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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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Grand Hyatt Shanghai ¥17,747
Grand Hyatt Shanghai

Grand Hyatt Shanghai

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

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

    Grand Central Hotel Shanghai ¥13,045
    Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

    Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

    505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and Old Chinese City. The Bund and Shanghai Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 7 minutes by foot and Yuyuan Garden Station is 7 minutes.

      The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai ¥15,017
      The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

      The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

      88 Henan Central Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, The Bund, and Yu Garden. Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and Shanghai World Financial Center are also within 2 mi (3 km). Yuyuan Garden Station is 5 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 8 minutes.

        Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai ¥16,382
        Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

        Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

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

          This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Super Brand Mall, Oriental Pearl Tower, and Shanghai World Financial Center. Shanghai Tower and Jin Mao Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lujiazui Station is 6 minutes by foot and Dongchang Road Station is 23 minutes.

          The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong ¥28,821
          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 Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Super Brand Mall, Shanghai Municipal History Museum, and Oriental Pearl Tower. Lujiazui Jingting and IFC Mall are also within 15 minutes. Lujiazui Station is only a 3-minute walk and Dongchang Road Station is 20 minutes.

            Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai ¥15,017
            Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai

            Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai

            1288 Lujiazui Ring Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai Ocean Aquarium and Oriental Pearl Tower. Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lujiazui Station is 11 minutes by foot and Dongchang Road Station is 18 minutes.

              Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre ¥12,105
              Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

              Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

              555 Middle Xizang Road, (Close to Nanjing), Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, People's Square, and The Bund. People's Square Station is only a 5-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 13 minutes.

                Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai ¥14,440
                Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

                Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

                1 East Jinling Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yuyuan Bazaar, Old Chinese City, and Shanghai Museum. The Bund and Shanghai Old Street are also within 1 mi (2 km). Yuyuan Garden Station is 11 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 18 minutes.