China – Shanghai – Oriental Pearl Tower & Shanghai World Financial Center

– SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower is a TV tower in Shanghai.  Its location at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district by the side of Huangpu River, opposite The Bund, makes it a distinct landmark in the area.  The tower was completed in 1994.  At 468 m high, it was the tallest structure in China from 1994–2007, when it was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center.  The tower is brightly lit in different LED sequences at night.  On 7 July 2007, Oriental Pearl Tower was host to the Chinese Live Earth concert.

The tower features 11 spheres, big and small. The two largest spheres, along the length of the tower, have diameters of 50 m for the lower and 45 m for the upper. They are linked by three columns, each 9 m in diameter. The highest sphere is 14 m in diameter.  The entire tower is supported by three enormous columns that start underground.

The tower has fifteen observatory levels. The highest (known as the Space Module) is at 350 m.  The lower levels are at 263 m (Sightseeing Floor) and at 90 m (Space City).  There is a revolving restaurant at the 267 m level.  The project also contains exhibition facilities, restaurants and a shopping mall.  There is also a 20-room hotel called the Space Hotel between the two large spheres.  The upper observation platform has an outside area with a glass floor.

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Pearl Tower

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The Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) is a supertall skyscraper located in the Pudong district of Shanghai.  It is a mixed-use skyscraper, consisting of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls.  Park Hyatt Shanghai is the tower’s hotel component, comprising 174 rooms and suites occupying the 79th to the 93rd floors, and constituting the second-highest hotel in the world after the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, which occupies floors 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre.

On September 14, 2007, the skyscraper was topped out and is 492 meters, making it the 8th tallest building in the world and the fourth tallest structure in Mainland China.  The SWFC opened to the public on August 28 2008, with its observation deck opening on August 30th. The observation deck offers views from 474 meters above ground level.

The SWFC has been lauded for its design, and in 2008 it was named by architects as the year’s best completed skyscraper.  In 2013, the SWFC was exceeded in height by the adjacent Shanghai Tower, which is China’s tallest structure as of today.  Together, the Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai Tower and Jin Mao Tower form the world’s first adjacent grouping of three supertall skyscrapers.

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Shanghai World Financial Center

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Shanghai World Financial Center

Next up are some outstanding temples.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.