Shanghai World Financial Center is the second highest building in the town, it is 492 meters high and was inaugurated in 2008. It has a shape of a typical Chinese stele but has an aperture up there that helps it to deal with the strong wings of the typical Chinese typhoons.
The Japanese company that was building it had made a project with an aperture in the shape of a circle but the local mayor didn't agree with that because the hole was similar with the Japanese flag and it is clear in the memory of the town the terrible Japanese acts during the II War. The circular hole was transformed in a rectangle and it was cheaper and elegant anyway. Many people see similarities between its shapes an that of a bottle opener, but in my opinion this building is very beautiful.
At its side there are two other giant buildings, you can see Jin Mao at superior lefts corner and the highest building of the town in a small upper corner at right.
A well crafted image with the palm tree in the front adding a slice of "nature" to this urban jungle.
I wonder how it is to work inside such place all air-conditioned with no windows you can open and with all the folks that wait for the elevator in the rush hour etc. Uff, I prefer it more "village-like". Still, it is impressive, the building is a master-piece of engineer work.