Shanghai's skyscrapers

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Chinese cities are developing at a pace and scale unmatched in human history.

In Shanghai alone, more than 6,700 buildings 11 stories or taller were erected between 1990 and 2004 -- much of this done by state-controlled construction companies.

"They transformed a regional center of government into an international center of business," said Alan Mitchell, a cities specialists at KPMG.

The Lujiazui Financial District has become so modern that it's used by Hollywood to depict futuristic cities -- most recently in "Her" with Joaquin Phoenix.

First published October 7, 2014: 7:10 AM ET

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