Fuelled by a booming economy and ever-expanding urban population, China has built more skyscrapers in the last 30 years than the United States did in the entire 20th century.
With relaxed planning regulations and near-limitless capital, cities across the country have transformed from small regional centres into some of the most densely-packed metropolises on our planet.
But while this phenomenon saw the construction of some of the world’s tallest buildings, a decree by the country’s central government has now brought the country’s record-breaking skyscraper boom to an end. The Chinese government has banned the construction of any buildings over 500 metres in height and called time on architectural plagiarism – here’s why.
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Presented and narrated by Fred Mills.
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