One of the most fascinating things in the city of Shanghai is quite simply the buildings. With almost a thousand high-rises completed, Shanghai is one of the world’s fastest growing cities and with numerous architectural gems to gander, its tallest are a feat of engineering on a global scale, why not take a closer look? (List is in height order starting from tallest.)
Shanghai World Financial Center
The tallest in China, and the second tallest in the world, this 1,614 foot (492 meter) high gargantuan is an absolute architectural gem, and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat thought so too, when they named it best skyscraper of 2008. With malls on the ground floor, the building has the added bonus of containing the world’s highest observation deck.
Coming in at number 2, this beautiful TV tower is most apparent from the Huangpu River just across the way, but if you feel like getting inside, there are 15 different places within to observe the great city. Getting a bit thirsty from all that observing? Two-thirds of the way up is one of the worlds few revolving restaurants.
The worlds tallest building completed in the 1990’s, the Jin Mao Tower is an 88-story office building, also home to the 5-star, 555-room Shanghai Grand Hyatt hotel. Pop in to this luxury patio lounge, or its famous jazz joint, the Piano Bar, and if you are lucky enough to be a guest, take a swim in the world’s highest swimming pool.
Shimao International Plaza
Completed in 2005, this two-spire luxury building reaches 1,094 ft (333.3 m), and is home to the ultra-luxurious Le Royal Méridien Shanghai hotel, complete with 770 rooms. If you are looking for a reason to go in, there is a 9-story shopping mall and a few exclusive clubs you might try and finagle your way into.
Shanghai Wheelock Square
Not 2 years old, this is the 5th tallest building in Shanghai. The Wheelock may not be worth going into unless you work there, but since its quite easy to get to, might as well get a close-up look, just so you can say you saw Shanghai’s tallest five.