The homeland of high-rise buildings – the United States of America – has 200 skyscrapers today. For the time being, the quantity of such buildings in China and within the States is identical. However, throughout the upcoming three years, China will make the most of its overseas competitor. A new skyscraper will be appearing in China every five days.
Motiancity.com web site created the list of Chinese cities where the number of skyscrapers is the largest. Hong Kong comes initial on the list with 58 towers. Shanghai has 51, Shenzhen – 46. A half of world’s ten tallest buildings is situated in China and Taiwan. The world’s second tallest tower is in Taipei, the third – in Shanghai, the fourth – in Hong Kong, the seventh – in Nanjing. The ninth tallest creating is located in Guangzhou, straitstimes.com web site reports with reference to Dongfang Every day.
The Chinese do not harbor plans to beat the record of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower ever built. However, by 2015, China may turn out to be the house to the world’s second and third tallest towers. The Shanghai Tower, the construction of which has not been completed however, is expected to reach the height of 632 meters. The Greenland Center in Wuhan is to be 606 meters high.
China needs so many skyscrapers to meet the demand in residential and office property for millions of nearby citizens. The nation is expecting an influx of residents from rural areas to cities throughout the upcoming decades. There is also an additional reason for such ambitious plans: China intends to improve the prestige of smaller cities by building high-rise buildings there, The Telegraph wrote.
Skyscrapers appear in Chinese cities even if there is no demand on such buildings there. A typical example is the city of Fangchenggang, which plans to develop a skyscraper 528 meters tall. The building is to be greater than the Shanghai World Monetary Center – the world’s third tallest creating. The reality that there’s less than a million individuals living in Fangchenggang does not confuse the authorities.