Shanghai World Financial Center is presently the tallest skyscraper in China. It is also presently the third tallest skyscraper in the world behind Burj Khalifa and Taipei 101.
The Shanghai World Financial Center is located in Pudong, Shanghai, next to Jinmao Tower which until the Shanghai World Financial Center was completed, was the tallest skyscraper in China.
The Shanghai World Financial Center has a total of 101 storeys, It is 494.4 meters (1,622 ft) to the rooftop, and 474 meters to the top floor.
Construction began in 1997 but was stalled due to the Asian financial crisis. There was also some design change when some people including the mayor of Shanghai protested the inclusion of a circular aperture at the top of the building. This was eventually changed to a trapezoidal hole.
The Shanghai World Financial Center was finally completed and opened to the public on 28 August, 2008. It has three observation decks, on the 94th floor at 423 meters, the 97th floor at 439 meters, and at the 100th floor, at 474 meters. The admission fee is ¥100.00 to go to the 94th floor deck and ¥150 to go to all three decks.
The Shanghai World Financial Center was awarded the 2009 prize for Best Tall Building Overall from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. It also won the Asia & Australasia category.
Housed within the Shanghai World Financial Center is the Shanghai Park Hyatt, presently the tallest hotel in the world. It occupies the 79th to the 93rd floor of the skyscraper. The hotel took over the title from the Shanghai Grand Hyatt located in the adjacent Jinmao Tower.
Shanghai World Financial Center
Frank Kovalchek (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)
Jinmao Tower, left, and the Shanghai World Financial Center, right
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