Hong Kong skyscrapers made of Bamboo

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Hong Kong's skyscrapers proudly dot its shores, giving the island its glossy, modern image.

Yet the structures, which are being built higher and faster everyday, owe their identities to one of the oldest construction materials in history - bamboo.

Advances in engineering and construction have not been able to outdate bamboo, a tried and successful material used to construct buildings in China for more than a thousand years now.

Till this day, light and cheap bamboo, mostly from southern China, helps Hong Kong's builders sheathe entire buildings in a matter of weeks and is constantly in high demand.