Several cities in the world are identified by their magnificent skyscrapers that stand tall and proud amidst buzzing urban activity. Besides serving as geographical landmarks, skyscrapers are the most visible sign of a city’s economic prosperity and a token of the aspirations of its citizens such as ambition, freedom and hope.
Here’s a roundup of 10 cities around the world that boast some of the most awe-inspiring skyscrapers.
Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong is one of the most crowded cities in the world and boasts over 1,500 skyscrapers that tower as high as 1,588 feet (484 meters). Famous skyscrapers like the Bank of China measuring 367 metres from base to tip, colloquially known as ‘One Knife,’ overlook the richest business districts in China.
New York City, New York
New York City, one of the biggest business hubs in the world, holds over 6,486 high-rise units. The World Trade Center is the tallest building in the whole of United States standing at 1,776 feet (541 meters).
Tokyo, which is widely regarded as the Japanese central hub for commerce and finance, is home to over 347 skyscrapers. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is the tallest one measuring 799 feet (244 metres) from base to tip.
Chicago, known as the birthplace of skyscrapers with one of the most attractive skylines in the world, houses over 283 skyscrapers. The tallest building in the city is the 108-storey Willis Tower, formerly called the Sears Tower, rising 1,451 feet (442 m) in the Chicago Loop.
Dubai – the business hub of the Middle-East – houses 88 skyscrapers which stand taller than 180 metres (591 ft). The Burj Al Arab, towering at 1,053 feet (321 metres) was the city’s first skyscraper completed in 1999. Doubling in size is the Burj Khalifa which stands 2,717 feet (828 metres) tall and is known to be Dubai’s tallest building.
One of the biggest financial powerhouses in the world, Shanghai has over 229 skyscrapers, making everything look high-rise. The Shanghai Tower is 632 m (2,073 ft) tall with 128 floors. It is currently the tallest building in the People’s Republic of China and the second tallest in the world.
Toronto is the biggest city in Canada that houses over 162 skyscrapers with the tallest among them being the CN Tower standing at 1,814 feet (553 metres). It offers some of the best views of Toronto’s skyline and its adventure attraction is the EdgeWalk.
Singapore is one of the most admired countries in the world for its financial stability despite being a very small territory. Currently, it houses over 141 skyscrapers colouring the evening sky. Tanjong Pagar Centre currently is the tallest building in Singapore standing at 290 m (951 ft).
Bangkok serves as southeast Asia’s buzzing centre of commerce, trade, and business and also fulfils its role as the main transportation gateway. Its skyline is dotted by over 123 skyscrapers, belonging to both local and global companies. Standing at 316 metres, Magnolias Waterfront Residences Iconsiam, with 73 floors is recognised as the tallest building in Thailand.
Mumbai, the commercial and financial capital of India, houses most of the high-rise buildings in the country. More than 7000 high-rise buildings have already been constructed in the Mumbai metropolitan region. Standing 254 metres (833 ft) tall, The Imperial, a twin-tower residential skyscraper, is one of the tallest completed buildings in India.