The Oriental Pearl Tower is a TV tower which is located at the tip of Lujiazui of Pudong District, adjacent to Shanghai International Convention Center, opposite of the Bund. With the height of 468 meters, the Oriental Pearl Tower is the highest tower in Asia and the third highest in the world. The TV tower is composed of pedestal, three gigantic columns, upper sphere, middle sphere, lower sphere, five small spheres and a moving capsule, etc. The whole tower is supported by three huge columns that start from the underground. The lower sphere is 50 meters in diameter at a height of 60 meters above the ground. The middle sphere is 45 meters in diameter and the upper one is 14 meters in diameter at a height of 335 meters.
The tower features 11 spheres, large and small. It is said that the designer was inspired by a verse of Tang Dynasty poem Pipa Xing by Bai Juyi. The verse describes a sprinkling sound of pipa (a Chinese instrument), just like pearls falling on the jade plate.
The upper sphere contains restaurant, shops and observation floor. The world-renowned revolving restaurant is at 267 meters in the upper sphere. With an area of 1,500 square meters, the revolving restaurant accommodating 350 persons offers near a hundred kinds of cuisines, western and Chinese. It is wonderful for tourists to enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai while eating delicious food. On the first floor locates Shanghai's Urban History and Development Museum, occupying an area of 10,000 square meters, which gives vivid perspective and introduction of development of Shanghai.
The Oriental Pearl Tower receives more than 28 millions tourists at home and abroad every year. The Oriental Pearl has become a comprehensive tourist attraction combining other functions like sightseeing, dining, shopping, entertainment, radio and TV transmitter, exhibition. As one of landmark of Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl Tower was designated as the 4a tourist attraction.
Admission Fee: 100RMB (visit Sightseeing Hall with height of 263 meter and place below 263 meters), 135RMB (the second ball plus Shanghai City History Hall), 150RMB (the third ball)
Open Time: 8:00-21:30
How to get to: Bus No.81,82,85,785,870,985 or Metro Line 2