Top 10 Greatest Cities in the World

There are so many great cities, and here are some of the best. I based it on night life, beach's, popularity, culture, sports, etc.

The Top Ten

London, England London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south eastern part of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia.

London is easily the best city on the planet. It beats New York hands down, every single time. The History of Britain is so diverse and stretches much further back than that of the US, and much of the fascinating culture of this is located in London. London's Impressive architecture includes Buckingham Palace, St James' Palace, the Victoria Memorial, Wellington Arch, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Shard, London Bridge. (The list goes on) All you have to do is watch clips of the Olympics last year and acknowledge the fact that the 2012 games have been labelled the BEST ever. London is the only city to host the games three times. As well as this the world has been fascinated by the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the Royal Wedding. London is where the world lives and watches. Meanwhile in New York...?

I'm not going to put down other cities in my comment, only give the desirable aspects of London. Every street has a history worth telling. I went to a restaurant quite far off the centre of London, and this small restaurant had a whole past linked with royals and medieval practises and it was fascinating. And there's a similar story for most places, too. In London, you feel as if the whole world revolves around you: something is always going on that attracts huge amounts of attention. Walking through London is like walking through a film, with every building a spectacle in its own right -Buckingham Palace is stunning, the government building is perhaps too beautiful for the people within it (! ) and now the more modern buildings are rising. None of them are plain, rectangular skyscrapers, they are creative and clever, like every other part of London. London is clean, it's safe (in most areas) and there's something for everyone. Whether it's art, fashion, food, shopping, sports, ...more

At 52 years of age I have just returned from a week long visit to NYC. I had dreamed of visiting the city all my life and this was my first visit there. Sorry NYC, you aren't as great as the hype would make you believe. NYC is nowhere near as good as London.

- The city stank
- The subway was unreliable and dirty
- New Yorkers were, with a few notable exceptions, very rude. Service staff expect a tip as a right and are therefore ungrateful for them. At least London service staff show gratitude when tipped.
- NYC is behind London in technology, only now rolling out NFC payments and the public WiFi is unreliable.
- Central Park is nice although it is often compared with London's much smaller Hyde Park however London is greener which many more parks. Central Park doesn't even come close to Richmond Park with deer roaming free.
- Shopping is annoying. The price you see is not the price you pay, There is tax to add along with credit card transaction fees. There is no ...more

I hate Justin Bieber so much like if your gonna sing a song at least put some effort into it. Also he's a dumb creep

New York City, U.S.A The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States.

Reasons why it's better than London...
Cheaper
Bigger
24/7 subway running more lines
More variety in shopping
Way more Diverse
More iconic
Higher wealth status
More Billionaires
Financial capital of the world in the financial capital of the world country
Bigger and more advanced technology
Has the top restaurant in the world
London may have good universities but NYC universities are ranked higher
Hard to believe but NYC has a higher life expectancy probably due to its lower amount of pollution because the USA is more spread out, the third oldest person in the world lives in NYC
Inventor of Hip Hop/Rap and Disco
Awesome Beaches
More sunny days than London yet colder

NYC may not have the history London has or the culture but NYC being around for only 150 years has grown into one of the best cities in the world and competes with a city (London) that's 1000 years old.

I don't care about history I love the cheap upscale shopping ...more

London has historical buildings built by William the Conqueror.

Greatest city in the world. Extremely diverse background and home to many culture setting TV networks.

People have said that London's history is more than New York, but the US is already a young and new country compared to other countries. The important thing is that in such a short time it became the world's number 1. The only advantage of London is that it is within Europe. If the US were as close to Europe as UK, it would attract more tourists. As I said, the only advantage of London is that it is close to Europe.

I've lived in NYC for most of my life and it has been the greatest, and the best pleasure of my life. All of my joy, happiness and sadness have been experienced there. Now I'm away for education, but I miss the city everyday. It is truly the city that never sleeps. You will never be bored; there is always somewhere to go at any time of day and night. It's a melting pot of cultures and races, and it's absolutely amazing. Home to so many museums, parks, piers, businesses, entertainment fields, etc. NYC, I CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK! ^_^

Paris, France Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of 105 square kilometres and an official estimated population of 2,140,526 residents as of 1 January 2019. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe's major centres of finance, diplomacy, commerce, fashion, science, and the ...read more.

