Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai
Take an elevator up to the Oriental Pearl Tower to get a fantastic view of Shanghai and Pudong. There are actually three levels (spheres) you can visit -- at heights of 90 m, 263 m, and 350 m. One of the levels has a glass floor, where you can look directly beneath your feet to the street below. A very cool experience! Tickets are not cheap -- 180 yuan per person as of December 2011. But if you are into ascending tall structures and skyscrapers, this visit is worth it.
This 468 meters high TV tower is world's third tallest radio and tv tower located in the Pudong area.
It is possible to visit the tower in three different observation levels. We thought at first not to go there but actually it was really a worth visit. It is not just a place to visit due to sightseeing but it offered for kids a "play hall" and some big plastic Star War (not sure what they were, but I'm guessing Star Wars..) figures. In addition it offers 360 degree view to Shanghai.
The entrance fee was something like 200RM per person.
When we had finished on the Observation Level we were taken down several levels to the Shanghai History Museum and restaurant level. We had over an hour free time to look through the museum.
The displays were excellent with life like people in scenes depicting the way of life during the 19th century and earlier. Some scenes were city life, others were farm scenes and there were some on the years prior to World War ll.
The only criticism I have is there was little security over the displays and the general public would enter the displays, handle the exhibits and have their photo taken.
Entry is included with Oriental Pearl TV Tower entry.
The main reason for going up to the Observation Floor is for the view over Shanghai city, the Huangpu River with the beautiful cruise boats, and for some the excitement of the height. For sure you will have the opportunity to take beautiful photos, but the buz of the crowd combined with the "toy like" buildings and vehicles below brought home to me the wonder of this man made structure.
At 468 metres the Oriental Pearl Tower is the highest in Asia and second in the world to the CN Tower in Toronto. I have been to the top of both towers, the CN in 2007 and Shanghai May 2011. Both are marvellous buildings with wonderful views over the city and landscape.
Our visit to The Oriental Pearl TV Tower was on a fine day allowing us to enjoy the view which was suffering a little from the smog. This did not reduce the excitement of the tower and there were manu laughts at the antics on the glass floor.
I actually plucked up enough courage to walk on the glass floor (failed i Toronto) and once done they could not get me off it.
The web link provides important details on the building.
The landmark of Shanghai is a must visit, the views are breathtaking especially at night and if you can find somewhere outside (i did) to click off a few photo's?........the last thing i heard from Shirley was no "smoking..., no photo's".........oop's too late..lmao!!!!! Great pics with no window reflection, fantastic!!!
The Oriental Pearl is the name given to the Shanghai TV Tower in Pudong. It was built between 1990 - 4 and standing at 468m was the tallest structure in China until the Shanghai World Financial Centre was complete in 2007.
The tower has fifteen observatory levels with the highest at 350m. It is known as the Space Module. The second highest level is in the smaller of the two large spheres located at 267m. There are two main viewing decks in theis sphere. The lower level is at 263m and boasts of a glass floor.
The Oriental Pearl Tower hosts approximatley three million visitors each year.
I am not a great fan of towers - a totally illogical fear, as I can go up in a hot air balloon with no fear at all. I only went up to the 2nd sphere and the view is amazing even with the sun going down on a hazy day. To get the lift for the return trip you have to go down a flight of stairs to the second level at 263m - the one with the glass floor! After conquering my panic and having my photo taken sitting on the glass I returned thankfully to earth.
For all normal people this is a great thing to do while in Shanghai
The Oriental Pearl Tower stands by the bank of Huangpu River. It is in the centre of Lujiazui, opposite to the Bund which is famous for its grand buildings of various architectural styles. The tower is 468 metres high. It is the highest TV Tower in Asia and is the third highest one in the world.
The Oriental Pearl Tower features 3 columns, each 9m, and 15 observatory levels. The highest which known as the Space Module is at 350 m. The lower levels are at 263 m which is the Sightseeing Floor and at 90 m which is the Space City. On the 259m Sightseeing Floor, there's the world's highest Air Post Office which avails you to send warm greetings to friends when you are overseeing the city. Six high-speed sightseeing elevators take passengers up to the bubbles of the tower, for a 3 dimensional view over the city.
I went there and it was too foggy to enjoy 100% of the view..
