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The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located in Pudong Park in Lujiazui, Shanghai. The tower, surrounded by Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and Nanpu Bridge in the southwest, creates a picture of 'twin dragons playing with pearls.' The entire scene is a photographic jewel that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors year-round.
This 468-meter high (1,536 feet) tower is the world's third-tallest TV and radio tower, surpassed in height only by towers in Toronto, Canada and Moscow, Russia. However, even more alluring than its height is the tower's unique architectural design that makes it an attractive lure. The base of the tower is supported by three seven-meter wide slanting stanchions. The tower consists of three big columns which are nine meters in diameter, the space module, the upper sphere, the lower sphere, five small spheres, tower base and the square. In the tower, there is a double-decked elevator which can hold 50 people at a time and a two-speed elevator which can run at seven meters per second. These two elevators are the only ones of their kind in China. The tower is equipped with a three-dimensional lighting installation, which makes the whole tower very colorful.
The inner tower is a recreational palace, while the Shanghai Municipal History Museum is located in the tower's pedestal. The large lower sphere has a futuristic space city and a fabulous sightseeing hall. The base of the tower is home to a science fantasy city. The five smaller spheres are a hotel that contains twenty-five elegant rooms and lounges.
The sight-seeing floor in the upper sphere is 263 meters high and 45 meters in diameter. It is the best place to get a bird's-eye view of Shanghai. When it is sunny, visitors can see as far as the distant hills of Sheshan, Chongming Island and the Yangtze River. In the upper sphere, there are also a revolving restaurant, disco hall, piano bar (which is 267 meters high) and twenty KTV rooms (which are 271 meters high), The restaurant revolves one circle an hour.
The Space Module, which towers into the sky, has a sight-seeing floor, conference hall and coffee bar. They are at the height of 350 meters. They are elegant and luxurious, with an exciting view of Shanghai.
Shopping is also very convenient in the tower: The Oriental Pearl Emporium Super-Store Co Ltd has an area of 18,000 square meters. It sells clothes, arts and crafts products, gold and silver articles, leather goods and foods. Tourists can combine shopping and tasting various foods while sight-seeing.
This ultra-modern tower combines ancient concepts such as spherical pearls with 21st-century technology, commerce, recreation, educational and conference facilities. All of this and it really is a TV and radio tower that services the Shanghai area with more than nine television channels and upwards of ten FM radio channels.