15 City strange and peculiar in the world

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Somewhere in the world there are really strange and particular cities: from the water that is "spit" at a height of 6 meters to the country where only dwarfs live; from the city where you live thanks to the garbage to the illegal camping in the middle of the desert and not marked on the maps. Let's see together the top 15 of the strangest and most peculiar cities in the world.


  1. Kowloon Walled City, China
  2. Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain
  3. Consonno, Italy
  4. Miyake-jima Island, Japan
  5. Slab City, USA
  6. Coober Pedy, Australia
  7. Chefchaouen, Morocco
  8. Colma, USA
  9. Monowi, USA
  10. The Villages, USA
  11. Thames Town, China
  12. Elista, Russia
  13. Battleship Island, Japan
  14. Manshiyat, Egypt
  15. Dwarf Village, China
  16. User questions and comments

1 - Kowloon Walled City, China

Now no longer existing, Kowloon Walled City still holds the city record today most populated on the planet: 6 to 33.000 people lived on just 50.000 and a half acres of land. Originally Chinese military fortress, the city became a British enclave in 1989 and its population increased dramatically after the occupation of Hong Kong during World War II. From the 50s to the 70s it had very high peaks in drugs, prostitution and gambling. It was demolished from 1993 to 1994.

2 - Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain

Picturesque Spanish town, in the Andalusian area, with a particularity that makes it an important tourist destination: its houses seem embedded in stone and there is one double conformation. The town is in fact organized on two levels: the houses above the rock are complete constructions, while those below are a mix of artificial walls and natural rocky walls.

3 - Consonno, Italy

Very special town in the province of Lecco: once upon a time agricultural village, in the 60s it was bought by an entrepreneur who wanted to make one City of Toys and built a huge one there shopping mall, hotels, resorts and a minaret. Due to a landslide the city was completely abandoned in the 70s and lies to today totally uninhabited. There is a cultural association that aims to preserve the memory of Consonno and its ancient splendors.

4 - Miyake-jima Island, Japan

After 'eruption occurred in 2.000 of Mount Oyama, 110 miles south of Tokyo, the 2.800 inhabitants of Miyake-jima Island are forced to always carry a antigas mask and to use it at the sound of sirens in the event of an increase in harmful gas.

5 - Slab City, USA

Again in America, one more peculiarity: let's talk about Slab City, the town without road signs where there is an abandoned marine base and where there is a illegally inhabited campsite with camper, caravan, bus. The community today represents a real village that does not exist on maps and devoid of electricity, water and any kind of service.

6 - Coober Pedy, Australia

Coober Pady is located in the Australian outback and is a very strange city: the inhabitants all live in underground rooms. Founded in 1915 following the discovery of the rich opal deposits - a valuable mineral -, people from all over Europe and beyond have established their homes here and decided to live underground. There are also buildings of 450 square meters e luxury hotel, all rigorously dug into the ground. Why this decision? Why in this desert area temperatures reach very high peaks. What you don't do for money ...

7 - Chefchaouen, Morocco

Very particular town for the predominant color: blue. Located near Tangier and Ceuta, Chefchaouen was painted blue by the Jewish refugees who lived there around 1930. The area is very touristic and commercial: it is the center of hashish production in Morocco.

8 - Colma, USA

Colma is known for a sad and particular record: the dead are more numerous than the living. Following an ordinance that prohibited the construction of new holy fields in the neighboring area, Colma hosts 17 cemeteries: it is estimated that they live there 1.800 people above ground and over 1 million .. underground.

9 - Monowi, USA

The United States offers many particular cities: another case is that of Monowi, Nebraska. It is a country where the inhabitant is only one, and manages both the bar and the visitor library. It is not known exactly why but the town, once populated, became extinct over time. The only inhabitant, who is also the mayor, is called Elsie Eiler.

10 - The Villages, USA

To live in this small town in Florida you have to adhere to some rules: you must have at least 19 years old, and in every family there must be at least a permanent occupant over the age of 55. Target? Ensuring a peaceful lifestyle for retired people.

11 - Thames Town, China

Let's go back to China to talk about Thames Town this time, one town that simulates in all respects the British style, from cuisine to architecture. There are also the famous English telephone boxes. In short, a small British colony in the middle of Asia ...

12 - Elista, Russia

Amusement parks close to cities? Why not one city ​​game! Elista was conceived by a designer obsessed with games: in fact they are found everywhere in the streets. In the central square there is also one giant chessboard.

13 - Battleship Island, Japan

This island of Japan, whose real name is Hashima, is fully developed within a structure that recalls a battleship. Busy for decades, today it experiences a disturbing abandonment, but it is open to visitors lovers of the spooky theme. Since 2015 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

14 - Manshiyat, Egypt

Apparently the victim of a natural disaster, in reality the situation he sees is totally normal for Manshiyat: he is garbage everywhere, or rather, there are no houses or buildings without waste both outside and inside. The people of the city earn their living on this, recycling what the rest of Egypt throws away.

15 - Dwarf Village, China

We conclude our special ranking by talking about this small Chinese village where only people of small stature are allowed, or more exactly nani: desire to create a welcoming place for those suffering from dwarfism or tourist gimmick?

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