The great thing about OPT is the glass-bottomed floor. You can walk over the glass and see through it all the way down to the ground.
Entrance fee: RMB150 to see everything
The landmark of Shanghai is a must visit, the views are breathtaking especially at night when this wonderful city comes alive with all it's beautiful lights, you feel a romance in the air! ( ok... rabbit no need to get soppy!!!!...lol ) But do go and visit, 150 RMB is worth a great look!
This Tower is considered as the symbol of Shanghai and it is such a popular spot for tourists. Personally I have a few suggestions when you visit there.
1. Avoid weekends and holidays - otherwise you will spend a whole day standing in the queue.
2. There are quite a few kinds of tickets. I would suggest you buy the ticket with buffet inside the 2nd top ball (also includes visit to the top). It isn't much more expensive than the visiting tickets, however, you can get to sit at the spinning restaurant and have more time to enjoy the wonderful view of the city. The food is not too bad.
3. Go when the weather is clear and sky is blue. Otherwise u may not see much when u get up there.
This rather vulgar 468m (1,535ft) tall TV tower has become the symbol of Pudong and, probably, the most photographed building in Shanghai. Construction began in 1991 and the tower was completed in 1995 making it the tallest completed tower in Asia, and the third tallest tower in the world after the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada and the Ostankino Tower in Moscow, Russia.
The tower features 11 spheres, big and small. The two biggest spheres, along the length of the tower, have diameters of 50 m (164 ft) for the lower and 45 m (148 ft) for the upper. They are linked by three columns, each 9 m (30 ft) in diameter. The highest sphere is 14 m (46 ft) in diameter. The tower has fifteen observatory levels. The highest (known as the Space Module) is at 350 m (1148 ft). The lower levels are at 263 m (863 ft) (Sightseeing Floor) and at 90 m (295 ft) (Space City). There is a revolving restaurant at the 267 m (876 ft) level, a 20-room hotel called the Space Hotel, restaurants, exhibition facilities, the Shanghai History Exhibition and a shopping mall. Be aware that it isn't cheap to go anywhere inside:
Admission: Space Module - RMB150, The Upper Sphere & Shanghai History Exhibition - RMB135, the Upper Sphere (on its own) - RMB100 and Shanghai History Exhibition (on its own) - RMB35.
Known for its architecture, and the fact that it was the first modern building in Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl Tower is a tourist attraction for its spectacular views and its rotating restaurant.
On the day that we visited, the weather was perfect and it was quite a hot day. By the time we arrived at the tower it was becoming very overcast and within an hour the smog of the city was quite horrendous!
The easiest way to get to the Tower is to take the metro to Lujiazui station in Pudong and depart the station via exit 1. As soon as you “hit the sidewalk” the Pearl Tower is directly in front of you. The metro ticket was 4.50 Yuan and the entry to the viewing platform was 120 Yuan.
Approximately eight hundred and sixty feet into the sky, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the tallest TV tower in Asia and third tallest in the world. On the banks of the Huangpu River, it dominates a large portion of Shanghai's skyline. Located across the river from the Bund, the Oriental Pearl Tower offers spectacular views of the bustling city. Nighttime is the most popular time to visit, as the lit-up Bund makes the scene even more magnificent. It is all on display from the tower's observation deck, which also features the requisite souvenir shops and small eateries.
Of course, the tower is not merely a tourist attraction. The Oriental Pearl Tower services the Shanghai area with more than nine television channels and upwards of ten FM radio channels.
Standing 468 meters high, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is one of the highest towers in Asia. Tourists may climb the tower for panoramic views of the city. The ground floor features a shopping area, cafe, and an international city exhibit. It also offers deluxe conference rooms that have hosted leaders and VIPs from around the world. On clear days, the upper levels of this tower, measuring no less than 263 meters in height, offer spectacular views of the city. Admission fee is CNY50.
Just like the CN Tower, the Pearl Oriental is a TV tower although it's not as tall as the CN Tower. It's located in Pudong across the Huangpo River from the Bund and stands 468 meters tall (1,563 feet). It is the world's third tallest TV and radio tower.
For the price of admission, you can go up to the observation deck. It was raining and overcast the day we went up but I didn't care because if you're going to come all the way to Shanghai, then you might as well go up the Pearl Oriental.