Oriental Pearl TV Tower

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Oriental Pearl TV Tower information

Shànghǎi , China
1 Century Ave; 世纪大道1号
+86 21 5879 1888
Getting there
Metro: Lujiazui
Opening hours
8am-10pm, revolving restaurant 11am-2pm & 5-9pm
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This 468m-tall poured-concrete tripod tower is the most iconic contemporary building in the city, and its image is flashed around town on everything from postcards to t-shirts. Love it or hate it, the Deng Xiaoping–era design is inadvertently retro; a certain mix of sci-fi meets Soviet brutalist architecture. Inside, the highlight is the Transparent Observatory (259m), where you can peer way down through the glass-bottomed walkway. Also don't miss the excellent Shànghǎi History Museum in the basement.

To start your tour, take the lift to the 263m-high Sightseeing Floor for 360-degree views across to the Bund and its rising sprawl of heritage buildings. Other features of the tower include a revolving restaurant at 267m-high, a Space Capsule Sightseeing floor, a 5D cinema and an indoor roller coaster to boot – all of which can be skipped, though good options if you have kids in tow.