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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Tallest Sky Scrapers in Shanghai – The Concrete Jungle of China

Shanghai is merited for being China's most popular city, as well as being one of the fastest growing cities in the world, especially in relation to the construction of glistening skyscrapers.


Shanghai Tower

The Shanghai Tower stands at a breathtaking height of 2,073 feet and was designed by Gensler. Being the tallest skyscraper in Shanghai, and the second tallest in the world, the tower consists of 127 floors in total which includes an observation deck. The structure of the tower is in a curved and twisted form, and is divided in to nine vertical zones which include shops, offices, cultural facilities and hotels. Properties such as Ascott Heng Shan Shanghai are located close to the tower and those planning to stay at a serviced apartment in Shanghai should keep in mind to stay at a central location so as to ensure easy access to transportation is available at all times.


Shanghai World Financial Center

Standing as the second tallest tower in Shanghai and measuring 1,614 feet, the Shanghai World Financial Center is the seventh tallest in the world. The gleaming tower was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and is a multi-use skyscraper, which includes hotels, offices, shopping malls, conference rooms and observation decks. The tower was completed in 2008. The shape of the tower is a combination of two arcs joined by a square prism which are believed to represent an ancient Chinese symbol of heaven and earth.


Jin Mao Tower

The Jin Mao Tower has been ranked as the 17th tallest skyscraper in the world and the third tallest in Shanghai. The tower was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and completed by 1999. The tower is multi-use structure which is complete with offices, a hotel and convention spaces. The tower stands at 1,380 feet and has 93 floors in total. The tower is built in the shape of an octagon and most of the buildings proportions take the form of number 8, which is related to the Chinese symbol of prosperity.


Shimao International Plaza

The Shimao International Plaza measures to a height of 1,094 ft and has been marked as the fourth tallest in the city of Shanghai. The tower is easily identifiable due to its triangular geometrical structure and two metal spires protruding from the top of the tower. The building is most popular for its nine floor shopping mall and 3 floors of exclusive clubs that prove to be a major tourist attraction. Those staying within the city limits should definitely add this tower to the sightseeing list.


Shanghai Wheelock Square

At 974.5 feet, the Shanghai Wheelock Square tower is the eight tallest in the city. The tower is primarily used as an office space and has 58 floors of occupancy. The tower was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and was completed in 2010. The elegant and contemporary design of the building is a landscaped plaza which has been marked as the 91st tallest in the world.