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Oriental Pearl TV

Oriental Pearl TV Tower / ShanghaiThe 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 high (1,536 feet) tower is the world's third tallest TV and radio tower surpassed in height only by towers in Toronto, Canada and Moscow, Russia. However, even more alluring than its height is the tower's unique architectural design that makes the Oriental Pearl TV Tower one of the most attractive places anywhere. The base of the tower 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. 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 of the tower 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 468m high tower is the third largest TV Tower in the world and one of Shanghai's most unique sights.

At the eastern bank of Huangpu River visible from the Bund is the Special Economic Zone of Shanghai called Pudong. A soaring 468 meters high (1,536 feet) tower can easily attract the attention of everyone. It is widely accepted as the symbol of Shanghai thanks to its spectacular structure. In 1995 it began broadcasting nine television channels and 10 FM radio channels. Standing halfway up on it, you will be rewarded a splendid and unparalleled view of the Bund and new shanghai. Along with the Nanpu Bridge and the Yangpu Bridge , it forms a picture of two dragons playing with a pearl, which Chinese believe it implies a favorable auspice to the region.

Shanghai Pudong New Development Area

In the 1980's Pudong was agricultural land on the other side of the Huangpu river from the historic city of Shanghai. The fields of Pudong have been planted with skyscraper seeds and they have sprouted up all over. The China's building boom began and Shanghai's Pudong New Development Area is China's answer to Hong Kong. Many foreign banks and insurance companies have opened Shanghai offices in Pudong.
The planning in the Pudong New Development Area has been good, and it is blessed with wide boulevards, bicycle lanes, subways, tunnels under the river and a fast train out to the new Shanghai Pudong International Airport. 
Its modernism is in stark contrast to The Bund's row of European architecture and the old city's many classic buildings. But it is interesting, like New Delhi and Old Delhi in India. You can see modern China in Pudong, while you can still find Hutong (alleyway) culture in places on the other side of the Huangpu river.
There are some beautiful new five-star hotels in Pudong. The Grand Hyatt in Pudong's tallest building, the Jinmao, has spectacular views and a five star ambience with high ceilings and a multi-story atrium that goes up through the core of the hotel like something out of Star Trek. Other luxury hotels include the Pudong Shangri-La Hotel, Sofitel Jin Jiang Oriental Pudong, Holiday Inn Pudong Shanghai and the Shanghai New Asia Tomson Hotel.

Also a centerpiece for travelers to Shanghai is the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which is lit up at night and is always a prominant part of the skyline. A giant TV and communications ariel, you can travel to the middle or top and take in the 360-degree views around Pudong and Old Shanghai. Do it on a clear day. An hour up in the Oriental Pearl Tower is probably enough and you can then enjoy a stroll through Pudong or along the Huangpu river front promenade.

Admission Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 21:00
Recommended Time for a Visit: Four and a half hours
Route: 81, 82, 85, 870
Subway No. 2



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