We have visited this absolutely terrific city 5 times.
Such wonderful, cultural, historical (covering all the last 25 centuries), capital of fashion, of haute couture, of gastronomy, of arts.

Just be careful, only in some crowded touristic places, with some people coming from Eastern Europe (pickpockets, Three-card Monte), Italy (rip off, swindle, fraud) North Africa (drug, counterfeit products).
Always ask French tourist information, what the best.

But anyway it is a dream like USA.

Everything is here! History, Food, Fashion, People, Geography, Monuments... Etc

I love Paris! Best city!

My boyfriend and best friend are both from Paris.

Tokyo, Japan Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, has served as the Japanese capital since 1869. As of 2018, the Greater Tokyo Area ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world.

I've never lived in any of these top cities, but I have visited all.

Unlike in New York or London, or even in my home city of Christchurch New Zealand; I felt completely safe walking around the streets at night in Tokyo. In fact Tokyo has been ranked the safest city in the world with incredibly low crime rates.

Everybody is so friendly, even though Tokyo was the place where I was most obviously a foreigner (and barely spoke the language).

The transport system is impeccable (rush hour is much the same) with the trains running nearly exactly to schedule all the time.

Historically it beats London (New York doesn't even hold a candle to either) with a much richer historical background in the surrounding areas and longer history, although Kyoto is again better for this.

During my month stay in Tokyo, I only once saw rubbish in public, and it was in a little used stairway at the back of a small station. Tokyo is far cleaner than either New York or ...more

Urban, Bright light experience

In my opinion Tokyo is the greatest city in the world that keeps one yearning to return time and again. I mean, come on 80,000 restaurants alone with 3 times the Michelin Star ratings than Paris! Safety is paramount, trains ALWAYS run on time, super clean, people are so kind and so many things to do and see. Why wouldn't you want to visit the most populous city on the planet?

I want to go to Tokyo when I’m older and experience the culture

Los Angeles, U.S.A.

I can't say it's one of those places full of history, culture and friendly people, but one thing it is, is diverse. It shows the richest and poorest of America, the prettiest and the ugliest. It's an ugly city, but in a beautiful way.

It has the best weather in the world, those other places have miserable weather. It is a very beautiful city, center of the world film industry and music industry. Whenever I go somewhere else, it's always wonderful to come home to such a beautiful place. My vote goes to Los Angeles, the greatest city in the world. It is full of history and culture and the people are second to none. And the girls on the beach are the most beautiful. Go sit in the rain and snow, I will bask in the sun in Los Angeles.

The city is nice, but I'm a pretty picky person when it comes to weather. The beach is chilly and often overcast for most of the summer, which sucks, as it's the most scenic part of the city in my opinion. The valley is always clear, which is nice, but you also get murdered by the sun there, which isn't so good. Otherwise, the weather in other parts of the city is pretty consistent, at a nice 80-95 degrees. I guess LA gets my vote. It was one of my favorite places to live.

LA is not an ugly city at all whoever said that below is totally wrong! LA has to be one of the most unique cities in the world. It is so different from so many places and extremely trendy and high class. It's infested with famous people and Beverly Hills is probably the best neighborhood I've every seen. Highly recommend LA

Sydney, Australia

It's beautiful, has friendly people, clean and has many attractions- what's not to love?

From a convict campsite to a truly cosmopolitan global city. A multicultural melting pot, harmonious and vibrant, fast paced and edgy. Sydney is dynamic and creative, down to earth and welcoming. A stunning summer city, the gateway to Australia.

I have been to many cities around the world and none are as close to nature as Sydney. Beaches, mountains, fascinating birds and animals are all within minutes of the cosmopolitan city centre.

I travelled to Sydney when I was 18; young, wild, free and alone. Needless to say, I fell instantly in love with the harbour city, and someday I'd very much like to call Sydney home.

Dubai, U.A.E.

