- Location: No. 501, Yincheng Middle Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China
- Recommended reason: A landmark of Shanghai; the highest building in China and the second tallest building in the world
- Opening hours: 8:30-22:00 (Monday-Sunday)
- Official website: https://www.shanghaitower.com.cn/shanghaizhongxin/video.html
Shanghai Tower is located in the core area of Lujiazui Financial and Trade Zone of Pudong New Area, which is a landmark skyscraper in Shanghai with a height of 632 meters. Shanghai Tower is the tallest architecture in China and the second tallest building around the world. It is located in the junction of Lujiazui Financial Trade Zone, Dongtai Road, Yicheng South Road and Garden Stone Bridge Road. Shanghai World Financial Center stands to the east and Shanghai Jinmao Tower stands to the north of Shanghai Tower. From the top of three skyscrapers, they present a spiraling upward trend.
The Structure of Shanghai Tower
Shanghai Tower was built in 2008 and completed in 2014. The trial operation was started in 2016 and the "Top of Shanghai" sightseeing hall on the 118th floor was opened officially to the public on April 26, 2017. The total construction area of Shanghai Tower is 578,000 square meters. There are 127 floors above the ground with an area of 410,000 square meters and 5 floors below the ground level with an area of 168,000 square meters.
The shape of Shanghai Tower looks like a guitar pick from the top. As the height increases, each layer twists about one degree. This design can slow the wind down, which is very important to Shanghai building suffered from typhoons frequently. What's more, the spiraling appearance also symbolizes Chinese dragon.
Shanghai Tower is "a city in a building". There are nine vertical communities and each of them is surrounded by the public area between the double-deck curtain wall. The public area provides people with the services they need for daily life. There are 106 elevators in total and seven of them are double-deck elevators. The fastest speed is more than 64 kilometers per hour. In general, the speed of the normal elevator is only the half of it. It only takes 55 seconds to deliver you to the 119th sightseeing hall directly with a speed of 18 meters per second. At the same time, the underground public passage and parking lot are connecting with the adjacent super-skyscrapers, which is very convenient for visitors.
Functions of Shanghai Tower
With the main function of office, Shanghai Tower also encompasses other businesses, such as hotel, sightseeing, entertainment, commercial activity, convention and exhibition, etc. It is divided into five functional areas, including the public commercial entertainment area, office area, enterprise business hall, hotel and functional experience area on the top. “Top of the World” is the functional experience area with city view platform, entertainment, VIP mini bar, catering, sightseeing and meeting. Besides, there is a multifunctional activity center with a capacity of 1,200 persons in the podium.
As a crucial carrier of the financial service industry in Shanghai, Shanghai Tower plays an important role in optimizing the overall planning of Lujiazui financial area, improving the comprehensive function of Shanghai financial center and promoting the concentration of modern service industry.
As the tallest building in China, Shanghai Tower made many breakthroughs and records, for example, the highest garden in the air (located on the 318.75-meter high 68th floor), the fastest sightseeing elevator (ascending speed is up to 18 meters/second), the highest viewing pool (lies on the 393.4-meter high 84th floor), the highest hotel lobby (situated in the 470-meter high 101st floor), China's first construction more than 600 meters, the highest green architecture (obtained LEED platinum-level green building certification and awarded by the United States Green Building Council and certificated by China's Three-stars Green Building Label), the highest panorama restaurant (on the 556.7-meter high 120th floor), the highest sightseeing hall (on the 561-meter high 121st floor), the biggest damper (1,000 tons in weight), etc.
Highlights of Shanghai Tower
The scenic route is composed of "Top of Shanghai Exhibition Hall" on B1 floor, "Top of Shanghai Sightseeing Hall" on the 118th floor, the damper display hall on the 125th floor and the world's highest arts and humanities space on the 126th floor.
Top of Shanghai Exhibition Hall
Top of Shanghai Exhibition Hall mainly consists of seven exhibition areas, including "Shanghai Tower of Shanghai", "The Growing Skyline", "Dream of Skyscraper", "City of Skyscraper", "The Tallest Building in the World", "Gene Poll of Shanghai Tower" and "Vertical City". There is an enormous screen displaying the historical changes of the Bund and Pudong area over 170 years by the high-tech multimedia. On the other wall, it shows the height changes of Shanghai from Longhua Tower of the Northern Song Dynasty (40.6 meters in height) to Shanghai Tower (632 meters in height). You will immerse in the wonder and mystery of Shanghai city.
Top of Shanghai Sightseeing Hall
Visitors can take the world's fastest elevator from the ground floor to the "Top of Shanghai Sightseeing Hall" on the 118th floor directly. There is a big screen shows the updated rising speed and floor number. With the breath-taking speed of 18 meters per second, you will experience the sense of "fly to the sky". Standing on a height of 546 meters, you will have a bird's eye view of Shanghai. There is also an air post office and a wishing tree set on this floor. They bear numerous good will and desire from people around the world.
International Vertical Marathon
The first International Vertical Marathon was held in Shanghai Tower, which attracted a great number of famous vertical marathon runners all around the world. There are 119 floors and 3,398 steps. The total height of the race circuit is 552 meters. The International Vertical Marathon of Shanghai Tower was certified by the World Tower Racing Association (TWA). It is the highest marathon in the world.
Best time to visit Shanghai Tower
♦ You can visit Shanghai Tower all year around.
♦ Recommended visiting time: 17:00-21:00 (can enjoy both day and night view).
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How to Get to Shanghai Tower
♦ You can take the metro Line 2 and get off at Lujiazui Station to take Line 9 to Shangcheng Road Station.
♦ The following public buses are available to Shanghai Tower: No. 938, 961, 995.
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