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Why to Visit Oriental Pearl Tower

The Oriental Pearl Tower (东方明珠塔), standing among the modern super-high rises in Lujiazui (陆家嘴) Area, is short for the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower that was opened in 1994 to serve the television emission of this city. It is a landmark building in Shanghai. This tower is a very hot tourist place since visitors can appreciate the panorama of the whole Shanghai city, play fun with various types of entertaining items, have an unforgettable experience standing on the transparent glass floor hundreds of meters high, and taste different cuisines, etc. Reputed as a National AAAAA Tourist Spot, Oriental Pearl Tower is a must-see place in a Shanghai tour.

The Oriental Pearl Tower is 468 meters high and connected by 11 spheres of different sizes. This design idea comes from a Chinese poem of "big beads and small beads falling jade plates". On the three main spheres, you can enjoy the urban scenery on both sides of the Pujiang River at different heights. Especially, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Shencheng city in the unique way of "skywalk" by standing on the full transparent sightseeing Gallery at the height of 259 meters. It's an unforgettable experience to visit the sightseeing floor at night and feel the gorgeous colors of the nigtscape.

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Oriental Pearl Tower Tickets

ClassType of TicketContaining ItemPrice
Package:Sightseeing + CruiseTransparent Observatory (259m) + Shanghai History Museum + Huangpu River Cruise259 per adult
SightseeingTicket ATransparent Observatory (259m) + Sightseeing Galleria (263m) + Shanghai History Museum + Sightseeing Elevator + Lighting Show199 per adult / 366 for two adults/ 99 per child (1m-1.4m)
Ticket BTransparent Observatory (259m) + Sightseeing Galleria (263m) + Space Capsule Sightseeing Floor (351m) + Shanghai History Museum + Sightseeing Elevator + Lighting Show220 per adult / 110 per child (1m-1.4m)
Ticket CShanghai History Museum35
Revolving RestaurantLunchSame with Ticket B368-408
DinnerSame with Ticket B418-458
CruiseThe “China”, The “Oriental Pearl”, The “NO. 2 Oriental Pearl”First-class room130

Note: The information above is for your reference only. Please contact our Travel Consultant for the updated details.

What to Do in Oriental Pearl Tower

The Oriental Pearl Tower has a unique outstanding design and provides diverse items at different levels, tourists can play to the most in this tower, taste the high-standard food and have a wonderful experience on the river cruise to appreciate the especially fairy scene on the banks.

Taking the fully transparent sightseeing elevator to the 351 meter high space capsule sightseeing floor, you can have a panoramic view of the scenery on both sides of the Pujiang River. Also you can enjoy the night view of Shanghai while enjoying the delicious food in the 267 meter high revolving restaurant in the sky. The Oriental Pearl is also like a mall for entertainment, delicacy, and shopping. In the tower's museum and gallery, you can learn about the changes of modern history in Shanghai. You will shout out with friends and family at the 95 meters "VR roller coaster".There are also souvenir shops to buy a postcards and items to keep this memory in Shanghai.

There are many highlight places to enjoy the very modern feature of Shanghai in Oriental Pearl Tower. Choose your favorites here!

Space Capsule Sightseeing Floor (351m, upper sphere)

It is very amazing to explore the mystery of the universe and find your own constellation. And also, you get the chance to walk in the boundless universe with the “taikonaut”. While traveling in the vast universe and communicating with the “aliens”, you don’t have to doubt. Yes, you are right in the magic Space Capsule Sightseeing Floor on the 351m of the Oriental Pearl Tower.

Opening Hours: 09:00-21:00

Sightseeing Galleria (263m, upper sphere)

You want to get the full view of this metropolitan Shanghai? Probably this sightseeing floor on the 263m of the Oriental Pearl Tower is the best place. Standing there, you can see the grand view of both sides of Huangpu River, with the modern high buildings in the finance and trade zone as well as the attractive scene of constructions of multiple exotic styles. This is really a lifetime memory!

