World Travel GuidesJinmao Tower, Shanghai, China

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Jinmao Tower is an 88-storey skyscraper in Shanghai, China. It was completed in 1998, at which time it was the tallest skyscraper in China. Right now it is second to the Shanghai World Financial Center, and the two will soon be overtaken by the 128-storey Shanghai Tower under construction. It is presently the 5th tallest skyscraper in the world by roof height, and the 7th tallest by height to the pinnacle.

Jinmao Tower, Shanghai
Jinmao Tower, Shanghai
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Jinmao Tower stands at a height of 421 meters or 1,380 feet. It is located near the Lujiazui Metro station. It was built at a cost of US$530 million. Like the Petronas Twin Towers, the measurements of Jinmao Tower revolves around the number 8, which is considered auspicious to the Chinese.

The exterior of Jinmao Tower is covered by a curtain wall made of glass, stainless steel, aluminium and granite. A latticework of aluminium alloy pipes form a cladding over the outer wall.

Jinmao Tower
Jinmao Tower" style="text-decoration:none" target="_blank">FelixRo (GNU Free Documentation License)

The first 50 floors of Jinmao Tower are used for offices. The Shanghai Grand Hyatt occupies the 53rd to the 87th floor. It is the second tallest hotel in the world after the Shanghai Park Hyatt, which occupies the 79th to the 93rd floor of adjacent Shanghai World Financial Center.

The Shanghai Grand Hyatt at Jinmao Tower has a famous atrium that extends from the 56th floor of the tower right up to the 87th floor. The atrium is 115 meters in height and 27 meters in diameter.

Jinmao Tower atrium
Jinmao Tower atrium" style="text-decoration:none" target="_blank">Matthias Meckel (GNU Free Documentation License)

There are several restaurants at Jinmao Tower. Canton, an upscale Cantonese restaurant, occupies the 55th floor. On the 56th floor are four eateries, namely The Grill, the Cucina Japanese Restaurant, the Kobachi Japanese Restaurant and the Patio Lounge.

Club Oasis, a fitness centre, occupies the 57th floor. It also has the world's highest swimming pool.

Jinmao Tower atrium, looking up
Jinmao Tower atrium, looking up" style="text-decoration:none" target="_blank">Lawrence Lavigne (public domain)

Club Jin Mao, a Shanghainese restaurant, occupies the 86th floor while at the 87th floor is Cloud 9 and Sky Lounge.

The Jinmao Tower Skywalk is an observation deck. It is located on the 88th floor, and has a capacity of 1000 people. Admission fee to the observation deck is ¥88.00 for adults and ¥45 for children.

Jinmao Tower & Shanghai World Financial Center
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