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    Greater Manchester, England, UK - Population 2.5 million

    Manchester - has one of the largest student populations in Europe, one of the busiest gay villages in Europe, one of the largest China Towns and the cities curry mile ar Rusholme is also renowned with a real Brick lane flavour to it, indeed there are some very interesting ethnic communities in Manchester such as the cities Italian, Irish and Afro Caribbean communities. Manchester Northern Quarter is closely linked with the cities Bohemian scene. Manchester is also world famous for it's musical creativity and many bands, as well as clubs such as the late Hacienda. Manchester is widely recognised as being one of the most creative cities in both the UK and Europe,

    Manchester Bands -

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...rom_Manchester

    http://www.prideofmanchester.com/music/#history















    Manchester's Northern Quarter

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norther...er_(Manchester)
































    Manchester's Northern Quarter doubling as New York City for the film 'Alfie' (2004).




    Canal Street at the Heart of Manchester's Gay Village - The Gay Village is one of the busiest in Europe.

    http://www.manchester2002-uk.com/gay/gay-vill2.html

    http://www.manchester2002-uk.com/gay/gay-vill1.html

















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    Manchester looks like a pretty fun time. Honestly haven't heard too much positive about it (esp. from people I know from there), but it looks like it's worth a visit whenever I can get to the UK again -- and (crucially) have free time there ...

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    Strange, I hear almost entirely good things here. I'm not sure who is imparting their opinions but they would be in a minority. Manchester's reputation has certainly taken off in the last 5 years or so. It is quite fashionable these days. Obviously like any post-industrial British city it will have social problems and the council estates that also plague cities like Glasgow.

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    I was in Manchester last year and I absolutely loved it. I think it suffers like NYC does at times, from the darker days of when it was on the skids. I'd definitely return.

    Love the photos!

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    Nice pictures! Manchester looks really interesting. To me, it looks like Lower Manhattan, Baltimore and a little touch of San Diego ( with the trolley cars ) put together. Now that is a wonderful mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stroika View Post
    Manchester looks like a pretty fun time. Honestly haven't heard too much positive about it (esp. from people I know from there), but it looks like it's worth a visit whenever I can get to the UK again -- and (crucially) have free time there ...
    People from Manchester generally shout about the city from the rooftops and are very proud of their city.

    Manchester like a lot of British industrial cities such as Newcastle and Glasgow, has reinvented itself as a rather cool European city and this is reflected in discriptions of the city by renowned international guides such as Lonely Planet.

    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/england/northwest-england/manchester

    In terms of Manchester's resemblence to American cities, this is probably to do with the fact that Manchester is very much a city of the industrial revolution and grew rapidly during the same period as many American cities.

    I suppose one of the great attributes cities such as Manchester and of course other industrial cities such as Liverpool and Leeds have is their abundance of red brick warehouses which are being converted in to apartments just as they have been in parts on NYC. Indeed Manchester has mile after mile of such warehouses.

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    Manchester's China Town

    http://www.restaurantsofmanchester.com/chinatown.htm













    Manchester's famous Rusholme Curry Mile

    http://www.rusholmecurry.co.uk/





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    Manchester has substantial Polish, Irish, Jewish, Afro-Caribbean and Asian/Chinese communities.

    Manchester's Italian Community

    http://www.mia1888.org/mia-activities.shtml

    http://www.manchester.com/community/italian/ancoats.php























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    Manchester has strong Irish connections. It has been estimated that around 35% of Manchester's population has some Irish ancestry.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_m..._Great_Britain

    Indeed the City has a 2 week Irish Festival centered around St Patrick's Day.

    http://www.manchesteririshfestival.com/















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    Manchester Caribbean Carnival

    http://ccom.awardspace.com/














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    Great pics. Am now fully convinced I'd love to check out Mamucium.

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    Manchester's growth in to a city occurred during the industrial revolution when the city and surrounds became known as Cottonopolis. For a period in time virtually all the cotton picked in places like America and India was taken to Manchester and the North West of England to be processed (hence the warehouses).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottonopolis

    It was during this period that Manchester became a great industrial city, unlike cities such as London, which as the capital had been a centre of commerce and trade long before the industrial revolution.

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    Manchester's Shopping Mall, The Trafford Centre is one of the largest in Europe, although it's more like a work of art than a typical shopping Mall.

    http://www.traffordcentre.co.uk/

    http://www.namcoexperience.com/trafford/promotions.php

    http://www.odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_...afford_Centre/



















































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