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Shanghai Tower, Shanghai

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The Shanghai Tower is a 632m, 128-story megatall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. As of 2015, it is the world's tallest building, by height to highest usable floor (Level 127, 587.4 m). It also has the world's highest observation deck within a building or structure (Level 121, 561.25 m), and the world's fastest elevators at a top speed of 20.5 m/s (74 km/h). It is the world's second-tallest building by height to architectural top (behind Dubai's Burj Khalifa, 828 m) and the world's third-tallest structure (behind Tokyo Skytree, 634 m).Designed by international design firm Gensler and owned by the Shanghai city government, it is the tallest of the world's first triple-adjacent super-tall buildings in Pudong, the other two being the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center. Its tiered construction, designed for high energy efficiency, provides nine separate zones divided between office, retail and leisure use.Construction work on the tower began in November 2008 and topped out on 3 August 2013. The exterior was completed in summer 2015, and work was considered complete in September 2015. Although the building was originally scheduled to open to the public in November 2014, the actual public-use date slipped considerably. The observation deck was opened to visitors in July 2016; the period from July through September 2016 was termed a "test run" or "commissioning" period. From April 26, 2017 onwards, the sightseeing deck on the 118th floor is open to the public.
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  • No just BUT could be better if it were not for smog! The building does mega impression, but to appreciate everything you need there enter:)
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  • It is the tallest Tower in Shanghai, more than 400 meters high is reached by lift in only 66 seconds. And from the top the view is breathtaking! The ground is glazed by location but not completely, so even if you have Vertigo, it's doable, as there is no external gateways. However it is better to visit it by clear weather and open in order to make the most of the view. And no need to stop at the store, where the prices are exorbitant
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  • 18 m/s for a rise in 45 seconds in 562 metres... the second highest Tower in the world after that of Dubai... the view is breathtaking... the towers, cars, boats look like toys.
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