China’s youngest me­trop­o­lis sees ris­ing sky­line

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS -

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.

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