As of 2019, China boasted of the largest number of skyscrapers in the world. The world’s second-largest economy has more than 1,400 buildings which are more than 150 meters or 492 feet tall. Below are the top 10 tallest buildings in China.
Standing 632 meters high, Shanghai Tower holds the crown for the tallest building in China. The skyscraper is the second tallest in the world behind UAE’s Burj Kalifa. Constructed at a cost of $2.2 billion and completed in 2015, the spiraling cylindrical-shaped Shanghai Tower is a 21st-century engineering marvel. The building design also helps it withstand typhoons.
An observation deck on the building’s 118th floor is the highest accessible point in Shanghai. It has become one of the most frequented tourist attractions in the city.
Ping An IFC in Shenzhen
Located in Shenzhen, Ping An IFC stands 115 floors or 599 meters high and was completed in 2016. The structure was constructed at a cost of $700 million. It is the second tallest in China and the fourth in the world. Ping An Finance Center was initially designed to stand 660 meters high, making it the tallest in China. The original design had a 60-meter spire at the top. The spire was later dropped off the plan during construction after concerns were raised on the security of a nearby airline.
Canton Tower Guangzhou
Canton Tower ranks third among China’s highest buildings. It is located in Guangzhou. The structure was initially called Guangzhou TV Astronomical and Sightseeing Tower and was used to broadcast the 2010 Asian Games.
The building was completed in 2009 and broke to become the tallest freestanding structure in the world, overtaking Canada’s CN TV Tower.
Goldin Finance 117
From a distance, you may think that the Tianjin Goldin Finance 117 is just a simple box structure. The 597-meters tall building however tapers slightly as it rises. In addition, it has a diamond-shaped structure at the top which has an observation deck. Goldin Finance 117 is yet to be completed with its construction suspended temporally. The diamond structure is yet to be constructed.
Shanghai World Financial Center
492-meter tall Shanghai World Financial Center is located in Pudong District, Shanghai, and the fifth tallest in the country. It is a mixed-use building with hotels, conference rooms, offices, ground-floor shopping malls, and observation decks. The structure has 101 floors above the ground and three underground floors.
ICC Tower in Hong Kong
Towering 475 meters and 118 floors high, the ICC Tower overlooks beautiful Victoria Harbor and is among the tallest buildings in China. The building is part of Hong Kong’s financial hub and one of the world’s leading financial centers. The land on which ICC Tower stands was bought for around $1 billion.
Taipei 101 stands 508 meters high and was formally called the Taipei World Financial Center. The structure is an outstanding landmark in Xinyi District, Taipei. It is an ideal relaxing and shopping place for locals. The skyscraper has 101 floors above the ground and 5 floors below the ground.
Chow Tai Fook Finance Center
CTF Finance Center or Chow Tai Fook Finance Center is the second tallest in Guangzhou. It was initially proposed as East Tower together with the West Tower or Guangzhou IFC Tower by the city’s urban planning department. Chow Tai Fook Group took over the development of East Tower and renamed it.
China Zun Tower
Located in Beijing, China Zun Tower is the tallest building in China’s capital. The building is located in the city’s Central Business District and was formally called CITIC Plaza. It is the headquarters of CITIC Group, which is locally known as China Zun.
Wuhan Greenland Center
Closing the top 10 tallest buildings in China is the Wuhan Greenland Center located in the city of Wuhan. The building was designed by Adrian Smith, the brain behind the Burj Khalifa. Like the Burj, Wuhan Greenland Center sits on a Y-shaped footprint.