The Shanghai Tower : Showing The Growth

If you want to see the soaring economic growth of China, go up the Shanghai Tower. Located in Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone of Pudong, with Shanghai World Financial Center
10 Nov 2018 10:14
The Shanghai Tower : Showing The Growth
The unique panoramic view of the Huangpu River from the 118th floor of Shanghai Tower Observation Desk on November 8, 2018. Insert: The beautiful view of Shanghai Tower which is the tallest building in China and the second tallest tower in the world. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

If you want to see the soaring economic growth of China, go up the Shanghai Tower.

Located in Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone of Pudong, with Shanghai World Financial Center to the east and Jina Mao Tower to the north, it overlooks booming fiancial hubs.

It is ranked as China’s tallest building and second tallest in the world.


Divisional and Functional Area

As a complex super tall building the Tower is subdivided into five main functional areas;

-24-hour offices for multinational companies and financial services

-Super five-star hotels and support facilities offering personalized services and amenities,

-High end retail shop etc

-Recreation zone, forming a new business and cultural center in the city,

-Conference facilities including sightseeing rooms in upper floors, and a multifunctional banquet hall measuring more than 1000 square meters (about 10,764 square feet) in podium building.

The tower has a total of 127 floors above and five floors underground, with the height of 632 meters (2,073 ft).

According to a tour guide, the construction of the tower began in November 2008.

Its main contractor was the Shanghai Construction Group. The tower was fully constructed in September 2014, and was officially opened in February 2015.

Total cost of the construction was around 15.7 billion Chinese Yuan.


Shanghai Tower Observation Deck (STOD)

STOD is located on the 118th floor of the Shanghai Tower with the height of 546 meters (1,791 ft)

For tourist a Shanghai Tower visit would not be completed unless including a climb to the top of Shanghai Observatory, which is the world’s highest indoor observation deck.

From this height, one can enjoy a unique panoramic view of the Huangpu River, the Bund of the west, and several other skyscrapers like the Jin Mao Tower and the World Financial Center on the east bank.

Visitors are recommended to visit the exhibition hall on floor B1 first, and then take the express elevator to the 118th floor directly within only 55 seconds.


Shanghai Tower Construction

Because Shanghai is on an inactive seismic belt and the construction site is in a river basin, a firm foundation for this skyscraper is very important.

To firm up the ground, engineers first put 980 foundation piles underground to a depth of 86 meters (282 feet), and then poured 61,000 cube meters (2.15 million cube feet) of concrete to set a six-meter-thick (20-foot-thick) baseboard for anchoring the main building.

The exterior of the building spirals upward like a snake.

It twists about one degree per floor to offset the wind effect on higher altitude.

This is very important to a super tall building in Shanghai to withstand frequent typhoons.


Shanghai Tower Elevators

The building is serviced by 149 elevators, of which 108 are lifts. Three of the lifts can send passengers up to the 546 meters (1,791 ft) high sightseeing deck from street level within one minute, which is a world record holder.



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