Bamboo construction in Beijing

A sign reads “Quality comes first, construct safely and excellently” on scaffolding made from bamboo on a construction site in Beijing. China built 84 skyscrapers over 656 feet tall in 2016, accounting for more than two-thirds of the world’s new buildings, according to an annual report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

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Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is an award-winning photographer who has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for more than 30 years. He specialized in Asia after spending seven years in the region following his graduation from Wesleyan University.