Why Visit Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center (上海环球金融中心, short for SWFC), known as a global magnet, is a super tall skyscraper standing in the heart of Lujiazui (陆家嘴) Finance & Trade Zone in Pudong (浦东) District of Shanghai. With a height of 492 meters and 101 floors, SWFC is the third tallest buildings in China (next to Shanghai World Financial Center is Shanghai Tower which is the tallest one in China at present with a height of 632 meters) and the fifth tallest building in the world. With its graceful structure soaring above most other buildings into the sky, Shanghai World Financial Center is sure to become the top best-known landmark and symbol of growth for Shanghai and China as a whole. Moreover, it is a gateway linking Shanghai to the rest of the world and the world to Shanghai.

The special design of Shanghai World Financial Center helps travelers reach the world’s highest observatory at 474 meters to have a spectacular view of downtown Shanghai, take a glance at Huangpu River, Oriental Pear TV Tower and nearby Jinmao Tower and experience the feeling that Shanghai lies at their feet. The 100-floor observatory of Shanghai World Financial Center is higher than the observatory of CN Tower in Canada and the observation deck of Burj Dubai (Burj Khalifa) in Dubai.

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Highlights & Experience You won’t Miss

Soaring 474 meters above the ground, the 100th-floor observation deck provides a spectacular view of downtown Shanghai and Huangpu River below. On the 100 floor of the sightseeing hall, you can take a look at the Oriental Pearl spire. Stepping on the long sightseeing corridor and overlooking the scenery on both sides of the Pujiang River through the transparent glass under your feet, it's like walking upon the clouds.

Experience Sky Gate B1

Stepping into Shanghai World Financial Center, your journey to the sky starts from the Sky Gate. You’ll enjoy a visual feast that shows you the rapid changes of Shanghai and the history of Huangpu River through high multi-media technology displays and the world’s most realistic miniature city model.

Experience Sky Arena 94 (423 meters)

The Sky Arena 94 offers awesome views of old and new Shanghai. It has a floor area of about 760 square meters wide with a clear ceiling height of 8 meters. It is available for prestigious occasions including high-profile corporate events, luxury product launches, glamorous fashion shows, celebratory banquets, and special gala evenings against the beautiful panorama of the Huangpu River.

Experience Sky Walk 97 (439 meters)

The Sky Walk 97 is like a bridge across the sky, making travelers feel like walking in the sky. The open designed roofed with glass helps you enjoy the freshest air, touch the blue sky and white cloud at ease. When the weather is fine, the glass ceiling slides to both sides, and the whole sightseeing hall is like an "bridge" floating in the air.

Experience Sky Walk 100 (474 meters)

The Sky Walk 100 is the world’s largest observatory, spanning 55 meters and located 474 meters above the ground. It used to be the highest tourist hall in the world. Walking on the three transparent glass-walled walkways, through which you can see the cars and pedestrians on the ground clearly, and travelers will have the feeling that Shanghai lies at their feet, whether they arrive from sunrise to sunset, or for the glittering lights at night time.

Experience other “Tallest” Facilities

After having a great view of Shanghai at the tallest observatory deck at 474 meters, do you want to spend a night at the tallest hotel in the world? Park Hyatt Hotel Shanghai situated from 79th floor to 93rd floor is the tallest one at present. You’ll enjoy an extremely comfortable stay with spectacular views overlooking Shanghai. Besides, you can dine at 416 meters with the tallest Chinese Restaurant on the 93rd floor. And enjoy swimming at 366 meters high with the tallest swimming pool on the 85th floor. So amazing, isn’t it?

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Day View & Night View over Shanghai World Financial Center

Views over the observation deck of Shanghai World Financial Center are quite different in the daytime and at night. It is recommended to come in the daytime.

If you choose a bright and sunny day to get to the top of Shanghai World Financial Center, you can have a bird’s eye view of Shanghai downtown for over 40 kilometers. You don’t believe it, then, go and try?! Standing at the tallest observation deck, when looking up, you can see the blue sky and white cloud over your head, and also, you can see Jinmao Tower (421 meters) and Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower (468 meters) standing underneath your feet. Moving a little further, you can have a nice view of the Huangpu River and see cruises sailing back and forth, take a glance at the Bund at the river with many different kinds of international buildings. The sights in the daytime show you the old and new Shanghai and let you witness the future of China.

