Oriental Pearl Tower
|Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower|
The Oriental Pearl Tower
|Type||Communication, hotel, observation, restaurant|
|Antenna spire||468.0 m (1,535 ft)|
|Top floor||350.0 m (1,148 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Shanghai Modern Architectural Design Co. Ltd.|
|Developer||Shanghai Oriental Group Co. Ltd.|
The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower (Chinese: 东方明珠塔; pinyin: Dōngfāng Míngzhūtǎ, official name: 东方明珠广播电视塔) is a TV tower in Shanghai, China. Its location at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River, opposite of The Bund makes it a distinct landmark in the area.
It was designed Mr. West. Principal designers are Jiang Huan Chen, Lin Benlin and Zhang Xiulin. Construction began in 1990 and the tower was completed in 1994. At 468 m (1,535 feet) high, it was the tallest structure in China from 1994–2007, when it was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center. It is classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.
The tower is brightly lit in different LED sequences at night.
On 7 July 2007, Oriental Pearl Tower was host to the Chinese Live Earth concert.
Structural data 
The spheres in the tower 
The tower features 11 spheres, big and small. The two largest spheres, along the length of the tower, have diameters of 50 m (164 ft) for the lower and 45 m (148 ft) for the upper. They are linked by three columns, each 9 m (30 ft) in diameter. The highest sphere is 14 m (46 ft) in diameter.
The entire tower is supported by three enormous columns that start underground.
Observation levels 
The tower has fifteen observatory levels. The highest (known as the Space Module) is at 350 m (1148 ft). The lower levels are at 263 m (863 ft) (Sightseeing Floor) and at 90 m (295 ft) (Space City). There is a revolving restaurant at the 267 m (876 ft) level. The project also contains exhibition facilities, restaurants and a shopping mall. There is also a 20-room hotel called the Space Hotel between the two large spheres. The upper observation platform has an outside area with a glass floor. See Oriental Pearl Tower Observation Decks
Antenna spire 
An antenna, broadcasting TV and radio programs, extends the construction by another 118 m (387 ft) to a total height of 468 metres (1,535 ft).
Chinese symbolism in the design 
The design of the building is said to be based on a verse of the Tang Dynasty poem Pipa Song by Bai Juyi about the wonderful sprinkling sound of a pipa instrument, like pearls, big and small falling on a jade plate (大珠小珠落玉盘/大珠小珠落玉盤/dà zhū xiǎo zhū luò yù pán). However, the designer Jiang Huancheng says that he did not have the poem in mind when designing the tower. It was the chief of the jury board who said it reminded him of that poem.
2010 fire 
The Oriental Pearl at night (the second tallest building is the Jin Mao Tower)
Inside the Pearl:
See also 
- List of the world's tallest structures
- List of towers
- List of tallest freestanding structures in the world
- SkyscraperPage - Oriental Pearl Tower
- Oriental Pearl Tower at SkyscraperPage
- Oriental Pearl Tower at Emporis
- "AAAAA Scenic Areas". China National Tourism Administration. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
- Miller, JFK (January 5, 2010). "Shanghai's Pearl Tower turns 15". that's Shanghai (Urbanatomy Media). Retrieved 2011-5-29.
- Mop.com. "Mop.com." 上海东方明珠塔顶发射架发生火灾 无人员伤亡. Retrieved on 2010-04-13.
- Xinhua.com. "Xinhua.com." Shanghai's Oriental Pearl Tower catches fire, no casualties reported. Retrieved on 2010-04-13.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Oriental Pearl Tower|
- Youtube video: Observation Decks
- official website
- A picture of it at dawn
- Oriental Pearl Tower photos
- Youtube video: Roller coaster POV Shanghai Pearl TV Tower
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