China still holds record for number of completed skyscrapers

By Wang Xiangyu People's Daily app

14:18, December 19, 2018(GTM +8)

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The CITIC Tower (China Zun). (File photo: VCG)

CITIC Tower (China Zun) will be the tallest building to be completed in 2018 at 528 meters. It is now the fourth-tallest building in China and the eighth-tallest in the world. And China continues to lead in the number of skyscrapers for the fourth consecutive year.

According to the CTBUH Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2018 published by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the total number of completed 200-meter-and-higher buildings is 143 in 2018. This year also recorded 18 “supertall” buildings of 300 meters or higher, and more than half of them are found in China.

The total number of 200-meter-and-higher buildings in the world stands at 1,478, a 141 percent increase from 614 in 2010. The number of “supertall” buildings is 144, an increase of 90% compared with five years ago.

In 2018, there were 109 newly completed tall buildings in Asia, accounting for 76% of the global total. The leader in the region and world is China—88 new skyscrapers this year—accounting for 62% of the world’s total. In 2018, China will break the record in high-rise building construction. China’s previous record was set in 2016, with 86 buildings of 200 meters or higher.

In second place is the United States, which had 13 new skyscrapers this year, with the UAE in third with 10 new high-rise buildings.

Among major cities around the world, Shenzhen, China, with a resident population of 12.5 million, recorded 14 completions, making this the third year in a row in which the city completed the world’s largest number of 200-meter-plus buildings.

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