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Tall Building Cities Quiz

Name the cities of the world that have a building at least 1,200 feet in height.
  • As of May, 2018
  • Includes buildings under construction that are topped out
  • This list is for buildings, not structures, such as the CN Tower
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - May 06, 2018
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Height
Tallest Building
City
2,717
Burj Khalifa
2,073
-------- Tower
1,971
Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower
1,965
Ping An Finance Centre
1,959
Goldin Finance 117
1,819
Lotte World Tower
1,776
One World Trade Center
1,740
CTF Finance Centre
1,732
China Zun
1,671
------ 101
1,584
International Commerce
Centre
1,516
Lakhta Center
Height
Tallest Building
City
1,513
Landmark 81
1,483
-------- IFS Tower T1
1,483
Petronas Towers
1,476
Zifeng Tower
1,450
Willis Tower
1,437
----- Center
1,352
Al Hamra Tower
1,263
Capital Market Authority
Headquarters
1,257
Eton Place ------ Tower 1
1,251
Logan Century Center 1
1,251
Burj Mohammed bin Rashid
1,226
Federation Tower
Answer Stats
Height
Tallest Building
City
% Correct
Your %
+2
level 50
Mar 28, 2013
Toronto??? I know the CN tower is free standing but it isn't it still a building?
+6
level 7
Aug 12, 2014
In order for a structure to be considered a building, it needs to have at least 50% floor space. Structures such as the CN Tower, the Tokyo Skytree and the Eiffel Tower don't count as buildings.
+1
level 54
Mar 9, 2015
Isn't that the difference between a tower and a skyscraper?
+1
level 73
Feb 6, 2017
The Twin Towers in New York weren't called The Twin Skyscrapers, yet they were office buildings. There doesn't seem to be consistency in the way the terms are used.
+1
level 56
Sep 20, 2017
Whatever
+2
level 15
Mar 28, 2013
Yes exactly! I think Toronto deserves credit for the CN tower
+2
level ∞
Mar 28, 2013
Well then what about all the radio-towers and such that are even taller.
+1
level 59
Mar 25, 2014
Except you can actually go inside the CN Tower. There are floors inside, and there is also a restaurant inside the building. Radio towers don't have an inside, and they certainly have no tourist appeal. CN Tower has both and certainly meets the qualification to be called a building rather than a structure. The Eiffel Tower you could call a structure, but not the CN Tower. Should be there.
+4
level ∞
Mar 15, 2016
I don't make the distinction. There is actually an international body that does that. I'd have to have a pretty good reason for using different criteria.
+1
level 65
May 27, 2016
OK, symmetrik, how about "tallest buildings with tourist appeal"?
+2
level 58
Apr 7, 2018
Well if that was the case, many of these buildings would be excluded. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that the Eton Place Dalian Tower 1 is not a hotspot for tourism.
+2
level 73
May 11, 2018
There's a restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
+1
level 36
Mar 25, 2014
A "building" in this sense is defined as having at least 50% of it's height having habitable floor space. Neither the CN tower nor the Tokyo skytree meet this requirement.
+1
level 79
May 22, 2014
There's shops and stuff in the Eiffel tower as well. And you can go inside. So how does that make it a structure as opposed to the CN Tower? I am happy with both being structures - Brickster provides a good definition.
+1
level 66
Mar 15, 2017
50% means half it's height is used for habitable floor space, the Eiffel Tower would only be eligible if you count the stairway as habitable space. The CN Tower also has small % of its height as habitable.
+1
level 43
Mar 28, 2013
An interesting question would be how many of these cities had more than one building over one thousand feet.
+1
level 73
Mar 28, 2013
I suppose the next logical step for me is to learn all of the big cities in China. Then I may have gotten more than 10.
+1
level 75
Sep 25, 2014
This, exactly. I knew they must be in that area, but don't know those cities well.
+1
level 73
Jul 11, 2017
Got 16 this time around. I must have learned a few more big Chinese cities. Although I still missed 2 of them.
