Xinhua: Banning skyscrapers requires second thought

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From Xinhua Online:

For some Chinese, skyscrapers are seen as symbols of urban modernity and economic dynamism.

It partially explains why many domestic cities seem to regard high-rises that dot their skylines as their claim to fame, and as a backdrop to their having arrived as truly metropolitan.

Currently, Shanghai, China’s business hub, has more than 4,000 buildings taller than 16 storeys, which is reportedly the largest high-rise cluster anywhere on the planet. The city hosts the Chinese mainland’s highest building, the 420-metre Shanghai Jinmao Tower.

April 9, 2005 3:34 PM
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