Oriental Pearl Tower


Basic Facts of Oriental Pearl Tower

Chinese Name: 东方明珠 Pronunciation: Dōngfāng Míngzhū

Building Time: 1991

Suggested Visiting Hours: 5-6 Hours

Best Visiting Time: All the year round

Address:1 Shiji Dadao Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai

Popular Activities: Climbing activity(usually on the New Year’s Day)


Admission Ticket Fare

Ticket Types Price Includes
A. Deluxe Package  260 yuan 263m Sky Galleria + 259m Transparent Sky Walking + 78m “Future Shanghai” Multimedia Show + Shanghai History Museum + Huangpu River Cruise
B. Superior Package  220 yuan 351m Space Capsule + 263m Sky Galleria+259m Transparent Sky Walking
C. High-value Package 190 yuan 263m Sky Galleria + 259m Transparent Sky Walking + 78m “Future Shanghai Multimedia” Show + Shanghai History Museum + Landmark Paradise
D. Standard Package 160 yuan 263m Sky Galleria + 259m Transparent Sky Walking + Shanghai History Museum
E. Shanghai History Museum 35 yuan Shanghai History Museum
F. Landmark Paradise  120 yuan Landmark Paradise

* Children below 1 meter are admitted for free while those who are between 1 and 1.4 meters enjoy a 50 percent discount.


Service Time

Content Time
Opening Hours 8:00 - 21:30
Buffet Lunch 11:00-14:00
Buffet Dinner 17:00-21:00

  • Note: You can visit the Oriental Pearl Tower in the afternoon and enjoy the beautiful scenery at night beside the Huangpu River. The night scene is one of the most attractive views that are worthy of visiting. So, you can travel around Shanghai or the Oriental Pearl Tower in the afternoon and enjoy the night scene at night.


Introduction of the Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower

Oriental Pearl Tower,Oriental Pearl Tower
Oriental Pearl Tower

The Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower is a multi-cylinder structure, with the wind acting as the main factor controlling the main structure. The trunk is composed of three hollow pillars with a diameter of 9 meters and a height of 287 meters. The pillars are connected by beams 6 meters high. At the 93m elevations, it is supported by three inclined columns with a diameter of 7m, which intersect the ground at a large angle. The building has 425 foundation piles into the ground for 12 meters. Three steel structure balls of thousands of tons are suspended at the height of 112 meters, 295 meters and 350 meters respectively. The reinforced concrete building is supported by three inclined supports nearly 100 meters high.

The tower body of the TV tower has strong stability, and its design seismic standard is “level 7 does not move, level 8 does not crack, level 9 does not fall”. In addition, the building has good wind resistance. The Oriental Pearl TV & Radio Tower is the first major project in the Pudong district after its opening up. Within 10 years of its completion, it has hosted 295 foreign heads of state, held nearly 100 important world-class conferences and held more than 300 large-scale events, and become an important window for Shanghai to promote itself to the outside world.

The mast of the Oriental Pearl TV & Radio Tower is 110 meters long. It has the capability of transmitting 9 sets of TV and 10 sets of FM radio programs, which can cover the whole area within 80 kilometers radius of Shanghai and neighboring provinces.

In addition, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower also created good tourism economic benefits. By 2005, the number of visitors to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower had reached 28.7 million, with revenue of 2.236 billion yuan.


History of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Night Scene,Oriental Pearl Tower
Night Scene

On August 25, 1983, Zou Fanyang, director of The Shanghai Broadcasting Bureau, wrote to Wang Daohan, mayor of Shanghai, Ruan Chongwu, deputy mayor, and leaders of the State Radio and Television Department respectively, and proposed the idea of using foreign capital to build a new television tower for the first time.

On July 30, 1991, the ground-breaking ceremony of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower was held.

On December 14, 1993, the 350-meter structure of the Oriental Pearl Radio and Television Tower was capped.

On 1st May 1994, the steel mast of the transmitting antenna was installed.

On October 1, 1994, the sightseeing facilities and main lighting system were put into operation.

On 1st May 1995, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower was officially put into operation.

From September 2013 to January 2014, the exterior of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower was cleaned and repaired, and the overall painting area reached 23,000 square meters.


Must-visit Attractions at Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Space Capsule

Space Capsule,Oriental Pearl Tower
Space Capsule

Space Capsule is located on the tallest sphere of the Oriental Pearl Tower, with sightseeing floors of 339 meters and 351 meters. It has been an ideal 360-degree view of Shanghai since it opened to the public in May 1996. Take a ride in the “time machine” to connect to the capsule, where a space show reveals the magic of the planet and the knowledge of landmarks. In this place, you will feel like you are walking in the sky as an astronaut. Besides this, you have a chance to know China’s ongoing space exploration projects.

At 339 meters, you can wear VR glasses to experience the pleasure of traveling in the space world. The interactive session of “Space Mission” enables you to understand how the space station is built and experience the magic charm of science fiction. At 351 meters, you can also have a bird’s eye view of the city from the tower’s highest point.

Revolving Restaurant

Revolving Restaurant,Oriental Pearl Tower
Revolving Restaurant

Located at 267 meters in the Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower, it is the highest revolving restaurant in Asia. As for the business area, it has 1,500 square meters, rotating by one lap per hour, and it can accommodate 1,600 people. It is equipped with buffet style. This is the best place to enjoy the night view of Shanghai. You can book a window seat by phone a week in advance.

