Oriental Pearl TV Tower
China, Pudong

Built in 1994, Oriental Pearl TV Tower is today a symbol of Shanghai and one of its unique attractions. The highest in Asia and the third tallest in the world, the Oriental Pearl, 468 meters high, is second only to Toronto and Moscow. The Shanghai TV Tower is located in the new Pudong district on the east bank of the Huangpu River, which, as it were, divides Shanghai into old and new parts.
The Oriental Pearl is not only a functioning television tower, its premises include restaurants and teahouses, souvenir shops, there is a museum and a viewing platform at a bird's eye view, so visiting Shanghai's unique sights is one of the obligatory points in the program of tourist excursions.
The TV tower consists of eleven metal spheres - pearls - of different sizes, at the base - a stone slab. Such architecture conveys a poetic line from ancient Chinese poetry: "Big and small pearls fall on a jade dish." On each of the three balls in the upper part of the tower there is an observation deck, the highest level to which the high-speed elevator rises is 360 meters. At each level of the tower there are walking galleries and shops. Inside the ball at 267 meters is a revolving restaurant. At the base of the tower is the Shanghai History Museum. The museum presents the life of Chinese peasants and artisans, scenes from the colonial history of Shanghai, mock-ups of the Beijing Opera and trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
Each year, the tower is visited by about three million Chinese and foreign tourists. Due to its multifunctionality, the TV tower has now become one of the most important buildings of the city.

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