China builds one skyscraper every five days
China is growing upwards, literally. An average of one skyscraper will go up in the country every five days for the next three years, our sister newspaper Want Daily reports.
Statistics show that China is home to over one-third of the 100 tallest buildings in the world. Changsha, the provincial capital of Hunan in south-central China, has ambitious plans to build Sky City One, which would be a skyscraper assembled from prefabricated sections and which will be the tallest building in the world, overtaking Burj Khalifa in Dubai, though many remain unconvinced by the hype.
In June this year, Zhongnan Group of Jiangsu province bought a 16,500 square meter parcel of land for 66.3 million yuan (US$10.61 million) with a view to building a 700-meter skyscraper to incorporate financial centers, wholesale and retail centers, hotel services, bars and restaurants as well as a five-star hotel.
The Shanghai Tower, currently under construction, already measures 632 meters. The Wuhan Greenland Center modified its design from 606m to 636m, just in order to be fractionally taller.
The Ping'an International Finance Center planned for Shenzhen is also reported to have modified its design height to 646 meters from the initial 588 meters.
Foreign media speculate that the "rising" trend of China's skyscrapers is fueled by construction companies, since building taller buildings adds more floors for rent; the other is because local politicians use skyscrapers as a monument to their accomplishments.