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“The best observatory in Shanghai”

Shanghai World Financial Center
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Ranked #5 of 1,318 things to do in Shanghai
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Three observation decks offer different experiences at the 94th, 97th, and 100th floors. The 100th floor is the highest observatory in the world, with transparent glass-walled walkways.
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“The best observatory in Shanghai”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Make sure to visit on a day when the air is clear and not hazy. You get a good view of Pudong. The only downside is that there isn't a real glass floor where you can look down on the streets. If you want that, go to the Oriental Pearl Tower instead.

Visited July 2013
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“Magnificent building”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

When I visited this building, SWFC undoubtedly is the tallest building in Shanghai. The entrance fee was quite expensive by the way, ranged from 100 - 150 RMB. The employees who ushered us were quite hospitable and they also could speak in English, which is really fortunate for us. We went up to 94th, 97th, and 100th floor. At the 100th floor, you could see the beautiful Shanghai from up high. I recommend you to go here at dusk until the nightfall, because the view was especially great, and you could take photos of beautiful Shanghai at night. To take photos, I advise to take photos by SWFC's photo services. Maybe it's a little bit pricey (up to RMB 50 for 1 photo), but it's quite worth it since you wouldn't get a great view if taking photos by yourself.

Visited June 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Amazing view, dirty windows”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

You need to get the 150RMB ticket to go to the 100th floor. The view is pretty poor from the 97th. It was difficult to get a good picture out of the windows of the 100th floor since they were so dirty. Nonetheless, we had a great time looking over the city and hanging out on the sky deck. Worth the trip, especially at night!

Visited July 2013
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“On a good day you can see for miles”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Probably the fastest elevator I've ever been in. You do need to watch the weather though. With the haze that decends on Shanghai you need to go as soon as it lifts if you want to see the view. I've been a couple of time and I've still not plucked up the courage to stand on the glass floor!

Visited June 2013
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“Soon to not be the tallest, but still fun to see!”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

On clear days, you have a view of the while city. Japanese building with Japanese service! Not a place for people with high anxiety though.

Visited August 2012
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