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Oriental Pearl Tower

This towering symbol of Shanghai’s modern renaissance offers history lessons, fine dining and stunning city views.

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is one of the world’s highest transmission towers. Since its completion in 1994, the tower has become Shanghai’s most recognizable landmark. More than just a TV tower, this multifunction marvel offers unique shopping, an informative museum, a revolving restaurant and some of the best views in Shanghai.

The tower rises 1,500 feet (468 meters) from Pudong Park. Consisting of 11 spheres linked by three columns, the tower blends futuristic and ancient Chinese aesthetics and has been likened to “a series of pearls falling onto a jade plate.”

Before climbing the tower, spend a couple of hours in the Shanghai Municipal History Museum at the tower’s base. When it’s time to head skyward, hop aboard the tower’s double-decker lifts in which bilingual attendants await to share facts and insights into the tower’s history and construction.

The largest and lowest of the main spheres contains a dance hall, karaoke bar and observation deck. On the second sphere, enjoy a meal in the rotating restaurant as the Shanghai skyline revolves slowly around you. The highest and smallest sphere contains the uppermost observation deck. Test your nerves as you step out onto the glass-floored deck, which gives the sensation that you are floating above the city. On a clear day, see all the way to the mighty Yangtze River in the north.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located in Pudong Park in Lujiazui, a 10-minute drive from downtown Shanghai. Lujiazui Station is only a short walk from the tower. Plan your visit for a weekday and arrive early to avoid the crowds. Entrance fees apply for the museum and various tower experiences.

While you’re in the area, check out the neighboring Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. If you have time, a Huangpu River cruise is a perfect way to end the day and watch the tower as it lights up in ever-changing colors.

Popular Activities at Oriental Pearl Tower

Get the most out of your time at Oriental Pearl Tower. Here is a list of the top activities:

When arranging your trip, you may want to consider purchasing a Half Day Classic Shanghai Private Tour and a Private Shanghai Pudong Today.

For even more things to do, have a look at our Shanghai things to do page.


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Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai $134
Reviewed on May 12, 2019
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Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

1 East Jinling Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
     
    4.5 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0

    I would like to thank the staff for excellent service. We were not happy with the room we booked, due to the view, and they were happily upgrade the room for us with river and the bund view (well worth the 300Yuan/night btw). The room service was quick whenever we asked for anything, even request ...

    Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai $143
    Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019
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    Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

    Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

    33 Fu Cheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai
       
      4.3 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0

      It is an old facility.............have to make some renovations

      Grand Hyatt Shanghai $169
      Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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      Grand Hyatt Shanghai

      Grand Hyatt Shanghai

      88 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, Shanghai
         
        4.5 of 5
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        To many elevators change to get to the room. The rest is ok

        Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel $107
        Reviewed on May 13, 2019
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        Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

        Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

        159 South He Nan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
           
          4.4 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0

          Good Location right next to the metro station and Yu Garden

          The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong $246
          Reviewed on Apr 20, 2019
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          The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

          The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

          Shanghai ifc No.8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai
             
            4.6 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0

            The staff were extremely helpful and it was a pleasure to stay at this hotel. The breakfast was outstanding. The views were amazing, would thoroughly recommend.

            Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong $226
            Reviewed on May 22, 2019
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            Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong

            Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong

            210 Century Avenue, Pudong District, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              4.7 of 5
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              Great location! Property is well located within walking distributor the financial district.

              Fairmont Peace Hotel $238
              Reviewed on May 1, 2019
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              Fairmont Peace Hotel

              Fairmont Peace Hotel

              20 Nanjing Road East, Huang Pu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
                 
                4.7 of 5
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                Great hotel. Terrific position. Staff are wonderful.

                Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai $125
                Reviewed on May 21, 2019
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                Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai

                Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai

                1288 Lujiazui Ring Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
                   
                  4.4 of 5
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                  Hotel is clean n location is good to travel around