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16 stats that show Beijing's crazy growth since 2008

There's rapid urban development – then there's Beijing

It's almost cliché to talk about Beijing's development as 'break-neck' or 'rapid', or to speak of a modern metropolis where the traditional and the futuristic live side by side. But the fact is, it's all absolutely true, and the stats certainly back it up: this city has gone through one hell of growth spurt in the last decade.

Ten years on from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, whose preparations would bring massive changes to the city, and an event that would serve as a catalyst for its continued expansion, we look at some of the standout figures.

Population of Beijing

Population

Population over the age of 60

Over 60

City GDP

GDP


Tallest building

Tallest


Number of buildings over 150m

buildings


Green coverage of city area

Green


Subway system

Subway size


Average daily ridership of subway

Subway rides


Number of cars in Beijing

Cars


Total length of roads


Roads

Annual tourist visitors to Beijing


Tourists

Number of letters posted annually

Letters

Mobile phone subscribers

Mobile

Sources: skyscrapercenter.com; Beijing Municipal Bureau of Statistics; Baike; Wikipedia. Note: Many figures are latest available statistics, from 2017 year-end reports.

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