China’s National Development and Reform Commission issued the “14th Five-Year New Urbanization Implementation Plan” on July 12. The plan opposes the future construction of tall foreign high-rise buildings reaching over 500 meters.

The plan aims to optimize the urban spatial pattern and architectural style. 

The layout of residential, industrial, commercial, transportation, and ecological functions should be optimized.

The plan calls for an increase in the proportion of residential land, control of development in old urban areas, and promotion of the construction of new cities and new districts of high quality and high standards.

The integration of industry and city, as well as the balance of jobs and housing, are also mentioned.

It requires implementing an applicable, economic, green, beautiful building policy in the new era. Architectural chaos, such as “greed for large houses, love for western-style buildings and seeking strange and unique designs,” should be controlled. Beijing strictly limits the construction of new super high-rise buildings. 

No new skyscrapers over 500 meters are allowed, and new buildings over 250 meters are strictly restricted.

There are currently six completed buildings over 500 meters on the mainland, including Shanghai Tower, Canton Tower; Ping An píng’ān International Finance Center; Guangzhou Chow Tai Fook Finance Center; Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Finance Center, and CITIC Group Headquarters Building (China Zun).

If the regulation is strictly implemented, the Shanghai Tower, with a height of 632 meters, will remain the tallest building in mainland China for the foreseeable future.

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