Shanghai Tower Time Lapsed by Joe Nafis

Several years of patience and thousands of photographs, Joe Nafis offers a unique music-video focused on one of the tallest building in the world: the Shanghai Tower. Enjoy!

Towering above this city of 24 million people at 632m (2,073 feet), the Shanghai Tower is the tallest building in China and 2nd tallest in the world, only surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Its 128 stories are divided into 9 vertical zones, including retail at the base, offices in the middle, hotels and observation decks at the top. The super-tall skyscraper features a double-decker elevator that offers the longest single elevator journey in the world at 580m (1,900 feet) in under a minute.

Time-lapse: Joe Nafis
Aerial footage: Livinov Lalama and Stan Huang
Grading: Nikola Stefanovich (
Music: “Skyline” by Fakear

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