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Top 10 Biggest Skylines of the World

A skyline is described as the overall view of the tall buildings and structures of a city. It consists of many skyscrapers. The skylines are like the fingerprints of a city. None of them look similar to each other. Many television shows, movies, sports programs use the skylines as their respective locations. The top ten biggest skylines in the world are as follows:

1. Hong Kong

has 43 buildings over 200m making it one of the biggest skylines in the world

Hong Kong is at the top of the list. The population is about 6.9 million. There are 43 buildings which are above 200m. It has also many unique tall towers which are decorated with wonderful night lightings. The backdrop mountain makes the city look more attractive and beautiful. A few examples of tall structures in Hong Kong are Central Plaza and Cheung Kong Center.

2. Chicago, United States

Chicago, Illinois has 19 skyscrapers over 200m making it one of the tallest skylines in the world

The first high structure of steel built in 1885 was not exactly the tallest building, but the design was an example about the new style of engineering. There are 19 buildings which are above 200 meters. The population of Chicago counts about 9.5 million. It has some finest architecture and modern skyscrapers in the world like the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower and still often calls that), Aon Center, and the John Hancock Center.

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3. Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China has 25 skyscrapers over 200m making it one of the biggest skylines in the world

The most advanced and largest city in China is Shanghai. The population is about 13.1 million. In Shanghai there are about 25 buildings which are above 200 meters. Two of them are the 468m high Oriental pearl tower and the 490m Shanghai world financial center.

4. New York City, United States

New York City, United States

The skyline of New York contains various designs of the architectural buildings. The population of the city is 21.0 million. One can recognize the skyline very easily. It is considered to be the earliest skyline in the world. Few examples are Rockefeller Center, New York Times building, and the Chrysler Building. New York City has the highest collection of 48 buildings which are above 200 meters. If you’re planning to visit, check out our list of things to do in New York City.

5. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan has the highest population in the world. It is about 32.0 million. The skyline has certain distinct features which are different from the other skylines. 15 structures in the city are over 200 meters. Tokyo Tower has a special night lighting which changes its colors every night. The buildings have contemporary architecture and are decorated with an effect of neon lighting for beautiful night reflection. Almost every corner of Tokyo seems to have its own distinct skyline.

The Tokyo Skytree is the tallest structure in Japan at 2080 feet. It’s Tembo Deck, at 350 meters up, gives you a beautiful view of the city of Tokyo. You can also choose to visit the Tembo Galleria, at 450 meters.

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6. Singapore


Singapore is the cleanliest and the best planned city all over the world. The population is comparatively lesser than the other cities as it counts 3.8 million. Due to the restriction of the air control traffic the buildings should be lower than 280 meters. There are 8 buildings that are over 200 meters and exactly 3 of them are 280 meters. The famous structures include the Republic Plaza and One Raffles Place (formerly OUB Centre).

7. Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada

The population in Toronto, Canada is 5.1 million. It has 11 structures over 200 meters and one of them is the CN Tower. The CN tower makes the skyline most identifiable. The Royal Ontario Museum has a variety of collection of architecture. Since 2009, 4 structures above 200 meters were formed. Toronto Trump Tower is one of them.

8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The skyline of Kuala Lumpur is very impressive and it is not so dense. The buildings are allowed to stand out individually. The population is 1.5 million. The Petronas Twin Towers (420m) is the highest structure in Kuala Lumpur. The other taller structures include the Maybank Tower and Telecom Tower.

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9. Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen, China

The population of the city is 4.2 million. It has 13 buildings which are above 200 meters. Shun Hing Square is in the 8th position among the tallest buildings. After the sunset the city looks awesome due to its well designed skyline. The skyline is criticized sometimes due to the reason of smog in the city.

10. Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

The skyline of the city contains clusters of business as well as residential buildings. There are exactly 10 buildings which are above 200 meters. The population is 20.8 million. The skyline has the combination of both ancient and modern architecture buildings.

The skylines of the above mentioned cities reflect the real beauty and the modern architecture. They are the symbolic locations which make the city look more attractive and beautiful.

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  • Reply
    Paul Salmon
    January 27, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I always say that it is better to build up than out. With the population density of some of these cities, it is amazing to think about how many people live is such a small area. I can’t imagine what they will look like in 20 or 50 years.

  • Reply
    January 27, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Paul, it’s funny, some cities have no choice. I lived for 5 years in Houston, TX, and the urban sprawl was insane. It took 90-120 minutes to drive from the west suburb to the east side of town.

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