Shanghai Tower – Tickets, Opening Hours, Highlights, and Tips

Shanghai Tower

At 632 meters, Shanghai Tower is the tallest building in China and the third highest building on earth (behind Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates and Merdeka 118 in Malaysia). It has 127 floors above the ground and 5 floors below the ground, housing shopping malls, recreational facilities, luxury hotels, high-end restaurants, and numerous companies. It is another icon of modern Shanghai (apart from Shanghai World Financial Center, Jin Mao Tower, and Oriental Pearl Tower) and a representation of its prosperity. Designed by Gensler, it has won many domestic and international awards for its unique shape and sustainability.

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Basic Information

Estimated length of tour1-3 hours
Ticket priceAdult: 180 RMB
Children (1 – 1.4 meters): 90 RMB
Children under 1 meter or 3 years old: Free
Senior citizens above 60 years old: 90 RMB
Opening hours08.30-22.00; Last entry: 21.30

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Location and Transportation

Shanghai Tower is located in Lujiazui Financial Center, Pudong District. Around it are Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, Oriental Pearl Tower, and the Bund. It is the most prosperous area in Shanghai and has perfect infrastructure.

Bus: Take No. 583 or 939, get off at Huayuan Shiqiaolu Dongtailu Stop, and the tower is right to your south.

Subway: Take subway line 2 or 14, get off at Lujiazui Station, and walk southeast about 200 meters

Self-drive: You can park your car on B3, which is open to the public. The fare is 15 RMB per hour.

Highlights of Shanghai Tower

Observation Deck

Observation deck in Shanghai tower

Although Shanghai Tower is only the third tallest building worldwide, it does have the world’s highest observatory at 546 meters, which occupies an area of over 1000 square meters, has a triangular layout, and is shrouded with huge transparent glass walls. You can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the mega city without any blocks. Visitors will first arrive at the exhibition hall on B1, which focuses on the evolution of the world’s skyscrapers and the features and records of Shanghai Tower, and then take the elevator to reach the observatory.

High-Speed Elevator

High-speed elevator in Shanghai tower

The elevator in Shanghai Tower also used to set a world record. At a top speed of 20.5 meters per second, it was the fastest elevator in the world until 2017. But normally, it only ascends at 18 meters per second to avoid causing sickness. Within 55 seconds, you soar from the underground to the 118th floor. It feels like you are in a plane taking off and may thus experience discomfort in your ears due to the dramatic change in the air pressure.

Traditional Chinese Garden

Traditional Chinese Garden in Shanghai Tower

On the 37th floor of Shanghai Tower is a traditional Chinese Garden with rockeries, streams, pavilions, grass, and flowers. It is named Banmu Yuan, which can be translated into Half-Mu Garden (Mu is a Chinese measurement similar to the acre) because it occupies an area of 384 square meters, exactly half mu. It will remind you of the huge aircraft in science fiction movies with a complete ecosystem. Unfortunately, it only opens to the public occasionally. But you can take your chance.

Cafe – Lounge 552

Cafe in shanghai tower

Above the observation deck on the 119th floor is a cafe named Loung 552 (the number represents its height). The food and drink are delicious but nothing special. However, if you want to avoid the crowd in the observatory and enjoy the wonderful view of Shanghai peacefully, it is a terrific choice. You can have dinner at 358 RMB or an afternoon tea at 298 RMB. Both these prices include the ticket to the observation deck.

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Explore Other Attractions Inside Shanghai Tower: Apart from enjoying the stunning views from the observation deck, Shanghai Tower offers other attractions worth exploring on different floors:

  • 37th Floor: Guanfu Museum (Ticket Price: 100 yuan): This museum, founded by Mr. Ma Weidu, is the first private museum in China. It features four permanent exhibition halls showcasing porcelain, artifacts from the East and West, gold artifacts, and sculptures, along with a temporary exhibition hall.
  • 38th Floor: Treasure House Artisan Hall (Ticket Price: 100 yuan): This hall consists of three main themed exhibition halls, collaborating with over 60 Chinese arts and crafts masters and national-level inheritors of intangible cultural heritage. It presents over a thousand pieces of artisanal works and 2000 square meters of immersive exhibition space, showcasing Chinese craftsmanship and aesthetics.
  • 52nd Floor: Duo Yun Bookstore: This highly popular internet-famous bookstore offers free admission, but advance reservation via public account on Wechat is required. Despite the crowd, the environment is still pleasant.

Consider Booking Lounge 552 Restaurant Package: If you’ve purchased the Lounge 552 restaurant package, it’s advisable to head straight to the restaurant on the 119th floor to get your queue number immediately. The dining service operates on a first-come, first-served basis. This option also save you the trouble of waiting in the line for the observation deck.

Be Prepared for Long Queues on Holidays: During holidays, queues can be exceptionally long. You might think you’re about to reach the top, but then you enter another room filled with people waiting, which can be disheartening.

Experience the Dampers and Light Show: Shanghai Tower features a spectacular damper system designed to reduce the building’s swaying motion. Paired with a dazzling light show, it offers an unforgettable experience. The light show is an additional fee and can be purchased along with the admission ticket.

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2 thoughts on “Shanghai Tower – Tickets, Opening Hours, Highlights, and Tips”

  1. How do you get tickets for here when you aren’t based in China or you don’t speak Chinese? None of the offical apps are in English to enable them to be purchased.

    1. The easiest way to get a ticket for the Shanghai Tower is to buy it on site. There is a ticket office at the entrance. Basically, if you do not pay a visit during peak times like national holidays. There are always some tickets left

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