Top 10 Cities With Most Skyscrapers 2016

The skyline of cities like New York, Hong Kong and Dubai displays some of the greatest feats of engineering. Seeing so many skyscrapers in a single city also can be an amazing experience for you. Here the list of 10 cities with most skyscrapers.

10 Singapore – 81

singapore skyline

The Singapore city has 81 skyscrapers that rise more than 150 meters. Most of the skyscrapers are located in the downtown core of the city. Majority of skyscrapers in Singapore city are functioned as office space. The Mandarin orchard tower 2 built back in 1973 is the first 150m+ building in Singapore city. At present the 67 storey 280 meters high UOB plaza one (headquarters of United Overseas Bank) is the tallest building in the city.

Tallest Buildings In Singapore

  • UOB Plaza One – 280.11 meters
  • One Raffles Place – 277.67 meters
  • Republic Plaza – 276.14 meters
  • Capital Tower – 255.42 meters
  • One Raffles Quay North Tower – 245.05 meters

9 Shenzhen, China – 83

Shenzhen skyline

Shenzhen is a modern metropolis and second largest port city in China. This city is a special economic zone of China and known for its striking architecture. The skyline of Shenzhen is truly amazing with 83 skyscrapers that rise 150+ meters in height. More than 40 150+ m skyscrapers are also under construction in Shenzhen city, believed to be completed by 2018.

Currently the KK100 located in Luohu district is the highest skyscraper in Shenzhen City. The 100 storey mixed use building rises 441 meters in height. The first 150+ meter building in the city is Shenzhen Development Center. The 165 meters high building was built back in 1987.

Tallest Buildings In Shenzhen City

  • KK100 – 441.65 meters
  • Shun Hing Square – 384.04 meters
  • East Pacific Center Tower A – 306.01 meters
  • SEG Plaza – 291.69 meters
  • Excellence Century Plaza Tower I – 280.11 meters
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8 Guangzhou, China – 93

Guangzhou skyline

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Guangzhou is the third largest city in China. It is also one of most important sci-tech, educational and economic centers in China. Today this rich metropolis has 93 amazing skyscrapers that exceed 150 meters in height. The Guangzhou international finance center, CITIC Plaza, The pinnacle, Pearl River tower, Lea Top Plaza and Canton towers in the Guangzhou city are also rises more than 300 meters in height.

The majority of skyscrapers in Guanzhou city are used as office and residential space. The 103 storey 439 meters high Guangzhou international finance center is the tallest building in Guangzhou city. This skyscraper is also known as west tower. It going to be surpassed by 530 meters high CTF financial center, a new skyscraper is under construction. It thinks to be completed by 2016.

Tallest Buildings In Guangzhou City

  • Guangzhou International Finance Center – 438.60 meters
  • CITIC Plaza – 390.14 meters
  • The Pinnacle – 360 meters
  • Pearl River Tower – 309.37 meters
  • Leatop Plaza – 302.6 meters

7 Chongqing, China – 94

Chongqing skyline

Chongqing is a modern port city in Southwest China. The city is known for its natural beauty and cultural heritage. It is also one of major industrial centers in China. With 94 150+ meters high skyscrapers the Chongqing is ranked among cities with most skyscrapers.

The 12 out of 94 skyscrapers in Chongqing city rises more than 200 meters in height. At present the 339 meters high Chongqing World Financial Center is the tallest skyscraper in Chongqing City. About 35 skyscrapers also under construction in Chongqing city. Upon them the Chongqing International Trade and Commercial Center I will become the highest skyscraper in the city by 2017. It is a 100 storey 468 meter high super skyscraper, construction started in 2012 and expected to be completed in 2017.

Tallest Buildings In Chongqing City

  • Chongqing World Financial Center – 339 meters
  • Yingli Tower – 288 meters
  • Chongqing Poly Tower – 286.8 meters
  • Chongqing World Trade Center – 283.15 meters
  • Lanko-Grand Hyatt Hotel – 257.8 meters

6 Tokyo, Japan – 114

Tokyo skyline

With a population of 13.30 million Tokyo is the largest metropolitan city in the world. Apart from its size Tokyo city also is also an economically powerful city in the world. Today, in the modern Tokyo city you can see about 2390 high rise buildings and 114 amazing skyscrapers. But until 1963 the height of buildings in Tokyo was limited to just 31 meters. It was because earthquakes are very frequent in Tokyo city. The rapid rise of Tokyo skyline in recent decades is as a result of modern engineering techniques.

The 36 storey Kasumigaseki is the first 150+ meters high skyscraper in Tokyo city. It was built back in 1968. Now the title is held by Toranomon hills, a hotel/residential complex in located in Minato ward of Tokyo. It is a 52 storey skyscraper that rises to 256 meters in height.