Dubai. Home of the world's tallest free-standing building, the Burj Khalifa, and one of the most expensive cities. Not only has the world's tallest building, but the city has a another world wonder, the world's largest shopping mall, The Dubai Mall. This mall has a indoor amusement park like it was six flags, and has a extremely large and cool aquarium, capable of habiting WHALE SHARKS. The city is probably the best city (my opinion). The city has air-conditioned bus stops, one of the world's busiest airports, and home to one of the largest economy growth.

Best city on the planet tallest skyscraper on the planet at the moment has a great marina section and looks beautiful at night

Dubai is a terrible city. Their skyscrapers are built by slaves for the elites. Racism, as well as discrimination against non-Muslims, gay people, and women are extremely prevalent. Stay away!

You can go miss out on all the fun there. All your friends who would want to go would be skydiving off the top of the burj khalifa while your in America watching.

Lets see whats there:
Extremely Famous Architecture
The Worlds Tallest Building
The 7 or 8 Star Burj al Arab Hotel
Worlds Tallest Hotel
Man Made Islands
The Worlds Largest Mall
A Mall with a Ski Slope
One of the Greatest Skylines
and more

Rome, Italy

Walking in the narrow streets of the eternal city is always amazing you can breath a unique atmosphere a mix of traditions between past and present but no future! Time is locked in next 100 200 years others capital will change and so many times their skylines but Rome will be always the same that's the beautiful

Old, chaotic, full of trashes, only ruins to visit

Rome has a lot of issues, but all cities really do, but what Rome has over the others is that Rome is unique. The history, the culture and the cuisine are iconic. Many of the other cities on this list will rise and fall. Their architecture is a dime-a-dozen. But there's only one Rome and Rome is eternal.

The culture, food, history, and architecture is unparalleled by any other city

Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center.

Napoleon once said, "If the earth was only one state, then Istanbul would be its capital." Formerly known as Constantinople, it was the fall of this great city to the Ottoman empire that had fostered the the Europeans' interest in discovering America. Arguably it is for that reason alone that this city should be recognized as the greatest city to have ever existed in history. If there was never a motive to discover America, then the most powerful nation of the modern world, the United States of America, would cease to exist. For that matter, Istanbul should be ranked higher than NYC. It is the only city in the world that spans two continents and its strategically economical position lies between a strait and an artificially, yet well-crafted isthmus-bridge.

excuse me but we STAN byzantium so we CANNOT stan the ottoman empire

I love istanbul just because of kadikoy

If the world was only one country, Istanbul would be its capital

Mumbai, India

The financial capital of India and a future international economic hub. Mumbai is taking India forward economically and with all the big MNCs setting up base rather than Bangalore and New Delhi (both used to be nice places, but now they've declined because the people do not have the same business mentality and compassion as Bombayites. There's no bias whatsoever, I've lived in Bangalore for 6 years and currently stay in Delhi. I would like to move to Mumbai and live there).
With the new international terminal set to be one of the world's best, improved road connectivity, and existing extensive local railway network, upcoming mass transit system and monorail, two outer ring roads and five new sea-links (apart from the existing one that has raised the benchmark of Indian infrastructure), mumbai's infrastructure is set to become world-class.

With the makeover of the Mumbai Zoo according to world standards, the plantation campaigns of mangroves, the planting of trees along every ...more

The food of Mumbai is the best! I love the culture and also the chaos, though it can annoying sometimes.

The city never sleeps. Here the richest and the poorest live in harmony. There is no discrimination. Beautiful marine drive, bandra, juhu chowpatty are places to be visited any hour of the day. The rains are lovely. Never felt any more safer at any other place even during wee hours of the night. The food is to die for. Definitely the economic capital of India! Love Mumbai

Mumbai is by far one of the most influential cities in the world, both culturally and financially. Apart from being home to Bollywood and a rapidly changing skyline, it's increasing popularity as an economic hub and a tourist attraction has led to plenty of foreign investment. Quite easily the best city in India, it is also the safest Indian city and with improving infrastructure, will soon make join the likes of London, Tokyo and New York as one of the finest cities in the world

The Newcomers

? Tampa, USA
? Kharkiv, Ukraine

The Contenders

Berlin, Germany

This city is the city in the world with the most historical events of all time.
It has a wonderful skyline and their people are very nice and serious but they are really wise and know everything about their history.
The Olympic Stadium with 75.000 seats is also worth to be visited.
Paris and London are nothing, when you want to experience great things!

