China is building one of the world's tallest skyscrapers — take a look
- In China, construction has begun on Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre, which could become the world's second largest skyscraper.
- At 668 metres tall, it will surpass the Shanghai Tower.
- The project builds on Shenzhen's urban development boom.
Chinese cities have some of the world's tallest skyscrapers, including the almost 600m-tall Ping An Finance Centre in Shenzhen, the 540m-tall CTF Finance Centre in Guangzhou, and the 527m-tall China Zun tower in Beijing.
More recently. construction began on the mega-tall Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre in Shenzhen.
At 688m tall, it could become the second tallest skyscraper in the world when it opens in 2024. (The even taller Dubai One Tower is also currently under construction.) As Dezeen notes, both high rises will surpass the 631m-tall Shanghai Tower, which currently holds the title of world's second tallest skyscraper.
Shimao Group, the Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre's developer, is not releasing many design details yet, but China Daily reports that the firm has invested about $7.5 billion in the project. It will have a floor surface area of over 315,000m².
The tower will be part of a larger complex that includes apartments, offices, a startup incubator, hotels, shopping centres, international schools, and a convention centre in Shenzhen's Longgang district.
The project builds on the city's urbanisation boom, which began in 1979 when China opened itself to capitalism and foreign investment. Shenzhen — a formerly poor fishing community of just 30,000 people — was the first city the country chose to rapidly develop.
By some estimates, Shenzhen's population now exceeds 12.5 million, making it one of the fastest growing megacities.
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