Shanghai World Financial Center

#4 in Best Things To Do in Shanghai
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100 Century Avenue

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Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.4scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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.

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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 other skyscrapers standing across the Huangpu River, the view (on a clear day) stuns. And behind you, gorgeous European-style buildings housing restaurants and shops (Nanjing Road is just around the corner) line the waterfront boulevard, affording plenty of activities.

Though a gateway to other attractions, the views from the Bund were the only thing on most travelers minds. Visitors consistently report being in complete awe of Shanghai's skyline, so much so that some said skipping this attraction would be like skipping the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Most agreed the best time is to go at night  the skyscrapers illuminated in different colors create an unbeatable photo op. Not only that, but smog can occur during the day, and depending on the weather, can hinder one's first-time viewing experience. But whichever time you decide to visit, know that many other people want to experience this picture perfect moment too  so expect crowds around the clock. And considering the immense tourist traffic the Bund receives, vendors and pesky hawkers set up shop here too. 

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