Shanghai: 1,555 feet UP!

 Re-posted from Ni Hao Shanghai Blog  of our adventures living in China in 2012.
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We woke up on Saturday to find clear blue sky and some amazingly normal looking air! The beauty of it all inspired us to put on our shoes, grab our UV umbrellas, and head out the door to visit the Shanghai  World Financial Center and the Jin Mao Tower.  The Shanghai World Financial Center is China’s tallest building.     The building was  designed by  Kohn Pedersen Fox and is currently the 4th tallest building in the world. After a bit of a wait in the hot Shanghai sun we were ushered inside its super fast elevators to travel up 100 floors to the breathtaking observation deck. The ride in the windowless elevator was unbelievably quiet and smooth and did not feel like it was moving at all.
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View of the Oriental Pearl Tower from the 100th floor of the SWFC.

The SWFC building has 3 observation decks with the tallest one, the 100th floor, towering over the city at 1,555 ft. This deck makes a bridge across the large open space of the building with a glass bottom floor running right down the center of the walkway. Regular floor tiles lines it on both sides for visitors who don’t wish to walk on the glass. The sides of the bridge are lined with floor to ceiling windows creating the most amazing view of the city. Unfortunately SB became freaked out by a teenage boy jumping on the glass and could not enjoy her time.
Sumeya standing on the glass bottom floor 1,555 ft. up in the sky!

Standing on the glass bottom floor 1,555 ft. up in the sky!

We felt a wee bit hungry after our visit and decided to splurge on a visit to the tea cafe at the second-highest hotel in the world, the Park Hyatt Shanghai.  We were lucky to scoup up window front seats  and spent 90 minuets sipping  lattes and snacking on treats while watching the sun set over Shanghai. The Hyatt cafe was a bit  pricey, but worth every penny for the relaxing environment and amazing view.

Sunset and coffee at the Park Hyatt Shanghai hotel.

Sunset and coffee at the Park Hyatt Shanghai hotel.

Sunset view from the Hyatt, That's the Pearl Tower in the middle.

Sunset view from the Hyatt, That’s the Pearl Tower in the middle.

One last note, let’s not forget the Jin Mao Tower  rising 1,380 ft. above the ground directly across the street from the Shanghai World Financial Center. You can see  its lighted top in our Hyatt cafe photos next to the world famous Oriental  Pearl Tower . I read on Wikipedia that the Jin Mao Tower has parking for  7,500 bicycles in the basement.
The 1,380 ft. Jin Mao Tower standing in front of the SWFC building. Next to it you can see construction on the Shanghai Tower. It will open in 2014 at a tall 2,073 ft.!!

The 1,380 ft. Jin Mao Tower standing in front of the SWFC building. Next to it you can see construction on the Shanghai Tower. It will open in 2014 at a tall 2,073 ft.!!

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