+1
level 34
Feb 17, 2014
Only 4% know where Q1 is? I'm American and I got that one. There must not be many Aussies that took this quiz.
+1
level 75
Sep 25, 2014
I guessed Brisbane, technically not the Gold Coast, I know, but I knew it was there somewhere.
+1
level 55
Apr 28, 2015
As an Australian, it sounded familiar, but also, as a Melburnian, we don't pay much attention to the deep north. :P
+1
level 66
Oct 14, 2016
I must have done a different quiz to you guys!
+1
level 55
Feb 6, 2017
Seems Q1 has dropped off. :(
+1
level 44
Mar 25, 2014
This quiz is impossibru.
+1
level 37
Mar 25, 2014
Damn, tough quiz. 23/32
+1
level 49
Jun 18, 2017
Are you even doing the right quiz?
+1
level 50
Mar 25, 2014
It's actually missing several. Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai China 492 m 1,614 ft built 2008 23 Marina Dubai UAE 395 m 1,296 ft 89 2012 several others as well
+2
level ∞
Mar 25, 2014
It's not missing any. We only show the tallest building for each city.
+5
level 33
Mar 27, 2014
could you please add the height in metres? it makes it a lot easier to have the height as a point of reference
+1
level 59
Mar 30, 2014
It has the height. I'm not sure what you were looking at while doing this quiz, because it's directly to the left of each building name.
+1
level 65
Mar 9, 2015
But it's provided only in imperial system which is not used by the majority of the world population. Metric is simpler, more practical and better :)
+2
level 73
Mar 11, 2015
Is the height really the reason you didn't get them? Or is just a gripe
+1
level 66
Jul 11, 2015
Most peoples in the world don't use feets but metric system
+2
level 47
Feb 18, 2018
How about we Americans switch to the metric system when you Brits and Australians start driving on the right? Most of the world does that too.
+1
level 70
Apr 30, 2018
Driving on the left or right is mostly an arbitrary consideration. Perhaps, with most of continental Europe driving on the right there's some small rationale for the UK to switch, but Australia is a borderless country. Plus, almost all the closest countries to us - NZ, PNG, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand - drive on the left. Beyond that, 75 countries or territories drive on the left, collectively home to over 2.6 billion people, over a third of the world's population. By contrast use of non-metric measurements is inefficient and imprecise (which is why, for example, NASA uses metric) and only three nations don't use metric and are home to less than 0.4 billion people.
+1
level 56
May 11, 2018
India drives on the left.
+1
level 73
May 16, 2018
I'm American and we are really a dual-system country. Most industries have adopted the metric system, we run 5k marathons, we drink wine from liter-based bottles, we are injected with vaccines marked in cc or ml amounts, mechanics keep two sets of wrenches, etc. Most packaging now shows both imperial and metric amounts. We use both systems, but officially we are still imperial and as far as I know the construction industry has not changed - one of the last holdouts. Our money has been based on a decimal system since the beginning. I wish we would make the changeover official - maybe someday.
+1
level 73
Mar 27, 2014
Burj Rafal? Must have built that in the last two years... last time I was in Riyadh the tallest thing by far was Kingdom Tower (Burj Mamlekah) and that is only 300 m I think.
+1
level 38
May 22, 2014
Very nice quiz! (And good to see that it is up-to-date.)
+1
level 14
Jan 3, 2015
Now THAT is a very hard quiz. Well done, Quizmaster.
+1
level 42
Mar 9, 2015
Good quiz, but basically one of those "name as many Chinese cities as you can think of.
+1
level 79
Mar 24, 2015
I thought I did pretty good, but I missed a solid dozen of them still.
+2
level 44
Mar 9, 2015
What about height in meters?
+4
level 73
Mar 10, 2015
I converted all of these measurements into meters and came up with the same list of cities. It doesn't even affect the rankings. Strange, right?
