The top 10 tallest buildings in the world, ranked by height

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For nearly half a century, New York City held the title of tallest building in the world.

Between 1931 and 1972, the iconic Empire State Building remained the tallest at 1,454 feet.

China is slowly overtaking the world with massive high-rise property developments housing financial institutions, retail and residences.

In many cases, ghost towns in China are on the rise, with many developed buildings remaining empty.

Of these, 5 out of 10 are the tallest buildings in the world.

That title goes to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 2,717 feet.

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At 1,667 square feet, Taipei 101 – formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center in Taiwan – ranks as the 10th tallest building in the world.

Built in 2004, it was considered the tallest building in the world until 2009, when the Burj Khalifa in Dubai was built.

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The CITIC Tower stands at 1,731 feet and is the ninth tallest building in the world.

The 109-story building – also known as China Zun – is the tallest in the Chinese city.

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8. Tianjin CTF Financial Center

The Tianjin CTF Financial Center is 1,739 feet long, located in Tianjin, China.

In the building there is a hotel, serviced apartments and offices.

7. Guangzhou CTF Financial Center

Built at a height of 1,739 feet, the Guangzhou CTF Financial Center currently stands as the seventh tallest building worldwide.

Located in Guangzhou, China, the building was built in 2016.

It has a mall, offices, apartments and a hotel.

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6. One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center, located in the Big Apple, stands 1,776 feet tall.

This is the main building of the renovated World Trade Center complex.

It remains the tallest structure in the United States, and the sixth tallest worldwide.

The building was completed in 2014 and houses most of the work offices.

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5. Lotte World Tower

The Lotte World Tower is located in Seoul, South Korea, and was built in 2017.

At 1,819 feet tall, the tower is the fifth tallest structure worldwide.

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4. Ping An Finance Center

The Ping An Finance is the fourth tallest building in the world.

Built in Shenzhen, China, in 2017, it stands 1,965 feet tall with 115 floors.

The building contains offices, hotels and commercial spaces, a conference center and a luxury mall.

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3. The Royal Clock Tower of Mecca

The Mecca Royal Clock Tower in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, stands 1,972 feet tall and is currently known as the third tallest building in the world.

Shanghai Tower Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The Shanghai Tower in China stands a whopping 2,073 feet tall.

This building was built in 2015, and is the second largest building in the world and consists of 128 floors.

The building contains offices, commercial and leisure activities.

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The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has remained the tallest building in the world for the past decade.

Completed in 2010, the structure stands a whopping 2,717 feet long.

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