When it comes to real estate, China's developers are reaching for the skies. The People's Republic has recently seen an exponential increase in towers of over 500 metres, all designed to house apartments, offices, shopping malls and luxury hotels. Standing at 632 metres, the Shanghai Tower, the main structure of which attained its highest point in early August, is now the tallest skyscraper in Asia. Set to be finished in 2015, a luxury hotel is scheduled to open in the tower that year.
Skyscrapers are all the rage in China, where the tallest habitable building in Asia, at 632 metres, has just been erected in Shanghai after years of construction. The Shanghai Tower is slated to open to the public in 2015, offering not only office space, but also a shopping mall and a high-end hotel.
The 258 rooms of Jin Jiang group's Shanghai Tower J-Hotel will occupy the 84th to 110th floors of this skyscraper, set to feature 125 storeys. Though taller than any other skyscraper in Asia, the Shanghai Tower has not unseated the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which remains the world's tallest structure.
Dubai's star tower also offers luxury accommodations among the clouds, with the world's first Armani Hotel, characterized by no-holds-barred extravagance. Guests in its 160 rooms and suites can take advantage of the hotel's eight restaurants, an Armani boutique with exclusive items, and a spa with 1,000 square meters of space.
China continues to build skyward
In addition to Shanghai, the city of Wuhan is making a name for itself with the Greenland Center, whose 119 floors stretch 606 metres skyward. Construction began in 2012, and the tower is expected to open to the public in 2017, offering 186 apartments and a 4,200 square metre five-star hotel with an impressive 292 rooms.
In Tianjin, the Goldin Finance 117 is scheduled to open in 2016. At 597 metres, this skyscraper in the city's business district will also include a five-star hotel, whose 350 luxury rooms and suites will accommodate well-heeled guests. The 530 meter CTF Tianjin Tower, also known as the Chow Tai Fook Binhai Center, will also open its doors in the city in 2016 and include a prestigious hotel. Finally, in Guangzhou, the Chow Tai Fook Centre, with its 111 storeys and height of 530 metres, will also be home to a high-end hotel.
China isn't the only country reaching for the clouds. From 2015, Seoul will witness the opening of the Lotte World Tower. At 555 metres, the skyscraper will be home to offices as well as a 260-room luxury hotel on its 80th to 100th floors. The 120th and 123rd floors will be open to the general public, allowing visitors to enjoy a unique view over the city.