Towering high above Pudong New Area, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower has been the outstanding landmark of Shanghai since its completion in 1995. The tower is 468 meters high, the highest in Asia and the third highest in the world, next to the 553–meter-high CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, and the 540-meter-high TV Tower in Ostankino Tower in Moscow, Russia.
The tower includes 15 spheres of different sizes at different levels creating an artistic conception of "large and small pearls dropping onto a jade plate".
It has become a symbolic piece of architecture and a favorite sight for tourists in Shanghai.
There is a revolving teahouse and a sightseeing platform in the TV tower, where the largest ball can accommodate 1600 people. Here visitor can get a panoramic view of the Bund and Pudong New area.
There are 6 elevators within the tower, five of which are installed in the three columns, including a double-decked one, and another one runs between the height of 250 meters and 341 meters. Two medium-sized elevators, accommodating 30 persons each and running at a speed of 7 meters per second, cover the distance from the bottom of the tower to the highest sphere in 40 seconds.