The Top 10 World’s Tallest Buildings
One of the biggest urban phenomena today is the construction of skyscrapers. Year after year, cities from different parts of the world to compete each other for one of their buildings to be considered among the tallest in the world.
Skyscrapers are a great tourist attraction and generate great revenue through their observatories. Hence the competition among the richest countries for building the tallest buildings. This is a brief guide for visiting the top 10 tallest buildings on the planet.
Only half a century ago Dubai was an inhospitable desert inhabited by poor people, today petrodollars have achieved the miracle of ostentation and luxury embodied in the most amazing constructions. The emblem of Dubai’s economic powerhouse, Burj Khalifa holds the absolute record of the tallest building in the world. The views from the Burj Khalifa are breath-taking.
The Burj Khalifa has two viewpoints, one on the 148th floor, at 555 meters high, and the other on the silver 124 to 442 meters. I went up to floor 124 in a record time from where I have seen all of Dubai. It is easy to see Burj Khalifa from most points of the city, although sometimes the sand comes from the desert blurs its silhouette.
Designed by Gensler, the recently completed Shanghai Tower is the second tallest skyscraper in the world and the first in China. It’s 128 floors are divided for multiple-use. Its elevators are the fastest in the world, traveling about 18 meters per second, or what is the same, 64 kilometers per hour.
Its spiral form symbolically points to China’s economic consolidation, but also ensures a 24% savings in structural load when compared to a building of parallelepiped shape and of the same height.
The Mecca Clock Tower
The hotel and Arabian version of “Big Ben” inaugurated in 2012 to accommodate believers who travel to the holy city of Mecca. It has an elegant five-star hotel which comprises of nine sophisticated restaurants and 76 lifts that will give you easy access to the Masjid al-Haram, the holy mosque.
Ping An Finance Centre
The Ping An Finance Centre is 115 storey high. Although the building is finished, it has not been officially opened at the moment. It is expected to occur before the end of 2016. In total it has a height of 599 meters, being very close to Abraj Al Bait in Mecca.
Lotte World Tower
This tower is the tallest in the Korean peninsula, surpassing other buildings. You can find shops, offices and even a seven-star hotel in this 555 meters building. Definitely the simple fact of seeing it will be spectacular views from above and the trip in the elevator. The only thing I do not like is the little lighting that the building has at night.
One World Trade Center
The famous One World Trade Center of New York, located in zone zero occupied by the twin towers. It has 546 meters, counting the great antennas located on the roof, and a viewpoint suitable to contemplate almost all Manhattan.
It is advisable to book online to save yourself a queue and at least an hour of waiting, although you cannot avoid the rush near the viewpoint, which can take between 30 and 60 minutes, as happened to me two months ago. Of course, the reservation has to be set for a specific day and time. The cost is 30 dollars and the views from the large glass windows are magnificent.
CTF Finance Centre
CTF Finance Centre is a mix used skyscraper overlooking the Pearl River in Canton. It is linked to the public railroad via subway connections at basement levels and nearby buildings through a second level network of pedestrian bridges.
When you climb this skyscraper, one of the most surprising things you will see the speed with which the elevators take you from one floor to another despite the height of the building. Elevators travel 440 meters between the first and last floor of the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre in less than 43 seconds.
The famous skyscraper is located in Taipei (Taiwan) and stands at a total height of 509 meters. It has 101 floors above ground and 5 underground floors. It is the highest ecological skyscraper in the world.
I think it is the most impressive landmark in Taiwan. Its indoor and outdoor activities are super recommendable where you can enjoy famous pubs and bowls of Taiwan. Despite being the emblematic building of the country and being beautiful, the views are not so much exciting.
Shanghai World Financial Center
Shanghai World Financial Center surpasses its neighbor, Jing Mao, for more than 70 meters in height and has become the biggest tourist attraction in Shanghai. Although there are buildings that have already surpassed in height, its viewpoint is still the highest in the world. Among its 56 and 87 floors is the luxurious Grand Hyatt Hotel. On the 86 and 87 floors are the JinMao Club and the Cloud 9, a panoramic restaurant and bar.
Unfortunately, the clouds did not allow me to fully contemplate the grandeur of the skyscraper, but it left me speechless.
International Commerce Center
Not far away, in Hong Kong, is located the mighty skyscraper that closes the top ten of the highest. It is the International Commerce Center (ICC), with 484 meters. It is an elegant glass and metal building that stands out in the Chinese autonomous city of skyscrapers. When I traveled to Hong Kong for the last time in 2012, the fog covered the entire city so I decided not to climb the skyscrapers.
From the beginning of time, man has been characterized by enormous constructions. From the pyramids of Egypt to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, these manmade wonders are literally reaching new heights.