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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.


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Park Hyatt Shanghai ¥26,763
Park Hyatt Shanghai

Park Hyatt Shanghai

No 100 Century Avenue Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai Tower and Jin Mao Tower. Shanghai World Financial Center and The Bund are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dongchang Road Station is only a 4-minute walk and Shangcheng Road Station is 7 minutes.

    Grand Hyatt Shanghai ¥15,336
    Grand Hyatt Shanghai

    Grand Hyatt Shanghai

    88 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, Shanghai
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is steps from IFC Mall and Shanghai World Financial Center. Shanghai Tower and Oriental Pearl Tower are also within 10 minutes. Lujiazui Station is 8 minutes by foot and Dongchang Road Station is 9 minutes.

      Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai ¥12,179
      Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

      Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

      33 Fu Cheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai World Financial Center and Oriental Pearl Tower. Shanghai Tower and Jin Mao Tower are also within 15 minutes. Lujiazui Station is 7 minutes by foot and Dongchang Road Station is 16 minutes.

        The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong ¥27,064
        The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

        The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

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

          Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Super Brand Mall, Shanghai Municipal History Museum, and Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park. The Bund and Oriental Pearl Tower are also within 10 minutes. Lujiazui Station is only a 3-minute walk and Dongchang Road Station is 20 minutes.

          Sofitel Shanghai Hyland ¥7,217
          Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

          Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

          505 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, Shanghai
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Shanghai, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, People's Square, and Yu Garden. Former French Concession and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and Yuyuan Garden Station is 8 minutes.

            Hyatt On The Bund ¥9,773
            Hyatt On The Bund

            Hyatt On The Bund

            199 Huang Pu Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Hong Kou, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Qipu Lu Clothing Market and Nanjing Road Shopping District. Yu Garden and Shanghai Old Street are also within 2 mi (3 km). Tiantong Road Station is 15 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 17 minutes.

              ifc residence ¥19,769
              ifc residence

              ifc residence

              8 Century Avenue Pudong Lujiazui, Shanghai, Shanghai
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Pudong, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai World Financial Center and Oriental Pearl Tower. Shanghai Tower and Jin Mao Tower are also within 15 minutes. Lujiazui Station is 7 minutes by foot and Dongchang Road Station is 16 minutes.

                Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund ¥24,057
                Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

                Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

                No. 2, Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road, Huang Pu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Bund and Nanjing Road Shopping District. Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Yuyuan Garden Station is 10 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 11 minutes.