By Andrew RannelliThe Chinese have never been a people who are known to rush into a new idea, preferring instead to wait a while to fully appreciate it.
Yet the country has done it.
The people who come to Beijing, for example, rarely go back home.
They take in the city and its people, but they also see the sights, see the buildings, the architecture.
The buildings and the cityscape are what the people of Beijing want to be, said Wang Xiaoxiao, a retired professor of urban planning and planning and architecture at the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences.
The city is full of architectural marvels, from skyscrapers to the Great Wall of China, from a sprawling pedestrian mall to the ornate grand palaces of the Great Hall of the People, said Xiaoxiang, who has been visiting China since 1994.
The country’s history and architecture are the stuff of legends, she said, and the Chinese have been known to be inventive.
They are known for the first skyscraper built in the Soviet Union.
They built the Great Pyramid of Giza and built the Taj Mahal.
They were pioneers in the construction of the Beijing Expo complex and other high-profile tourist attractions.
But the Chinese do not have a history of building high-rises, and that’s because they don’t want to.
They don’t have the money, and they don�t want to pay for expensive permits, even for a high-rise.
This, in a country where nearly all government jobs are in government, is an area where the Chinese government has taken a hands-off approach, said Wu Xiujin, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who specializes in urban planning.
The first skyscraper to open in Beijing in the 1990s was the 1,000-foot high, 16-story Dalian-based Huashan tower.
Its architects, including architect Wang Xiaojian, were credited with turning the city into one of the most livable in the world.
The tower also became a symbol of urban living and a symbol for Chinese pride, Wu said.
But then China, after a brief boom, fell into a recession in the late 2000s.
As a result, the Chinese capital lost its reputation as one of China�s most livably-designed cities.
The towers of Huashans and Dalians fell by the wayside.
The towers of Dalian, the most prominent example, were demolished in 2014.
Its replacement is the Shanghai Tower, an iconic building that was constructed in the 1950s and is one of Shanghai�s crown jewels.
But the new skyscraper, with its distinctive red façade, is still in the planning stages.
The government has also sought to keep a lid on the urban population.
Its new guidelines for urban development call for a minimum of one million people per square kilometer of land, or about 10 percent of China.
The new guidelines also say there should be no more than one skyscraper per five square kilometers, or 4.5 percent of the land.
But this has not deterred the city�s development.
China�s cities are more densely populated than most other developed countries, and there are more cars per person than in any other developed country.
But as the population ages, the need for a lot more buildings will increase, said Guo Zhijun, a senior fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Urban Studies and a member of the China Institute of Urban and Regional Planning.
The number of skyscrapings will likely increase as more people move into the city.
China is building many more new skyscraping complexes than it was built for, he said.
It is also building fewer skyscrapes.
In fact, according to a recent report by the China Institutes of Contemporary Architecture, the country�s skyscraper construction is now falling behind the world, and it is not even close.
That report, from the International Center for Architecture, looked at construction data from 2005 through 2019.
It found that China had lost 5,200 towers in the last 10 years, while the United States had lost 6,000.
China is building less than half the number of buildings it had in 2015, according the report.
The report did not include the Chinese cities of Changsha and Zhengzhou, both of which have become international tourist destinations.
Zhengzhou has been the largest city in China since the 1950, and its population has been increasing steadily.
In Changsha, the population grew by 3.4 percent in the 10-year period, according city officials.
But Zhengzhou lost 2.9 percent, according its data.
China has an average of more than 200 skyscrap of new buildings per square mile, according China Institute for Urban and Region Planning.
But it has not surpassed the 300-million-square-foot mark, said the report, which was based on data from the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Planning.Zheng