In 1908, the tallest building in the world was New York’s 200-meter-high Singer Building. In 1932, the Empire State Building nearly doubled this, and its 381 meters made it the world’s tallest building for more than 40 years. Not until the completion of the World Trade Center in 1972 was it eclipsed, and in 1974, Chicago’s Sears Tower became the world’s tallest building at 443 meters. It took 66 years for America’s skyscrapers to grow 240 meters.
China’s first 200-meter building, the Guangdong International Building, wasn’t completed until 1990, becoming the country’s tallest building at the time. When the Shanghai World Financial Center opened in 2008, it dwarfed the former, and became China’s tallest building at a height of 492 meters. In a span of only 18 years, Chinese buildings realized a height growth of 292 meters.
During those 18 years, more than 50 skyscrapers taller than 250 meters were completed in 17 different cities across the Chinese mainland. By July 2010, the country became home to 46 super high-rise buildings exceeding 300 meters including those in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao. Along with its meteoric development, China’s many metropolises have seen their skylines change drastically year after year. Here, China Pictorial presents a current list of China’s ten tallest skyscrapers. Modern buildings have been pushing the limits of citizen’s imaginations, and the advanced construction technology testifies to the country’s drastic improvement in building techniques over the years.