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The Shanghai Tower

shanghai tower now finishedThe Shanghai Tower, as it looked in 2013, opens in 2015

The world's second-tallest building is planned to open in November 2015 in Shanghai after frequent delays. The Shanghai Tower is 128 stories or 632 meters (2,073 feet) tall and is a premier Shanghai tourist highlight.

  • Height: 632 meters (2,073 feet), 123 floors above ground and 5 below ground.
  • Completion: 2014, opening to the public in late fall of 2015.
  • Cost: about 2.4 billion USD
  • Special features: world's 2nd tallest building, world's highest observation deck (561 meters), world's 2nd highest hotel, world's fastest elevators

Tourist Highlights

World's highest observation deck: Tourists can enjoy the view from the deck on the on the 121st, 122nd, and 123rd floor. The deck sits at 561 meters and is 6 meters higher than the Burj Khalifa's deck (555 meters). The observation deck is 5 floors from the top.

Tallest in China: The building dwarfs the Shanghai World Financial Center and the 88-story Jin Mao Tower next to it. It will be about 122 meters (400 feet) taller than Shanghai World Financial Center and the Taipei 101 too.

World's 2nd tallest hotel: Some of our tourists might enjoy a stay here at this luxury hotel in the 84 to 110 floors. As of 2015, only the Ritz Carleton in the ICC Tower in Hong Kong that is at 484 meters (1587ft) is taller. The Pingan's hotel in Shenzhen will be higher in 2016 or 2017.

Mitsubishi built the world's fastest elevators for the structure. They speed up and down at 65 kph (40 miles per hour). You may want to visit just for that experience.

Special Design

Shanghai TowerShanghai Tower

The building is built according to a recent innovation in very high skyscraper design. Like the rest of the world's tallest buildings built in the last several years, instead of having a simple steel girder framework for a skeleton, it has a thick concrete core.

Building in Shanghai is difficult because the land is sandy river delta soil and there are typhoons and earthquakes. The tower is built on 70-meter-long (200-feet) concrete piles.

To make the structure stable in strong winds, it has an innovative spiraling cylindrical shape that is aerodynamic. The distinctive helix shape looks beautiful.

It is a showcase of 21st century engineering. To save energy and provide extra protection, the tower is built like a thermos bottle with an outer skin consisting of two-layer glass facades.

Travel Essentials

  • Address: Financial Trading District, Lujiazui, Pudong.
  • Subway transport: Subway Line 2 to Lujiazui Station. Take Exit 4 and walk about 500 meters (1,640 feet) to Shanghai Tower.
  • Rain or fog: The night lights and dusk sunset scenes are amazing from the top floors, but in rainy and foggy weather you can see little.

Discover Shanghai for Yourself

See Shanghai's modern wonders and classic side on our Shanghai tours.

  • See Shanghai's ostentatious skyline including the Shanghai Tower and the Shanghai WFC from the best vantage points. Contact us to include going up the new building or to stay in the J-Hotel.
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