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Cloud 9

Updated:2008-06-05 10:20 | Source:

  Hours: 11:30AM - 2AM

  Address: 87F, Jinmao Plaza, No.88 Shiji Dadao, near Lujiazui Metro, Shanghai

  ( 金茂大厦, 87楼, 世纪大道88号 )

  Phone: +86 (0)21 5049 1234

  Admission Fee: 130RMB minimum after 8PM

  There’s not a lot to do in Pudong except look up. Lujiazui is China’s financial center and home to some truly astonishing, ultra modern, ultra tall architecture. At Cloud 9 patrons can look down upon all of this modernism. Until the neighboring World Financial Centre opens early in 2008 the neo-gothic Jin Mao Building will remain China’s tallest building. Perched on top of it on the 87th floor is Cloud 9, the highest bar in the world.

  Once inside the Jin Mao three elevators are required to get to the very top. To get a real feeling of how gigantic a building it is take a walk around after exiting the second elevator. The view down to the Hyatt Hotel lobby is not for the faint hearted, and that’s only looking half way down! The bar itself, modern, sleek and dimly lit, would be nothing special on it’s own, but the views are spectacular in the right conditions. Cloud 9 towers above the Pudong skyline and offers great views of the Bund and the rest of the city. If anything, it’s too high. Others sometimes favor the view from The Piano Bar (53rd floor) or Patio Bar (56th floor), but they are half way houses and the atmosphere at Cloud 9 is better. Drinks are expensive, so go for the speciality cocktails. The Blue Shanghai was well worth the 90RMB if you treat it as a drink and a sight in one. After 8PM there is a 130RMB/person minimum to meet anyway, so it is best just to go for it. Somehow it would not feel right sipping on a coke while gazing out across this remarkable city.

  Directions: The Jin Mao Building on Shiji Dadao is close to the Lujiazui metro station on Line 2.

Editor : Zhu Xinrui

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