China | Shanghai

Top of Shanghai World Financial Center

China Discovery Tour

Shanghai | China

13 Jan 2020 | Mon

Day 17 of 18

  • Top of Shanghai World Financial Center
  • Tianzifang Shanghai
  • Shanghai French Concession
  • Nanjing Road Shopping District Shanghai
  • Lunch at Traditional Chinese Restaurant Nanjing Road
  • Yuyuan Bazaar Shanghai
  • Huangpu River Night Cruise

Top of Shanghai World Financial Center

The Shanghai World Financial Center is one of the most popular tourist attractions in China. Situated in the heart of Shanghai, the center offers a bird’s eye view of the city from its 100th-floor observatory deck.

Looking Out Top of Shanghai World Financial Center

The 101-story Shanghai World Financial Center is one of China’s most recognizable buildings. Located in the country’s financial capital, the building has a trapezoidal footprint and is capped by a pyramid-shaped spire. The SWFC has been called “the bottle opener” because of its shape. Construction began in 1997, and the skyscraper officially opened in 2008. Standing at a height of 492 meters, the Shanghai World Financial Center is the 2nd tallest building in China (behind nearby Shanghai Tower) and the 12th-tallest building in the world (as of 2022).

Visitors can also learn about the history and culture of Shanghai at the onsite museum, or take a stroll through one of the many gardens and parks in the area. Whether you’re looking for a breathtaking view or a chance to explore China’s rich history, the Shanghai World Financial Center is definitely worth a visit.

The Shanghai World Financial Center is a supertall skyscraper located in the Pudong district of Shanghai. It was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by the Mori Building Company, with Leslie E. Robertson Associates as its structural engineer and China State Construction Engineering Corp and Shanghai Construction (Group) General Co. as its main contractor. It is a mixed-use skyscraper, consisting of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls. Park Hyatt Shanghai is the tower’s hotel component, comprising 174 rooms and suites occupying the 79th to the 93rd floors, which at the time of completion was the highest hotel in the world. It is now the third-highest hotel in the world after the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, which occupies floors 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre.

On 14 September 2007, the skyscraper was topped out at 492 meters (1,614.2 ft), making it the 2nd tallest building in the world on completion (the tallest at the time being Taipei 101), and the tallest building in Mainland China. The SWFC opened to the public on 28 August 2008, with its observation deck opening on 30 August. The observation deck offers views from 474 m (1,555 ft) above ground level.

The SWFC has been lauded for its design, and in 2008 it was named by architects as the year’s best-completed skyscraper. In 2013, the SWFC was exceeded in height by the adjacent Shanghai Tower, which is China’s tallest structure as of 2021. Together, The Shanghai World Financial Center, The Shanghai Tower and The Jin Mao Tower form the world’s first adjacent grouping of three super tall skyscrapers.

– Wikipedia Shanghai World Financial Center

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