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  Jin Mao Tower photo taken from Oriental TV Tower
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Jin Mao Building in Pudong is the tallest skyscraper in China and a soaring monument to Shanghai's economic boom.

Jin Mao has 88 floors and an octagon floor plan. It was topped out on August 28 last year and completed on August 28 this year.

The 420.5-meter-tall building is an engineering triumph. Many technological breakthroughs were required to erect it. The builders drove 1,062 steel pipes as far as 83.5 meters down -- the longest steel piles ever used in a land-based building -- and poured a four-meter-thick concrete base 19.6 meters under the ground to support the building.

Jin Mao is sheathed in glass and a framework of aluminum alloy pipes that give the facade a silvery patina. The top level is an observatory deck for sightseers. Two high-speed elevators can send up to 35 people straight to the 88th floor in 45 seconds. Grand Hyatt Shanghai, a five-star hotel, occupies the 53rd to 87th floors. The lower floors are for offices, retail and dining outlets.

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  • Written Jan 4, 2005
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