Hooray! Chinese media reports that the long wait is finally almost over, China’s tallest skyscraper will “soon” open to tourists. Soon!
While it’s not clear what exactly “soon” means here, the report did include some additional super cool and more definite information. It turns out that the Shanghai Tower is outfitted with a lightning fast elevator that can reach a max speed of 18 meters per second that will take visitors to the sightseeing platform on the 119th floor in just 55 seconds.
In total, the 632-meter-tall tower in Lujiazui has 126 floors, with the top one restricted to private events. The building boasts 400,000 square meters of floor space and will comprise mostly of fancy office space with the odd luxury retail areas and hotel rooms.
It is the second-tallest building in the world, only behind Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.
Still, even if you are the first one to take the elevator, you won’t be the first visitor to reach the top. Back in 2014, a pair of Russian daredevils famously scaled the tower when it was still under construction and when nobody was looking. Click on the image below to see their insane video of the experience:
Also, just this month Shanghai-based filmmaker Joe Nafis released a breathtaking timelapse following the 6-year-long construction of the super skyscraper. Click on the image below and be prepared to be blown away: