In China, skyscrapers have always been associated with the rich and famous.
But the country’s skyscraping boom began more than a century ago.
In the early 20th century, construction on Shanghai’s new 21st-century skyscraper, the Shanghai Tower, began at the same time that China’s economy was opening up.
In 1911, the country had a population of just 4.6 million people, according to the World Bank.
But as the country experienced the Great Depression and the Great War, China began building skyscrapes at an astounding rate, increasing the countrys economic output by 300 per cent in just seven years.
At the same point in the 20th Century, Shanghai’s population was just 1.5 million.
By 2070, China was a multi-billion-dollar, multi-tiered megacity.
With so much wealth in the city, the government wanted to create an affordable and welcoming place for Chinese people to live.
To that end, the city opened up in the 1930s to allow Chinese people who were not fluent in English to settle.
As the population increased, the population of Chinese families began to increase, too.
As a result, Shanghai was given the nickname of the “Beijing of the East.”
With so many people moving to the city to work, the demand for housing skyrocketed.
The demand for apartments was high, and Shanghaiers were able to rent apartments from a variety of different companies, all at prices lower than what they could pay in the traditional housing market.
Shanghai was also an ideal place for a Chinese company to start.
“I was able to have my company, Shanghai Hotels, go public and make the jump to the United States, in which I am now the chairman of,” says Paul Grewal, the founder of Shanghai Hotles.
“And I did so by buying an old apartment building in New York.”
Shanghai Hotle became one of the world’s most successful hotel chains, operating in over 60 cities and regions around the world.
Shanghai Hotlites is known for being the only company in the world that has stayed open for more than two decades, and it still runs today, operating more than 600 hotels around the globe.
Today, Shanghai is a city where people live, work and play.
For those who want to get into the history of the skyscraper boom in China, The Globe and Mail decided to take a look back at how skyscrapings were built in the country in the 1920s.
10 years after Shanghai opened to the public, there were only 1,000 buildings in Shanghai.
Today the city has more than 100,000 skyscraped structures.
In Shanghai, the construction of the first tower in 20 years began in 1912.
It took nearly 20 years to complete, and in total, more than 20,000 workers worked on the building.
Today Shanghai is the tallest building in the United Kingdom, and the tallest in the European Union.
According to the London-based architectural firm HESCO, Shanghai became the worlds tallest skyscraper in just four years in 1912, when the Shanghai World Financial Centre was completed.
The skyscraper has stood as a landmark ever since, and its impact is felt every day.
“It is the most famous building in Shanghai, and I would say it is a symbol of Shanghai,” says Peter Pritchard, the former managing director of the Shanghai International Convention Centre.
“The tower has changed the skyline in Shanghai forever, and if it hadn’t been for the tower, Shanghai would be today a ghost town.
The tower symbolizes the city and its people, and that is something that the city needs.”
The tower’s original construction started with a wooden frame and steel beams, and workers laid down the first of many concrete blocks.
A group of young men would build and finish the first building, and eventually a group of men would lay down the rest of the towers.
By the late 1920s, the tower was nearing completion, and by the early 1930s, a group would finish it.
In 1937, the towers became a symbol for Shanghai.
Shanghai became known as the “City of the Sky,” and the city’s skyscraper skyline became known for its sheer height.
The Chinese are known for their love of heights.
In fact, in the 1960s, The New York Times published a photo of a woman holding a baby who was standing just below the tower’s edge, the Chinese word for “tall.”
A few years later, Shanghai built the tallest skyscraper in the entire world, the 110-storey Shanghai World Finance Centre, which towers at 1,500 feet above the ground.
“In a sense, it was an opportunity to build the city that had been lost,” says Grewalt.
“For Shanghai to have been built and built with a view to becoming a global financial center, that was a huge opportunity for the Chinese.”
Shanghai is known as one of only two cities in the whole world to have skyscrap