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Oriental Pearl TV Tower

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located in Pudong Park in Lujiazui, Shanghai. The tower, surrounded by the Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and the Nanpu Bridge in the southwest, creates a picture of 'twin dragons playing with pearls'. The entire scene is a photographic jewel that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors year-round.

This 468 meters (1,536 feet) high  tower is the world's sixth and China's second tallest TV and radio tower. However, even more alluring than its height is the unique architectural design that makes the Oriental Pearl TV Tower one of the most attractive places anywhere. Its base is supported by three seven-meter wide slanting stanchions. Surrounding the eleven steel spheres that are 'strung' vertically through the center of the tower are three nine-meter wide columns. 

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
There are three large spheres including the top sphere, known as the space module. Then there are five smaller spheres and three decorative spheres on the tower base. The entire structure rests on rich green grassland and gives the appearance of pearls shining on a jade plate.

Visitors travel up and down the tower in double-decker elevators that can hold up to fifty people at the rate of seven meters per second. The elevator attendants recite an introduction to the TV Tower in English and Chinese during the rapid 1/4-mile ascent. Once you reach your destination, you will be amazed at the variety of activities available as the various spheres and columns actually house places of interest, commerce, and recreation.

The inner tower is a recreational palace, while the Shanghai Municipal History Museum is located in the tower's pedestal. The large lower sphere has a futuristic space city and a fabulous sightseeing hall. From here, on a clear day a visitor can see all the way to the Yangtze River. The base of the tower is home to a science fantasy city. The five smaller spheres are a hotel that contains twenty-five elegant rooms and lounges. The pearl at the very top contains shops, restaurants, (including a rotating restaurant) and a sightseeing floor. The view of Shanghai from this height fills you with wonder at the beauty that surrounds you. When viewed from the Bund at night, the tower's three-dimensional lighting makes it a delight of brilliant color.

It is amazing that this ultra-modern tower combines ancient concepts such as the spherical pearls, with 21st Century technology, commerce, recreation, educational and conference facilities. All of this and it really is a TV and radio tower that services the Shanghai area with more than nine television channels and upwards of ten FM radio channels. Truly, 'oriental pearl' is the most suitable name for this tower.
The TV Tower in Pudong
More Pudong New Area Pictures
Oriental Pearl TV Tower at Night
The Tower and 
Other Skyscapers at Night
 Ticket:
Ticket Types Time Price
Combo Ticket (upper sphere, Shanghai Municipal History Museum and Huangpu River Cruise) 08:30 - 21:30 CNY 180
Space Module, upper sphere, lower sphere, and Shanghai Municipal History Museum 08:30 - 21:30 CNY 220
upper sphere, lower sphere and Shanghai Municipal History Museum 08:30 - 21:30 CNY 160
upper sphere and Shanghai Municipal History Museum 08:30 - 21:30 CNY 120

 Dining:
The photo of old Shanghai shown in the TV tower
Photo of Old Shanghai in the Municipal
History Museum inside the TV Tower
There is a revolving restaurant inside the second sphere of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The restaurant mainly offers buffet of western style. While dining, customers can appreciate the beautiful scene of the city. Besides, customers of the revolving restaurant can enjoy free visit of the tower, including the three spheres and the Shanghai Municipal History Museum. The cost of the restaurant is listed here for your reference:
Buffet Lunch: 11:00-14:00; CNY 288 / person
Buffet Dinner: 17:00-21:00; CNY 318 / person

Transportation:
Bus: 
 Take City Sightseeing Bus Line 2 and get off at the Oriental Pearl TV Tower Stop.
 Take bus 81, 313, 583, 791, 799, 870, 939, 961, 985, 993, Cailu Special Line, or Lujiazui Financial City Line 1, and get off at the Lujiazui Ring Road Mingshang Road Stop, and then walk to the tower.
 Take bus 81, 774, 779, 939, Cailu Special Line, or Lujiazui Financial City Line 1, and get off at the Lujiazui Ring Road Fenghe Road Stop.
 Take bus 82, 85, 314, 795, 798, 799, 971, 992, or Lujiazui Financial City Line 4, and get off at the Lujiazui Subway Station Bus Stop.

Subway: Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Lujiazui Station. Get out from Exit 1 and you can see the tower.

Take the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel across the Huangpu River, and get off at the Pudong side.

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Tip:
After visiting the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, visitors can have a Huangpu River cruise if you like. The cost of the cruise varies according to the ships you choose.

 Neighboring Attractions:
 Shanghai World Financial Center
 Jin Mao Tower
 Shanghai Tower
 Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
 Natural Wild Insect Kingdom

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