Shanghai: Observation Deck at the Shanghai World Financial Center
With its distinctive square cut out — known to many as the “bottle opener” — the 1,615-foot Shanghai World Financial Center offers a bird’s eye stare at Shanghai’s futuristic cityscape. The 100th floor observation deckhas vertigo-inducing glass floors, and gives a great view over the Huangpu River to the historic Bund, as well as a unique perspective on the other skyscrapers in Lujiazui: the kitschy Oriental Pearl and the handsome Jin Mao. Best of all is the view of the gargantuan, twisting Shanghai Tower, which, at 2,073 feet, will be the second tallest in the world when it’s completed in 2014. Now is the time to see it, crowned with cranes and crawling with workers.
(Fun fact: the Mori Group — or Tokyo’s famous Mori Museum — originally designed the Shanghai World Financial Center with a circular cut out, but wary Chinese officials deemed it too similar to the Japanese flag.) —Sam Gaskin
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