If you choose a free night to visit Shanghai World Financial Center, you’d better go before 22:00. The view at night is a little limited, but you can have an awesome view of the glittering Shanghai on both banks of the Huangpu River.

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Layout of Shanghai World Financial Center

Standing in Lujiazui Financial and Trade Zone, Shanghai World Financial Center is the fourth tallest building in China, shaped like a bottle opener, handling business, commerce, trade, hotel and sightseeing. There are 3 floors below ground and 101 floors above ground./p>

  • 94F / 97F / 100F are the observation decks, providing amazing views of the Shanghai downtown area, the Bund, and the Huangpu River.
  • From 79F to 93F is the 5star Park Hyatt Shanghai Hotel with 174 luxury rooms & suites. The boutique residence hotel welcomes travelers with personalized service designed to meet every need.
  • From 7F to 77F is the modern and functional office area which reflects Mori’s expertise and experience in providing the very best business environment for first-tier multinationals.
  • The 29F is the Shanghai World Financial Culture & Media Center which serves as a key hub and waypoint for the very latest information.
  • The 4F is for meeting with professional spaces, facilities, and services. There are 21 rooms designed for multifunctional meeting rooms, providing visitors modern, flexible, and aesthetically pleasing conference and meeting facilities for events large and small.
  • The B2-B1F and 2-3F are for shops, cafes, restaurants, banks, clinics, gyms, and other services to meet the needs of executives and travelers alike.
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How to Visit Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center has 101 floors above the ground, with six entrances. From the second floor underground to the third floor above the ground, there are shopping malls and catering areas, and you can enter freely. The 7th to 77th floors are offices, and the 79th to 93rd floors are Park Hyatt Hotel. Gate 2 is the entrance to the sightseeing hall, on Dongtai Road (东泰路) near Huayuanshiqiao Road. From the entrance to the fare collection area on the B1 floor, the you can take the high-speed elevator with the fastest speed of 8 meters per second. It only takes 66 seconds from the 2nd floor to the 94th floor. From the 94th floor to the 100th floor is the sightseeing area. The tour can start from the 94th floor. You can the escalator to the 97th floor, and walk through the sightseeing hall and take the elevator to the 100th floor. Of course, you travel route can also be reversed. You can also buy postcards and souvenirs on the 94th floor.

Entrance fee from Sky Walk 97 to 100: CNY 135 per person, CNY 200 for two

Opening Hours: 06:00-21:00 on Jan 1 (No entry after 20:00); 11:00-21:00 from January 2 to Dec 31 (No entry after 20:00); 10:00-22:00 on National Day (No entry after 21:00)

Note: The sightseeing ticket of Shanghai World Financial Center might be sold out during the peak season. Please feel free to contact us to book the tickets for you.

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Location & How to Get to Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center is situated in Lujiazui Area of Pudong, close to Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower Shanghai Tower, and Jinmao Tower.

Besides using our private transfer service, travelers can get to SWFC by subway (Line 2 to Lujiazui Station or Dongchang Road Station). If you take a ferry, stop at Dongchanglu Pier and take Bus No. 339 to Pudong South Road Dongchang Road Stop(浦东南路东昌路站) and get off. For more detailed transportation info, please feel free to contact our professional travel consultants.

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Best Time to Visit Shanghai: March to May (in spring) & September to November (in autumn), because these periods offer beautiful nature scenery and comfortable weather for outdoor sightseeing and activities.

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Best known as an international popular tourist destination, Shanghai perfectly preserves mixed culture of the western and eastern. The duration and theme of your Shanghai tour can be flexibly arranged based on your time and interests. Usually, tourists spend 2 days on sightseeing the most famous landmarks, including the Bund, Yu Garden, skyscrapers like Shanghai Tower, World Financial Center, Former French Concession, Shanghai Museum, etc. With one extra day, you can enjoy family fun in Disneyland Park or visit Zhujiajiao Water Town in the suburb. Don't miss the Shanghai Maglev Train, wonderful nightlife and Shanghai Cuisine.

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