Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai
This tower was an amazing architectural marvel showing how the mighty power of Shanghai as a metropolis. It is now the 3rd tallest building in the world (as of June 2013).
Our tour guide had a lot of information about it to which I am so grateful for:
The 88-stories Jin Mao Tower was completed in 1999. It is 420.5 meters (almost 1380 feet) tall and covers an area of 2.3 hectares (5.68 acres). The architect, Adrian D. Smith, of this skyscraper ingeniously combined the elements of traditional Chinese culture with the newest architectural styles of the time, which makes it one of the best-constructed buildings in China.
This building includes modern offices, a deluxe 5-star hotel - the Grand Hyatt Shanghai, exhibition halls, banquet halls, an observation deck, and entertainment facilities which is situated in the following levels: the 1st and 2nd floors form an imposing and bright lobby of the business area; the 3rd to the 50th floors are occupied by office spaces; the 51st and 52nd floors are the mechanical and electrical facilities centre which are restricted for the tower's working staff; the 53rd to 87th floors are reserved for the deluxe Grand Hyatt Hotel of which, the 86th floor houses a club exclusive for the hotel guests and the 87th floor lodges the hotel restaurant; and, the 88th floor-the highest floor, is reserved for the tower's observation deck, which can hold 1000 people at any one time.
The Jin Mao Tower (literally "Golden Prosperity Building"), built in 1998, is an 88-story landmark skyscraper in Pudong. Until 2007 it was the tallest building in China, the fifth tallest in the world by roof height and the seventh tallest by pinnacle height at 421 m / 1,380 ft. The building's anchor tenant is the five-star, 555-room Shanghai Grand Hyatt hotel which occupies floors 53 to 87. You can take an express elevator to the 88th floor observation deck where the views are shear magic but go in the morning when the sun is still in the east as you'll get a better view of the Bund. I suppose, now that the neighbouring Shanghai World Finance Building has been built (it was still unfinished when I visited in May 2008), that not many people will bother coming up this tower.
Completed in 1998, the graceful pagoda-like Jinmao Tower - with 88 occupied floors and a height of 421 metres - was until recently China's tallest building, before being usurped by the Shanghai World Financial Center next door. The top floors (53rd to 87th floors) house the Grand Hyatt hotel and there is an observation deck on the 88th floor. The lower floors are occupied by offices, and there is a food court in the basement. As an excuse to visit, pop into the Grand Hyatt's lobby to see its vertigo-inducing barrel-vaulted 21-storey atrium before you stop for drinks in Cloud 9, one of the world's highest bar.
Actually a commercial tower/hotel but the top floor (lucky 88) is an observation floor for tourists. You can get great views of the city and the Pearl TV Tower. I'd suggest going to Pearl TV Tower during the day and going to Jin Mao Tower at night. Be prepared for long lineups to buy tickets (in the basement). I'd also suggest going late at night close to closing. Yes, it won't leave much time to look around but on the plus side, the tour buses are on a schedule and clear out in a hurry.
One of the imposing parts of the Pudong Skyline are the Jinmao Towers. It is currently the highest completed building in Shanghai. It will however soon will be eclipsed once the Shanghai Financial Centre is completed later this year.
The Jinmao Towers houses the Hyatt Hotel, and a theatre. It is one of the places where you can have a nice view of skyline via cafe that is over 80 floors up.
The Jin Mao Tower is currently Shanghai's tallest occupied building, rising 88 floors and over 400 meters above the ground. The first 50 floors of the building are primarily offices, while the floors above that are occupied by the Shanghai Grand Hyatt hotel, one of Shanghai's best hotels. The Grand Hyatt section of the hotel features an awesome 28-floor tall atrium that makes you dizzy to look up at from the hotels 56th floor lobby. At the top of the tower is an observation deck that is open to the public.
Jin Mao Tower is located in the center of Lujiazui Finance and Trade Districts in Pudong.
This building includes modern offices, a deluxe 5-star hotel - the Grand Hyatt Shanghai, exhibition halls, banquet halls, an observation deck, and entertainment facilities
This tower is the tallest building on China's mainland (421m). Its design combines traditional Chinese and gothic architecture. If you are not afraid of heights, going to the top of the Jinmao Tower is an interesting experience. Viewing from the dizzying heights of the 88th floor in the evening, you will have an illusion that Shanghai is a glittering light ball. On the 87th floor, a bar, the Cloud Nine, gives you the feeling of being in the clouds – sometimes there is no view at all because you're surrounded by them.
The luxurious Grand Hyatt hotel, with 555 rooms, occupies the Jinmao Tower's 53rd to 87th floors. Offices on the lower 52 floors have a capacity for about 10,000 people.
Besides the Grand Hyatt and offices, luxury-brand shops, restaurants and relaxing coffee houses occupy the Jinmao Tower. This superb building represents the new Shanghai: young, vibrant, and inspirational.
Hours: 8:30am - 9pm
Tickets: 50 yuan
If I'm not mistaken the Jinmao Tower on Pudong has 88 floors, and the Grand Hyatt hotel starts from the 53th floor onwards. It's definitely worth it to go to the 54th floor and have a drink in the Grand Café of the hotel. When we were there it was really foggy outside, but still the view was amazing. If it's nice weather, it must be amazing.
The Jin Mao tower is still the tallest building in Shanghai -- but not for long, as a neighbouring building is slated to become even taller. However that may be, on the 88th floor of Jin Mao Tower you have a stunning view of Shanghai. 8 is a lucky number, so 88 is doubly lucky.
Also lucky is the Hyatt Hotel located on the floors 53 to 87 in the same building, and from the inside of Jin Mao Tower, you can look down inside the hotel.
Come early in the morning, around 12 (Chinese lunch time) to avoid the worst crowds.
If you like architecture and/or tall buildings, then visiting Jin Mao Tower is a must see activity while in Shanghai.
Jin Mao Tower (which house the Shanghai Hyatt), is the 2nd tallest building in Shanghai and is located in PuDong.
If you have the opportunity, take a ride up to the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel (the highest hotel lobby in the world) or even better yet - have a drink on the top floor at Cloud 9 (see my Restaurant review).
Visit JIN MAO TOWER (Grand Hyatt Hotel). It is the tallest building in China, the 3rd tallest in the world. It's lobby on 54/F with fantastic view over Shanghai. There's another lounge on 77/F, go up there and Shanghai city is on your foot!!!
Just some of the views from the 88th floor observation deck of the Jin Mao Tower in Pudong. Just go in the morning when the sun is still in the east as you'll get a better view of the Bund.
|Visit the observatory on the 88th floor of China's tallest building (at the moment) for great views over the city and river. We went at night, it was excellent.
on the jin mao tower you have the best overview around shanghai but you must have luck with the wether