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Shanghai and New york ??

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I heard that Shanghai now has more skyscrapers than New York city.

Is this true ?? Can someone give me some sources please

Thank you

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city vs city?!
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It does not matter it is or not IMO.
哇唠!。。 怎么无聊。。。 - The video is really outdated. Population should be 23 Million and around 4500 Skyscrapers.
No need to bash this guy simply because he asked a question about two cities. He is much better than flamers who "compare" cities with each other. This guy is merely asking how many skyscrapers Shanghai has and if it's more than New York. The answer should be a very simple number and a yes or no.
No need to bash this guy simply because he asked a question about two cities. He is much better than flamers who "compare" cities with each other. This guy is merely asking how many skyscrapers Shanghai has and if it's more than New York. The answer should be a very simple number and a yes or no.
You are right, but the title of this thread had better be changed.
I am terribly sorry about the title of my thread .Sorry. I am just confused , because some source says that Shanghai now has more skyscrapers than New York, so i am just asking for some reliable source to confirm this.

Thank you
Yes I agree the title should be changed as it would probably attract flamers. But seeing as 02tonyl is new (Join Date: May 2007), I assume he has no idea of the fact that "city vs city" threads are not allowed on SCC.
it would be necessary to classify "skyscraper"...

If you mean high vualue residential and office skyscrapers I could imagine, that NY is still ahead, looking at Manhatten island.

If you count residential highrises above lets say 75m also, Shanghai is well ahead.

Are there statistics available that show the office space, diverted into quality classifications for both cities?
NY has hell of a lot AAA office Space......
Thank you anyway guys. I think i just found my answer
What it says in the video agrees with an article I read in the Economists a year ago that Shanghai had 4000 skyscrapers and NYC had 2000. No idea how they classify "skyscrapers" however.
here another fresh article

Shanghai: Creating a global city
By Steve Schifferes
Globalisation reporter, BBC News, Shanghai, China

The new Shanghai often overshadows the old

Shanghai is the ultimate poster-child for the effects of globalisation on cities and regions.

China's largest city languished for 30 years as the Chinese economy was closed to outside influence, and the country went through the political turmoil of the cultural revolution.

All this was dramatically changed when the country opened up its markets to the West in the 1980s, and Shanghai was given the green light to "get rich".

In the last 15 years, the city has been transformed into a glittering metropolis of 21 million people, with more skyscrapers than New York and a public transport system that will soon overtake London's in size.

The city has tripled in size and its influence now extends throughout the whole Yangtze Delta region, the richest area in China.

But it is not just the size and speed of its transformation, but alto its glittering economic achievements, that have grabbed the attention of the world.

The Shanghai region, including the two adjoining provinces, accounts for 30% of China's foreign exports and attracts 25% of all foreign investment into the country, while 20% of its manufacturing output is produced here.

The GDP, or gross domestic product, of the Shanghai region alone is $450bn (£225m), equivalent to half the size of the entire economy of India.

More than 500 multinational companies, ranging from General Motors to Volkswagen, have their regional corporate headquarters in Shanghai.

Old Shanghai has been rapidly eclipsed by the global city

And it has become one of the leading financial sectors in East Asia, with major Western banks flocking to its new financial centre, built from scratch in the new district of Pudong.

Each year, more foreign investment flows into Shanghai alone than to any other developing country. Again, this is twice the amount invested in the whole of India.

And the rate of economic growth has been phenomenal, with Shanghai's economy growing at a rate of 12% per year, much faster than China as a whole.

By 2020, Shanghai's economy is expected to have expanded five-fold, making it bigger than New York in 1997, the richest economic region in the world.

Consumer and property boom

The rapid economic growth has also transformed the economic prospects of individuals.

Luxury goods and shopping malls now dot the landscape
Per capita income rose from $125 per year in the 1950s, and $1,000 per year in 1977, to $3,000 in 1997 and $6,000 in 2005.

The growing urban middle-class also fuelled a consumer boom and a property boom in the city.

Western shops predominate in the pedestrianised shopping street of Nanjing Lu, while the more elegant shops of the Former French concession include the world's busiest H&M women's clothing store.

And fancy restaurants by famous chefs now line the Bund, the curving waterfront that was the financial centre of Shanghai in the 1930s.


The growth of Shanghai has been accompanied by vast human dislocations.

Shanghai shoppers enjoy access to Western fashion
More than one million households have been displaced to flats on the outskirts of the city in order to make way for the massive developments in the centre.

And almost four million migrant labourers have flooded into Shanghai from rural areas in the past 20 years to take advantage of the economic opportunities. They now make up one in four of the workforce.

These migrants have lacked any legal rights to health or education, and have suffered much poorer living conditions than native residents.

Even for local residents, the high property prices are forcing people out of the centre, making many postpone marriage and family life.

Ambitious Future

The city government of Shanghai is nothing if not ambitious.

To ensure Shanghai dominates foreign trade, it is building the world's largest container port on an island 30km offshore, linked by a six-lane bridge.

It also has bold plans to decentralise development by creating nine new towns around Shanghai, each with 500,000 residents.

And it plans to increase the use of public transport, raise education levels and encourage internet usage among its residents.

And just as Beijing used the 2008 Olympics to focus on its development, Shanghai plans to focus its World Expo 2010, which is expected to bring 70 million visitors to the city - on the redevelopment of the riverfront.

But the biggest obstacle to Shanghai's future development may be political.

Just as Shanghai's takeoff to growth was stimulated when Shanghai mayor Jiang Zemin took power in the 1990s, the new leadership of the Chinese Communist Party is attempting to curb its wings.

In October, the party secretary for Shanghai, Chen Liangyu, was arrested on corruption charges and was only replaced in March by an outsider, Xi Jinping.

Analysts believe that the move was intended to curb Shanghai's power, and was also related to the policy of the new party leadership to shift development from the rich coastal regions further inland, in order to narrow income disparities.

But Shanghai, with its entrepreneurial tradition and focus on getting rich, has always bounced back. This time, chances are it will more than just that.
i've read shanghai has more skyscrapers in US press, and on TV, but i guess no one knows the exact number of the highrises of both cities.
I don't know about New York but new skyscrapers are being built in Shanghai all the time. Even if someone went around and counted today, the number would probably be obsolete within weeks, if not days.

Then again, it also depends on what one considers a skyscraper, as in how tall a building must be before being considered a skyscraper.
Shanghai definitely has more highrises (12 floors+) than New York, but I'm not sure about "skyscrapers". Most probably it has more though - it's pretty obvious when you see the city from above.

Anyway, if New York has more today, it'll be changed in a matter of years.
According to an NBC 'Shanghai Today' clip. NYC has 2000 Skyscrapers, Shanghai Has 4000 with another 1000 to be added by 2012.
Shanghai more skyscrapers than New York city. :banana2:
But more skyscrapers or not doesnt determine the city's prosperity. Shanghai needs more because of its population. It depends how you see it anyway.
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