A crane placed the steel beam, 580 meters (1,900 feet) above the ground in Shanghai. The building formally overtook Taiwan's 509 meter tall Taipei 101 building to become the highest tower in Asia. According to the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Shanghai Tower will be the tallest building in East Asia and will occupy the second position globally, next to Dubai’s Bruj Khalifa.

The 125-story complex of Shanghai Tower will also include office, luxury hotel and retail space, as claimed by the developer – Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Company.

Construction workers will now start working on the building's interior. Concerns were raised last year after cracks started to appear in the ground close to the building. One of the tower's chief architects, Ding Jiemin, had said that while these were problems during the construction period, it will not affect the security of the architecture.

This summer, China also unveiled the world's largest building in terms of floor space in the western city of Chengdu.


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