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Shanghai: Top 5 Panoramic Views

The beautiful city of Shanghai – is not only the largest city of China, it is also its vibrant and lively, financial capital.  An important port city since the invasion of the British, Shanghai is full of history.  Nowadays, its modern look is filled with steel and glass – a place where competing skyscrapers, quaint little gardens and ancient pagodas mix together in a very distinct, urban style.

Below we prepared a quick guide on Shanghai’s top 5 observation decks, from where you can enjoy some of the most spectacular panoramic views of the city.

1. Shanghai Tower 

The tallest building in Asia, Shanghai Tower, which measures 632 meters and 128 floors up, has a proud reputation of being the second tallest building in the whole World, after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.  It’s uppermost observation deck is located on the 118th floor, though an even higher one, on 125th floor, is currently in the making.

Completed only recently in 2014, Shanghai Tower’s observation deck wasn’t opened until July 2016.  To get you to the top – its world’s fastest elevators will speed up to 18 meters per second, bringing you to the 118th floor in 55 seconds total time.  The 360-degree panoramic views that open up from its deck are simply breathtaking, as the whole city is spread out for miles around, right in front of you.  Because of its high position, the observation deck of Shanghai Tower, undoubtedly offers the best views of the city from above.

  • Address: 501, Middle Yincheng Road, Pudong
  • Time required: 1-2 hours
  • Hours of operation: everyday: 8:30am – 10:00pm; ticket counter closes 30 minutes prior
  • Price: 180 Yuan (adults); 120 Yuan (students), 90 Yuan (children)
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2. Oriental Pearl Tower

The Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower, as it is officially called, is the most iconic building in the city and is widely recognized around the World.  Its beautiful shape, which includes three balls of different sizes, is what gives this tower a very interesting and particular look.

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There are several observation decks located in the Tower – from the highest, located at 351 meters (called the “Space Capsule”), to the second highest, located at 263 meters, to the lowest, located between 95 and 98 meters.  In addition, there’s a “transparent observatory” located at 259 meters, where a visitor can walk on glass floor to see the city from the bird’s eye view position.  And finally, there’s also a revolving restaurant, at 267 meters, where diners can enjoy the food plus the view.

  • Address: 1 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong
  • Time required: 2-3 hours (expect big lines)
  • Hours of operation: everyday: 8:30am – 9:30pm
  • Price: 220 Yuan (includes the “Space Capsule”, plus Upper and Lower spheres, and the Municipal History Museum); 160 Yuan (includes Upper and Lower spheres, plus the Municipal History Museum). The restaurant prices: Lunch Buffet: (11am-2pm) 298 Yuan, per person, Dinner Buffet: (5pm-9pm) 328 Yuan, per person
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3. POP Bar

This nice rooftop bar is located in a prime spot – right on the Bund, the famous waterfront area, in the heart of the city.  It offers a decent choice of alcoholic beverages and some appetizers, though its most striking feature is the gorgeous view of Shanghai’s skyline, including the city’s most famous buildings, like the Oriental Pearl Tower (sight #2), Shanghai Tower (sight #1), the Jin Mao Tower (sight #4), the Shanghai World Financial Center (sight #5) and the Bund.

Come here just before the sunset to grab a drink and enjoy a magical view over one of the most beautiful cities in the World.  Please note, as with most chic rooftop bars around the World – the prices are steep, though remember, you pay for the… view!

  • Address: 3 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan; 7th floor
  • Time required: 1 hour or less
  • Hours of operation: everyday: 1pm – 12am
  • Price: free to enter
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4. Jin Mao Tower

The Jin Mao Tower has one of the most beautiful and striking architectural designs that resembles a very tall pagoda, right in the midst of slick, giant skyscrapers.  Its top observation deck is located on the 88th floor, the lowest one from the other skyscrapers, though its most unique feature is… the World’s highest outdoors skywalk!

Besides the skywalk, the Jin Mao Tower offers beautiful, panoramic views of the city, including its neighbors, namely – the Oriental Pear Tower (sight #2), Shanghai Tower (sight #1) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (sight #5); plus a unique inside-view of the… tower itself!

  • Address: 88 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong
  • Time required: 1-2 hours
  • Hours of operation: everyday: 8:30am – 9:30pm
  • Price: 120 Yuan (adults), 90 Yuan (students), 60 Yuan (children); 388 Yuan (includes the skywalk)
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5. Shanghai World Financial Center

This giant skyscraper has a very interesting design which looks like a very tall and narrow… purse.  Its uppermost observation deck is located right on the tip of its “handle”, on the 100th floor, followed by two more panoramic decks on the 97th and 94th floors, below the “handle”.  The 100th and the 97th floors also offer some sections with glass-bottom from where you can see the city pulsating right below your feet.

Located right next to the other two giant skyscrapers – the Shanghai Tower and the Jin Mao Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center offers the least best panoramic views due to its very narrow top construction design.  The views are not 360, they are only offered in two directions, though you can still observe all the major attractions of Shanghai from above.

  • Address: 100 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong
  • Time required: 1-2 hours
  • Hours of operation: 8:00am – 11:00pm, ticket counter closes 1 hour prior
  • Price: 180 Yuan (includes all decks); 120 Yuan (includes only the 94th floor)
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