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Tower takes hi-tech to new heights

JIN Mao Tower is a perfect combination of traditional Chinese design and modern international architecture technology, with 88 stories climbing to a height of 420.5 meters over a 290,000-square-meter building area.

This incredible tower is the second tallest building in Shanghai and its design aspects blend traditional Chinese and Gothic architecture. If you are not afraid of heights, a trip to the top is worthwhile.

This building includes modern offices, a deluxe five-star hotel - the Grand Hyatt Shanghai - exhibition halls, banquet halls, an observation deck and entertainment facilities. The first and second floors form an imposing and bright lobby while the third to 50th floors are allocated to offices, which are column-free.

The 53rd to 87th floors are occupied by the deluxe Grand Hyatt Hotel, including a club exclusive to hotel guests on the 86th floor and a hotel restaurant on the 87th floor.

It's one of the world's tallest five-star hotels in terms of distance from the ground floor which boasts a 152-meter barrel-vaulted atrium that is lined with 28 annular well-illuminated corridors and staircases arrayed in a spiral.

The 88th floor is the highest and houses a 1,520-square-meter indoor observation deck which can hold 1,000 people at one time. It offers a panoramic view of Shanghai and a topside view of the hotel atrium below. Two elevators moving at 9.1 meters per second can carry visitors from the ground level to the 88th floor in 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's exterior consists of a curtain wall made of glass, stainless steel, aluminium and granite and is criss-crossed by complex latticework cladding to minimize light pollution.

The building is also equipped with an excellent vertical transport system, which features direct access to offices. Its intelligent systems manage all functions and sections, and there is Internet access to every office desk and guest room.

All functional equipment and facilities in the building use the latest technology. The tower's basement includes a three-level parking area with capacity for 800 cars and 2,000 bicycles. It is equipped with 360-degree surveillance cameras.

A fortified, advanced structural engineering system makes the building able to withstand typhoon winds of up to 200 kilometers an hour (with the top swaying by a maximum of 75 centimeters).

The steel shafts have shear joints that act as shock absorbers to cushion against the lateral forces imposed by winds and quakes and the swimming pool on the 57th floor is said to act as a passive damper.

The podium building adjacent to the tower is designed as a center for recreation and fashion. Jin Mao Concert Hall on the podium ground floor is another venue for people in the financial district to enjoy performances.

This superb building represents the new Shanghai: young, vibrant and inspirational.

Address: 88 Century Ave, Pudong

Opening hours: 8:30am-9pm

Admission: 50 yuan

Tel: 5047-5101 (Both Chinese and English services) How To get there: Lujiazui Station of Metro Line 2


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