The Oriental Pearl TV Tower
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located in Pudong Park in Lujiazui, Shanghai. The tower, surrounded by the Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and the Nanpu Bridge in the southwest, creates a picture of 'twin dragons playing with pearls'. The entire scene is a photographic jewel that captures the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors year-round.
The Tower has 3 main sightseeing floors where tourists could enjoy the city view from different heights. The Space Capsule (the 3rd sphere) is 350 metres off the ground and at 263 metres is the major sightseeing floor, the 2nd sphere. There are 2 outdoor sightseeing floors. One is 259 metres off the ground (in the 2nd sphere) and the other is 90 metres from the ground, in the 1st sphere. Tourists can visit these parts together or separately. The basement houses the Shanghai Municipal History Museum.
This 468 metre (1,536 feet) high tower is the world's sixth and China's second tallest TV and radio tower. However, even more alluring than its height is the unique architectural design that makes the Oriental Pearl TV Tower one of the most attractive places anywhere. Its base is supported by three seven-metre wide slanting stanchions. Surrounding the eleven steel spheres that are 'strung' vertically through the centre of the tower are three nine-metre wide columns. It has become a symbolic piece of architecture and a favourite sight for tourists in Shanghai.