- Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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As Shanghai's most recognizable landmark, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower occupies a prominent place on the city's landscape. Standing tall in the Pudong district, the structure features one revolving restaurant, three legs, 11 spheres and multiple observatory levels. The most thrilling viewpoints are from the "Space Module" – the highest observation deck, sitting a staggering 1,148 feet above the ground. The Shanghai Municipal History Museum also resides here and merits a quick visit.
Recent visitors found the views from the tower to be simply incredible, but it comes at a cost. Many travelers expressed frustration over the long wait times for buying tickets, being admitted to the attraction and getting to the elevators – with the average wait time being at least an hour. That being said, some felt the high price wasn't worth it. Though the glass bottom floor at one of the observation levels and the Shanghai Museum were redeeming features for some reviewers.
You can reach the base of the tower from the Lujiazui metro station. For more information, consult our guide to Getting Around Shanghai. Admission varies depending on where you'd like to go; however, the ticket that will get you into all the observation decks and museum will set you back 220 yuan (about $33). The Oriental Pearl TV Tower welcomes visitors daily from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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