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China Completes World's Second-Tallest Building

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A worker attends the topping out ceremony as crane lift the last piece of steel at the Shanghai Tower, which is undergoing construction at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai Aug. 3, 2013.

A worker attends the topping out ceremony as crane lift the last piece of steel at the Shanghai Tower, which is undergoing construction at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai Aug. 3, 2013.

Workers have completed construction of the world's second-tallest skyscraper in China's commercial hub of Shanghai.

The final beam was hoisted to the top of the 632-meter Shanghai Tower on Saturday and was installed in a flag-waving ritual.

After the ceremony, workers will now move on to the building's interior construction. Once it is completed next year, the tower will contain retail and office space, a luxury hotel and possibly a museum.

Designed by the American architectural firm Gensler, the glass and steel building is surpassed in height only by Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which stands at more nearly 830 meters.

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