comScore
Shanghai World Financial Center picture in Shanghai
zorazhuang / Getty Images

Key Info

Details

  • Sightseeing Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.4
Overall
US NEWS LOGO

Scorecard

  • Value
    3.5
  • Facilities
    4.5
  • Atmosphere
    5.0

Read about how we rank Things to Do.

Resembling a gigantic bottle opener, the Shanghai World Financial Center stands as one of the world's tallest buildings, glittering majestically on the skyline. Competing with the Oriental Pearl TV Tower for the best bird's-eye views, this structure touts an array of digital Shanghai depictions that illustrate the city's rapid evolution. And that's just at the bottom floor. Take the 49-second elevator, which is one of the fastest in the world, to the 94th and 97th floors where you'll be treated to a jaw-dropping urban panorama. However, the true highlight is on the 100th floor. Here, the Sky Walk – the world's highest observatory – allows guests to marvel at this Chinese metropolis from 1,555 feet above ground

Recent visitors loved the views from the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center, but said those afraid of heights shouldn't try to conquer their fear here. Aside from the glass walkway, the 94th and 97th floor vantage points feature floor-to-ceiling windows, with the latter also having ceiling windows. Travelers also strongly suggested going a clear day if possible, as those who went on overcast or smoggy days were disappointed. 

The tower is just a short walk from the Dong Chang Road Station and Lujiazui metro stations. The observation decks are open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (final admission is at 10 p.m.), allowing you to witness either sunrise or sunset. For adults, admission to all three decks costs 180 yuan (about $27); it costs 120 yuan (about $18) for access to the 94th floor. Discounts are offered to children, seniors and students. For more information, consult the Shanghai World Financial Center's website.

Powered by Viator See more Tours & Tickets

Hotels Nearby

  • Thing to Do
  • Hotel
Grand Hyatt Shanghai

Grand Hyatt Shanghai ...

  • 0.3 Miles Away
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong

Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong ...

  • 0.3 Miles Away
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
Park Hyatt Shanghai

Park Hyatt Shanghai ...

  • None Miles Away
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
See all hotels in Shanghai »

More Best Things to Do in Shanghai

The Bund picture in Shanghai
Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Shanghai Museum picture in Shanghai
Museums, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Zhujiajiao picture in Shanghai
Neighborhood/Area Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Shanghai World Financial Center picture in Shanghai
Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Yuyuan Gardens picture in Shanghai
Monuments and Memorials, Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Longhua Temple picture in Shanghai
Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Jade Buddha Temple picture in Shanghai
Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Shanghai Maglev picture in Shanghai
Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Oriental Pearl TV Tower picture in Shanghai
Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Nanjing Road picture in Shanghai
Shopping, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
|

#1 The Bund Shanghai's picturesque waterfront, known as "the Bund," is where you'll find those classic skyline photo ops. With the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center and ... Read more » Matteao Colombo / Getty Images

#2 Shanghai Museum Located on the People's Square near Nanjing Road, the Shanghai Museum is hard to miss thanks to its distinct architecture (a circular building atop a square foundation) and remarkable ... Read more » John W Banagan / Getty Images

#3 Zhujiajiao Located 29 miles west of downtown lies the Venice of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao. This ancient water town saw its heyday during the Ming Dynasty, when its success as a commercial hub resulted ... Read more » bernotto / Getty Images

#4 Shanghai World Financial Center Resembling a gigantic bottle opener, the Shanghai World Financial Center stands as one of the world's tallest buildings, glittering majestically on the skyline. Competing with the Oriental Pearl TV ... Read more » zorazhuang / Getty Images

#5 Yuyuan Garden Dating back to the 16th century, the 5-acre Yuyuan Garden is the city's most revered green space. The garden took nearly 20 years to completely construct and was initially ... Read more » Top Photo Corporation / Getty Images

#6 Longhua Temple As Shanghai's oldest and largest religious complex, Longhua Temple is a natural tourist attraction, drawing droves of travelers. The temple was built in the 10th century and is named ... Read more » Christoph Dietrich / Getty Images

#7 Jade Buddha Temple One of the city's most popular attractions, the Jade Buddha Temple impresses visitors with its legion of statues. The temple was originally built to house two jade statues brought ... Read more » OSTILL / Getty Images

#8 Shanghai Maglev It's simple: The Shanghai Maglev is one of the fastest passenger trains in the world. Traveling at about 270 miles per hour, this train is the adult equivalent of ... Read more » Nikada / Getty Images

#9 Oriental Pearl TV Tower As Shanghai's most recognizable landmark, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower occupies a prominent place on the city's landscape. Standing tall in the Pudong district, the structure features one ... Read more » IMAGEMORE Co, Ltd. / Getty Images

#10 Nanjing Road Whether or not you have money to burn, consider visiting Nanjing Road to witness the hustle and bustle of Chinese commerce. The Shanghai equivalent of New York's Fifth Avenue ... Read more » Rolf Bruderer / Getty Images

The Bund picture in Shanghai
Shanghai Museum picture in Shanghai
Zhujiajiao picture in Shanghai
Shanghai World Financial Center picture in Shanghai
Yuyuan Gardens picture in Shanghai
Longhua Temple picture in Shanghai
Jade Buddha Temple picture in Shanghai
Shanghai Maglev picture in Shanghai
Oriental Pearl TV Tower picture in Shanghai
Nanjing Road picture in Shanghai
The Bund picture in Shanghai
Shanghai Museum picture in Shanghai
Zhujiajiao picture in Shanghai
Shanghai World Financial Center picture in Shanghai
Yuyuan Gardens picture in Shanghai
Longhua Temple picture in Shanghai
Jade Buddha Temple picture in Shanghai
Shanghai Maglev picture in Shanghai
Oriental Pearl TV Tower picture in Shanghai
Nanjing Road picture in Shanghai

The Bund is a riverfront boardwalk offering the perfect photo op for Shanghai's skyline.  Matteao Colombo / Getty Images

The Shanghai Museum's interior are as interesting as its unique exterior. John W Banagan / Getty Images

You'll find charming bridges and canals around every corner in the Venice of Shanghai, or Zhujiajiao. bernotto / Getty Images

Some people say this landmark building looks like the world's largest bottle-opener. zorazhuang / Getty Images

The Yu Garden offers a respite from the city's hustle and bustle. However, make sure to come early to avoid crowds.  Top Photo Corporation / Getty Images

You'll find these curious statuettes at the Longhua Temple. Christoph Dietrich / Getty Images

There are many Buddha statues at this temple, but the jade statues (including the one pictured above) steal the show.  OSTILL / Getty Images

The Shanghai Maglev is the fastest passenger train in the world. Nikada / Getty Images

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is perhaps Shanghai's most recognizable landmark.  IMAGEMORE Co, Ltd. / Getty Images

Some recent visitors compare the flash and flare of this shopping street to Las Vegas.  Rolf Bruderer / Getty Images

×

See full list of Best Things to Do in Shanghai »

Explore More of Shanghai

Find the Best Price

Enter your check in and check out dates to find the best price

PriceFinder powered by TripAdvisor Primary Logo