The telephone numbers are 021-58791888, 021-58796660, 021-58797138. If you want to enjoy the beautiful scenery while eating, you should book in advance. Because it’s a very popular and romantic thing to do when you are traveling in Shanghai, you can enjoy the night scene of the whole of Shanghai.

  • Tips: Buffet lunch is from 11 o’clock to 14 o’clock and the fee is 338 yuan/person; Buffet dinner is from 17 o’clock to 21 o’clock and the fee is 378 yuan/person. (From Monday to Sunday).

Sky Galleria

Sky Galleria,Oriental Pearl Tower
Sky Galleria

The Sky Galleria opened to foreign trade through the residences features, old town, glamour, sea trace, 6 pavilion building expo, chariots and horses in the spring and autumn, more than 80 attractions, hundreds of precious historical relics, hundreds of scaled colorful building, and the size of a human figure, nearly thousand small wax, small clay figure, reflects the development of Shanghai.

Inside the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Sky Galleria has been popular in Beijing City, Tianjin City, Chengdu City, Chongqing City, Xiamen City, Hangzhou City, and so on. But it would be a new experience when you visit this galleria in Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Walking into the galleria, you feel as if you are in Paris in the 19th century to feel the street culture of the city of romance.

You can also walk into the private studios of the world’s top artists to talk to them. Such as “Painting of Light”. The exhibition recreates a scene from the famous impressionist paintings of the 19th century.

Or such as Monet’s “Lily Pad”. You feel like you are walking in Monet’s garden. You can have a rest and walk in the courtyard. Listen attentively to Monet and his wife Camille.

Or such as Van Gogh’s “Cafe”. Van Gogh spent much of his life wandering around the little-known cafe. You can sit in the cafe, taste the sweet coffee, wait for the night to come, and “talk” with Van Gogh.

Transparent Sky Walking

Transparent Sky Walking,Oriental Pearl Tower
Transparent Sky Walking

Would you like to experience fancy sky walking? Located 259 meters above the sphere sightseeing floor of the Oriental Pearl Tower, there is a completely transparent floating sightseeing gallery. It consists of 24 units that can open and close like the petals of a lotus flower. It is located in the second sphere of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the suspended sightseeing corridor is 259 meters high. The circular glass corridor extending from the tower is 2.1 meters wide and 150 meters long. The ground glass is paved with three layers of super white safety glass.

The widest part of the sightseeing corridor is 3.6 meters and the narrowest part is 3.2 meters, among which the widest part of transparent glass is 2.15 meters and the narrowest part is 1.75 meters. The whole transparent sightseeing ring corridor covers an area of about 415 square meters.

Standing in the sightseeing gallery, the 360-degree scenery on both sides of the Huangpu River will be presented to you. Come and have a look! It would be a wonderful experience that you cannot forget.

"Future Shanghai" Multimedia Show

 "Future Shanghai" Multimedia Show

On September 1, 2016, the 78-meter “Future Shanghai” was launched. Growing up in this city, knowing her past and present, how curious are you about what she will look like 70 years later? Do you care what the city will look like in the future? Is Shanghai still a creative city?

After nearly two years of overturning and resetting the program, the team members endured countless sleepless nights, and they achieved the 1.0 version of the “Future Shanghai” cyclic multimedia show. Located in the lower hemisphere of the largest sphere of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the “Greater Shanghai” multimedia show covers an area of about 1,200 square meters and lasts for about 25 to 40 minutes. It’s not necessary to know the past or the present of one city, and it would be very important to know the future of one city. After watching the multimedia show about future Shanghai, you would become very confident for the development of Shanghai.

Shanghai History Museum

Shanghai History Museum,Oriental Pearl Tower
Shanghai History Museum

It deserves days to visit the Shanghai History Museum. The Shanghai History Museum in the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is a museum devoted to the history of Shanghai in the past hundred years. Through precious cultural relics, documents, archives and pictures, advanced film, television and audio equipment, the history of modern Shanghai’s urban development is vividly reflected.

In three layers, the Shanghai History Museum has a big collection of calligraphy and painting, metal, ceramics, art, badges, literature, printing, textiles, stamps, records, and so on.

The museum displays six parts, namely, the concession of a state, old Shanghai municipal construction and street scene, modern urban economy, modern culture, urban life and political situation, showing the profound changes of Shanghai in politics, economy, culture, society and life in an all-round way. It is a vivid cultural scenic spot. So, from this point, in Oriental Pearl TV Tower, you can have a comprehensive and all-sided picture of Shanghai, including its past, present and future. It is the perfect place to know Shanghai in a few days and after that, you will be impressed by Shanghai, by its culture, development and modernization.


Suggested Travel Route

You can decide your route according to the ticket you buy. The choice can go from A to F (Please check it at the ticket types). So, after buying the type or the route you want to visit, it’s no need to worry about the route.


How to Get to Oriental Pearl Tower

By Bus

Take bus 81, 82, 85, 774, 789, 795, 870, 971, 983, 985, 993 and get off at the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

By Subway

Take Metro Line 2 from Hongqiao International Airport and get off at Lujiazui Station. Then you should get off at Exit 1, after that you can see Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

By Taxi

Chinese: 请带我去东方明珠。English: Please take me to the Oriental Pearl Tower.

If you go to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, it takes about 37 minutes(53 yuan).

If you go to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower from the Pudong International Airport, it takes about 50 minutes( 149 yuan).

Morning Sunshine in Lujiazui,Oriental Pearl Tower
Morning Sunshine in Lujiazui

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