ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperBusiness /OpinionEconomyPolicy WatchChina DataCompaniesMarketsIndustriesOpinionMotoringGadgetsGreen ChinaThe truth about skyscrapers(China Daily)Updated:2014-01-21 07:57
Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallChina had 470 skyscrapers in 2012, with 332 more under construction, which accounted for 87 percent of the global total. The phenomenon of building such a large number of skyscrapers deserves special attention, says an article on gmw.cn. Excerpts:
Many people say there is no need to build so many skyscrapers, and their contention is not groundless. According to a report on high-rise buildings, on average a skyscraper in the US has an output value of 143.1 billion yuan ($23.65 billion) in the tertiary industry while that in China yields only 43.6 billion yuan.
Skyscrapers have been built across China at random. For example, the worlds first five-star skyscraper hotel built in a village in China is suffering operational loss and needs villagers to occasionally occupy rooms to “stimulate domestic demand”.
Its true that the huge number of skyscrapers in China pose a problem. But people who oppose the trend spurred by the countrys urbanization drive tend to go to the other extreme, saying that there is no need for skyscrapers at all. Whether a city has the need for skyscrapers or whether farmers should live in tall buildings should be decided by social reality rather peoples subjective assumption.
On one hand, skyscrapers are built to save resources and concentrate production elements in one place. For instance, the cluster of high-rise buildings in New York City includes not only the worlds most influential banks, and insurance and securities companies, but also energy giants. On the other hand, during their economic development, every country, including those in the West and Japan and South Korea, went through a stage when they had to showcase their economic strength through skyscrapers.
The pursuit of building skyscrapers could be disastrous. But if building skyscrapers is part of a well-thought-out plan and meets realistic demands, people should not criticize it.8.03KRelated StoriesChinas tallest skyscraper undergoes constructionChina goes big with skyscrapersApproval pending for tallest skyscraperTallest skyscraper in China reaches over 500mPhotoRetail giant checks outTop 10 Chinese car maker movesEarth hour around the worldWorlds eight green stadiumsHighlights of the Baselworld 2014View from on highChina Economy By NumbersChina Economy by Numbers – Dec China Economy by Numbers – Nov NewsmakerFew textbook answers from Nobel prize winner Things you didnt know about Max BaucusMost ViewedTodays Top NewsNHTSA says finds no defect trend in Tesla Model S sedansWTO rare earth ruling is unfairAmway says 2014 China sales may grow 8%President Xi in Europe: Forging deals, boosting businessCNOOC releases 2013 sustainability reportLocal production by Chery Jaguar Land Rover this yearCar lovers test their need for speed in BMW Mission 3China stocks close mixed MondayHot TopicsTaxi booking appInternet finance12306.cnHousing priceWeChat4GChina MobileIPOs resumptionEditors PicksTop 10 Chinese car maker moves Worry-free financing plans aid car owners What a phone can do via lens 9 mysterious plane disappearances SpecialsGlobal business leaders weigh in on reformsBillionaires speak out on reform rolesInternet finance is in, but is banking out?…Media : |State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs|QQ International|Peopleforum|workercn.cn|Partners : |State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs|QQ International|Peopleforum|workercn.cn|Portals : |www.panguso.com|www.goso.cn|Sina|Sohu|Tom|Tencent|NetEase|Hexun|Organizations : |China US Focus|FrenCham|CPAFFC|CPIFA|Gov.cn|eBeijing|AmCham|SwissCham BJ|…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer |Copyright 1995 -. All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.License for publishing multimedia online 0108263 Registration Number: 20100000002731