Skyscraper Empire


Skyscrapers in China are popping up like mushrooms after the rain. This year, China has started building 200 new skyscrapers – equivalent to the number of skyscrapers currently standing in the United States

Last month, the Chinese skyscraper magazine published that every five days (!) a new skyscraper is being built in China and that by the year 2016 there will be approximately 800 skyscrapers in China – four times the amount of the current number of skyscrapers in the United States. The magazine goes on to define a skyscraper as a building that rises above 500 feet (152.4 meters). If the magazine’s predictions are true, they would make China the country with the most skyscrapers in the world.

Stay Updated with the latest China opinion and views on the Laowaiblog Facebook Page


Currently, Hong Kong is the city that has the highest number of skyscrapers in China – 58; Shanghai comes in second with 51 skyscrapers, and Shenzhen is third with 46. The magazine also points out to another interesting finding: Five out of the ten tallest skyscrapers in the world are in China.


The Chinese government has warmly adopted the high-rising building style mostly because of the rapid urbanization process that China has been experiencing in the past two decades; A process that has created a severe shortage of apartments in urban areas. Many in China, however, feel that Chinese cities are losing their cultural and historical essence and heritage to the mighty concrete monsters, which are blocking cities skylines.