olivier laude p h o t o
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construction of the Guangzhou subway

With an annual growth rate of 18% Guangzhou and the region far outstrips that of the rest of the country and provides 25% of Beijing's revenues. Construction and demolition most strikingly reflect this hyperactive economy. Ten years ago, Guangzhou had only one building higher than 20 stories, now skyscrapers are being built as fast as concrete can be poured. Shenzhen sports the second tallest building in Asia (368 meters) and Guangzhou plans to go even higher in the near future.

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