The Oriental Pearl TV Tower

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower (Chinese: 东方明珠塔) is located at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district by the side of Huangpu River, opposite The Bund across the river. It is a distinct landmark in the area. At 468 m high, it was the tallest structure in China when completed in 1994 (the tallest now is Shanghai World Financial Centre). Currently it is the sixth tallest TV Tower in the world. The tower is classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Bureau. It is a popular Shanghai attraction to have a bird’s view of the city.

Besides its height, the tower is outstanding for its unique design. It features 11 spheres, big and small. They are linked by three columns, each 9 m in diameter. The two largest spheres have diameters of 50 m for the lower and 45 m for the upper. The highest sphere is 14 m in diameter. The entire tower is supported by three enormous columns that start underground.

The inner tower is a comprehensive recreational place. The Shanghai History Museum, located in the tower’s base (0 M), holds a interesting multimedia exhibition, presenting from the beginning to the modern day of Shanghai. There are 15 observatory decks. The outdoor Transparent Observatory (259 M) uses all glass panels, making you feel like strolling in mid air, providing 360° full views. The Sightseeing Floor (263 M) is the main observatory deck for a panorama of the city. The Revolving Restaurant (267 M) is where you can having romantic meal while appreciating the city in 360 degree. The highest Space Module (350 M) at the top sphere is fantastic place which simulates the universe with high technologies, providing many interesting interactive activities. There is also a 20-room hotel called the Space Hotel, located in the five smaller spheres between the two biggest ones. Moreover, the tower is equipped with souvenir shops and leisure bars. It also operates Yangtze River boat cruises.

Admission Fee: 150 RMB (3 spheres joint ticket)
Opening Hours: 08:30-21:30

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