Pearl TV Tower
Oriental Pearl TV Tower was completed on Oct. 1, 1994.
It is 468 m high, being the highest in Asia and the
third highest in the world, only next the TV towers
in Toronto in Canada and Moscow in Russia. It stands
opposite to the bund on the west bank.
The architectural modeling of the tower
is unique, expressing the flavor of oriental culture.
The structure of the tower consists of 11
spheres, different in sizes and arranged at different
levels, hanging from the sky down to the green lawns.
It expresses the artistic concept of pearls, big and
small, dropping on a jade plate.
The body of the tower is formed of two huge
glittering spheres and one small delicate sphere; the
sightseeing level in the upper sphere is 45 m in circumference,
263 m high, offering a bird's-eye view of the city.
In the upper sphere at the 267-m level,
there is a revolving restaurant, with one revolution
every hour, a disco ball, a piano accompanied bar and
at the 271-m level there are 20 KTV private rooms.
The space cabin is at a level of 350 m,
containing a sightseeing terrace, a meeting hall and
a coffee room. Hotel in the Air is in the five smaller
sphere with 20 guest rooms. The lower sphere contains
a space city. There is a science fiction city inside
the tower pedestal.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower combines sightseeing, catering,
shopping, recreation, accommodation, broadcasting and
TV transmission into one body. It has become a symbolic
architecture and a favorable spot for tourists in Shanghai.
Head back to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower
and queue up for a sci-ti architectural exploration.
Most vistitors will rush towards the elevators to see
the city in all its expanse, chaos and splendor. However,
before heading up to see what Shanghai is becoming,
take some time to wander through the basement history
museum. This catacomb of excellent historical displays
takes you from Shanghai's early days as walled fort
under the Ming dynasty to the beginning of European
colonialism and up to the Japanese invasion. Several
of the displays are interactive and the museum is worthy
of half-day visit.