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China's skyscraper league by cities

By Jia Xu (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2011-06-07 17:22
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 2011 China Motian City List

1. Hong Kong, 58
2. Shanghai, 51
3. Shenzhen, 46
4. Guangzhou, 44
5. Nanjing, 23
6. Chongqing, 18
7. Tianjin, 15
8. Wuhan, 13
9. Beijing, 13
10. Dalian, 11

(Ranking based on the numbers of skyscrappers cities have)


Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen are China’s three most competitive cities if taking the number of skyscrapers a city boasts as measurement, the Shanghai based Dongfang Daily reported Tuesday.

The 2011 China Motian City List, compiled by skyscrapers-focused culture website Motiancity.com using one year’s data collection, is topped by Hong Kong, with 58 high towers. Shanghai, with 51, takes second place and Shenzhen is third, with a total of 46.The rankings used the United States standard that a skyscraper must be taller than 152 meters.

It says except for the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, China claims half of the world’s 10 tallest buildings: the second tallest, Taipei 101 in Taiwan; the third, the Shanghai World Financial Center; the fourth, the International Commerce Center in Hong Kong; the seventh, the Nanjing Greenland Financial Complex; and the ninth, the Guangzhou International Finance Center.

According to the report, China has over 200 sky-high towers under construction in 2011, a number equal to the overall number of skyscrapers the United States has now. In addition, the report said in five years time, it is estimated that China will be home to 800 skyscrapers and within three years, a new skyscraper will cap its roof every five days.