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Oriental Pearl Tower 东方明珠塔

No. 2, Lane 504, Lujiazui Road, Pudong, Shanghai, China
Height
Spire/ antenna 468 m/ 1,535.5 ft.
Height of Primary Observatory 90 m/ 295 ft.
Height of Secondary Observatory 263 m/ 863 ft.
Height of Highest Observatory 342 m/ 1,122 ft.
Height of Restaurant 267 m/ 876 ft.
Tower data
Total weight of Tower 120,000 metric tonnes (132276 tons)
Gross ground floor area of building 54,000 m² (581 251 ft²)
Net usable area of building 20,000 m² (215 278 ft²)
Maximum design wind speed 600 km/h (370 mph)
Antenna data
Total length of antenna 118 m/387 ft.
Weight of antenna 450 metric tonnes (496 tons)
Number of broadcasting facilities 19
Construction
Start 1991
End 1995
Cost US$100 million[citation needed]
Date of Inauguration 1 May 1995
Architecture
Style Postmodern
Materials Concrete, steel
Companies
Architect Shanghai Modern Architectural Design Co. Ltd.
Developer Shanghai Oriental Group Co. Ltd.

The Oriental Pearl Tower (Chinese: 东方明珠塔; Pinyin: Dōngfāng Míngzhūtǎ, Official Name: 东方明珠电视塔) is a TV tower in Shanghai, China. The Oriental Pearl Tower is located at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River, opposite The Bund of Shanghai. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 215 KB) Please see the file description page for further information. ... Pudong seen from the Bund Pudong (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Hanyu Pinyin: ), officially known as Pudong New Area (浦東新區, pinyin: PÇ”dōng XÄ«n QÅ«), is a district of Shanghai, China. ... For other uses, see Shanghai (disambiguation). ... The following fall under the definition of a tower which is a tall man-made structure, always taller than it is wide, and usually much higher. ... A modern spire on the Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre A spire is a tapering conical or pyramidal structure on the top of a building, particularly a church tower. ... A Yagi-Uda beam antenna Short Wave Curtain Antenna (Moosbrunn, Austria) A building rooftop supporting numerous dish and sectored mobile telecommunications antennas (Doncaster, Victoria, Australia) An antenna is a transducer designed to transmit or receive radio waves which are a class of electromagnetic waves. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A Yagi-Uda beam antenna Short Wave Curtain Antenna (Moosbrunn, Austria) A building rooftop supporting numerous dish and sectored mobile telecommunications antennas (Doncaster, Victoria, Australia) An antenna is a transducer designed to transmit or receive radio waves which are a class of electromagnetic waves. ... Construction on the North Bytown Bridge in Ottawa, Canada. ... Groundbreaking is a traditional ceremony in many cultures that celebrates the first day of construction for a building or other project. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... An inauguration is a ceremony of formal investiture whereby an individual assumes an office or position of authority or power. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about building architecture. ... 1000 de La Gauchetière, with ornamented and strongly defined top, middle and bottom. ... This article is about the construction material. ... For other uses, see Steel (disambiguation). ... The term company may refer to a separate legal entity, as in English law, or may simply refer to a business, as is the common use in the United States. ... For other uses, see Architect (disambiguation). ... A real estate developer builds on land, thereby increasing its value. ... Pinyin, more formally called Hanyu Pinyin (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: ), is the most common variant of Standard Mandarin romanization system in use. ... Fernsehturm (TV tower) in Berlin, Germany A television tower or TV tower is tower equipped with antennas for broadcasting FM radio and television signals. ... For other uses, see Shanghai (disambiguation). ... Lujiazui (陆家嘴) is a metro station in the city of Shanghai. ... Pudong seen from the Bund Pudong (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Hanyu Pinyin: ), officially known as Pudong New Area (浦東新區, pinyin: PÇ”dōng XÄ«n QÅ«), is a district of Shanghai, China. ... Huangpu river (黃浦江) is a 97km long river in China flowing through Shanghai. ... An overview of The Bund in Shanghai The Bund (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Hanyu Pinyin: ) is an area of Huangpu District in Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China. ... For other uses, see Shanghai (disambiguation). ...


