27/31: Shanghai Tower

The say that no one remembers the second place, but when we are talking about the tallest buildings the second place is as impressive as the first one. This is one of the things that people who live in Shanghai can see in the skyline, Shanghai Tower is the tallest building in China, the second in the world and it has the tallest observation deck in the world.

Pudong financial center at night

The construction started in 2008 as one of the last buildings designed to be part of the new financial center in Shanghai. The construction ended in 2014 and in t was inaugurated in 2015. Before its construction the Shanghai World Financial Center was the tallest building in Shanghai and China with its 632 meters (2,073 ft). It had a cost of approximately $2.4 billion USD. It has 127 functional floors, the highest observation dock and the fastest elevator in the world (72 km/h). In the international list Shanghai Tower is ranked second place just after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and before the Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower.

Shanghai World Financial Center as seen from the Shanghai Tower observation dock

The tower is now one of the most iconic places in China and it’s part of the famous skyline of Pudong, as seen from The Bund.

The building has multiple purposes; all of them non residential. The building holds offices, hotels, restaurants, shops, malls, a concert hall and an exhibition hall. The building also presents a series of lights for publicity.

At this moment the tower only has 60% of its office space leased, but less than the half of those leasers have completely moved to the tower. The government is trying to attract more tenants in order to have more occupancy in the tower.

Shanghai Tower will remain the tallest building in China at least until 2018, when the Wuhan Greenland Center would be completed, that would only be four meters taller. Although by 2020 the Suzhou Zhongnan Center would become the tallest building in China with its planned 729 meters.

Each night you the Shanghai Tower glows from Pudong from 7 to 11 pm, if you come to Shanghai you cannot miss the amazing view of the tallest building in the country.

Shanghai Tower (right) is the tallest building in China

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