Jin Mao Tower
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 center, 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 tower has the best elevators available. Two direct elevators operate at the speed of 9.1 meters (nearly 30 feet) per second that can send visitors from the ground floor to the 88th floor for only 45 seconds. There are also five to six elevators every 10 floors, which reduce waiting-time to 35 seconds even during rush hours.
The tower has an annex building 6-stories high which houses the exhibition halls, conference rooms, multi-function halls, grand banquet halls and a recreational center.
The basement of the tower is a parking area 3 stories deep, which can hold 800 cars and 2000 bicycles. The parking area is equipped with 360-degree surveillance cameras as a security feature of the building.
From July 28, 2016, Jin Mao Tower offers the service “wander in the cloud”. Visitors can walk along a 66-yard-long (60-meter-long) and 1.3-yard-wide (1.2-meter-wide) glass skywalk without rails. It’s located on the 88th sightseeing floor. From there, visitors can get a sweeping view of the sceneries on the banks of Huangpu River. The cost is CNY 388.
How to get to Jin Mao Tower
2. Take City Sightseeing Bus and get off at the tower.
3. Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Lujiazui Station, get out from Exit 5 and walk few meters to Jin Mao.
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Admission Fee to the Sightseeing Floor:
CNY 120 for adults
8:30 to 21:30
From Sep. 9th to 15th during the Shanghai Tourism Festival 2017, all visitors enjoy half-price entrance tickets to the sightseeng floor.
Tip: If tourists have extra time after visiting Jin Mao Tower, they may pay a visit to the nearby Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, and Shanghai Natural Wild Insect Kingdom.