10 Tallest Buildings in the World

I recently visited the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and that inspired me to share these pictures of the 10 tallest buildings in the world with you. Here they are in ascending order by height, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH):

10. Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, China
This 88-story skyscraper stands at a height of 421m (1,380ft). Completed in 1998, the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China contains offices and the Shanghai Grand Hyatt hotel.

Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, China

Credit: M├Ątes II

9. Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, United States of America (USA)
The Trump Tower, named for Donald Trump, is located on the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois, USA. It stands 423m (1,389ft) and has 92 stories. The tower houses retail space, a parking garage, a hotel, and condominiums. It was completed in 2009.

Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, USA

8. Guangzhou West Tower, Guangzhou, China
The Guangzhou West Tower in Guangzhou, China, is a 440.2m (1,444ft) tall skyscraper that is home to a conference center, a hotel, and offices. It was completed in 2009 and has 103 floors. The tower’s twin, the Guangzhou East Tower, will be completed in 2016.

Guangzhou West Tower, Guangzhou, China

7. Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America (USA)
Formerly called the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois, USA, stands 442m (1,451ft) tall and has 108 floors. It was completed in 1973 and was the tallest building in the world at that time. It is currently the tallest building in the United States.

Willis Tower Chicago, Illinois, USA

6. Nanjing Greenland Financial Center, Nanjing, China
Also known as the Greenland Square Zifeng Tower, the Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China, is 450m (1,480ft) tall. It was completed in 2009 and currently houses office space, retail space, a restaurant, and an observation deck. It has 89 stories.

Nanjing Greenland Financial Center, Nanjing, China

5. Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is home to the Petronas Twin Towers, which held the record for the world’s tallest buildings from their completion in 1998 until 2004. They are still the tallest twin buildings in the world. Tower 1 is headquarters to the oil and gas company Petronas, and Tower 2 houses the offices of various other corporations. The towers are 451.9m (1,482.6ft) tall and have 88 stories each. You can see more pictures and read about my visit here: Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge Visit.

Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Credit: Vagablonding

4. International Commerce Centre, Kowloon, Hong Kong
The International Commerce Centre in Kowloon, Hong Kong, comes in at 484m (1,588ft) tall. It was completed in 2010. Its 118 stories are home to a Ritz-Carlton hotel, a shopping mall, and various corporate offices. There is a viewing deck on the 100th floor.

International Commerce Centre, Kowloon, Hong Kong

3. Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China
At 487.4m (1,599.1ft) tall, the Shanghai World Financial Center in Shanghai, China, is the third tallest building in the world. It is home to the highest hotel in the world, the Park Hyatt Shanghai. It also has the highest observation deck in the world. The building’s 101 floors also house offices, hotels, conference rooms, and shopping malls. It was completed in 2008 and it stands next to the Jin Mao Tower. I think it looks like a giant bottle opener.

Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China

2. Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan
The spectacular Taipei 101 spire in Taipei, Taiwan was the tallest building in the world from its completion in 2004 until 2010. Also known as the Taipei Financial Center, the Taipei 101 is 509.2m (1,670.6ft) tall and has 101 floors. There are numerous corporate offices and restaurants in the building.

Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan

1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
The massive Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE, is by far the tallest man-made structure ever built. It stands an awe-inspiring 828m (2,717ft) above ground and has 160 floors. It became the world’s tallest building when it opened on January 4th, 2010. It took six years to construct and it is home to hotels, residences, restaurants, and offices.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

Credit: Joi

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE


  1. wow that is a big tower I want to visit that tower and all of the rest it would be cool to be in that tower and I would totally have to test out those 40mph elevators that the Dubi tower has, man that would be so much fun. I can’t wait!!!!!!!! haha

  2. HAhahaha I said tower a lot in that last comment but wow 20217 feet holly crud that is one high tower it must feel weird to be on top of it…

  3. The tower of Babel: Come let us build ourselves a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves …. Genesis 11.4.

    The end of the story? Babylon the great is fallen is fallen. Revelation 18.2.

    The hope for the future – Jesus the Messiah is coming.

    • Really??? Oh man! Finally!! I’ve been waiting for this!! When is Jesus the Messiah coming? And where? The sonofabitch STILL owes me money. And BEER. Yes, BEER.

    • Amen. He is coming. And more and more people are still attached to worldliness. I, too, sometimes get caught up in this world. Thank you for reminding me of these things.

  4. wow thay so butiful

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