Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Located in Lujiazui of the Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River and opposite of the Bund, the Oriental Pearl Tower is a TV tower of 1,535 feet high. It used to be the tallest structure in China from 1994 to 2007 before being dwarfed by the Shanghai World Financial Center. It is the world's third tallest TV and radio tower, one of the most recognizable landmarks and hotspots of Shanghai tourism, a perfect integration of broadcast television emission, recreation, catering and sightseeing, conferences and exhibitions, history displays, and travel agencies.

The tower contains three parts: the Spheres in the tower, Observation levels and Antenna spire. The shape of this building seems to embody Shanghai's future-forward orientation and great ambition. Eleven big and small spheres along the length of the tower are linked by three giant columns (each 30 feet in diameter) that start underground. The two largest spheres have diameters of 164 ft for the lower and 148 feet for the upper.

There are fifteen observatory levels on the tower, of which the highest is called Space Module at 1,148 feet. Different observatory levels enable visitors to fully enjoy the panoramic view of the city from different perspectives. At the bottom level are several scenic spots like Shanghai International Press Center and Shanghai Urban Development History Museum which are definitely worth seeing. The famous revolving restaurant at the 876 feet level is a splendid and dedicated place that can cater for 350 guests at the same time with all kinds of western and Chinese delicacies.