For almost 50 years, the tallest building in the world was in New York City. From 1931 to 1972, the famous Empire State Building, which is 1,454 feet tall, was the tallest in the world. But those times are over.
China is slowly taking over the rest of the world with its substantial high-rise buildings that house financial institutions, stores, and homes. In many places in China, the number of “ghost cities” is rising because many buildings are left empty.
China has built more than 300 new skyscrapers in the last 10 years. Five of those ten are the tallest buildings in the world. But the country hasn't yet made it to the top.
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world at 2,717 feet. Overall, high-rise and mid-rise apartments are now more popular than low-rise apartments for the first time in 30 years. Scroll down to see the world's top 10 tallest buildings.
10. Taipei 101
Taipei 101, which used to be called the Taipei World Financial Center in Taiwan, is the 10th tallest building in the world. It is 1,667 square feet tall. It was the tallest building in the world until the Burj Khalifa in Dubai was built in 2009.
9. CITIC Tower
The CITIC Tower is the ninth tallest building in the world. It is 1,731 feet tall. It was built in 2018 in the city of Beijing. The tallest building in the Chinese city is a 109-story structure called China Zun.
8. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre
The Tianjin CTF Finance Center in Tianjin, China, is 1,739 feet long. There is a hotel, serviced apartments, and offices in the building. The building work started in 2013 and was done in 2019.
7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre
The Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is the seventh-tallest building in the world. It is built to a height of 1,739 feet. The building is in Guangzhou, China, and was built in 2016. It has 111 floors above ground and five floors below ground. It is home to a hotel, apartments, offices, and a shopping mall.
6. One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center is 1,776 feet tall and is in the Big Apple. The main building in the World Trade Center complex has been rebuilt. It is still the tallest building in the US and the sixth-tallest building in the world. The building was finished in 2014, and most of its rooms are used for work.
5. Lotte World Tower
The Lotte World Tower was built in 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. The tower is the fifth-tallest building in the world. It is 1,819 feet tall. It has 123 floors, and it took 13 years to plan and prepare the site. It is now available to the public all the time.
Vitaliy Raskalov, a Russian and Ukrainian urban explorer from Ontheroofs, free-climbed to the top of the tower in 2016. A stunt video has been watched more than 4.6 million times and covered by media outlets worldwide.
4. Ping An Finance Center
The fourth-tallest building in the world is Ping An Finance. It was built in 2017 in Shenzhen, China. It is 1,965 feet tall and has 115 floors. The building has offices, a hotel, shops, a conference center, and a high-end shopping mall.
3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower
The Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is the third-largest building in the world right now. It is 1,972 feet tall. It was built by the government in 2012 and cost almost $15 billion. It is one of seven towering hotels in the area.
2. Shanghai Tower
The Shanghai Tower in China is a vast 2,073 feet tall. This building opened in 2015 and has 128 floors. It is the second-largest building in the world. The elevators move at a speed of 20.5 meters per second. The building is home to offices, stores, and activities for fun.
1. Burj Khalifa
For the past ten years, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has been the tallest building in the world. The building work started in 2004. When finished in 2010, the building was a massive 2,717 feet long. It has 163 floors altogether.