China’s tallest buildings

Modern architecture has reached the clouds with the levels of buildings that have been constructed. China has the world’s largest number of tall buildings in the world, surpassing the United States and Japan combined. China has over 1400 skyscrapers above 150 metres of which are above 300 metres. The tallest tower in China is currently the Shanghai Tower, located in Shanghai standing at 632 metres and is the second-tallest building in the world.

The Chinese economic reform of 1978 onwards led to significant improvement in quality and economic capital with 32 and 64 buildings with a minimum height of 350 metres (1150 ft) worldwide in China.

This article features the most surreal, mind-blowing structures compiled into a list of the tallest buildings in China.

China’s tallest buildings

Shanghai Tower

It is located in Shanghai, China. The Shanghai Tower is the tallest twisted building in the world. It is the second-tallest after the Burj Khalifa with a height of 2,073 feet or 632 metres. The building has 178 floors and serves as a hotel and has offices as well. The building was completed back in 2015.

Shanghai Tower

Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Binhai Center

The skyscraper was officially launched in November 2009. The building’s design features a curved glass look which was achieved by using eight massive, strategically placed columns that provide support and stability. The design further provides more stability to the building in the event of an earthquake or any other seismic activity. The building stands at 1739 feet and is located in Tianjin, China. It towers over all the surrounding buildings.

The Guangzhou Chow Tai Fook Finance Center, also known as the CTF Finance Center in Guangzhou, China, is worth mentioning standing at 1739 feet.

China Zun

This building is located in Beijing, China. China Zun is 1731 feet tall. It was fully topped out in 2017 and completed in 2018. The unique design of this building is from TFP Farrels and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and it features an inward curve as it rises, before curving again outward. The structure has 109 floors. The mixed-use building is a fresh perspective to Beijing skyscrapers.

China Zun

Shanghai World Financial Center

The building is located in Shanghai, China. It stands at a height of 1622 feet. The building was completed in 2008. It has 101 floors and hosts offices, hotel rooms, conference rooms and even shopping on the ground floor.

International Commerce Centre

It is located in Hong Kong in China. It has a height of 1588 feet. The building was completed in 2010, a big gamble for its developers given its relative isolation from the rest of Hong Kong, but the gamble seems to have paid off. The mixed-use office and hotel building is almost fully occupied and has excellent in-building services such as a 24-hour concierge.

Wuhan Greenland Center

The skyscraper is located in Wuhan, China. It is estimated that construction will be completed in 2022. The building is at 1562 feet and has been in construction since June 2012. The building will feature hotel rooms, office space, banquet halls and even bike storage areas. The building was to be 2087 feet but had to be lowered due to air space restrictions.

Wuhan Greenland Center

Zifeng Tower

The building is located in Nanjing, China. It has a height of 1476 feet and was completed in 2010. Zifeng Tower was designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture, the firm that also designed the Burj Khalifa.

The Suzhou International Financial Square (IFS) in Jiangsu, China is an honourable mention standing at 1476 feet.

Guangzhou International Finance Center

The skyscraper is located in Guangzhou, China. It is 1,439 feet tall and was completed back in 2010. It features an exoskeleton prominently displaying a diagrid structural system, in which support beams made of steel support criss-cross diagonally, forming diamond shapes made up of two triangular sections, making it quite a sight to behold. These sections cut down on the amount of steel required for conventional frames while maintaining their structural integrity.

Wuhan Center

The building was completed in 2019, and it stands at 1437 feet. It is located in Wuhan. The Wuhan Center is not to be confused with the Wuhan Greenland Center. Construction began in 2011. It is located next to Mengze Lake along the Yangzhi River. It is split into five vertical portions, with 88 floors above ground and four below it. The building is home to hotel rooms, residential units and office space.

Jin Mao Tower

The list of China’s tallest buildings is not complete without the Jin Mao Tower. This tower has pagoda styling and features a 31-story atrium, part of the Grand Hyatt Shanghai hotel, with corridors winding around it in a spiral. It is near the Shanghai World Financial Center. It was completed in 1999 and is 1380 feet tall. It is also located in China.

Jin Mao Tower

Ping An Finance Centre

The Ping An Finance Centre is located in the special economic zone of Shenzhen, China. It was completed in 2017 and has a height of 1965 feet. It has 115 floors and was designed by American firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates that offers a modern approach to skyscrapers in China.

Canton Tower Guangzhou

The Canton Tower in Guangzhou is among China’s tallest buildings. It was previously known as the 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.

ICC Tower

The ICC tower overlooks the Victoria Harbour and is among the tallest in China. The building is part of Hong Kong’s financial hub and one of the world’s leading financial centres. The land on which ICC Tower is built was bought for $1billion. This has been a small guide to China’s tallest buildings.