You hear a lot of superlatives about Chinese cities - Shanghai has 17 per cent of the world's cranes; Chongqing is the world's fastest-growing city - the list goes on.
The truth is, as an architect there's no better place to be right now than China. Thanks to the Beijing Olympics, Shanghai Expo, Guangzhou's Asian Games and a thousand regional milestones, China is experiencing a new Cultural Revolution, with countless new museums, galleries, theatres and schools in the works.
And it's using those cranes: last year China built 21 tall buildings (more than 200m), the most of any country. Three of those were the world's tallest.