China has banned all cities from building new supertall skyscrapers except in 'special' circumstances to improve urban landscapes, according to a directive.

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The authority claims the regulation was approved in line with the nation's 'new-era architectural principle' which requires urban structures to be 'practical, economical, ecological and beautiful'.

The Ministry vows to clamp down on 'huge, foreign-worshipping and wacky' buildings. Copycat designs will be strictly forbidden.

Officials also demand cities to come up with building designs that can 'strengthen cultural confidence' and 'represent Chinese characteristics'. If any city does need to erect new supertall skyscrapers, relevant officials must first pass 'strict inspections' from the firefighting, earthquake and energy-saving authorities. Then, they will have their proposals assessed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-rural Development – and eventually by the National Development and Reform Commission.  

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