Shanghai Tower

A 632-meter-high Super Skyscraper

Shanghai Tower is a landmark super skyscraper in Shanghai, ranking first in China and second in the world. Covering an area of 433,954 square meters, it has 118 floors, a total height of 632 meters.

Designed by the American Gensler Architectural Design Office, Shanghai Tower spirals its way up, resembling the shape of the traditional Chinese dragon. The building can be divided into 9 areas vertically, including the commercial center on the ground floor, the office district in the middle section, and hotels, cultural facilities and viewing platforms on the top.

On November 29th, 2008, the construction of the pile foundation for Shanghai Tower’s main building started, and on March 12th, 2016, the whole building was officially completed. On April 27th, 2016, Shanghai Center held a ceremony to unveil a wall of honor on which the names of all the builders of the tower are inscribed, and announced the trial operation of Shanghai Tower. On April 26th, 2017, the sightseeing hall “Shanghai Summit” on the 118th floor was officially opened to the public.

Quick Facts
  • Chinese name: 上海中心大厦 Shàng Hǎi Zhōng Xīn Dà Shà
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Entrance fee: RMB 180
  • Opening hours: 8:30-22:00
  • Best time to visit: All year round
  • Address: No. 479 Lujiazui Ring Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
  • How to get there: Take metro Line 2 to get off at Lujiazui Station and get out at Exit No.6, then head southeast to arrive at Shanghai Tower; or take Bus No. 583, 939 or 799 to get off at Dongtai Road Station on the Huanyuan Shiqiao Road.

Highlights of Shanghai Tower

Exhibition hall on B1 Floor

Shanghai Center of Shanghai: The exhibition hall has three themes, namely the charm of Shanghai, the height of Shanghai, and Shanghai center of Shanghai. By combining statics and dynamics, virtuality and reality, the exhibition hall demonstrates Shanghai architecture of different styles in different periods of time and from different perspectives.

The Development of Skyline: A 100-second-long live-action flash explains the development of the skyline of the Bund, Pudong and Lujiazui in the past 170 years since Shanghai opened its commercial port in 1840.

Skyscraper Dream: The exhibition hall illustrates the history of how the height of the world tallest building had continued to be renewed since 1885, which shows the ambition of human beings to build higher and higher skyscrapers.

Gene Bank: Gene Bank reveals the whole process of the planning, birth and construction of Shanghai center.

Vertical City: With the help of the cutting-edge 3D printing technology, the "vertical city" exhibition area demonstrates rainwater collectors, the double glass curtain wall, BIM construction technology, Shanghai girls, pictures of fish, the joy of Shanghai center, and other green, intelligent and cultural matters which are in line with the philosophy of the vertical city.

Speed Elevator: The 18m/s high speed elevator takes a mere 55s from the ground floor to the Shanghai Summit Sightseeing Hall on the 118th floor.

Sightseeing Hall on the 118th floor

Sightseeing: In the “Shanghai Summit” 360-degree full view Sightseeing Hall, you can not only enjoy the view of the Oriental Pearl, Jin Mao Tower, and Shanghai World Financial Center, but also have a bird’s eye view of the Expo Garden, Town God Temple, Shanghai Stadium, Hongqiao Airport, and see Suzhou River and Huangpu River winding their way to join the Yangtze River and together running into the East China Sea.

Post office in the Sky: In the post office you can select a postcard to write to yourself, your relatives or friends. The message sent from Shanghai Summit is a gift worth keeping.

Wishing Tree: There is a wishing tree in the Sightseeing Hall where you can make a wish on the summit of Shanghai for a beautiful green life in the future.

By Shirley Li
Web Editor