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Jin Mao Building
Completed in 1999 and standing 1,380 ft (420.6 m) high, the Jin Mao Building was China's tallest skyscraper when it was completed. The belief in Chinese culture that the number 8 brings prosperity factors prominently in the design of the building. The base of the 88-story structure is 16 stories high, and each succeeding section is 1/8th shorter than the one that precedes it. Shaped like a traditional Chinese pagoda, the composite steel-and-concrete structure was designed by the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Continuing with the theme of the number 8, the building includes eight enormous columns of concrete and eight of steel that surround the tower's concrete core. Retail space occupies the base of the Jin Mao Building, and offices take up floors 3 to 50. The Grand Hyatt Shanghai Hotel resides on floors 53 to 87.
Fun Fact: The Grand Hyatt Shanghai Hotel is the world's tallest five-star hotel.
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