When travelling, I really have the propensity of going up to the tallest building to overlook the city. Despite the fact that the Oriental Pearl Tower is not the tallest building in Shanghai, but with it’s cheap price (180 Yuan) and its perfect position for getting a bird’s eye view of the Bund, it well deserves a visit.
Built in 1994, it is the 3rd tallest tower in the world. Featuring 11 garish pink balls enlightened by the famous Chinese poem (大珠小珠落玉盘Da Zhu Xiao Zhu Luo Yu Pan which describes the most beautiful sound when the pearls of different size fall on to a jade plate), the tower has become a symbol of the new Shanghai. You can literally step into Shanghai’s skies on the the glass floor of outdoor viewing platform of the 2nd ball at 259 m. Walk on a transparent path high above Pudong and the Huangpu River, probably one of the most thrilling adventures of the city, and also an unexpected one: Your elevator will first arrive one floor above the glass floor, a rather conventional observation platform – descend one floor to get to the thrill.
Coming down from the topping floor that we could go to (at the height of 350m), we reached the Sightseeing Floor at 259 meters, where we can look down the Huang Pu River from a new perspective.
Look! The floor is made of glasses!
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Not until we came down to the ground floor, did we realized that this is not just a tower for sightseeing. In front of us is The Shanghai’s Urban History Development Museum:
Despite the shabby entrance, the exhibition is incredibly big in scale. Consisting 6 halls, the museum walks you through the urban development of Shanghai from as early as 1840, the first Opium War, to present.
If you are not in a rush, I suggest you pay a visit to this museum. You won’t regret it.
Finally, if you are wondering what the Oriental Pearl Tower looks like in the day, here’s the panaroma I managed to take when taking a short stroll on the Bund.
The Oriental Pearl Tower:
Add: No.1 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
Tel: 021 – 58791888