Tallest Buildings In Tokyo

  • Toranomon Hills – 255.4 meters
  • Midtown Tower – 247.8 meters
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – 243.5meters
  • Sunshine 60 – 240 meters
  • NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building – 240 meters

5 Chicago, United States – 117

Chicago skyline

Chicago is the third largest city in U.S with a population of 2.7 million. Chicago city is also known for its great architectural tradition. It is the second largest skyline in the United States. This city boasts 1273 high rise buildings and 117 breathtaking skyscrapers.

Chicago city regarded as the birthplace of skyscrapers. The 138 feet high home insurance building constructed back in 1884 is the first skyscraper in the world. The building was demolished in 1931. Today, the 442 meters high Willis towers built back in 1974 is the tallest building in Chicago.

Tallest Buildings In Chicago

  • Willis Tower – 442.2 meters
  • Trump International Hotel And Tower – 423 meters
  • Aon Center – 346..25 meters
  • John Hancock Center – 343.8 meters
  • Franklin Center-North Tower – 307 meters

4 Shanghai, China – 126

shangai skyline

Shanghai is the most important financial, commercial and industrial center of China. It is one of the fastest growing cities on the planet. Today there are 957 high rise buildings and 126 skyscrapers in Shanghai city. The construction boom in the city has arisen since 1920s.

In the mid of 2015 the Shanghai city will open the tallest skyscraper in China. The new megatall building is known as Shanghai tower, a 125 storey 632 meter high skyscraper under construction in the Pudong district of Shanghai. The construction started in 2008 and expected to be opened in the mid of 2015. On completion the Shanghai tower has also become the second tallest building in the world.

Tallest Buildings In Shanghai

  • Shanghai Tower – 632 meters
  • Shanghai Financial Center – 492 meters
  • Jin Mao Tower – 420.6 meters
  • Shimao International Plaza – 333.45 meters
  • Plaza 66 – 288 meters

3 Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 148

Dubai skyline

Dubai is the fastest growing Arab city in the world. It is a global hub for tourism and trade. Dubai also boasts highest skyline in the Middle East. The city is home to world’s highest skyscraper, 211 storey 830 meter high Burj Khalifa. Today, there are 148 jaw dropping skyscrapers and 917 high-rise buildings in Dubai. The unprecedented construction boom in Dubai city has occurred since 2005. The rapid rise of the Dubai skyline under a decade is just incredible.

Dubai world trade center, a 149 meter high, 39 storey building constructed back in 1978 is the first high rise building of Dubai city. Today, 18 out of 148 skyscrapers in the city are rising to 300+ meters in height. Unsurprisingly the Dubai skyline continues to grow. At present 21 skyscrapers are under construction in Dubai. The minimum height of these buildings expected to be at 180 meters.

Tallest Buildings In Dubai

  • Burj Khalifa – 828.18 meters
  • Princess Towers – 413.30 meters
  • 23 Marina – 393 meters
  • Elite Residence – 380.3 meters
  • Almas Tower – 360 meters

2 New York City, United States – 237

New-york Skyline

New York City is the most economically powerful city in United States. It is regarded as the business capital of America. NYC also boast the most impressive skyline in U.S. It is home to more than 6000 high-rise buildings and 237 amazing skyscrapers. One World Trade Center, the tallest building in United States also located in NYC. It is a 104 storey 416 meter high skyscraper that built to replace original word trade center destroyed in 9/11 terror attack.

Almost all skyscrapers of NYC are located in Manhattan Island, most populated borough of NYC. Manhattan can be called as the business capital of the world because over a million jobs located there. Apart from this reason Manhattan is an Islands and most populated part of NYC. So the buildings in the areas have to be expand upwards. As result Manhattan boast one of jaw dropping skylines in the world.

Tallest Buildings In New York City

  • One World Trade Center – 416 meters
  • Empire State Building – 381 meters
  • Bank Of America Tower – 365.7 meters
  • Chrysler Building – 318.8 meters
  • The New York Times Building – 318.8 meters

1 Hong Kong, China – 303

Hong Kong skyline

Hong Kong is a major business and financial center in the People’s Republic of China. It is also the city with the most number of skyscrapers in the world. Today, Hong Kong city boasts 7687 high-rise buildings and 303 incredible skyscrapers. Majority of skyscrapers in Hong Kong is used predominantly as residential buildings.

Jardine house, a 179 meter high office tower is the first 150+ m high skyscraper in Hong Kong city. Now, the 118 storey, 484 meter high Hong Kong International Commerce Center is the tallest skyscraper in the city. It is also the eight tallest building in the world.

The Hong Kong skyline is one of most impressive skyline in the world. The view of the Hong Kong skyline with surrounding Victoria harbor is just incredible. At 8 pm in every evening the skyscrapers in Hong Kong involve in a dazzling light show. The pyrotechnic fireworks, laser show and music also combine together to make the Hong Kong skyline stunning like no other. The Guinness book of world records named this light show at the Hong Kong skyline as largest permanent light and sound festival in the world.

Tallest Buildings In Hong Kong

  • International Commerce Center – 484 meters
  • Two International Finance Center – 416 meters
  • Center Plaza – 374 meters
  • Bank Of China Tower – 367 meters
  • The Center – 346 meters