Berlin is by far the best city in the world to live in. This city is very very rich, if not the richest one. There are so many attractions to see. I was often there. I must say it is the cleanest, most beautiful and best, greatest place and city to live in. Berlin must be on place 1 or two. And by the way London is never as good as Berlin or New York! Berlin TOWN OF GODS!

NYC 1 laugh out loud. But in all reality, if you want a good job in a not boring city, Berlin is the place. Source:i live here

Best city in the world. Lots of history, yet it's balanced out with modern buildings. Very safe, lots to do. Nice warm Summer's to explore the many parks, cold snowy winters to enjoy which gives it a Christmas feeling.

Chicago, U.S.A.

I miss Chicago so much. Def one of the greatest cities in the world bar none!

Chicago is easily the most affordable city to live in on this top ten list. Amazing architecture and food--and it has the perfect mixture of greenspace among the built environment. Chicago is simultaneously a slow and fast city---and few cities have more museums covering the sciences, humanities, and culture. The city is rich for its museums and art institutes.

The city also has amazing neighborhoods and is relatively easy to travel around. Chicago is the worlds best kept urban secret.

Top 10 for sure! One of most fun and beautiful cities in the world.

I visit this city because it’s close to where I live. It’s awesome and the food is great. I totally recommend it

Singapore

The only thing that is bad here is the prices. Also if you ever go to Singapore, go to jewel mall! If you like Pokemon it has a pokemon center here.

Whaa Singapore should be first. Its literally almost Utopian. No scruffy people trying to cheat you, zero crime rate, all the buildings, sidewalks, roads, etc, look brand new and futuristic. People are very nice. No traffic because cars are very, very expensive, but it's a small city so just use the trains and taxis which are very cheap. Not crowded either and great sights and air quality. Lots of things to do as well. Heaven on earth.

Not sure why Singapore isn't rated No. 1! Vibrant culture, endless things to do all on top of being one of the safest and cleanest places anywhere!

Best city in the world! The airport is a hub for air travel. It's a City State with lots of trade and a port. It's iconic skyscrapers like the hotel near the Ferris wheel, and how many different cultures there are in a small area.

Toronto, Canada Toronto is the most populous city in Canada, the provincial capital of Ontario, and the centre of the Greater Toronto Area, the most populous metropolitan area in Canada.

Toronto, for such a young city, is definitely a city with culture. There are people from all over the world, there are a bunch of different scenes and yet it still feels in some ways like a nice small town despite it being HUGE. Not New York huge but very big in it's own right. There is something to do everyday, tons of job opportunities, and all kinds of different neighborhoods. If you're the kind of person who wants it all, Toronto is your city, trust me. It's very much a city for everyone, no matter who you are, you will find your people.

I may be a little biased because I do live in Toronto, but I've been to both Toronto and New York City. I think that both cities are quite similar, New York City has Times Square and Toronto has Dundas Square. I think that Toronto is a better city because New York City is an island and has a limit of space so it will not develop much more. Meanwhile Toronto is a huge City that still is developing and has plenty of space. Comparing the events, things nearby and prices of both cities, Toronto is much more affordable compared to New York City. So overall I think that Toronto is a much better city

I am from London, England.
Toronto is incredible. I wouldn't know where to start, no city has as many amazing and mind blowing things that Toronto has. It has everything, its cheap, friendly, safe. It has the sights, the lakes, the ever so close landscapes of rural Canada.

The only thing London beats it on is the music scene but apart from London and Germany? I would say Toronto has the freshest music scene for underground electronic.

I love this city. And so does everybody that's ever come here on holiday.

Amazing city. And so overlooked. May not be quite as great as New York in terms of grit and character but it makes up for it with its welcoming and liveable practicality. I've been to Chicago, Buenos Aires, Shanghai, Rome and more amazing world class metropolises but for me Toronto is second only to NYC and deserves more buzz than it gets.

