Oriental Pearl TV Tower

#9 in Best Things To Do in Shanghai
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1 Century Avenue

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Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9

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  • 3.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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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Shanghai's picturesque waterfront, known as "the Bund," is where you'll find those classic skyline photo ops. With the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center and other skyscrapers standing across the Huangpu River, the view (on a clear day) stuns. And behind you, gorgeous European-style buildings housing restaurants and shops (Nanjing Road is just around the corner) line the waterfront boulevard, affording plenty of activities.

Though a gateway to other attractions, the views from the Bund were the only thing on most travelers minds. Visitors consistently report being in complete awe of Shanghai's skyline, so much so that some said skipping this attraction would be like skipping the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Most agreed the best time is to go at night  the skyscrapers illuminated in different colors create an unbeatable photo op. Not only that, but smog can occur during the day, and depending on the weather, can hinder one's first-time viewing experience. But whichever time you decide to visit, know that many other people want to experience this picture perfect moment too  so expect crowds around the clock. And considering the immense tourist traffic the Bund receives, vendors and pesky hawkers set up shop here too. 

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