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Shanghai Tower, World's Second Tallest Building

Shanghai Tower (上海中心) of 632m tall is now the tallest building in China and the second tallest building in the world (world’s tallest: Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai – 828m), which has hit the globe, especially the media and construction industries. Shanghai Tower was designed by the renowned Gensler from the American in a shape of a spiral Chinese dragon, which means the gradual economic prosperity of China. With the super advanced techniques and design, this skyscraper is praised as a top great “Green Building” worldwide. Since it is so far the Chinese tallest one, it has been attracting numerous people to feel the height, modern feature, especially to take the world’s fastest elevator to the 546m high floor that is the world’s highest observation deck and there you can appreciate the fantastic sightseeing of the large area of Shanghai downtown and feel standing in the sky.

Tallest Building in China Shanghai Tower (632 m) - No. 1 Skyscraper in China

World’s Highest Observation Deck – F 118 (546m)

Have you ever stood over 500m high to see the buildings in a city?? Not on a plane! It’s high time to excite your mind and body on the 118th floor in Shanghai Tower. Standing in front of the 360° glass windows, you can see the Jinmao Tower (420.5m), Shanghai World Financial Center (492m), and the Oriental Pearl Tower (468m), and so on below your feet. Well feeling, right?

Besides, you can see far to admire the colorful modern buildings of Shanghai downtown, Huangpu River belting the city, the Bund decorated with various international buildings and the blue sky that can be reached closely. If you visit Shangtai Tower, it is the best moment to enjoy the splendid shining night view of this “Magic City” with changing lights along the streets and on the thousands of high constructions. Both times are very good to experience the rapid development of Shanghai and its super modern charm.

Moreover, the so extreme height of 546m provides you the best place to get the feeling of reaching the boundary of the sky, walking on this floor is like dancing on the edge of the cloud!

World’s Fastest Elevator – 18 m/s

Do you know who the winner of the fastest elevator in the whole world is? Exactly, he is Shanghai Tower. This elevator was designed by the famous Mitsubishi with the highest speed reaching 18 m/s, which is even faster than that of Taipei 101 (16.83 m/s) in Taiwan. Taking this elevator, you can stably arrive at 546m for ONLY 55s from the Basement 1. You will be surprised when the doors open in such short period. How amazing and unbelievable!

Before taking the elevator, you can take a picture and get the certificate of reaching the Shanghai Tower top under the welcome of the staff, which is a fantastic memory of your Shanghai Tower tour.

Closest to the Sky above Shanghai – F 125 / 126 (583.4m)

The F 125 and F 126 about to open to the public will be the highest place people can get to in Shanghai Tower. At the 583.4m high part, you will admire the “Eye of Shanghai” that is the most mysterious and holy point there, concentrating the technology, wisdom and art of human. Standing at the place closest to the sky, you will feel the entire world is quiet only for you. What a touching and proud moment! Moreover, at the appointed time, the “eye” will play great international music pieces for you, which is so fantastic like an audio feast like a live concert.

On the 125th Floor, the 1,000 tons weigh damper that works to steady Shanghai Tower from the natural forces will be showed by the amazing system of high technologies. At the appointed time, you and I will surely be proud of the wisdom of human being and the great design of this soaring tower.

Highest Activity Venue – F 119

The F 119 is the venue for diverse of brand exhibitions, new product release, high-end forums, etc. With the height of over 550m, this is the world highest venue of the fancy activities and opens to people occasionally.

Wonderland of Skyscrapers – B1

The Basement 1 where you take the elevator up to the F 118 is a wonderful place of skyscrapers, and you can learn and have fun with the secret of towering buildings. The beautiful pictures, videos, shocking models, and information of the top tallest buildings in the whole world, including Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai, Freedom Tower and Empire State Building in New York, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and Two International Finance Center in Hong Kong, etc., which well shows the wisdom of human and the sustainable development of our green life with the sounds, lights, and other advanced devices.

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Tallest Building in Asia Splendid Night View from Shanghai Tower Observation Deck
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World Highest Observation Deck Visitors from the World Attracted by Shanghai Tower
Shanghai Tower Height Sparkling Model of Shanghai Tower in the Exhibition Hall

Design Features of Shanghai Tower

The Gensler has granted Shanghai Tower with not only charming appearance, but also many other features to make it stronger and greener. Let’s see!

1. Elegant Streamlined Façade

Shanghai Tower looks like the guitar pick from the above, and its three smooth external walls of special glass continuously and spirally rise with the total degree of 120° from the base, which stands for the brisk life future of modern China.

