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Some of the world's best skyscrapers can be part of China tours

Even if you don't know the first thing about architecture, it's hard not to be impressed by some of the skyscrapers that have popped up all over the world. Everywhere from the United States to Sweden has seen these breathtaking new structures, and real estate experts at Emporis recently recognized some of the best in the world.

If you're planning a tour of China, you'll have to make a point to check out some of the country's most impressive skyscrapers, a pair of which were recognized on Emporis' list. For example, coming it at number 10 is the Tianjin World Financial tower, which was opened in 2011. At 1,105 feet, the tower has the distinction of being the world's tallest steel-only building and has a convenient location in the city of Tianjin, one of the fastest-growing Chinese metropolises. Plus, with an observation deck standing roughly 1,000 feet tall, it offers a spectacular view of the city.

Of course, the Tianjin World Financial tower isn't the only skyscraper that has become a highlight of China tours, the 1,450 foot KK100 has also attracted quite a bit of attention. Located in the city of Shenzhen, the building, which contains offices, a hotel and a mall, comes it at number four on Emporis' list.

Though China may have the most buildings on this year's list of the best skyscrapers, it's the United States that has the number one spot. One of New York City's newest structures , the Frank Gehry-designed building at 8 Spruce Street, captured the top honor. Though not as tall as some of the city's most famous buildings (it comes in at about 870 feet), its unusual facade creates the illusion of being draped in fabric, certainly not something you come across very often.

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