Shanghai, China Shanghai is one of the four municipalities under the direct administration of the central government of the People's Republic of China, the largest city in China by population, and the second most populous city proper in the world, with a population of 24.18 million as of 2017. It is a global financial ...read more.

Dude, I am living Dubai. But I am from shanghai. I swear whole shanghai is city but Dubai is just about 1/5 is city rest of them is desert. They just have biggest shopping mall and Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab. They don't have any culture, everything they can do is just put money. Not like Shanghai you can go thru the city from traditional to modern. I think you have never been in Shanghai before. They have about 15 lines subway, about two thousands buses. Compare to Shanghai, Dubai is horrible!

Best city in the world! Should be no1! New York's nothing compared to Shanghai! This place is known as city of the future because all the buildings look so futuristic. Shanghai's the most underrated city in the world! It's better than New York, London and Tokyo!

Dubai beats all of them including this because of all the tallest building in the world - Burj Khalifa and the LARGEST SHOPPING MALL

There is no such a grand place like the Bund, Shanghai where you could be in the center backed by six-hundred-year-old traditional Chinese architecture, surrounded by various building from various countries with various styles and modern skyscrapers. A place with a comprehensive extent of inclusive spirit. A place where the fusion of the primary culture of the East and the West takes place. A place moderately showing its elegance and beauty. A place with infinite possibilities and generosity. A place named Shanghai, the only in the world.

Most futuristic looking city in the world! Lights cover the place and the buildings look like they're from the year 2100! How come it's rated so low?! If you ever go to shanghai, you won't wanna come home! It's advanced, luxurious and just plain awesome! Love China and Love Shanghai!

Hong Kong, China Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is an autonomous territory on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in East Asia.

My hometown deserves to be the best ever city. Culture, history, food, transportation... everything, is excellent. And most importantly, people are extraordinarily polite. As you know, Hong Kong is bustling city and when it comes to working time, MTR stations and bus stops are fully filled with tons of people. Nevertheless, I was never pushed by anyone and everybody was queuing. Unlike in China, when the train departs, someone clenched me in my arms, pushing me away. So that's the difference between the qualities of Hong Kong people and people in mainland. I'm not trying to be offensive but only speaking the truth.

Hong Kong should be in the top 5. It has fair laws for everyone and the culture is good. It should deserve a high place, because it is like a mix of a western and Chinese city

Hong kong has the most sky scrapers in the world and is 60 percent park land. End of discussion hong kong is top five

Hong kong should be withing top 5

Las Vegas, U.S.A. Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County.

YES! And for those who think Las Vegas is strictly the strip, YOU ARE THINKING VERY WRONG MY FRIEND. I live in Las Vegas and it is amazing to live here! Cost of living is so affordable, areas like Summerlin, Centennial, Spring Valley area, man you can get a 4-5 bedroom home for the price of 1 in San Francisco, or not even a 1 bedroom. And there is just so many things to do! Shopping centers, (outside of the strip) grocery stores, restaurants, (again, outside of the strip) lots of stuff for the kids too! Go karting, arcades, etc. We even have churches here! And yeah the heat may be a problem but yo we got extreme winters here as well. IT CAN GET FREEZING during the winter. And snow is less than an hour away. I can go on and on about this!

Vegas has a lot of stuff to do, LV is my favourite American city.

I think this City is most beautiful and should be number 1

I would do anything to LIVE here.

Moscow, Russia

Mumbai is over Moscow? 40% of Indians (not just in Mumbai) are extremely poor! Moscow is the most luxurious city in Russia! How can Mumbai be OVER Moscow?

100% on top of any european city and getting even greater every year, should be top 5 of the worlds greatest

A very beautiful and inspiring city! Lots to see and lots to do. Amazing architecture and history. Check out the Moscow metro.. WOW!

Moscow used to be under construction everywhere, but now they built all of these big magnificent cities and cleaned everything up, much better than Rome and Paris for sure, but still different from London for sure, definitely deserves to be in the top 10

Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Absolutely not

Located on Maryland's soil, it truly is a significant city and capital.

