Second tier cities are growing tall

In 2014, for the 7th year in a row, China was the country in the world where the most high rise buildings were built. 58 of the 97 200-meter-plus buildings completed across the world were in China. The city of Tianjin ranked first with 6 such tall buildings, followed by Chongquing, Wuhan and Wuxi with 4 each.

This is another sign of the dynamism of second tier cities which are following in the footsteps of tier 1 cities such as Shanghai and Beijing to become internationally recognized economic centers. It is these tier 2 cities, but also the lower tier ones, that have become the engine of growth for China.