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First doors open at China’s tallest building

Updated: 2016-04-27
By Zhou Wenting in Shanghai (chinadaily.com.cn)
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China’s tallest building, the 127-story Shanghai Tower, opened its doors to the public for the first time on Wednesday, but only in the basement and an annex.
The rest of the world’s second tallest building, which will include an observation deck on the 119th floor, will open later this year.
The opening ceremony for the super skyscraper that took eight years to build is an important signal that construction is nearing an end, said Ge Qing, deputy general manager of Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Co.
The 632-meter-high building includes the world’s fastest elevators, which can travel at speeds in excess of 18 meters per second, and will carry tourists to the observation deck in under 55 seconds. Ticket prices have not yet been set.
The Shanghai Tower is the last masterpiece among a cluster of skyscrapers in the city’s Lujiazui Financial District, which is also home to the 468-meter Oriental Pearl Television Tower, the 421-meter Jin Mao Tower and the 492-meter Shanghai World Financial Center.
The new tower is second in height only to the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

China’s tallest building, the 127-story Shanghai Tower, opened its doors to the public for the first time on Wednesday, but only in the basement and an annex.

The rest of the world’s second tallest building, which will include an observation deck on the 119th floor, will open later this year.

The opening ceremony for the super skyscraper that took eight years to build is an important signal that construction is nearing an end, said Ge Qing, deputy general manager of Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Co.

The 632-meter-high building includes the world’s fastest elevators, which can travel at speeds in excess of 18 meters per second, and will carry tourists to the observation deck in under 55 seconds. Ticket prices have not yet been set.

The Shanghai Tower is the last masterpiece among a cluster of skyscrapers in the city’s Lujiazui Financial District, which is also home to the 468-meter Oriental Pearl Television Tower, the 421-meter Jin Mao Tower and the 492-meter Shanghai World Financial Center.

The new tower is second in height only to the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

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