Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)

No. 1 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai


Oriental Pearl is the TV and Radio tower of Shanghai. It was the tallest building in China till 2007 with its 468 metres height. The tower was built in 1994. The tower has 11 spheres, different in shapes and sizes. All the spheres stand on 3 main columns, rising from the ground till the top.
Oriental Pearl is the most famous observatory in Shanghai. In total it has 15 observatory areas. The highest one is at 350 metres. There are also hotels, small shopping center, exhibition and a revolving restaurant at the 267 metres.
The towers shines bright at night with its gorgeous LED lights system.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    08:00 - 21:30

  • Tue

    08:00 - 21:30

  • Wed

    08:00 - 21:30

  • Thu

    08:00 - 21:30

  • Fri

    08:00 - 21:30

  • Sat

    08:00 - 21:30

  • Sun

    08:00 - 21:30

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  • Kyung Cho

    - 20 August 2018 -

    Shanghai's iconic structure is the Oriental Pearl TV & Radio Tower. Once it was the tallest structure in the city, but now it is overshadowed by other equally famous skyscrapers in Pudong District of Shanghai. I highly recommend going up to the uppermost sphere known as the Space Capsule but the queue can get as long as three hours during weekends, so I came back during the weekday afternoon and waited about an hour. Also, the ticket will give you access to the Shanghai History Museum on the ground level. BTW, the lower level sphere ticket holders can access the elevators from the ticketing area but the upper-level sphere ticket holders must exit the building to the upper-level queue to the elevators. The direction wasn't clear enough for me to understand, so I wasted about 20 minutes standing in the wrong elevator queue. Once the express elevator doors opened at the upper-level, well, China is not known for having ”western” social decorum, so it was a mad dash for everyone to get to the windows for the prime viewing spot. The viewing deck was just too crowded to enjoy the view of the city. I much preferred the Shanghai Tower for having more room to move around and not having to shoulder wrestle other visitors was much more enjoyable and less stressful. I visited the Shanghai Tower during the low season. I went down one level via a narrow stairway to the glass floor that goes 360 around the sphere. This definitely beats the Willis Tower in Chicago; however, again, it was too crowded to enjoy the thrill of almost floating in the air. Small kids were jumping and running across the glass floor which made me nervous, but the parents of kids were just laughing and enjoying themselves; I hardly thought that these kids were funny. I had enough of the overcrowding conditions and constantly running into people, so I was looking for an exit. The signs weren't clear enough and the majority of staff didn't speak English, so they were just pointing in one direction. I ended up circling the sphere three times and finally found a staff member who understood me. So, be warned before plopping down $50. For me, despite all the negative experiences, I think it was worth it.

  • Matha Goram

    - 17 August 2018 -

    Tourist trap par excellence. Managed to avoid it when I was alone (several times) but then got trapped with a colleague who couldn't resist the urge with a full-frame camera in tow. I am glad that he convinced me. While the views are magnificent the experience has uniqueness all over it. While the lower orb was interesting by itself and would have sufficed for me, the smaller more elevated orb was an experience like no other. A little gimmicky or cheesy but nevertheless the elevation itself was special. There is a nearby building where the viewing elevation is much higher and it is reviewed separately.

  • Maiku Marianda

    - 17 August 2018 -

    Absolutely worth the price of admission. The glass floor is not recommended for those with vertigo. I watched a 300+ pond man whimper like a child while his wife dragged him along. I feel you, brother.


    - 20 July 2018 -

    I just saw the kaleidoscopic tower in the distance, because i didn't have time to get the top of it. It appeared incredibly with different sets of light. If you go around the tower area, you will definitely see lots of people taking photos. Tourists can get here by subway easily. Enjoy your time!

  • Violitta Irwan

    - 18 July 2018 -

    One of the place that you should visit when you go to shanghai. Great place. It cost around 300rmb. You can view the city with different experience (walking on glass floor). The only problem is no one guide there can speak in English. So I can't understand what they say when their guide on lift explains about history and the building it self

  • Jeffrey Wonderly

    - 14 July 2018 -

    Awesome observation tower, on The Bund in downtown Shanghai. You can see for miles; the city goes on forever like a carpet of skyscrapers. The top platform charges a little extra, and it's not really worth it. The view is perfect from the regular tower platform. Gift shops abound, of course. There is a World of Coca-Cola and Restaurant on the ground floor. Glad to be able to say l was in one of the most prominent buildings in the Shanghai skyline.

  • Oz MP

    - 11 July 2018 -

    Is a must see while in Shanghai as long as you have a CLEAR DAY. Good view of the city (feels like the John Hancock building in Chicago) DO NOT PAY for the 351 meter view (top one) it’s worthless you get the same at 261 meters and pay less and you do a shorter cue. It took me over an hour and a half to go up and when I got there the windows were DIRTY. On the 261 meters takes about 30 minutes to go up and you get spotless windows. Still the view was worth it.

  • Dewei Jiang

    - 08 July 2018 -

    Visited this place three times in my life. First time, I was 9 year old maybe. I ain't remember anything. Oh, right, it was super crowded. Second time, I was acting as a guide for my dad's university friends from other cities. Saw a fat kid jumping on the transparent glass-made floor, and it cracked. I am glad he was OK. Thrid time, I brought my Canadian university friends back to China. I was their guide as well. One of them hid a UofT secret engineering club sticker somewhere inside the museum. Great place to visit, the Shanghai History Museum downstairs is my favorite. I visited it every single time, it never got old.

  • Crystal Goh

    - 24 January 2018 -

    Great location for tourists to visit and take pictures. It is located near the metro station and afterwards you may want to go to the nearby shopping mall for shopping or visit one of the tallest building in Shanghai!

  • David Astorga

    - 19 January 2018 -

    Just the most beautiful tower you will ever see, forget about overrated towers such as eiffel tower, Pearl Tower will just make you love Shanghai, from the bund or at Lujiazui , is always stunning and impressive to admire.

Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) tours

Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights

If you have very limited time in Shanghai, and want to go home with a great understanding of Shanghai, its people, history and culture, then this private day tour is perfect for you! You will visit both the east and west sides of Shanghai and also discover Shanghai's fascinating mix of modern and...

Shanghai Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining Experience

Enjoy a night in Shanghai by starting a 60-minute night cruise on beautiful Huangpu River where you can see amazing city landmarks, such as Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai Tower, Shanghai Tower (the second tallest building in the world) and more! The city view along...

Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

This great 8-hour Shanghai city tour takes you to discover the must see sites in Shanghai from its old and modern perspectives, from its colonial Bund riverside to the modern skyscrapers Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Tower, from the elegant Ming Dynasty Yu Garden and old town Bazaar to the...

Private Tour: The Face of Modern Shanghai

Discover the modern developments of China’s most cosmopolitan city with a private guide on this full-day private tour. Learn about the past, present and future of Shanghai at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. Take the Shanghai Maglev Train, which travels an average distance of 155 mph...

Dinner at the Oriental Pearl Tower Revolving Restaurant with Transfers

Experience a dinner at the Oriental Pearl Tower revolving restaurant in Pudong, offering a fabulous bird's eye view of Shanghai's skyline. This tour includes the round way transfer service from your hotel in Shanghai city center.

Full-Day Small-Group Tour of Classic and Modern Shanghai with Lunch

This 8-hour tour will explore both the traditional and modern aspects of Shanghai. Visit the Chenghuangmiao, Yuyuan Garden, the famous Bund, Shanghai City History Museum at the ground floor of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and take a leisurely stroll around Tangzifang Alley and the old French Concession.

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