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“Another City, Another TV Tower”

Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)
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Dinner at the Oriental Pearl Tower Revolving Restaurant with Transfer
Ranked #9 of 1,312 things to do in Shanghai
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Speed to the top of the world’s third tallest TV and radio tower for a spectacular view, or just gaze at this beautiful structure from afar, especially striking when lit up at night.
Warsaw, Poland
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“Another City, Another TV Tower”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

Oriental Pearl Tower is really nothing special. Even East Berlin, under East Germany, had a tower as big as The Oriental Pearl and also with a revolving restaurant at the top. Each view is different however, and that makes the trip to the top of the Tower worthwhile !!!. It is amazing how Shanghai has evolved in the past 20 years. You will see it for yourself if you will be standing at 230 meters above the ground at the Oriental Pearl's observation floor.

Visited May 2013
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“Save 60RMB and don't go to the top”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

Stunning views are available by jus paying for the 160RMB ticket. I found that the space capsule which you paid and additional 60 RMB was just a waste of time.

The best views and photos are taken from the main observation deck. Now you will exerience extreme vertigo when you step out onto that glass floor. It's one of the coolest observation decks I ever saw.

A hint for photographers especially at night. There is a metal post atop of which you can rest your camera. Put it into timed capture mode and then countdown 2 or 10 seconds whichever you prefer. Also set your camera for night time scenery. There is a gap in the glass between where the post is and you get a crystal clear shot of the night lights of the bund and the financial district. I went around and took a shot at every one of the what I guess is 24 posts.

Daytime shots are equally stunning. I went twice, once day and once night.

Again, forget the space capsule. Not worth it and you can't really get any good photos as you are inside a glass capsule.

Visited April 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Pricey view of the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

The view from the top of the Pearl tower is like none other in Shanghai. It's unique in that you get a complete 360degree viewing area. You can walk on a glass floor and see the city beneath your feet.
Go an hour before sunset on a clear day and you will get pictures you would otherwise only dream about. But the key word is CLEAR. Shanghai is never clear... But the view is spectacular nonetheless.
It's a bit pricey though. Almost 60$ to get to the topmost level.

Visited December 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Oriental Pearl Tower”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

The Oriental Pearl Tower is a wonderful take in Shanghai. Buying a pass to take the elevator to the second level (about $20) gives you a great view of the city. You can walk up one more floor and stand on the glass floor and look down on the city. The young people with us really loved this part of the visit. Downstairs there is a wax museum showing some of the history of the area including the coming of the Europeans. The life like figures and realistic scenes makes this a great personal and educational take for all. I visited this site a few years ago and since then they have expanded the exhibits.

Visited April 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Nice view, too bad about the price and the pollution”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

You do have a nice view IF the pollution is not too bad. It is very expensive but the lowest category (Type C) will take you to the glass-floored observation deck so I don't think it's worth paying more to go a bit higher up. As it was it cost us with 2 adults and 2 kids (under 1.4m is half price) 360rmb which is US$60 to go up the tower. We spent probably about 1 hour in total in the attraction.

I would only recommend this if you have run out of attractions on the ground or you really love getting a bird's eye view of things.

Visited April 2013
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