2. Firm Foundation

Since the whole tower is over 600m high, it needs very solid foundation to bear its weight and drive away the defect of the soft soil in Pudong area that is on the alluvium. Therefore, the construction group built a concrete basement of about 6m deep on a piling foundation of about 86m deep.

3. High Wind Loading Rating

Every floor of Shanghai Tower spires for near 1° with the height changing, which will decrease the strength of wind so that the skyscraper will not shake too much as other tall buildings without such design. And after the test of the miniature of Shanghai Tower in the wind, it results that the lateral force reduces for 24%. That is super essential for the buildings in Shanghai where typhoons occur frequently.

4. Environment-friendly Quality

Gensler designed two glass walls over the tower. Between the glass walls, there is some room of about 90cm to 10m wide, which not only offers enough places but also decreases the need of warm and cool for it is like the thermal insulating layer in a thermos. That saves the energy consumption of this tower and benefits the natural environment. Besides, Shanghai Tower has used some machine and technology to collect the rainwater and recycle after purification to release the use of supplied water so as to lead a green life. And it finally is praised as the world’s tallest green building.

Shanghai Tower Design Stream-lined Façade of Shanghai Tower
Tallest Tower in China Double Glass Walls of Shanghai Tower to Save More Energy

Layout of Shanghai Tower

Zone 9: Observation / Cultural Facilities (F 118 to F 121)

Zone 9 at the top of Shanghai Tower is the exciting sightseeing observation deck to savor the expansive view of Shanghai city, and will be a cultural business zone gathering viewing, shopping, entertaining, dining, etc. for the continue completion of promotion.

Zone 7 – 8: Hotel / Boutique Office (F 84 to F 115)

Zones 7 to 8 provide the Chinese super 5-star luxury hotels for guests from the world and high-end offices for particular excellent groups.

Zone 2 – 6: Office (F 8 to F 81)

Zones 2 to 6 provide very great services and class A office environment for the elicits of the headquarters of international companies, joint-ventures, overseas groups, etc. The 24-hour customized services and systems make Shanghai Tower favored by a lot of business people.

Zone 1: Conference, Multi-Functional Space & Retail (F 1 to F 5)

Zone 1 mainly serves to held conferences, banquets, shows, exhibitions, parties… With the podium of 6 floors, the Zone 1 also provides the high-end boutiques, cafés, lounges, and dining places, etc.


B1 – B2 are serving for the business retails and transportation connections, among which the subway Line 2 and the Line 14 under construction link Shanghai Tower to other places in this city. Also, there are paths taking you to other nearby skyscrapers, like Shanghai International Financial Center…

B3 – B5 are the spacious place to park your cars and control the electromechanical equipment

Shanghai Tower - Shanghai Tower Layout Layout of Shanghai Tower
Shanghai Tower - Shanghai Tower Podium High-end Podium of Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower Ticket & Opening Information

Opening Hour: 8:30-22:30

Visiting Time: about 30 min – 1 hour

Ticket: RMB 180 / person (only including the visit fee from B 1 to the 118th floor)

Note: the Ticket Center is just at the elevator at the gate on the 1st floor in the main tower.

Location of Shanghai Tower & How to Get There

Shanghai Tower is located at the core zone of Lujiazui (陆家嘴) Finance and Trade Zone in Pudong (浦东) area in Shanghai, super close to Jinmao Tower, Shanghai International Financial Center and other Shanghai Landmarks. You can visit this terrific skyscraper by taking bus, subway, taxi, cruise, bicycle, etc. without effort.

Shanghai Tower Location Click to See the Detail of Shanghai Tower Location

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Useful Tips to Visit Shanghai Tower

1. Sightseeing from the very high observation deck of Shanghai Tower is very beautiful.

During the day time the scenery of the nearby tall buildings like Jinmao Tower, World Financial Center, Huangpu River, the Bund, and other buildings in Shanghai is clearer under your feet and the azure sky is beautiful so much.

At night, when all the shining lights are turned on, the various colors of sparkling lights of the modern city will dazzle your eyes.

If you visit during a daytime, you can check the forecast to visit in a sunny day to get better view.

2. The elevator to the Floor 118 in Shanghai Tower is of very high speed of the maximum of 18 m/s, and you can consider your body condition carefully in advance in case of discomfort. If your eyes are tingling while in the elevator, you can cover the ears and keep chewing.

3. People having a heart disease, acrophobia, etc. are not suggested to visit the high stories of Shanghai Tower.

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