In today’s world, skyscrapers are an important attraction for tourists and locals alike in the world’s major cities. Located in the great financial centers, human beings insist on conquering the sky and these huge constructions also offer a unique tourist experience. Looking at the sky, at Civitatis we wanted to compile a list of the 10 tallest buildings in the world – definitely not recommended for people afraid of heights!
1.- Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Its 829.8 m (2,722 ft, just over half a mile) height and 163 floors rank it first place on the list of the top 10 tallest buildings in the world. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai has two different observation decks that offer the most amazing views of the city – either from the observation deck on the 124th floor or from the one located on the 148th floor of the building.
Its construction began in 2004 and was completed in 2010, a year later than planned, and it’s visible 95 kilometers (60 miles) away. Did you know that the Burj Khalifa is twice as tall as the Empire State Building in New York? Crazy, right?
2.- Shanghai Tower, Shanghai
Another among the tallest buildings in the world is the Shanghai Tower, with a height of 632 meters (2,073 ft). This building is located in the financial district of Pudong and features up to 270 wind turbines on its facade. What’s more, it has 106 elevators that operate at a speed of 18 meters (11 miles) per second. Dare to go up?
If you want to visit the Shanghai Tower and, in addition, the most modern part of the country, we recommend booking a private guided tour of modern Shanghai.
3.- Abraj Al Bait, Mecca
The Abraj Al Bait Tower has made the list of the 10 tallest buildings in the world thanks to its 601 meters (1,972 feet) in height. This huge construction is part of a complete set of seven skyscraper hotels in Mecca that aim to modernize the city and give a different image to Islam’s holiest site – the Great Mosque of Mecca. In addition, the clock tower houses the Clock Tower Museum on the four upper floors.
4.- Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen
This imposing skyscraper, located in Shenzhen, in the Chinese province of Guangdong, ranks fourth in the top 10 tallest buildings in the world due to its 599 meters (1,965 ft) in height. The Ping An Finance Center has the unique distinction of having four tapering columns at each corner, eventually reaching the observation deck at the top of the building.
To get to the top, you’ll only have to take one of its 80 elevators that travel at a speed of 36 kilometers per hour.
5.- Goldin Finance 117, Tianjin
Goldin Finance 117 in Tianjin, China, is 597 meters (1,957 ft) high and stands out for the contrast it creates in the landscape, as it is the only skyscraper in the area. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, its inauguration was postponed and is expected to be completed in 2022. Despite being unfinished, it makes our list of the 10 tallest buildings in the world as China’s third-highest skyscraper.
6.- Lotte World Tower, Seoul
At 556 meters (1,823 ft), the Lotte World Tower stands tall in Seoul‘s skyline and ranks 6th among the world’s highest buildings. One of the main attractions of this tower is the Seoul Sky, the world’s tallest glass-floored observatory and a Guinness World Record holder!
This observatory is 478 meters high and offers a very special view of the South Korean capital. You can visit it by booking a ticket for the Seoul Sky observatory – the perfect opportunity to learn more about the history of this imposing tower.
7.- One World Trade Center, New York
Nothing else can be said about the One World Trade Center that isn’t already known. For example, that it’s 546 meters (1,776 ft) high, that it has 110 floors, that it was built in 8 years, or that it’s the tallest skyscraper in the western hemisphere and the seventh of the 10 tallest buildings in the world. But there is no denying that its construction was marked by the tragedy caused by the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
From its One World Observatory, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the New York skyline.
8.- CTF Finance Center, Guangzhou
Next, we’ll move on to Guangzhou to visit the 530-meter-high (1,739 ft) CTF Finance Center. This building is one of the two-skyscraper complex overlooking the Pearl River in Guangzhou housing hotels, offices, and apartments. Its unique design is one of its main attractions, as it’s built to emphasize its verticality and appears to rise up to touch the sky.
9.- Tianjin CTF Finance Center, Tianjin
A competitor to the Goldin Finance, the Tianjin CTF Finance Center and its 530 meters is the second tallest skyscraper in the city. Used as Tianjin’s trade and finance center, this building has a unique beauty thanks to the wavy curves of its structure, its air vents, and its rounded top.
10.- CITIC Tower, Beijing
Last but not least, we’ll move on to Beijing, specifically to Beijing’s central business district to discover this 528-meter-high (1,732 ft) building – the CITIC Tower. It’s popularly known as China Zun due to its design, which was based on the zun, an ancient Chinese wine container. This unique building is the perfect way to end this list of the world’s tallest buildings.