Shanghai World Financial Center

Completed in 2008, the Shanghai World Financial Center is currently the tallest building in China, and third tallest in the world. The building is located in Pudong, East side of the Huangpu river, across the street from the second tallest building in Shanghai, the Jin Mao tower.  Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates P.C. (KPF), the tower holds retail and restaurant space, a media center, office space, forum space, sky lobby, the Park Hyatt Shanghai hotel, a sky arena, and an observatory level complete with partial glass floors to see the city below. Topping out at 492 meters, 101 stories above the ground, the SWFC is a dominant figure in the Shanghai skyline.  So much in fact, that we had to go and check it out for ourselves.

At the Northwest corner of the Site

We got dropped off by a cab at the Northwest corner of the site.  Even the views from the base of the tower were pretty incredible, so we were very excited to make our way in and up to the top observation deck.

SWFC (left) and Jin Mao Tower (right)

Looking Back to the Pudong Waterfront


Shanghai Tower Construction Site

The entrance fee to make it up to the top was 150 rmb ($23).  You have the option to only pay 100 rmb to get to the sky arena on the 94th floor, but we really wanted to check out the glass floors at the sky bridge on the 100th floor, so we paid the extra fee.  We went at night, just after dinner, and the lines were surprisingly short.  There are so many people in China, not counting tourists, so when you are going anywhere you expect there to be a crowd, so this was a pleasant turn of events.  While waiting for the elevator, you pass this great physical model of Pudong, highlighting the SWFC and the other buildings nearby.

Physical Model of Shanghai Skyline

The elevator takes you up to the 94th floor and from there you take an odd rainbow-colored escalator up to the 97th floor (the bottom portion of the void at the top of the building).

Escalator from 94th Floor to 97th Floor

97th Floor Observatory

Unfortunately, once at the 100th floor sky walk, the clouds rolled in and the visibility lowered a bit, but I still managed to get a few pictures of the Pudong and the rest of Shanghai down below.

Looking Out at Jin Mao and Oriental Pearl Tower

Sky Walk








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