The Oriental Pearl Tower is one of the Shanghai’s most memorable and iconic structures. Standing opposite the Bund, and unique to the Shanghai skyline, it’s visited by countless numbers of people every year. Inside, there’s not just viewing platforms, but also a restaurant, a museum, a shopping centre, and even a theatre. Visit the Oriental Pearl Tower yourself and see what else you can find.
Interesting Facts About the Oriental Pearl Tower
-The Oriental Pearl Tower is the third tallest structure in Shanghai, falling just behind the Shanghai Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center. At its highest point, it stands an impressive 468 meters off the ground.
-The Oriental Pearl Tower was originally designed as a broadcasting tower, yet over the years it has grown in utility. Besides the observation decks open to tourists, it also doubles up as a restaurant, a museum, a hotel, a shopping area, and a theatre.
-There are actually 4 360 degree viewing decks on the Oriental Pearl Tower. Which means that visitors can explore the city from varying heights and with varying details.
-It’s actually possible to book tickets online, despite many people not being aware of this. This means that you can cut through the queues which normally form very quickly.
History Of The Oriental Pearl Tower
Currently rated in the top 10 tallest buildings in Asia, and one of the top 5 in Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl Tower is an incredible building. Construction began on the tower in 1991, with the aim of providing the area of Shanghai with a high-quality broadcasting tower, which could also double up as a tourist attraction. Construction finished in 1994 when the building opened to the public.
Between the years of 1994 and 2007, the Oriental Pearl Tower was the tallest structure in China. Visitors from around the country (and the world) would come to see and climb the towers several viewing platforms, hoping for a unique view of the city. Of course, others decided to surpass the Oriental Pearl Tower’s height, and in 2007, the completed construction of the Shanghai World Financial Center led to the Oriental Pearl Tower becoming the second largest tower in Shanghai. Later, the Shanghai Tower also surpassed the Oriental Pearl Tower in height, leaving it at number 3 in the city.
The Oriental Pearl Tower has long been a fixture of the Shanghai cityscape. This memorable additional is easily picked out by tourists as being one of its most memorable parts. This isn’t surprising seeing as how the tower is easily seen from the Bund.
Culture Of The Oriental Pearl Tower
The Highest Sphere: Located at the top of the tower, the highest sphere is known as the Space Module. It will give you a bird’s eye view of most of Shanghai. Standing at a total of 350 meters off the ground, it’s hard to find a comparable viewing platform anywhere else in Shanghai. An additional fee needs to be paid in order to visit this tower.
The Middle Sphere: The Middle Sphere of the Oriental Pearl Tower stands at a height of between 259 and 267 meters. From the bottom, you’re able to stand on a glass-bottomed sightseeing deck and look out over the city. A true test of bravery for anyone scared of heights. Towards the top of the sphere, you’ll find a restaurant, in which you can dine. Of course, you will have to add a fee to your bill if you wish to do this.
The Lowest Sphere: The Lowest Sphere is known as Space City and is located below the other two. From the lowest sphere, you can’t see a lot of the city, but you will be able to look at the immediate surrounding area. It’s the largest sphere along the Oriental Pearl Tower and a worthwhile stop if you’re not sure how high you can go.
The Shanghai History Museum: Located on the ground floor, below both of the spheres, is the Shanghai History Museum. This local history repository is filled with thousands of historical items, and over a hundred wax figures. The museum mainly focuses on the history and artifacts of Shanghai. It’s fascinating and a good place to visit if you’re in town anyway.
The Bund: What trip to Shanghai would be complete without a visit to the Bund? And that’s not just because you’re going to be seeing a lot of new architecture, it’s also because it gives you a fantastic view of the Oriental Pearl Tower set against the Shanghai Skyline. A trip to the bund is a good idea to see the Oriental Pearl Tower in a different light.
The Bund Sightseeing Tower: If you want to link the Bund to your trip to see the Oriental Pearl Tower, then considering heading through the Bunch Sightseeing Tunnel. This long tunnel heads under the river and straight to the Oriental Pearl Tower from the Bund. The Perfect way to experience both on the same day and without too much extra effort.
Tips For Visiting The Oriental Pearl Tower
-The nearest metro station is Lujiazui Station along subway line 2.
-The price for the Oriental Pearl Tower depends on what you want to see. If you’re just want to visit the Shanghai History Museum, it will cost you 35 CNY. To also see the lowest sphere, it will cost you 120 CNY. To see the history museum and the middle sphere, it will cost you 160 CNY. To see the history museum and all three spheres, it will cost you 220 CNY.
-There are usually long Queues for the Oriental Pearl Tower as it is one of the main sightseeing attractions in Shanghai. It’s recommended to book tickets online to avoid this – especially during the summer.
-As with any viewing tower, make sure to check the weather forecast before you set off. The Pearl Tower is a great sport for seeing views of the entire city, but only when the weather is right for it. Keep an eye out for fog and rain.