The Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai

The Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai

Construction began in 1991, and the tower was completed in 1994. Its principal designers were Jiang Huan Chen, Lin Benlin, and Zhang Xiulin. Its location at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong New Area by the side of Huangpu River, makes it a distinct landmark in the area.

The Oriental Pearl Tower is a TV tower in Shanghai. At 468 m high, it was the tallest structure in China from 1994–2007 / Image: pinterest.com

The tower features 11 spheres, big and small. The two largest spheres, along the length of the tower, have diameters of 50 m for the lower and 45 m for the upper. They are linked by three columns, each 9 m in diameter. The highest sphere is 14 m in diameter.

The entire tower is supported by three enormous columns that start underground and has fifteen observatory levels.

The Oriental Pearl Tower under-construction  1994

Featured Image: The Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower is a TV tower in Shanghai.

Websites: orientalpearltower.com, opg.cn



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