The Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai may no longer be the tallest building in mainland China but it can still boast having the highest post office in the world. It lost its vertical status to the 101-storey Shanghai World Financial Center which was completed last year.
Jin Mao, completed in 1998 and 1,381 feet tall, is an integral part of the ever changing Shanghai skyline. It is located in Pudong across the Huangpu River from the Bund and next door to the World Financial Center.
The building houses offices and the swanky Shanghai Grand Hyatt Hotel on floors 53-87, which lays claim to the world’s longest laundry chute. An indoor observation deck is located on the 88th floor. It’s no coincidence that eight is an auspicious number in China.
It’s well worth a visit to the observation deck which has sweeping, panoramic views of Shanghai. A good time to go is early morning before smog shrouds the city or at dusk, when you can stay until dark, write and mail those postcards you’ve been meaning to send and watch the city light up.
It’s open 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and costs RMB 50, about $6. To get there take the metro to the Lujiazui stop.
Fan’s of Taiwan's Taipei 101 Tower, which is no longer the world’s tallest structure, can take solace that it is still taller than Shanghai’s World Financial Center. The Burj Dubai has surpassed Taipei 101 as the word’s tallest structure and will dethrone Taipei 101 as the world’s tallest building when completed and open.