Oriental Pearl Tower

TV tower in Shanghai, China

The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower [2] is a TV tower in Shanghai. It was the tallest building in China from 1994 to 2007. This tall building in Shanghai, China is used to broadcast television. The tower is 468 meters tall.

Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower
The Oriental Pearl Tower in December 2014
General information
TypeCommunication, hotel, observation, restaurant
LocationShanghai, China
Coordinates31°14′31″N 121°29′42″E / 31.242°N 121.495°E / 31.242; 121.495
Construction started30 July 1991 (1991-07-30)[1]
Completed1 October 1994 (1994-10-01)[1]
Antenna spire467.9 m (1,535 ft)
Technical details
Floor count14
Design and construction
ArchitectShanghai Modern Architectural Design Co. Ltd.
DeveloperShanghai Oriental Group Co. Ltd.

The tower is in the Lujiazui neighbourhood in the Pudong New Area of Shanghai. At the bottom of the tower, there are three large columns. There are also eleven spheres in the tower of different sizes. The tower is supposed to make the viewer think that pearls are dropping onto a jade plate.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower". Shanghai Highlights. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  2. Chinese: 东方明珠塔; pinyin: Dōngfāng Míngzhūtǎ; Shanghainese: Tonfon Mintsyta, official name: 东方明珠广播电视塔
  3. "The Oriental Pearl Tower". Shanghai Guide. Archived from the original on 27 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.

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