A cynic might say that observation decks are almost the same world over – and even if they are on the 100th level of an imposing building. The Shanghai World Financial Centre (SWFC) observation deck is on 3 levels and is touted as having a glass floor on the 100th level – not quite true as that level has mainly 'solid' flooring with a number of thick glass panels inserted (photo).
There are in effect 2 pricing levels - 94th floor only and all 3 observation floors 94, 97 and 100. The view is not that much better on the 100th level compared to the 94th, so perhaps a money saving tactic would be to pay to go to 94 only and skip the rest. The 94th has a very good souvenir gift shop with lots of 'tall building' paraphernalia – including bottle openers that are the SWFC in miniature (building shape).
Entrance includes an interactive model of Shanghai with both sides of the Huang Pu River, the famous city view and a night view complete with 'dazzling' fireworks. The gents toilet on level 94 gave a great view and I hope the window was one way glass – not that it seemed to worry a cleaning lady who just bowled in and went about her job completely oblivious to my presence.
Sadly smog spoilt our view – as was most of our trip to China. Unable to confirm, but have heard the price to the SWFC observation deck is cheaper and higher than the probably more famous Pearl Oriental Tower. The newly completed Shanghai Tower observation deck (2nd tallest building on earth) had not opened at the time of our visit in Oct 2015.
Along with the skyscrapers– Jinmao and Shanghai Tower, you won’t definitely miss to spot this building especially at night. This building is what they call “the bottle opener” tower (check it out).
My Chinese colleagues told me that this tower has 3 separate observation decks:
94th floor-423 meter high; where various exhibitions and events are also held, RMB 120 entrance fee
97th floor-437 meter high; looks like an over bridge suspended in the sky (open glass ceiling)
100th floor- 472 meter high; walking over the glass floor, highest sightseeing facility in the world
Entrance fee for all floors: RMB 180 (adult) RMB 120 (Senior Citizen/Student)
The entrance fees are kinda expensive so we didn’t bother to experience the open air observation deck. Anyway, we enjoyed looking up and feel contented to stare up in the sky with the giant towers.
At night, the lining and top of the building is shining luminous blue.
As of the end of 2008, the SWFC is China's tallest building and the world's second tallest completed building (after Taipei 101), with a height of 492 metres. It has a trademark trapezoid hole at its top. Visit one of its observation decks on floors 94, 97 or 100 (the 100th floor one is the world's highest, with a vertigo-inducing glass floor), for stupendous views of Shanghai, assuming clouds don't obscure your views. Entry to the 100th floor observation deck costs RMB150 for adults and RMB75 for children (2009 prices). The top floors of the SWFC house the Park Hyatt, with the world's highest hotel rooms and bar. The lower floors house shops and restaurants, while most of the rest of the building are occupied by offices.
This is now the tallest building in Pudong soaring to a height of 492 metres and in fact the 2nd tallest building in the world! It was only opened on August 28th, 2008, so lucky for us, we were able to visit it. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, the cloud coverage had well and truly set in and we got to see very little from the 100th floor. You have an option to go to either the 94th, 97th or 100th floor and the cost for the 100th floor was 150rmb = about $26AUD. I think thats a small price to pay for being able to say you had "done" the 2nd tallest building in the world!
This building is known to Shanghai people as "The bottle opener" for obvious reasons, in that it looks just like a bottle opener. It is about a 15-20 minute walk from the OPT and located right next to the Jin Mao Tower.
Well worth a visit, just try and make sure you plan your day around clear skies for optimal views! It was quite eerie being up in the clouds, every so often they would clear just a little bit and we would get an obscure view of the top of the JM Tower. The skywalk on the 100th floor is the worlds highest observatory and has a glass bottom floor 474 metres above ground!
The Shanghai World Financial Centre Building in Pudong is the highest building in China and the second tallest in the world at a height of 492m (1,614ft). It opened on the 28th October 2008 and the Observation Deck at the highest vantage point at 474m (1,555ft) opened a couple of days later. Unfortunately I visited Shanghai a few months before it opened in May 2008 when it was still being constructed as you can see by one of the photos I took from the neighbouring Jin Mao Tower.