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Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai

Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai (must see)

One of the tallest structures in Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl Tower commands spectacular views of the Huangpu River and the Bund. The architecture was inspired by a Tang Dynasty poem by Bai Juyi about the sound of pearls falling on a jade plate.

The tower is 468 meters high with a structure consisting of a series of spheres supported by slanted columns. It stands on a green lawn that resembles the jade plate in the poem that inspired the tower. Each sphere houses spaces where commercial or recreational activities take place. Double Decker elevators take visitors and office goers up and down. They have the capacity of holding up to fifty people and travel at 7 meters per second.

The tower has a revolving restaurant, a hotel, a shopping area, children’s recreation establishments, as well as radio and TV stations. The observation deck has a glass floor where visitors can see through to the bottom. It also houses the Shanghai Municipal History Museum.

The Oriental Pearl Tower is the icon of modern Shanghai. It belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers because of its uniqueness of design that combines Chinese traditions with modern technology.

Tip:
The lines to go up the tower are long. Forget going on Chinese New Year Holiday or the first week of October – National Holiday week.
View it from the Bund which is across the river. It is most beautiful at night when lights are on, but be reminded all lights go out at 10pm.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8am-9:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour of Shanghai, China within the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Please download the app to your mobile phone or tablet for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Oriental Pearl Tower on Map

Sight Name: Oriental Pearl Tower
Sight Location: Shanghai, China
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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