China View From Shanghai World Financial Centre

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Oscar Tarneberg

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Until it was overtaken by the even more enormous Shanghai Tower next door, this was the tallest building in Shanghai. Standing at 492 meters above sea level and 101 storeys, both the official observation decks and upper floor bars and restaurants offer staggering views out over Shanghai.

The building has a square hole in the top to reduce stress from wind, lending the tower its nickname “the bottle opener”. The square shape replaced the circular aperture in the original design for the Japanese-owned building which it was alleged resembled a “Rising Sun” flag, though the original design was actually inspired by Chinese mythology. However, given the fraught history between the two East Asian countries, there was little local appetite for anything resembling a rising sun towering over China’s largest city.

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