China’s youngest metropolis sees rising skyline
SHENZHEN — Birthday wishes and marriage proposals are often displayed on the huge outdoor electronic billboard of KingKey Financial Center, Shenzhen’s secondhighest skyscraper.
The landmark building, completed in 2011 with a height of 441.8 meters, offers a spectacular view of the sprawling metropolis.
Today, Shenzhen’s skyline is dotted with over 100 skyscrapers more than 200 meters high, 10 of which are over 300 meters high. The city ranks among the world’s top three cities for most skyscrapers, according to Chinese website gaoloumi.com. The other two are Tokyo and Hong Kong.
In less than four decades, Shenzhen has been transformed from a sleepy fishing town into a forest of skyscrapers.
“The city was a town of fishing ponds and desolate lands when I was sent to work here in 1982,” recalled Wang Yugang, a retired employee of a Stateowned construction company in his 70s who came to work in Shenzhen as the construction supervisor of the famed International Trade Center Building.