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Rotherham, United Kingdom
August 1, 2010
From journal Shangers
by Paul Bacon
April 6, 2006
From journal Shanghai on Life
March 25, 2006
From journal Shanghai Surprise
October 5, 2012
From journal Poodling along in Pudong
London, United Kingdom
October 6, 2006
From journal Sexy Shanghai
November 6, 2005
With its thoroughly calculated feng shui properties and elements, the tower is indeed the jewel, or, more appropriately, the Oriental pearl, of Shanghai. It looks like a spaceship about to take off with its large spheres and slanting stanchions. In truth, the tower’s spheres represents pearls, and the green grassland surrounding it is seen as a jade plate, supposedly bringing the city prosperity and wealth. Really, almost every building in Shanghai is designed according to feng shui to bring the utmost outcome in every aspect of the company involved.
Reaching the tower 10 minutes to closing time, we were able to avoid the extremely long queue that winds through the queue maze during the day. We had to go through an X-ray scan upon entering the tower, just right before taking the elevator to the main sightseeing floor. Inside the elevator, a guide dressed in red gave us a brief introduction of the tower, as well as the elevator (which holds up to 50 people and ascends at a rate of 7m per second), in both Mandarin and English. It was amazing how she started talking just as the elevator door closed and how she finished exactly on the dot when the elevator door opened on the 255th floor!
The view from the 468m tower was simply spectacular. It has a full 360-degree view of all of Shanghai: the splendid neon lights that light up the night sky, the Huang Pu River, the Bund, and the tiny flickering lights from the traffic far down below. You could just stare, and stare, and stare! All along the platform were glass displays selling TV tower souvenirs, such as key chains, postcards, chocolates, and miniature towers.
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is really the best way to get a bird's eye view of all of Shanghai and beyond. And, in my opinion, it is definitely not something to be missed--you can say you've seen the "whole" of Shanghai then, eh?
You can get to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower by taking the Metroline No. 2 to Lujiazui Station or Public Transport Busses Nos. 81, 82, 85, 870, 871, or 872. To reach the Pudong area from the other side, the Bund Tourist Tunnel or the Taigong Line is available. The tower is open from 7:40am to 9:30pm every day.
From journal Today's Shanghai
by cyc guide
January 6, 2002
From journal Shanghai in December
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
September 19, 2000
We caught a taxi to Pudong, travelling though a tunnel that crosses under the river. Extensions to the subway system were just being completed while we were there and so you may now be able to take that instead. We arrived in the early evening. There were only a few people around but it was obvious that the Tower must attract very long lines quite often! As we approached the building, we entered into a maze of barriers obviously designed to direct hordes of people into a neat queue.
We decided to get tickets just to the main sightseeing deck (Y40). You could go up to a higher deck, but it cost Y100. The sun was just beginning to set as we reached the viewing platform. Like most viewing platforms, the deck provided a full 360 degree view of the surrounding area, which was bathed in a rather spooky purple light (thanks to the lights on the tower itself). A rail around the platform pointed out the direction and distance to other cities in China. The view of the city, especially of the river and Bund, was spectacular. It inspired me to try some long exposure photography with my camera, which was a bit of a tragic mistake (can anyone say ‘tripod’??).
But despite the view, possibly the best part of the whole experience was the toilets. At that stage they were THE nicest toilets I had seen in China. They almost made me cry.
From journal Bumbling Through Shanghai