The Oriental Pearl Tower

The Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower is like pearls standing on a jade plate. A must-see in the city of Shanghai, one of the most modern and international cities of China which is also the second most populated city on earth with 24 million residents (for a better understanding, New York which is the most populated city in the United States has only around 8.6 million).

If you want to witness the magnificent skyline of Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl Tower is indeed a very good choice. The tower includes different facilities for visitors such as a hotel, observation decks, restaurants, retail stores, conference halls, etc. for both the young and the old.

This tower serves two purposes, first as a tourist attraction to enjoy a beautiful day in Shanghai and second as it says in the name, for broadcasting Television and Radio. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China has introduced several attractions with AAAAA degree of importance and the Oriental Pearl Tower is one of them and must not be forgotten while visiting Shanghai. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is also a member of the World Federation of Great Towers and has hosted the Chinese Live Earth concert in 2007. So when going there, you know you are headed to a special place.


How tall is this alien-looking tower?

This futuristic-looking tower was once the tallest structure in the whole China (between 1994 when it was finished to 2007) and now is the fifth tallest in the country with 1535 feet (468 meters) height. It is also the fifth tallest tower in the world. It’s not bad to know that the entire tower only stands on three enormous columns which start underground.


Observation decks? Three, with a very exciting surprise!

The tower has different observation decks at different heights. The highest (Space Module or Space Capsule) is at 351 m (1148 feet), the middle one (Sightseeing Floor) is at 863 feet (263 m) and the lowest one (Space City) is at 295 feet (90 meters).

Sightseeing Floor has a glass floor which makes visiting the tower more and more interesting and thrilling. Just imagine you are up there in the observation deck and you can easily see what’s beneath your feet from an 863 feet height. Are you bold enough to try that? But do not be afraid, you will not be able to break it! Just try to enjoy the view and take breathtaking pictures to remember this place.
On the viewing deck like many others around the world, there is information about the significant places you can observe to better understand Shanghai and its beauties. You can also get a very good view to see the Shanghai World Financial Center from that height.


What else to do in The Oriental Pearl Tower?

Enjoy a delicious meal while enjoying a 360 view of the city, The Oriental Pearl Tower has different restaurants for different tastes, but the true treat there is the revolving restaurant. This restaurant is at 876 feet (267) level.
There are also other activities to do there like an arcade with video games and a multi-dimensional movie theatre.

After visiting the observation decks or enjoying your meal, you can pay a visit to the highly recommended Shanghai History Museum which is located on the first floor. There you can find life-sized and life-like wax models of Chinese people from the early 20th century and also an outstanding miniature model of the Bund with attractive detailed of its buildings and lovely boats in the water.
The Oriental Pearl tower also has a 20-room hotel called the Space Hotel. This hotel is located in the five smaller spheres between the two larger ones.


Want to know more about the design?

This building is designed based on a Tan dynasty poem about the haunting sound made by a lute. The entire structure is on a rich green grassland. This surrounding environment gives the tower the appearance of pearls shining on a jade plate. The building is also very beautiful at night when the light show is on and it looks very nice from the distance.

The tower has 11 spheres in different sized. The two largest spheres located along the length of the tower, have diameters of 164 feet (50 meters) for the lower one and 148 feet (45 meters) for the upper one. These spheres are linked by three columns which each are 30 feet (9 meters) in diameter. Also, the highest sphere which is the smallest one has a diameter of 46 feet (14 meters).
The material to build this tower is mostly concrete, which alongside steel and glass, makes it a truly modern building.


Where is The Oriental Pearl Tower located?

It’s on the coast on the Huangpu river opposite side of the bund, one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai.


How to get to Oriental Pearl Tower?

The best and easiest way to get there is by subway. Just try to find the Lujiazui Station (on Line 2) and from there it is about a five-minute walking distance to the tower. Just go above the circular overpass right outside the station and go back down on the side where the tower is.
If you want to drive there, go on Lujiazur East road until you reach Mingzhu roundabout and you will see the tower.
And last but not least, try to purchase your tickets before going to the tower because there are long lines to buy tickets most of the time.

The Oriental Pearl Tower is one of the best places to enjoy a day in beautiful Shanghai, so do not miss the opportunity to visit it.

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