on October 6, 2006
468 metres high, futuristic and pink, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower - third highest in the world - is an unmistakable Shanghai landmark. The building was designed to evoke a series of different-sized pearls (the spheres) falling onto a jade plate (the base), famous lines from a Song dynasty poem on the pleasurable sounds of a Chinese musical instrument. The upper sphere observatory has panoramic 360 degrees views of the city - you can see as far as the Yangtze river! There is also a revolving restaurant, though I've never tried it out.Admission charge is RMB100. Open daily from 9am to 9pm.
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