Wuhan Builds World's 3rd Tallest Skyscraper
    2010-12-09 19:16:53     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Yu
 

The blueprint shows the plan for the Green Center in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province. [File Photo: Wuhan Evening News]

Construction on Wuhan Greenland Center, the largest service industry complex in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, began Wednesday, Chinanews.com.cn reports.

The 606-meter-tall building will be the world's third highest tower after the 800-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the 632-meter Shanghai Tower in China.

Zhang Yuliang, President of the Shanghai Greenland Group, the project developer, said the company has invested more than 30 billion yuan (4.5 billion U.S. dollars) to build the tower complex which will occupy more than 3 million square meters.

Skyscraper construction has become a trend in recent years in Chinese cities. China has nine of 15 tallest skyscrapers in the world. But construction of what will be the world's third-tallest skyscraper has prompted a great deal of discussion on the news portal Sina.com.cn.

A Wuhan netizen named "Huzige" supports the project which he believes will attract investment and likely become Wuhan's landmark.

But a netizen named "Zhilizidonghua" from Guangdong is against the project, arguing that it entails enormous costs and could yield ecological damage to the natural environment.

An anonymous netizen from Zhejiang said the project's enormous expense was harmful to people's livelihoods and urged the city to spend some of the money for the project on infrastructural construction instead.

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