Oriental Pearl Tower


 Established since: 1991
 Completed in: 1995
 Overall Height: 468 meters (1,536 feet)
 Height of Observation Decks:
351m (1,152ft): Space Capsule Sightseeing Floor
267m (876ft): Revolving Restaurant
263m (863ft): Main Sightseeing Floor
259m (850ft): Glass Floor
90m & 98m (295ft & 322ft): Game City including an indoor roller coaster
78m (256ft): Dynamic Ring Multimedia Show

Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower is located in Pudong Park in Lujiazui, Shanghai. Surrounded by the Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and the Nanpu Bridge in the southwest, it 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 Oriental Pearl 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 are three nine-meter wide columns.

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 base. The entire structure rests on rich green grassland and gives the appearance of pearls shining on a jade plate.

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai
Oriental Pearl Tower

Visitors travel up and down the Oriental Pearl 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 is a recreational palace, while the 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 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 the city from this height fills you with wonder at the beauty that surrounds you. When viewed from the Bund at night, the three-dimensional lighting makes it a delight of brilliant color.

It is amazing that this ultra-modern Oriental Pearl TV Tower combines ancient concepts such as the spherical pearls, with 21st Century technology, commerce, recreation, educational and conference facilities. It really is a TV and radio tower that services the city with more than nine television channels and upwards of ten FM radio channels. Truly, 'oriental pearl' is the most suitable name for it.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Pudong
The TV Tower in Pudong
More Pudong New Area Pictures
Oriental Pearl TV Tower at Night
The Tower and 
Other Skyscapers at Night

Entrance Fee

Ticket Types Time Price
Combo Ticket (upper sphere, Municipal History Museum and Huangpu River Cruise) 08:30 - 21:30 CNY 260
Space Module, upper sphere, lower sphere, and Municipal History Museum 08:30 - 21:30 CNY 220
upper sphere, lower sphere and Municipal History Museum 08:30 - 21:30 CNY 160
Municipal History Museum 08:30 - 21:30 CNY 35
* Children below 1 meter (3.3 feet) are admitted for free while those who are between 1 and 1.4 meters (3.3 and 4.6 feet) enjoy 50 percent discount.


The photo of old Shanghai shown in the TV tower
Photo of Old Shanghai in the Municipal
History Museum
There is a revolving restaurant inside the second sphere of the Oriental Pearl 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 Municipal History Museum. The cost of the restaurant is listed here for your reference:
Buffet Lunch: 11:00-14:00; CNY 298 / person
Buffet Dinner: 17:00-21:00; CNY 328 / person

How to get to the Oriental Pearl Tower

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

By Metro:
Take Metro Line 2 and get off at Lujiazui Station. Get out from Exit 1 and you can see the Oriental Pearl Tower.

By Bus:
1. Take bus 81, 82, 314, 939, 993, Cailu Special Line, Lujiazui Financial City Line 1 or Lujiazui Financial City Loop Line and get off at Lujiazui Huanlu Fenghelu Station.
2. Take City Sightseeing Bus Line 2 and get off at Dongfang Mingzhu Guangbo Dianshita (Oriental Pearl Tower) Station.
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After touring around, visitors can have a Huangpu River cruise if you like. The cost of the cruise varies according to the ships you choose.

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

 Recommended Tour Itineraries:
Side Trip to Suzhou Classical Gardens: 5 Days of Shanghai, Suzhou, Zhouzhuang
Picturesque South China Towns: 8 Days of Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing
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- Last modified on Nov. 15, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Oriental Pearl Tower
Asked by Samuel Chang from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 13, 2018 23:53Reply
Hi! we're planning to visit the oriental pearl tower on January 2019
And I'm wondering if I'll have a dinner buffet at the revolving tower, does the price for the dinner buffet include the three spheres and the Municipal History Museum? Also what's the price for the dinner buffet?

Thank you!

Answers (4)
Answered by Dennis from SINGAPORE | Nov. 14, 2018 19:07

Yes, you can have a dinner at the revolving tower Buffet Dinner: 17:00-21:00; CNY 328 / person. You can enjoy free visit of the tower, including the three spheres and the Municipal History Museum.
Answered by Samuel Chang from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 15, 2018 05:45

Where can I book tickets? We’re going there on January 2019 and klook only allows me to book until December 2018 and I want to make sure I got the tables that’s beside the window.
Answered by Dennis | Nov. 15, 2018 17:31

You can try to call at 021-58797138,021-58828886 to book the seats in advance. I remember that the numbers are correct.
Answered by Samuel from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 15, 2018 22:34

Asked by MELISSA CASTILLO from UNITED STATES | Oct. 01, 2018 10:49Reply
Do you need reservations to eat at the buffet of Shanghai Oriental Pearl?
Answers (3)
Answered by Susan from USA | Oct. 08, 2018 22:54

It is OK to buy when you arrive there recently.
Generally in summer holiday, it is necessary to make reservation.
Answered by MelissA from USA | Oct. 12, 2018 00:07

How do we make a reservation? Thank you for the information!
Answered by Susan | Oct. 14, 2018 19:28

You can search it online and book it on some websites.
Asked by Bhargavi from INDIA | Sep. 17, 2018 10:21Reply
How long does it take to cover everything under combo ticket of Oriental Pearl TV Tower?
Which is the best time to go there?
Answers (1)
Answered by Amelia from USA | Sep. 17, 2018 20:51

The combo ticket includes visiting upper sphere, Municipal History Museum and Huangpu River Cruise, which may takes about 5 to 6 hours. If you want to visit it recently, you are advised to come here from Sep. 15 to 21(2018 Shanghai Tourism Festival) because you can enjoy a half-price ticket during the time. Another advice: try to avoid visiting it during October 1 to 7 when the National Day is celebrated and it may be crowded.
Asked by M from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 07, 2018 23:40Reply
Where can I buy the combo ticket with Huangpu River Cruise?
Where can I buy the Oriental Pearl Tower and Huangpu River Cruise Combo? Does the cruise leave at the same are where the Tower is? Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Nick from POLAND | Jul. 09, 2018 01:28

Yes, you can buy the combo tickets in Tower’s entrance.
Asked by isma from MALAYSIA | Jul. 04, 2018 10:33Reply
can i pay the ticket of Oriental Pearl TV Tower using credit card? or must be in cash?
Answers (1)
Answered by Laura from MALAYSIA | Jul. 05, 2018 19:26

You’d prepare enough cash to buy tickets.
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