May 2, 2005

The Oriental Pearl Tower - Shanghai, China

POST #    1685

Seeing anything scenic during bad weather sucks, but sightseeing at a location where clear skies is a must sucks even more. That's what it was like when I visited the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai. It was rainy, cloudy, and foggy, resulting in a horrendous view from the observation decks. Despite the weather, my cousins and I forged on, paying our 50 RMB for the trip up.

The tower is 1,535' and the world's 3rd tallest TV tower after the CN Tower in Toronto and the Ostankino Tower in Moscow, 1,815' and 1,772' respectively. Located in the Pudong (east of the Huang Pu River) section of Shanghai, which is the location of a lot of the new development in the city. It seems that almost every building has the logo of a bank slapped on the top. Hello, future center of world business.

Lest you think that the view is the only attraction at the Oriental Pearl, it's also home of the world's highest post office. Not just a mailbox, but also a small store where you can buy items you might need to send a letter out. When you're done, you can visit other places around the world in the lobby. Above, you'll see my cousins and me visiting the Great Wall. We opted not to visit the Pyramids of Egypt, the Eiffel Tower, or London.

More information:
- Oriental Pearl Tower on Emporis
- Oriental Pearl Tower on Travel China Guide

Posted by tien mao in Photos, Travel at 8:02 AM

 

 

haha -- it's funny to see the post of your haircut before the photo of you in shanghai -- pre-haircut. anachronisms!

Posted by: yp at May 2, 2005 9:47 AM

love that first one. such a wild structure.

Posted by: rion at May 2, 2005 11:27 AM

it's like a rocket ship!

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 2, 2005 6:00 PM

ah ha, i found another picture of the oriental pearl tower with more of it in view and less fog.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 2, 2005 6:16 PM

That is the most wacky looking intersection I've ever seen.

Posted by: Joe at May 3, 2005 1:00 PM

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