Lonely Planet review
Love it or hate it, it’s hard to be indifferent to this 468m-tall poured-concrete tripod tower. Sucking in a vortex of visitors, the Deng Xiaoping–era design is inadvertently retro (1950s atom age or thereabouts), but socialism with Chinese characteristics was always cheesy in those days. The tower is dazzling when illuminated at night: toast the big bauble with a cocktail on the terrace at Flair for the best visuals. You can join the long queues for high-rise views of Shànghǎi, but there are better views elsewhere. For sightseeing, the tower stands out most for its excellent Shànghǎi History Museum, in the basement. The tower’s long lines are matched by a tortuous ticketing system.
Boat tours on the Huángpǔ River operate from the Pearl Dock , next to the tower.