Opening Hours: 09:00-21:00

Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower The "Pearl" at Night
Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower Cityscape Seen from Space Capsule Sightseeing Floor (351m)
Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower Sightseeing Galleria (263m)

Transparent Observatory (259m, upper sphere)

It is a skywalk, the world's only 360-degree transparent glass sightseeing corridor. This world unique observatory with fully transparent glass floor is the best platform for challengers and bold visitors to fast their heartbeat. Take the elevator up to 259m, and then you can see the cars running under your feet. You can also admire the modern appearance of the whole city, but no need to worry, the glass floor is super solid that every square meter can bear a weight of over 2 tons. As a result, you could just enjoy every step full of excitement.

Opening Hours: 09:00-21:00

VR Roller Coaster (95m, lower sphere)

This is China's first and Shanghai's highest indoor VR roller coaster. With the theme of flying over the high altitude between Shanghai cities, the original indoor roller coaster of the Oriental Pearl Tower was transformed. It integrates the popular VR (virtual reality) technology and breaks through the limitations of traditional roller coaster vision and senses. You can take your time immersed in the crazy, exciting, satisfying games and screaming to release your pressure, moreover, the very lifelike scenes in the cinema area are quite wonderful.

Opening Hours: 09:00-21:00

Segway-Ninebot (base)

Located at the foot of the tower, "Oriental Pearl Nine" Cardin Experience Center was built on the roof of the Cardin track! Let you in the racing experience at the same time, but also enjoy the city's clear sky!

Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Ticket: CNY 60-90 per person

Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower Transparent Observatory (259m)
Oriental Pearl Tower Shanghai Lying on the Glass Floor
Shanghai History Museum VR Roller Coaster (95m)

Impression Lightpainting Gallery (base)

The total area of the Gallery is about 1200㎡. There are 52 interactive experience projects which invite you to start this immersive fantastic art journey with the use of space illusion, light and shadow special effects and high technology 4D realistic scene.

Opening Hours: 09:00-21:00
Ticket: CNY 120 per person

Shanghai History Museum (base)

Located at the base of Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai History Museum provides you with hundreds of historic relics, scaling-down magnificent buildings, and more than 1,000 waxen images to show the authentic look of ancient Shanghai. You will not only see the real daily life of old Shanghai but also have more knowledge of its developmental process.

Opening Hours: 09:00-21:00

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Taste Amazing Food in Oriental Pearl Tower

Oriental Pearl Tower is rich in restaurants with various types of food, so you can enjoy the fine food and the local culture with your family and friends leisurely.

Revolving Restaurant (267m, upper sphere)

A highlight of Oriental Pearl Tower is this Revolving Restaurant at 267m high. The Sky Revolving Restaurant is the largest revolving restaurant in Asia, offering a buffet featuring Southeast Asian cuisine, Japanese cuisine, Chinese cuisine and European and American cuisine. Outside the spacious and bright spherical glass window, you can have a panoramic view of the beautiful scenery of Pujiang River. It is very interesting to feel the very gentle revolve of this restaurant which is about 2 hours per round.

Opening hour: Lunch (11:00 - 14:00); Afternoon Tea (14:00 - 16:00); Dinner (17:00 - 21:00)

Oriental Pearl Tower Reviving Restaurant Reviving Restaurant (267m High)

NO. 8 Old Shanghai Restaurant

"Old Shanghai No.8 Restaurant" is located at the foot of the Oriental Pearl Tower, deep in the green shade of Pudong Park. This restaurant at the No. 8 gate is a great place to feel the nostalgic and quiet flavor of Shanghai. Taste the featured local dessert of old Shanghai on the very exquisite and fancy porcelain tableware, and see the elegant character of the 1920s, which has a great power to transfer you to the past and feel the real “Old Shanghai”.

Opening hour: Dinner (17:00 - 21:00)

Coca-Cola Happy Restaurant

Coca-Cola Happy Restaurant is a large-scale interactive theme restaurant with a panoramic view of Little Lujiazui. The restaurant offers a full range of Chinese cuisine, Japanese cuisine, European and American cuisine, Southeast Asian cuisine, etc. What’s more, the Coca-Cola Bar filled with the theme of Coca-Cola, Shanghai Café with the rich charm of cafes in old Shanghai, Chocoholic & Red Wine with the sweet smell of chocolates and red wine, the Flower Bar like a garden full of diverse blossoms, and so on are good places to both enjoy delicious dishes and feel the local culture as well.

