are best-loved in the world, as the title of the infographic states. The infographic lists mainly cities in North America and Europe, which may be more of a reflection of what the creator of the infographic was familiar with. There is one city listed from Australia and another from Asia. The largest continent in the world by population is Asia, so I’m surprise there aren’t more cities listed from there. There is also no representation from South America, Africa, and the Middle East. I’m sure they have some lovely cities there as well with nicknames. So just take this as a snapshot rather than a true representation of best-loved cities in the world.
I’d also like to expand upon the story behind how Beijing got it’s name as “The Forbidden City.” I’ve visited “The Forbidden City” and have some knowledge of Chinese culture given my background, so I knew the explanation in the infographic could improve. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, The Forbidden City was the imperial palace. As such, the Emperors forbade commoners from entering. Thus, it was “The Forbidden City” to ordinary people. Pretty interesting, right?
Read on to Learn the Stories Behind the Nicknames
of 13 World Cities