+1
level 70
Nov 27, 2015
Agreed. Height in meters please. Feet is not the global default.
+1
level 73
Aug 4, 2016
There is no global default.
+2
level 57
Sep 24, 2016
Well I'd say metres is the global default considering 193 of 196 countries use metric system. And the other two countries using the imperial system are Liberia and Myanmar.
+3
level 64
Feb 1, 2017
Why is the height even necessary? I got all of the ones I got by its name, not by the height.
+1
level 73
Apr 7, 2018
You have something against Liberians?
+2
level 65
May 6, 2018
I have no excuses for the US not using the metric system. Not having to learn all of those unit conversions in school would have been favorable. However, I doubt the measurements being listed in feet instead of meters hurt anybody's score any more than it helped mine.
+3
level 73
May 11, 2018
Ditto. I'm all in favor of universal adoption of the metric system. That doesn't make the complaint any less asinine, though.
+1
level 73
Mar 10, 2015
You can't count Seoul for Incheon?
+1
level 67
Sep 11, 2015
Surprised that there are no Japanese cities on the list at all
+1
level ∞
Mar 15, 2016
With the last update we had to increase the cutoff to 1,200 feet.
+1
level 80
Mar 25, 2016
Does the Lotte World Tower in Seoul need to be added, or is it disqualified for some reason?
+1
level 60
Feb 6, 2017
I don't know whether the Koreans realize it or not but Lotte is a cartoon character.
+1
level 67
Feb 4, 2018
Or a character from The Sorrows of Young Werther, who gave name to the company that build the tower.
+1
level 53
Feb 6, 2017
Got Wuhan but missed Seoul and Moscow!
+2
level 20
Feb 13, 2017
Damn, I didn't know that the Burj Khalifa was 2.7 km tall! THATS HUGE!
+2
level 66
Mar 15, 2017
If you would like it metric it is 828 m high (Florid Monkey that means metres not miles)
+1
level 56
Sep 10, 2017
Los Angeles needs to update its skyline. Looking at the same old gray concrete buildings is getting tiresome.
+1
level 62
May 7, 2018
coincidentally suzhou, another city in china, also has a building at 1483ft recently topped out with the name of the city followed by IFS. tried guessing that above but it wouldn't work. suzhou is close to shanghai so maybe is not counted, but actually a separate city and in a different province. it could be added in.
+1
level 73
May 11, 2018
I don't remember any giant towers in St Petersburg. Lots of beautiful buildings, though.
+1
level 66
May 11, 2018
As any Chicagoan (and most suburbanites) will tell you, it's the Sears Tower, not the Willis Tower. Regardless of what it actually says on the building. XD
+1
level 53
May 11, 2018
Buuuut it's not called that anymore. Just because people cling to the old name doesn't make it right. Just like Ho Chi Minh City.
+1
level 65
May 11, 2018
In the case of the Sears Tower, at least: no harm, no foul?
+1
level 60
May 11, 2018
Height in metres in addition to height in feet would be really nice. This is not just a request for requesting's sake. I actually remember some of these buildings by their height rather than their name as three numbers are often easier to remember than five words or abbreviations. And for others who don't do that it's still a nice way to put things into perspective and learn something more. Don't see why the height should only be “understandable” for people who use imperial units.
+1
level 73
May 13, 2018
This is so ridiculous. There is absolutely no way that you have memorized the height in meters of all of these buildings... but you haven't taken the time to memorized the NAMES of the buildings. You really expect us to believe you look at a tall building and say "oh hey, it's the 527 meter tall building from Chicago" and not "oh hey, it's the Sears/Willis Tower" ? I call shenanigans. You are complaining just to complain. And if you really have *such* a head for numbers you can do the conversions in your head easily.
+1
level 48
May 13, 2018
Height in hands and furlongs in addition to height in feet would be really nice. Don't see why the height should only be "understandable" for people who didn't just learn to how to measure a horse's height.
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