Aerial view of Pudong's main artery and one of its most significant landmarks: the 88 storey Jin Mao Tower, currently the tallest building in China. It also houses the world's highest hotel, Grand Hyatt Shanghai. But not for long.
Work is underway for completion mid next year at the adjacent World Financial Center Tower, currently built to its maximum height at 492m, surpassing Jin Mao Tower. A 6 star Park Hyatt Shanghai will be unveiled next year which will mark another milestone and break another record: the highest hotel in the world, with room starting from level 79 to 93. (Grand Hyatt Shanghai starts from Level 53 to 87 only).
Ironically, this title again will be short-lived, as work at the International Commerce Center, Hong Kong is well underway too for completion in 2009, which will house the new 103 storey Ritz Carlton Kowloon. The sky lobby itself will perch 425 meters above ground, which is already taller than the top of Jin Mao Tower (420m). The current Ritz Carlton Hong Kong at the Central district will be closed by the end of 2007 to make way for an upscale commercial tower.
And if you think the story ends here, you're wrong. Construction of the Burj Dubai is progressing very well as its present level now already surpasses Taipei 101, -the world's current tallest building- at 509m. The overall height of the building still remains a top secret, but rumour has it that it'll be around 750-850 meter! And it will house the ultimate hotel in the sky, and also the world's first Armani Hotel
I'll upload pictures of the Grand Hyatt Shanghai very soon.