Opening hour: Dinner (17:00 - 21:00)

Besides these restaurants, there are also bars, cafes, book stores, and dessert shops such as Chocoholic, Flower Bar, Books Coffee Tea Furniture, Shanghai Cafe, Starbucks Coffee, Ijuice, Heytea, Lucky Dessert, etc.

Oriental Pearl Tower Reviving Restaurant NO. 8 Old Shanghai Restaurant
Oriental Pearl Tower Reviving Restaurant Coca-Cola Happy Restaurant

Find Your Favorite Items in Oriental Pearl Tower

There is a series of places for you to find satisfying items to buy, like the OPT Souvenir where provides different kinds of special fashionable souvenirs that are designed with the elements of old and new Shanghai, you can find buy some items to keep this unforgettable memory. Besides, Old Shanghai Street at the hall is a good place to search for the characteristic things ad food with old Shanghai flavor. Also, you can hang in the Shanghai Food Center to select the local specialties and in the Unique shop to buy some featured Chinese essence as gifts for your friends and family.

Popular Shops: O·Candy, O·Scarf, O·T-Shirt, O·Friends, TOWER TIME Fashion Watch Store, OPT Souvenir, MUMUSO, etc

Stay in Oriental Pearl Tower - 230 Sphere Hotel

The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower has 11 spheres. The 230 Sphere Hotel is located inside a 230-meter independent sphere between the upper and lower spheres of the tower. It is hung in the air and held by three pillars. The hotel provides 24-hour full-time customized butler service for every guest. When night falls, the suite, the tower and the city integrate as a whole, adding splendor to each other. Living at the only boutique hotel inside the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower and surrounded by 360-degree beautiful landscapes of Shanghai, you will have a unique staying experience for a life time.

Oriental Pearl Tower Reviving Restaurant 230 Sphere Hotel

Enjoy the River Cruise from Oriental Pearl Tower Cruise Port

Apart from having fun in the Oriental Pearl Tower, it is also very interesting to take a cruise at the edge of Lujiazui to appreciate the different views of this tower and other magnificent buildings on both sides of Huangpu River (黄浦江), which is a treasurable experience. Particularly when the night comes, all the shining lights lit the city and water becomes colorful when the lights, moon, and stars reflect onto it. Enjoy the tender wind blowing and watch the local people spending their time on the banks, and that is very wonderful.

The Oriental Pearl Cruise Terminal is located at the tip of Lujiazui on the Huangpu River, adjacent to the Oriental Pearl Tower. It is opposite the famous Waibaidu Bridge across the river.As a window service unit of Huangpu River, the wharf has been in operation for more than ten years and has received more than one million tourists.

There are three cruises of a high standard for your choice, namely the “China”, the “Oriental Pearl” and the “No. 2 Oriental Pearl”. They are all full of luxury decoration, superior facilities, nice environment, nice services, delicious food and very good places for sightseeing, so you can completely be immersed in the charming scenery of Shanghai on either cruise for about 45 minutes.

Forenoon: 10:00; 11:00; 12:00

Afternoon: 14:00; 15:00; 16:00

Night: 19:00; 20:00 (excluding the Chinese Lunar Year Festival and other golden weeks)

Newly Operated: 17:00; 21:00 (peak season)

Note: the schedules above are subject to change. Please fee free to contact us for the actual info.

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Recommended Route to Visit Oriental Pearl Tower

Take the elevator up to the 351m to discover the mysterious universe and come down to the 263m to appreciate the panorama of the whole of Shanghai. Then, go to the 259m to feel the fast heartbeat while standing on the transparent glass floor. Next, go to the 90 & 98m to play those interesting and exciting games. And come down at the base to see the historical development and old life of Shanghai. Then, you can stroll to find your satisfied souvenir and specialties. And after that, you can take a river cruise to admire the fascinating view on both sides. (For about 2 hours)

How to Get to Oriental Pearl Tower

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Since the Oriental Pearl Tower is at the downtown of Shanghai, it is very convenient to get there either by bus, by taxi, by subway or other ways.

By metro: Shanghai Metro Line 2, get off at Lujiazui Station and walk about 360m.

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