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About 20 years ago, China was a land of 10 to 30 story buildings filling up the downtown areas of the big cities. Skyscrapers were rarely seen. Suddenly, it may seem, in late 2019, China has the majority of all the world’s tallest buildings and many more than any other country. Its tallest 15 buildings are 15 of the worlds 26 tallest skyscrapers. It will have 16 of the world's 30 tallest buildings in 2020.
These buildings are all above 400 meters. Here are details highlighting these modern tourist hotspots. We provide relevant information for your visit: malls, amazing views, hotels, fine restaurants, heights, ranking statistics, completion dates, and things to do during your visit.
Shanghai Tower is the second tallest building in the world after the Burj Kalifa. The Shanghai Tower towers 140 meters (459 feet) above the adjacent Shanghai World Financial Center. It is a showcase of 21st century engineering with a spiralling cylindrical shape to help the building weather typhoons.
The Ping An Tower is a new 21st century engineering marvel. Though it is very tall, it was built comparatively inexpensively and quickly for 700 million. Most similar sized buildings cost much more. Goldin Finance 117 in Tianjin is two meters shorter, so it just retains the 4th spot. There is a large twin tower luxury mall complex on the bottom, a world-class observation deck at 550 meters (1,804 feet) for sightseeing, and China's second highest luxury hotel, after the Ritz Carlton on the ICC, on top.
The Goldin Finance 117 is called that because it has 117 floors. It was topped out in May 2019 and has a distinctive jewel-shaped crown. It is a mixed use building. It has a hotel, residential sections, offices and retail areas. It is one of a sudden miniboom of such tall towers in Tianjin that is a big port city near Beijing.
The CTF Finance Center Tower building out as one of two tall towers in Tianhe in downtown Guangzhou. It is considered one of the fastest assembled skyscraper of the supertall variety in history. It took about 6 years to build itIt sits near the banks of the Pearl River, and on the other side is the Canton Tower. The company that built it built another building of the same name and height in Tianjin.
The Tianjin CTF (Chow Tai Fook) overlooks the sea and is part of the sudden boom of skyscraper construction in Tianjin. Though it has the same height as the Guangzhou CTF, it is physically smaller. The roof height is only 480 meters, and there are only 97 floors. It too has office, hotel and residential sections.
Beijing has the nation's best ancient architecture such as the Forbidden City, but now it has a modern building that is drawing tourists as well. The building is also called CITIC Plaza. It is the headquarters of CITIC, the China International Trust Investment Corporation. The observation deck and hotel draw tourists. Like the others in China, the building also has retail and office sections.
The Shanghai World Financial Center has an observation deck on the 100th floor at 474 meters (1,555 feet) for sightseeing and a Hyatt Regency luxury hotel. The hotel is one of the world’s highest.
The Taipei 101 building in Taiwan would be at spot 7 (for its big spire) if it were included in this list.
The ICC Tower overlooks beautiful Victoria Harbour. It is part of the second financial hub in Hong Kong that is the world's third largest financial center. The land itself cost about 1 billion USD. What makes the building particularly attractive is that three metro stations, the Airport Express train, and a high speed HSR train to China connects to the building and makes regional and international travel unusually quick and convenient.
As originally designed, the Greenland Center was to be China’s tallest building. But the height has been reduced from over 600 meters to 474 (1,560 feet). Construction isn’t finished at the time of this writing. But it already ranks as China’s ninth tallest building and the 15th tallest in the world.
It has a beautiful location on the waterfront of the Yangtze River in the central industrial/financial services/research and university city of Wuhan. It too has a hotel and residential and office space.
The shape is somewhat reminiscent of the IFC Tower in Hong Kong. Inside, there is a luxury mall, office and residential sections, and a luxury hotel. Like the IFC, it has a second, smaller companion building and has a metro hub station below it. Changsha is an inland city in Hunan Province.
The skyscraper in Suzhou was built by the same company that built the Changsha IFS. The height is almost the same. The building is designed to match well with the sea and the surrounding bodies of water. Shimmering LED lights not only give it a beautiful appearance but makes the surface look like shimmering water. The building is designed to let much natural light into the interior.
Zifeng Tower's silhouette in Nanjing is somewhat like Willis Tower in Chicago, and it is a little taller. It was built inexpensively for its height. There is a restaurant at the top for fine dining.
KK 100 lights up the night sky in Luohu, Shenzhen near Hong Kong, and the 100th floor observation deck gives a grand view of the greenery of Hong Kong and the blue sea. It sits in an emergent financial center in the city.
The Guangzhou International Finance Center stands out for its lighting display spectacle. There is an observation deck on the 100th floor (415 meters). A Four Seasons Hotel on the 69th to 98th floors draw tourists. It is one of the twin towers of Tianhe. It is in one of Guangzhou's favorite tourist areas. The Canton Tower is across the Pearl River.
Wuhan Center Tower is part of a twin tower development project that is yet unfinished. A second 438 meter tower is planned to sit next to it. Like almost all the tall buildings in China, the building has shopping, office, residential and hotel sections.
It is notable that in 2015, 5 years ago, all of China's tallest buildings were in two places: in the Yangtze Delta (Shanghai, Nanjing) and the Pearl River Delta (Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou) areas. But now very tall buildings are being built in other major cities such as Beijing. Most notably, they are quickly being built in places that are not known for business and finance and that are not usual tourist destinations such as Shenyang, Tianjin, Wuhan and Changsha. Almost all these buildings were built in the last 10 years.
Quite suddenly, in 2020 China has 6 of the world’s 10 tallest buildings, 11 of the worlds top 20, and 16 of the world's tallest 30 skyscrapers. In other parts of the world, tall towers planned or under construction may be built that are much higher than the Shanghai Tower in the decade of the 2020s. However, in China, a building taller than the Shanghai Tower may not appear for a while.
The sudden Chinese building boom in the 2010s may continue in the 2020s if very tall buildings currently on hold such as the Suzhou Zhongnan Center and many planned buildings are built. However, developers are concerned about an office space glut in China's major cities since so many towers have been built quickly, and there is concern about a decrease of exports.
Other important skyscrapers in China include the IFC Towers in Hong Kong, part of a luxury mall, hotel, and business complex and Jin Mao Tower. The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong made history as Asia's first skyscraper. It was built in 1990. Now, 30 years later, most of the tallest skyscrapers are built in China.
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