I am not an expert on this topic, but I am interested in Urban Stdies and architecture.
What would I recommend you, is to pay your attention to some buildings in China. In particular to The Bund, Shanghai
Rather than one building, the Bund is a collection of buildings – of Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, and Classical styles, and more! – on the west side of the Huangpu River. The site’s name derives from a Persian word meaning “embankment,” and the Bund has long represented both Shanghai’s long history and progress into the future.