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Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)

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Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)

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Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights
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Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

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With a population of nearly 25 million and centuries of history, Shanghai can be daunting. Make the most of your time there with a private guide on this fully customizable tour. Get an overview of the highlights, or dig in deeper at specific sites. Hotel pickup adds extra convenience, while upgrade options include transportation by private car (regular tour travels by taxis and metro) plus covered lunch and entrance fees.
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Kaja Ż wrote a review Aug 2020
Beijing, China13 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a great time there and took lots of cool photos. Really worth the price and waiting time. we bought tickets for 220 rmb which gives entrance to all levels. We waited 1.5 hour in a superlong line to get on the elevator. Even though it was cloudy it was still worth it
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Maxim B wrote a review Jul 2020
Ottawa, Canada836 contributions84 helpful votes
Although not the tallest observation deck you can visit (that would be Shanghai Center, just a few minutes walk from the Oriental Pearl Tower), this one gave plenty of opportunity to take in views of Shanghai. The glass floor walk was a little unnerving but still cool. The ticket I had was a combination ticket with the tunnel ride under the Huangpu river, so it did not give me access to the highest observation deck (another 70m or so above of where I was). I did not bother paying extra RMB80 per person because the air wasn't that clear anyway and I already got a pretty good view from the 270m level.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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LoveTravelling1116 wrote a review Jul 2020
Singapore, Singapore649 contributions76 helpful votes
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It was a double curse to visit Oriental Pearl Tower during rainy day. First, the entire scenery below (which consists mainly of high-rise buildings, intertwined roads, wide rivers, miniature people) had been shielded by thick fluffy white clouds, making photography almost impossible. At the height of 263m, the backdrop is just drably white, as the tower is higher than the clouds, unfortunately. There wasn’t enough sunlight to brighten the greyish landscape, and it felt gloomy. Second, the chilling air temperature outside makes the inside even freezingly cold. It was just disappointing to visit the 259m open-air transparent observatory with such dreary panorama. The transparent observatory has glass floor that allows full transparency view of ground floor. Due to my height phobia, I didn’t stand on the glass floor. After which, we took a lift down to visit some small-scale exhibitions at 78m. One of which is the animated Shanghai outlook with visitors standing in a long travellator watching it on the walls. That was quite an eye-opener to see how Shanghai envisions itself in the distant future that is driven by high-end technology, and how this transforms Shanghai’s future landscape. This is one of the must-see highlights! Finally, we visited Shanghai History Museum at the ground level. It was a fascinating museum with much history unfold. Diorama is the main tool used to depict the actual scene in that historical context. The museum started off with showcasing different real-size vehicles in which pioneer generations transported themselves within the city. There are English translations beside every Mandarin captions. Do note that the museum is generally dimly lit. This museum is truly huge, and it took me around 2 hours and I still couldn’t get enough of it. As we need to leave to get dinner at 8pm, I couldn’t really photograph as many as I could. Please note that the nearest toilet is outside this museum at the end, and it is advised to visit the washroom before entering. As we badly need to release ourselves halfway through the walk, we had a lot of difficulty finding the nearest toilet, and had to ask for approval to re-enter the museum. Besides this museum, there were other exhibitions too at the ground level which we had to forgo due to time constraint. There are some souvenir shops at the ground floor which are generally expensive and we didn’t fancy any. Instead, we purchased some (slightly pricey) Shanghai tidbits back home. We didn’t find any vegetarian restaurant in this tower and we believe there isn’t any too. Though the interior of this tower is not as awe-inspiring a it looks from outside, it was on the whole a pleasant experience with some cultural exposure at a justifiable cost. Don’t miss the awesome night light of this tower from the outside as you see how it glows in different colours! Do note that the nearest train station is Lujiazui Station, and it is within walking distance from the tower. We were heartened that the customer service personnel recommended us the cheaper package at RMB 198 per person for this entire trip, instead of the most expensive one due to the obstructive clouds at the top level. This reflects a strong ethics in their business, for which I’m grateful for. I will certainly consider re-visiting this attraction, but on a hot and sunny day.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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steve1118 wrote a review Jul 2020
Shanghai, China76 contributions100 helpful votes
This was a really good “tall building” experience— better than shanghai tower for example. The middle bubble is spacious and includes a “transparent floor” level. The transparent floor provides a unique view of lujiazui— but is not for those scared of heights! There is a outdoor walkway at around 98m that is also a nice way to see lujiazui The shanghai history museum on the ground floor and included in the ticket price is well done. It provides a way of feeling how shanghai developed over the last couple hundred years. I would recommend skipping the top bubble and saving some money on the ticket. The top bubble has windows that are hard to see out of and doesn’t add much beyond the middle bubble. Also, beware that the the 98m area has a video game arcade. If you are a fan, great. If you have kids that you don’t want getting absorbed in video games while visiting the tower, you’ll want to distract them as you pass by!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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sorrowing wrote a review May 2020
Singapore, Singapore8 contributions
My second time to purchase this voucher and the experience still “wowed” me. I came with friends in my first visit to Shanghai and I instantly fell in love with the city. Pearl Tower is actually one of the reasons why I came back and this time with my family. We spent our Christmas eve exploring Pearl Tower ending it with a wonderful Christmas eve dinner at Coca Cola Restaurant. We hardly missed home because of the festive and merry atmosphere at the restaurant with a Santa Claus giving gifts to guests. Imdeed a Merry Christmas!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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