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The striking modern structure of Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl TV Tower rises to a dizzying 468 meters above the grounds of Pudong Park in the Lujiaziu District. Believed to be inspired by a poem from the Tang Dynasty, the tower effortlessly combines traditional influences with a contemporary feel. It is made up of eleven spherical balls joined together by three columns, each with a 9-metre diameter.
The lifts are manned by bilingual attendants who will be able to answer your questions and give you a fascinating glimpse into the tower’s history and secrets. Jump straight into one and head to the glass-floored ‘Space Module’ observation deck for spectacular views across the city from 350 metres above ground level.
If you prefer a more relaxed outlook, why not treat yourself to dinner in the revolving restaurant on the central viewing platform. Sit back with a delicious meal whilst drinking in the panoramic views as the entire cityscape slowly passes before your eyes.
The lower and larger of the two spheres hosts a third observation platform as well as a dance hall and a typically Chinese karaoke bar. Check out the full array of entertainment on offer in the tower while you’re there, including shopping, music and the fascinating Oriental Pearl Science Fantasy World.
Once you’re back on solid ground, take the time to explore the Municipal History Museum. Nestled between the tower’s columns, it contains a series of scale models and waxwork figures, which bring you into direct contact with people and places from the city’s history across the centuries.
Pudong Park is only ten minutes away by car from Downtown Shanghai. It can get crowded at weekends, so head over during the week if you can. The tower is lit up at night, so it might be worth combining your visit with an evening cruise on the Huangpu River to see it in all its glory.
Get the most out of your time at Oriental Pearl Tower. Below is a list of some of the most popular activities:
Examine our Shanghai things to do page to learn about many more activities while you're in the area.
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