Best forever

Power and influence. Very beautiful scenery.

Barcelona, Spain Barcelona is a city in Spain. It is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain.

I'd chosen Madrid because it is a more important financial center, but Barcelona is not far behind and has terrific quality of life too and is by the Mediterranean. Go Spain, my second favorite country in the world!

There's no doubt Barcelona is one of the amazing cities in the world. The most beautiful city of the mediterranean region. A perfect mix between History and Modernity. Its old town is stunning. An architecture, specially Gaudi's buildings, unique in the world. Excellent food and a lot of places to have a drink. You can enjoy its sunny days throughout the year and go to the beach. Just few cities can campare with Barcelona.

I feel insulted that this is not in the top 15. It's a great and nice place to be, also, is where one of the greatests languages of all time was developed.

Best football team ever stupid Real Madrid

Miami, U.S.A. Miami, officially the City of Miami, is the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. Miami is the seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida.

This city has the most style and swagger of all the other cities. This city has an amazing tropical climate, the best beach to have ever existed, the skyline is absolutely beautiful, the condos both new and old are amazing, and the best part is the fact that some of most beautiful women in the world live and vacation here.

Miami is a beautiful city which should definitely be higher on this list as it has amazing buildings and the worlds 2nd best beach just behind Venice beach in LA

Miami is awesome really surprised 16 its crazy Miami has tall buildings tallest is 789 feet beautiful beaches amazing houses and best city

Miami is Miami. It has a very nice energy. Cool city. Nice people.

Athens, Greece

Birthplace of Civilization, fantastic vibe, ever so hospitable people, virtually no crime and without doubt the best city to party, love the music, the food and of course is there a building more impressive than the Parthenon still standing after 2,500 years. Oh and there are great beaches within 20 minutes, classical sites everywhere and some of the most chilled out and happy people I've ever seen

Athens is one of the most historical cities. Athens deserves a better place.

So beautiful, and many historical sites.

I love mythology and there in it

Manchester, England

Just hands down the most culturally and artistically significant and diverse city in the UK. Greatest city in the world.

Great history, music and sport, should be higher

It's mint.

The Smiths, Oasis, Factory Records, The Haçienda, New Order, The Fall, The Happy Mondays, Bez.

Point proven.

Honolulu, U.S.A. Honolulu is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi. It is an unincorporated part of and the county seat of the City and County of Honolulu along the southeast coast of the island of Oʻahu.

All of the other cities on the list are here only because they are large and famous, not because anyone would actually want to live in them. For example, apparently Moscow is better than Honolulu according to this list, but who would ever want to live in Moscow? It is cold, flat, and crime ridden. Also Shanghai, why would anyone want to live there? It is one of the most polluted cities on earth. Honolulu is the best city because is the most desirable city to live in. Of all of these cities, Honolulu has the best beaches, the best mountains, the best weather, the best scuba diving, and the best surfing.

Really New York is good that city is crowded and too many Yankees (i'm not racist just hate how they talk real loud good god) honolulu is paradise

Here is some reasons why Honolulu should be number 1:Weather, safety rank
And many other reasons. HONOLULU RULES!

wonderful

Bangalore, India

It is one of the most beautiful city in the world if we see the climate, design & market of the city. It is known as garden city & also it is famous for it's IT market. The climate of the city is neither hot nor cool.

Bangalore is the silicon Valley of India. Because it's IIT, educational programs and all such are famous. Even it's culture, architecture, food, heritage and richness are world famous. The temperature is suitable to anyone. Bangalore can beat Sydney in a few year's if government works hard. But still bangalore is globally a famous country which deserves a top 10 rank.

Bangalore... Now a BETA city is surely gonna race other cities in the world because of its greatness in the IT sector and because of its infrastructure... The density of Bangalore is growing like hell.. And very soon it is going to overtake any other cities

It's the most carefree city in India. It's green. There are trees every few feet. The climate is one of the best in the world and the city is one of the fastest growing cities in Asia. It's awesome.

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