Shànghǎi World Financial Center

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Shànghǎi World Financial Center information

Location
Shànghǎi , China
Address
100 Century Ave; 世纪大道100号
Telephone
+86 5878 0101
Getting there
Metro: Lujiazui
More information
http://swfc-shanghai.com
Prices
observation deck adult 94th fl/94th, 97th & 100th fl ¥120/180, child under 140cm ¥60/90
Opening hours
8am-11pm, last entry 10pm
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Although trumped by the adjacent Shànghǎi Tower as the city’s most stratospheric building, the awe-inspiring 492m-high Shànghǎi World Financial Center is an astonishing sight, even more so come nightfall when its ‘bottle opener’ top dances with lights. There are three observation decks here on levels 94, 97 and 100, with head-spinningly altitude-adjusted ticket prices and wow-factor elevators thrown in.

The top two (located at the bottom and top of the trapezoid) are known as Sky Walks. It’s debatable whether the top Sky Walk (474m) is the best spot for Shang-high views, though. The hexagonal space is bright and futuristic, and some of the floor is transparent glass, but the lack of a 360-degree sweep – windows only face west or east – detracts somewhat. But you get to look down on the top of the Jinmao, which might be worth the ticket price alone. A clear, smog-free day is imperative, so check the weather and pollution index up front.

If you want to make a meal (or a cocktail) of it, or if lines are long, you can sashay into restaurant/bar 100 Century Avenue on the 91st floor instead. Access to the observation deck is on the west side of the building off Dongtai Rd; access to the Park Hyatt is on the south side of the building.