Thu, August 28, 2008
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China's tallest tower inaugurated in Shanghai

2008-08-28 11:10:05 GMT2008-08-28 19:10:05 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Photo taken on Aug. 28, 2008 shows the 421-meter-high Jinmao Tower (R), the former tallest on the Chinese mainland, and the 492-meter-high Shanghai World Financial Center (L) in the Lujiazui area of Pudong District, in Shanghai, east China. The Shanghai World Financial Center, standing 492 meters tall and also nicknamed the "Wall Street of China," the biggest skyscraper in Chinese mainland and the third-tallest in the world after Burj Dubai and Taipei 101, was officially inaugurated on Thursday. (Xinhua photo)

Photo taken on Aug. 28, 2008 shows the 468-meter Oriental Pearl Television Tower (back) and the 421-meter-high Jinmao Tower (front), the former tallest on the Chinese mainland, on the top platform of the 100th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center in the Lujiazui area of Pudong District, in Shanghai, east China. (Xinhua Photo)

Visitors overlook views on the top platform of the 100th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center in the Lujiazui area of Pudong District, in Shanghai, east China, Aug. 28, 2008. The Shanghai World Financial Center, standing 492 meters tall and also nicknamed the "Wall Street of China," the biggest skyscraper in Chinese mainland and the third-tallest in the world after Burj Dubai and Taipei 101, was officially inaugurated on Thursday. (Xinhua photo)

A visitor overlooks views on the top platform of the 100th floor of Shanghai World Financial Center in the Lujiazui area of Pudong District, in Shanghai, east China, Aug. 28, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

SHANGHAI, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai World Financial Center, the biggest skyscraper in Chinese mainland and the third-tallest in the world after Burj Dubai and Taipei 101, was officially inaugurated on Thursday.

The 492-meter-high building is in the Lujiazui area of Pudong District, the "Wall Street of China," overlooking the Huangpu River. It covers an area of 381,600 square meters. It has 101 floors above ground and three floors underground, according to its builder, the Shanghai Construction Group.

The first two floors are commercial with the third to fifth floors for conference centers. The seventh to 77th floors will house offices. The 79th to 93rd floors will be the Park Hyatt Shanghai hotel, which is expected to test run on Monday.

The 94th to 100th floors are an observatory for sightseeing and will be open to tourists on Saturday. The observatory on the 100thfloor at 474 meters above ground is the tallest of its kind in the world.

It is expected to receive 3 million tourists annually. The admission price ranges from 110 yuan (16 U.S dollars) to 150 yuan.

The construction of the skyscraper began in 1997 but was suspended amid the southeast Asian financial crisis. The construction resumed in 2003.

"Few people thought Pudong would be a financial center when we decided to invest here," said Minoru Mori, the founder of Mori Building, the skyscraper's investor. "The successful launching of the Shanghai World Financial Center proved Shanghai would be definitely a top commercial city in Asia."

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