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15 Mar, 2016 12:18

Amazing time-lapse film of China's tallest skyscraper

The world’s second tallest skyscraper, the Shanghai Tower will soon open for business, according to Chinese media reports.

The 632-meter tall tower will be second only to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa at 829.8 meters. It is located in Shanghai’s Lujiazui financial and trade zone.

The tower’s most remarkable part is a lightning fast elevator that can reach a speed of 18 meters per second. It takes visitors to the sightseeing platform on the 119th floor in just 55 seconds. The viewing platform will be open to public and has souvenir shops and an exhibition on the world’s most famous skyscrapers.

The high-speed lift has already opened in the 126-storey building.

In 2014 a pair of Russian daredevils scaled the tower.

Shanghai-based filmmaker Joe Nafis released a breathtaking time-lapse video of the six years it took to build the skyscraper.

“I began exploring the city looking for views and locations that would serve as groundwork for this video. In 2011, I secured a location with unobstructed views of Lujiazui where I could just glimpse the tower peeking behind the 185-meter Aurora Plaza. I maintained a camera there for the next 4 years until the tower was completed,” said Nafis.