Shanghai World Financial Center

On a trip to Shanghai, one of the main highlights to visit is the Shanghai World Financial Center. The 100th floor observation deck gives the best view of Shanghai.


  • Tallest building in China (2013)
  • 1,614 feet (492 meters), 101 floors
  • 100th floor observation deck
  • Cost: 1.2 billion USD
  • Built: 2007
  • Fifth tallest building in the world (2013)

Until the Shanghai Tower opens in 2014, it is the highest building in Shanghai. There is an observation deck on the 100th floor at 1,555 feet for sightseeing and a Hyatt Regency luxury hotel.

On a visit, you can also see nearby the 88 story Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai Tower that towers 400 feet higher than the Shanghai World Financial Center. These three buildings sit in a cluster next to the Pudong River in the Lujiazui financial district.


The Shanghai World Financial Center project was designed by the Kohn Pedersen Fox architectural firm, and the construction was managed by the Mori Building Corporation of Japan. Multinational corporations funded the project.

It actually took the developers 11 years to finish the building. It officially opened in 2008, and it was generally considered to be the best skyscraper that was built in the world in 2008. 

Tourist Highlights

There is a mall at ground level with fine restaurants, and you'll find bars and restaurants in the Hyatt Regency between floors 79 to 93.

There are three observation decks on floors 94, 97, and 100.

The 100th floor has a viewing gallery that is 55 meters long. It is the second highest observation deck in China. It is higher than the viewing platforms on the Canadian TV Tower (447 meters) and the Dubai Tower (440 meter).

Riding the elevators might be a small thrill. They move people from the first floor to 95th floor in a minute with a speed of 10 meters per second

Travel Essentials

  • See our private Shanghai tours for your way to discover the Shanghai World Financial Center.
  • Address: Financial Trading District, Z4-1, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai
  • Observation deck prices: 94th floor is 110 RMB, 97th floor is 110 RMB, and 100th floor is 150 RMB.
  • The 100th floor deck is recommended because there is a 55-meter-long viewing gallery with a sky walk made of glass where you can look down through the floor to the scenery below.
  • The night lights and dusk sunset scenes are amazing, but in rainy and foggy weather you can see little.
  • There may be an hour wait for the 100th floor observation deck, but you can see the view from the windows of the 91st floor for free in a relaxed fashion from the 100 Century Avenue Restaurant and Bar. Drinks are comparatively inexpensive (about 8 USD).

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Latest Tips on Shanghai World Financial Center There is no lift go to the 100th floor directly, so you need change elevators 2-3 times.

Questions and Answers About Shanghai World Financial Center

wicki 2012-07-14
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is the entry is free for a person who proves his or her birthday on the date of entry? and is there any discount for students?

Hi Wicki,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, it is free for a person to enter the World Financial Center on the date of his birthday. But the validity of this activity is from January 1st, 2012 to December 31th, 2012. If you bring your student’s identity card, the price for the Floor100+97+94 is CNY100 per person and CNY80 for the floor 94 per person.

Alice Cai replied on 2012-07-15
dnyanesh katruwar 2012-05-30
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is there any free entry for the visitors in the morning ?? like the free entry in the petronas towers ?? plz reply. and is it ok to buy the tickets on window ?? or is it necessary to buy online ?? what is the current cost of the ticket?? and does the infant require ticket ??
Dear Dnyanesh, Thanks for your question. Shanghai-World-Financial-Center opens at 8:00am-23:00pm, it has no free entry for the visitors,but has some discounts for elderly and children. Please see the following prices. 94F: adult-CNY100 children(≤1.4m)-CNY50 elderly(>70yrs)-CNY70 74-97-100F: adult-CNY150 children(≤1.4m)-CNY75 elderly(>70yrs)-CNY100 You can buy the tickets on window by cash. Have a nice day! Karen Yang Karen Yang replied on 2012-05-31
jen 2011-03-25
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What time does the building open for visitors in the observation deck?
Dear Jen, The openiing time is from 8:00am to 22:00. In addition, if you would like to visit Shanghai, I am glad to arrange a tour for you. You can send your inquiry to me. I will design a tour at a best possible price. My e-mail address is Lussie Lu replied on 2011-03-27
Diane 2010-08-12
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Considering the dampers, what is the actual sway for the building?
Hello, Diane, how professional your question is! Maybe you can gat more detailed information in this website: Thank you! Lynn Ye replied on 2010-08-15
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