Shanghai Tower

Written by Sally Guo Updated Apr. 3, 2021

The Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China, as well as the second-highest building in the world, is 632 meters (2,073 feet) high with 127 stories.

Located in the core of Lujiazui Financial Trading District, it is an extra-high building that contains business offices, hotels, business facilities, entertainment, sightseeing, and other functions.

Shanghai Tower
Shanghai Tower

What to Do in Shanghai Tower

Going Sightseeing at the Top of Shanghai Observatory

The sightseeing route includes the Top of Shanghai Exhibition Hall, Top of Shanghai Observatory, and Top 632 Exhibition Area. The three areas are on floor B1, floor 118, and floors 125 and 126 respectively. (The top 632 exhibition area is coming soon.)

The Top of Shanghai Exhibition Hall shows the design and structure of the Shanghai Tower with high-tech multimedia effects so that you can immerse yourself in the wonder of the building.

You can take the world's fastest elevator to the 118th floor where the observatory is. This 546-meter-high deck offers a bird's-eye view of Shanghai's urban landscape.

You can see the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC), Jin Mao Tower, the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower, and other famous buildings in Shanghai.

shanghai tower
Shanghai Tower

Enjoying Art and Culture in the Sky Lobby

There are high-rise sky lobbies on transfer floors 22, 37, 52, and 68 in building sections 2-6. Each lobby is divided into 3 sky gardens, offering public areas for leisure.

At present, Shanghai Guanfu Museum (上海观复博物馆) and the tallest indoor Chinese-style garden on the 37th floor is open to the public.

Shanghai Guanfu Museum consists of the Ceramic Gallery, the East, and West Gallery, the Gold Ware Gallery, the Buddhist Statue Gallery, and a temporary exhibition gallery. The rich collections will tell you stories that happened in ancient China.

Shopping in the Shanghai Tower Mall and Top of Shanghai Store

The shopping mall of Shanghai Tower is on floors B2 to 4 in the podium building. It provides a one-stop shopping experience and customer-first service. This high-end shopping mall contains brand retail, motor displays, restaurants, cafes, banks, and other types of businesses.

Major business tenants are Porches, Starbucks, Pacific Coffee, Food Republic, Le Xin Huang Chao, Mei Zhou Dong Po, Fatburger, Pizza Hut, etc.

The Top of Shanghai Store on floors B2 and 118 offers a great environment, a wide range of souvenirs, and original items made by Shanghai Tower. Shopping guides here are experienced, so you can always find the souvenirs you want with their help.

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Shanghai Tower - Overview from The Bund

Nearby Attractions

Shanghai World Financial Center: Located in the center of Lujiazui in the Pudong New Area, Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC 上海环球金融中心) is a comprehensive building consisting of sightseeing and shopping opportunities, hotels, and high-level offices.

With a height of 492 meters, it has 100 floors including sightseeing floors from floors 94 to 100. Travelers can have a grand view of modern Shanghai.

Jin Mao Tower: Jin Mao Tower stands in the most prosperous part of the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone of the Pudong new district area. Occupying an area of 2.3 hectares, it is 420.5 meters tall, with 88 floors above ground, and 3 floors underground.

It also faces the famous Bund of Shanghai across the Huangpu River.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower: The quarter-mile-high commercial interior of the tower houses a variety of facilities, from a hotel near the top to a restaurant, a recreational palace - with a futuristic space center - shops and cafes, and even a historical museum.

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium: Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is next to the Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower and Jin Mao Tower.

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium covering 20,500 square meters consists of 2 pyramid-shaped buildings. It displays more than 300 species and more than 12,000 rare fish and endangered species from all over the world.

Opening hours are extended to 9 pm during the following peak seasons: Chinese New Year Holiday; National Day Holiday; Summer Holiday (July and August). (Ticket sales and admission close at 8:30 p.m.)

Riverside Promenade: Riverside Promenade is located on a road along the Huangpu River in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, right beside the Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower. The opposite is the Bund of Shanghai.

How to Get There

Location: 501, Middle Yincheng Road, Financial Trading District, Pudong.

Solo Adventure Tips

Ticket Price (for the Top of Shanghai Observatory):

180 RMB for adults. 120 RMB for students and the elderly. 90 RMB for children (1-1.4 meters high). Children who are less than 1 meter in height enjoy free access.

You can get a ticket at the ticket office of the building, but you may wait in line for a long time. You also can contact us for a customized tour to visit the wonderful skyscraper. 

Opening Hours: 9 am - 9 pm (The Top of Shanghai Observatory)

More Tips: On the top of the building, views of sunrise, sunset, and nightlights are spectacular. However, rainy or foggy days cause poor vision.

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