The beautiful Oriental Pearl Tower is located near the city centre of Shanghai, China. When it opened in 1994, it was the tallest building in China and the tallest radio and television tower in the world. The futuristic tower is now home to the China National Radio & Television Center, the largest radio station in Shanghai. Right now, it is no longer the tallest building in the country as it was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center in 2007.
Located in Pudong Park in Lujiazui, Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl Radio and Television Tower is the fifth-highest tower in the world as of now. With 486m in height, it remained the tallest building in China from 1994-2007, when Shanghai World Financial Center surpassed it. The Yangpu Bridge surrounds the Oriental Pearl Tower in the northeast and the Nanpu Bridge in the southwest, it lays out a picture of twin dragons playing with pearls. The presence of the Huangpu River also enhances the picturesque detail.
The tower's construction started in 1991 and was completed in 1994. The futuristic TV tower offers a history museum and a revolving restaurant at 267 meters. The museum has thousands of historical relics and artifacts. Furthermore, it also houses over 100 wax figures, video presentations, documents, and scaled-down exquisite architecture within the tower. The tower is China's second-highest tower which attracts visitors for its unique structure as well. Unlike other normal buildings, this tower stands on three seven-meter wide slanting stanchions surrounding the eleven steel spheres. These spheres hang vertically with the nine-meter wide columns.
The tower has fifteen observatory levels that are divided into six main parts: the three gigantic spheres, the basement, and the square. The highest sphere is located at the height of 351 meters, known as the Space Module. The space module has an observation platform with a 1.5-inch glass floor. The second sphere is called the Sightseeing floor at 263 meters, while the first sphere, known as Space City, is located at 90 meters. There is a totally transparent see-through panorama lift between the columns. It is a one-of-a-kind elevator in the world and offers a breathtaking view of Shanghai.
Other than rotating restaurant and observation desks, there is a facility of the exhibition center, where the tower hosted the Chinese Live Earth Concert on July 7th, 2007. There is also a small shopping center and a 20-room hotel known as the Space Hotel.
Oriental Pearl has been the landmark of Shanghai and attracting tourists since its completion in 1994. The tower is a fusion of ancient concepts of spherical pearls and futuristic ultra-modern use of technology, commerce, and recreational facilities. The TV tower serves more than nine television channels and more than ten FM radio channels. For its difficult high maintenance, well maintenance, and hospitality for tourists, it is classified as an AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.
The tower offers three entrance fee options depending on the spheres of visit. It is recommended to book your ticket in advance to avoid the long queues. From the outside, the tower is brightly lit in different LED lights every night. The light show put forward a photographic jewel that attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year. With being lit up every night, Oriental Pearl lives up to its name.