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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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Grand Hyatt Shanghai NT$4,378
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.

    The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong NT$7,555
    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.

      Park Hyatt Shanghai NT$6,350
      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.

        The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi NT$3,794
        The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

        The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

        No.99 Madang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, Shanghai
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Former French Concession and K11 Art Mall. Shanghai Museum and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 15 minutes. South Huangpi Road Station is only a 4-minute walk and Xintiandi Station is 7 minutes.

          The Shanghai EDITION NT$6,665
          The Shanghai EDITION

          The Shanghai EDITION

          199 Nanjing Road East, Huangpu, 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, Yu Garden, and People's Square. Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Grand Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). East Nanjing Road Station is only a 3-minute walk and Yuyuan Garden Station is 14 minutes.

            Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai NT$3,399
            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.

              Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai NT$3,651
              Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai

              Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai

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

                Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai Stock Exchange and Oriental Pearl Tower. Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center are also within 15 minutes. Dongchang Road Station is 12 minutes by foot and Lujiazui Station is 15 minutes.

                ifc residence NT$5,220
                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.