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Seriously Big Blocks of Flats In China

The People’s Republic of China, commonly known as China, is the most populous state in the world with over 1.3 billion people, and Shanghai with its population of 19 million is the most populous city in China and the most populous city proper in the world.

In the past decade, China’s cities expanded at an average rate of 10% annually. However, between 1978 and 2009, the country’s urbanization rate increased from 17.4% to 46.8%  a scale unprecedented in human history. These changes, and a lack of space causes huge demand for dense, high-rise offices and housing.

According to Emporis, there are 7,650 skyscrapers in Hong Kong, which puts the city at the top of world rankings. Thirty-six of the world’s 100 tallest residential buildings are in Hong Kong. More people in Hong Kong live or work above the 14th floor than anywhere else on Earth, making it the world’s most vertical city.

While these numbers could look really cool and impressive, actually it causes a lot of housing problems. Let’s take a glimpse at some of those enormous blocks of flats in China to get a feel of how it feels to be living in some cities of China.

“Mass Living” in Hong Kong

Bamboos to Magalie L’Abbé

Bamboos to Photocapy

Bamboos to Phillie Casablanca

Bamboos to alexasigno

Tower block on the Lei Yue Mun Estate, Yau Tong, Kowloon

Bamboos to pondspider

Tianjin Flats

Bamboos to mararie

Shanghai Apartment Buildings

Bamboos to decade_null

Bamboos to kk+

Bamboos to Colin Manuel

Recent media reports citing information from China’s electricity authority claimed that 64.5 million urban electricity meters registered zero electricity consumption over the past six months, equating to enough empty flats to house 200 million people. “While the data is not accurate, we can confidently conclude that China doesn’t have an absolute housing shortage and the per capita space is above the level in Europe and Japan”. (sources: 1,2,3,4)

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  • Kaushal Dalmond

    Woah! I feel claustrophobic watching those pics!

  • matt-murdock

    remember me the art of H.G. GIGER the NY City serie:

  • pandaman

    ha ha if you scroll up from below the 2nd 1 under Shanghai Apartment Buildings it looks like it’s coming up at you!

  • Bored Panda

    @pandaman haha nice illusion :)

  • May

    Whoa! That’s some kind of crazy!
    Gosh, you would hope they have backup generators if the lifts are out and you live on the top floors >_<!

  • Leon Moses

    Simply amazing…just amazing! The logistics to suooort all those people must be very efficient. I see all the Air conditioners in the windows, and I wonder about the cost not to mention all the electrical resource needed to keep these people happy.
    And then when you MULTIPLY this by all the other like-buildings not only in Hong Kong, but China as a whole it staggers the mind. The administration HAS to be VERY efficient to acconplish all of this.
    Good work, China!

  • David

    that blows my mind.

  • Alan

    Hope they’re earthquake-proof!

  • Som

    Nice site with full of super snaps . Are the sky-kissing buildings safe for living ? However , It seems lacs of people live there

  • anon

    If just one terrorist would see this..

  • Rachel

    I wonder how the go up? o.o Hopefully not using the stair i guess xD

  • dave

    Rachel, I can’t tell you for sure how it works, but I’ll bet the now worthelss American farm that it runs on rice and dragon farts.

  • Kritikal_flame

    This. Is. Inception!!!

  • Fuckyou

    It’s Spelled “HONG KONG”, asshole

  • Ble