The completed Shanghai Tower has taken the title of China’s tallest building – at more than twice the height of London’s Shard.
Builders cheered and made peace signs as they made the finishing touches to the skyscraper, which at 632m is second only to Dubai’s 828m Burj Khalifa in height.
The Shard looks modest by comparison at 306m – despite being the tallest building in Britain by more than 70m
Shanghai Tower is due to open next year and will contain a 320-room hotel, offices, shops, a car park and 106 lifts – which will move at a speed of 18m a second.
Designed by Gensler, it is the tallest of a group of three adjacent supertall buildings in Pudong, the other two being the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center.
Though the Shanghai Tower has only just been finished, it may soon be overtaken by Sky City, a skyscraper being designed in Changsha, which, when finished, would reach a height of 838 m – overtaking the Burj Khalifa in height