Amongst all the hustle and bustle of the busy city lifestyle there is much you can do to unwind, relax and make the most of your China Tour. Travel to Shanghai and witness an architectural marvel, a magnificent feat of construction, and treat yourself to some luxury. The skyscrapers in Shanghai are sure to make you appreciate the marvellous wonders of construction, none more so than the Shanghai World Financial Tower. Standing at 492.0 meters (1,614.2 ft) it is the second tallest building in the world hence, has viewing platforms to die for.

The Shanghai World Financial Center is a super tall skyscraper in Pudong, Shanghai, China. It was designed by the architect Kohn Pedersen Fox. The tower has is a mixed use skyscraper which consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground floors. Park Hyatt Shanghai is the hotel component containing 174 rooms and suites. Occupying the 79th to the 93rd floors, it is the second highest hotel in the world, surpassing the Grand Hyatt Shanghai on the 53rd to 87th floors of the neighboring Jin Mao Tower.

The most distinctive feature in the design of the building is an aperture at the peak. The original design specified a circular aperture, 46 m (151 ft) in diameter, to reduce the stresses of wind pressure, as well as serve as a association with the design. Since “Chinese mythology represents the earth with a square and the sky with a circle”. It also resembled a Chinese moon gate due to its circular form in Chinese architecture. However, this initial design began facing protests from some Chinese, including the mayor of Shanghai, who considered it too similar to the rising sun design of the Japanese flag.


There are three observation decks in Shanghai World Financial Tower. The height of its lowest observation deck is 423 m (1,388 ft), on the 94th floor, the second is 439 m (1,440 ft) high, on the 97th floor, named “Observatory Bridge”, and the highest is 474 m (1,555 ft) high, on the 100th floor. Admission ranges from 100 RMB ($15) for the 94th floor only to 150 RMB (about $23) for all three-observation decks.

Shanghai World Financial Center was named by architects as the best skyscraper completed in 2008 receiving both the Best Tall Building Overall and Asia & Australasia awards from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Architect Tim Johnson noted its innovative structural design: “Steel trusses gird against the forces of wind and earthquake and made the building lighter, made it use less steel, and contributed to its sustainability.” Johnson described the SWFC’s structure as “nothing short of genius.”


This impossible to miss phenomenon has stunned millions before and is sure to leave you in an awe of appreciation. Book you Shanghai Hotels and see some utterly breathtaking views across one of the worlds most beautiful cities.


Jack Li

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