World's third tallest tower, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower
is located in Pudong Park in Shanghai. It measures 468 meters
high, and is only behind the CN Tower in Toronto (553.33m),
Canada, and the 533 meter high TV tower in Moscow, Russia.
Construction of the
Oriental Pearl Tower began in 1991 and completed
in 1993. On may 1, 1994, the 118 meter tall antenna
was successfully connected with the tower body.
The Oriental Pearl
TV Tower sits between the Yangpu Bridge to the north
and Nanpu Bridge to the south. The tower is made
up of 11 spheres- the lowest sphere is 118 meters
high, and the highest sphere is 295 meters high.
These 11 spheres together give the image of pearls
on a jade plate.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower Tour
There are six elevators in the TV tower - five elevators
are installed in the 3 columns, and one elevator between
the height of 250 to 341 meters. It has a capacity of 50
people, and travels at 7 meters per second. There are two
medium sized elevators that can accommodate 30 people. Inside
the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, there is a revolving restaurant
and a scenery viewing platform where visitors enjoy a panoramic
view of the city.
The different spheres of the Oriental Pearl Tower houses
different activities and interests. The large lower sphere
has a futuristic space setting and a sight seeing hall.
The sphere at the very top of the tower contains shops,
restaurants, and another sightseeing area. The fiver smaller
pearls (spheres) is a hotel that has 25 rooms. The base
of the tower is a science center.
The view from inside the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is breathtaking.
You will have a beautiful panoramic view of the Shanghai
Bund, and the Pudong New Area. On clear days, visitors can
see all the way to the Yangtze River.