Haikou is the capital of China’s Hainan province. It’s home to more than two million people, but it’s not even in the country’s top 50 by population.
Yet despite being a small city by China’s standards it’s still full of tall buildings, including skyscrapers — all of which have been built since 2000.
But that’s all about to change. The recent ban on the construction of super-tall buildings across China has been significantly expanded, and now, even smaller skyscrapers in places like this will be forbidden.
Oh, and there’s been a tightening of restrictions in China’s bigger cities too. So, what’s caused the nation with more skyscrapers than anyone else to make such a dramatic u–turn?
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Producer: Adam Savage
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