Surrounded by the Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and the Nanpu Bridge in the southwest, The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located in Pudong Park in Lujiazui, Shanghai. It is the world's third tallest TV (468 meters high) tower surpassed in height only by towers in Toronto, Canada and Moscow, Russia.
The base of the tower is supported by three seven-meter wide slanting stanchions. Surrounding the eleven steel spheres that are 'strung' vertically through the center of the tower are three nine-meter wide columns. There are three large spheres including the top sphere, known as the space module. Then there are five smaller spheres and three decorative spheres on the tower base. Its unique alluring architectural design makes it one of the world most attractive places.
The double-decker elevators, which take visitors up and down the tower, could hold up to 50 people one time at the rate of 7 meters per second, besides, the elevator attendants recite an introduction to the TV Tower in English and Chinese during the rapid 1/4-mile ascent.
Once you reach the destination, you will find that actually various spheres and columns house places of interest, commerce and recreation. The inner tower is a recreational palace, while the Shanghai Municipal History Museum is located in the tower’s pedestal. The base of the tower is home to a science fantasy city. The five smaller spheres are a hotel that contains 25 elegant rooms and lounges. The large lower sphere has a futuristic space city and a fabulous sightseeing hall where visitor can see all the way to the Yangtze River on a clear day. Besides, the pearl at the very top consists of shops, restaurants, (including a rotating restaurant) and a sightseeing floor.
Moreover, this tower is really a TV and radio tower that services the Shanghai area with more than nine television channels and upwards of ten FM radio channels, which combines perfectly the ancient concepts with modern technology.
By subway: Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Lujiazui(陆家嘴) Station. Get out from Exit 1 and you can see the tower.
By bus: Take bus 81, 795, 799, 870, 961, 971, 985, 993, 996 or Cai Lu Special Line and get off at Dong Fang Ming Zhu (Oriental Pearl) Station.
Entrance Fee (including the sightseeing hall on the second sphere) CNY 100
Shanghai Municipal History Museum (in the second sphere) CNY 35
Through Ticket for Two Spheres (including the entrance fee and the fee for the Shanghai Municipal History Museum) CNY 135
Through Ticket for Three Spheres (including the entrance fee, the fee for the Shanghai Municipal History Museum and the upper sphere - the Space Module) CNY 150
Opening Time: 08:30-21:30
Dining: The revolving restaurant inside the second sphere of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower mainly offers buffet of western style. Besides, customers of the revolving restaurant can enjoy free visit of the tower, including the three spheres and the Shanghai Municipal History Museum.
The restaurant is listed here for your reference:
Revolving Restaurant Time Price/Person
Buffet Lunch 11:00-14:00 CNY 200
Buffet Dinner 17:00-21:00 CNY 280
Tip: After visiting the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, tourists can have a Huangpu River cruise too. The cost of the cruise varies according to the ships you choose, more information please consult our trip advisors.