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Asia's most impressive skylines

A skylines offer a unique fingerprint to a city, as no two skylines are alike. Here is a list of the most impressive skylines of Asia. With some of the most dynamic economical areas in the world, Asian cities create skylines that were formerly only possible in science fiction movies.
Shanghai Pudong Skyline
© photo: Jens Schott Knudsen    

Hong Kong

Without a doubt, Hong Kong is the undisputed champion of impressive skylines. Hong Kong is home to 4 of the 15 tallest buildings in the world. There are 7650 skyscrapers in Hong Kong. Since most citizens of Hong Kong live or work above the 14th floor, Hong Kong is the world’s most vertical city.
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Skyline Hong Kong

photo by: slack12

 

 

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, often nicknamed ‘Paris of the East’, is China’s largest city. There are dozens of highrise buildings, including the 468 meters tall Oriental Pearl Tower and Jin Mao Building, which houses the 5-star Shanghai Hotel with the world’s highest swimming pool and the highest night club.
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Skyline Shanghai

photo by: le niners

 

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Petronas Twin Towers and Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower are among the world’s 25 tallest buildings. From 1997 to 2003  the 88 storey high Petronas Towers, connected with a skybridge at 170 meters height, were the highest buildings in the world.
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Skyline Kuala Lumpur

photo by: Yuga.

 

 

Tokyo, Japan

Due to the risk of earth quakes, the world’s most populated city has an relatively low skyline. There are only 5 buildings over 200 meters tall, including Tokyo Tower and the City Hall.
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Skyline Tokyo

photo by: Lazaro Lazo

 

 

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei’s skyline is dominated by Taipei 101, the 449 meters tall landmark representing bamboo, although some say it looks more like Chinese take away boxes. The 101-floor skyscraper, opened in 2004, is build to resist typhoons and earthquakes. Taipei is home hundreds of 12 to 18-floor heigh buildings.
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Skyline Taipei

photo by: orange tuesday

Singapore

Due air traffic control restrictions buildings are limited to 280 meters. Singapore’s tallest 3 buildings are in fact 280.1 meters high. The world’s cleanest metropolitan is home to the world’s largest giant observation wheel, the 165 meter tall Singapore Flyer.
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Skyline Singapore

photo by: anshu_si

 

 

Seoul, South Korea

With a population of more than 22 milion, this megacity is the world’s third largest agglomeration in the world. Seoul is also part of the world’s top 10 financial and commercial centers, being home to multinationals like Samsung, Hyundai and LG.
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Skyline Seoul

photo by: choweee

 

 

Manila, Philippines

Manila’s skycrapers are situated in the the financial capital of the Philippines, Makati Business District. The tallest building, completed in 2000, is home to the Philippine Bank of Communications. It’s the 118th tallest building in the world at 259 meters.
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Skyline Manila

photo by: Roberto Verzo

 

 

Jakarta, Indonesia

When construction started in 1997, Jakarta Tower was supposed to be world’s tallest building at 558 meters. Thanks to the economic crisis, it’s still not finished. In the meanwhile, Jakarta Tower has lost the highest tower competion from Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
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Skyline Jakarta

photo by: yohanes budiyanto

 

 

Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen used to be a small fishing village north on the border of Hong Kong, nowadays it’s a metropolitan home to more than 4 milion people. Shenzhen has dozens of tall buildings, with Shun Hin Square, also known as Diwang Building, being the ninth tallest building in the world.
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Skyline Shenzhen

photo by: Sarmu

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