Oriental Pearl Tower Shanghai (东方明珠塔) : Is it worth a visit?

Oriental Pearl Tower Shanghai (东方明珠塔) is a radio and TV tower in the city of Shanghai. Towering at 468 metres, the Oriental Pearl Tower offers splendid views over the entire city of Shanghai. The only shortfall was a cloud of haze affecting the views when we visited. Nonetheless, this post will tell you all the things to see and expect at the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai!

Views from the Oriental Pearl Tower Shanghai

Exterior of Oriental Pearl Tower Shanghai
Exterior of Oriental Pearl Tower Shanghai
Inside the observation deck of Oriental Pearl Tower Shanghai
Inside the observation deck of Oriental Pearl Tower Shanghai
View of Shanghai International Finance Centre
View of Shanghai International Finance Centre
View of the Huang Pu River (黄浦江)
View of the Huang Pu River (黄浦江)
Transparent Observatory Oriental Pearl Tower
Transparent Observatory Oriental Pearl Tower
Another view from the transparent observation deck
Another view from the transparent observation deck

Entry tickets to the Oriental Pearl Tower costs between 120RMB to 220RMB (approximately $24 to $44), inclusive of entry into the Shanghai History Museum. While we were there, we noticed that there were ALOT of people. It was actually quite noisy when we reached the observation deck, due to the chatter and conversations that took place within. In addition, the hazy skyline also dwindled the experience somewhat. Nonetheless, views over the city, the Bund as well as the Huang Pu River was still quite amazing.

At the transparent observation deck, you may have to “jostle” for prime spot. The best spots are already taken by the official photographers. However, if you ask politely, they may offer you the spot and even take a quick shot for you 😉

After the visit to the observation deck, we returned downstairs to visit the Shanghai History Museum which was a great addition to the tour at the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai. Here are the highlights from the visit…

Shanghai History Museum at Oriental Pearl Tower

Entrance to the Shanghai History Museum
Entrance to the Shanghai History Museum
Can you guess what is this? A Sedan (轿子)!
Can you guess what is this? A Sedan (轿子)!
Kids staying inside a urn-like structure to keep warm during winter
Kids staying inside a urn-like structure to keep warm during winter
Soya sauce was only used by the rich as a seasoning in the past
Soya sauce was only used by the rich as a seasoning in the past
Description of the Bund in the 1930s
Description of the Bund in the 1930s
Miniature model of the Bund in the 1930s
Miniature model of the Bund in the 1930s

The Shanghai History Museum tells of how life was like in the golden era of Shanghai in the 1930s. There were many interesting exhibits which really showcased how the rich and famous enjoyed life then in China. What really caught our eye though, was the wedding sedan shown in the picture above. For the bride to sit within the sedan, the decorative structure has to be taken apart piece by piece. After the bride sat within, it would then be placed back piece by piece again! What a piece of art!

The address of Oriental Pearl Tower is located at 1 Century Ave, Pudong, Shanghai, China.

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Oriental Pearl Tower Shanghai
Oriental Pearl Tower Shanghai

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