It was designed by Jia Huan Cheng of the Shanghai Modern Architectural Design Co. Ltd. Construction began in 1991 and the tower was completed in 1995. At 468 m (1,535 feet) high, it is the tallest tower in Asia, and the third tallest tower in the world. The Oriental Pearl Tower belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The following fall under the definition of a tower which is a tall man-made structure, always taller than it is wide, and usually much higher. ... The World Federation of Great Towers (WFGT) is an association of tall towers and skyscrapers from around the world. ...


The tower has approximate coordinates 31°14'30 N and 121°29'42 E.


On 7 July 2007, Oriental Pearl Tower was host to the Chinese Live Earth concert. is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 2007 in British music 2007 in hip hop Musical groups established in 2007 Record labels established in 2007 // January George Shearing is knighted for services to music in the Queens New Year Honours List. ... Live Earth was a series of worldwide concerts held on July 7, 2007, that initiated a three-year campaign to combat climate change and advocate environmentally-sustainable living. ...

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Structural data

The Spheres in the tower

The tower features 11 spheres, big and small. The two biggest 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 building is supported by three enormous and surprisingly strong columns that start underground. For other meanings of the term, see column (disambiguation). ...


Observation levels

The revolving restaurant inside the 2nd-highest sphere

The tower has three 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. Image File history File linksMetadata OrientalPearlTower_Restaurant. ... Image File history File linksMetadata OrientalPearlTower_Restaurant. ... A revolving restaurant is a restaurant on a revolving floorplate. ...


Antenna spire

An antenna broadcasting TV and radio programs extends the construction by another 118 m (387 ft). A Yagi-Uda beam antenna Short Wave Curtain Antenna (Moosbrunn, Austria) A building rooftop supporting numerous dish and sectored mobile telecommunications antennas (Doncaster, Victoria, Australia) An antenna is a transducer designed to transmit or receive radio waves which are a class of electromagnetic waves. ...


Chinese symbolism in the design

The design of the building is 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). For the band, see Tang Dynasty (band). ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Bai. ... A woman plays the pipa in the New York City Subways Times Square Station, 2004. ... Freshadama grade cultured freshwater pearls. ... A selection of antique, hand-crafted Chinese jade (jadeite) buttons Unworked Jade Jade is used as an ornamental stone, the term jade is applied to two different rocks that are made up of different silicate minerals. ...


Seen from afar, the Yangpu bridge (杨浦大桥 Yángpǔ dàqiáo) and the Nanpu bridge (南浦大桥 Nánpǔ dàqiáo) seem like two Chinese dragons frolicking with the pearls of the Oriental Pearl tower. Yangpu District (杨浦区), meaning Willow Bank, is one of the 19 districts in Shanghai. ... Japanese name Kanji: Hiragana: Korean name Hangul: Hanja: Thai name Thai: Vietnamese name Quoc Ngu: Han Tu: The Chinese dragon is a mythical Chinese creature that also appears in other East Asian cultures, and is also sometimes called the Oriental (or Eastern) dragon. ...


Tourist facts

The Pearl Tower attracts three million visitors each year.

Night view

Inside the Pearl

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In popular culture

  • In Godzilla: Final Wars it was destroyed when Karyu crashed after being knocked by Anguirus.
  • In Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, it is shown two times, first when the Fantastic Four try to catch Dr. Doom, and secondly when the Human Torch pushes Dr. Doom into the Huangpu River

Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) is the 50th anniversary film in the Godzilla series of films. ... Anguirus ) is the second daikaijÅ« (big monster), who appeared only a year after Godzilla in the 1955 Toho film Godzilla Raids Again. ... Huangpu river (黃浦江) is a 97km long river in China flowing through Shanghai. ...

See also

Coordinates: 31°14′30″N, 121°29′42″E This is a list of the worlds tallest structures, past and present of any type. ... The following fall under the definition of a tower which is a tall man-made structure, always taller than it is wide, and usually much higher. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Milad Tower under construction, as of June 22nd, 2005. ... Beijings CCTV Tower The China Central Television TV (CCTV) Tower is the tallest structure in Beijing, China. ... This article is about the CN Tower in Toronto. ... The Eiffel Tower (French: , ) is an iron tower built on the Champ de Mars beside the River Seine in Paris. ... The Berliner Fernsehturm seen from a distance. ... Gerbrandy tower, IJsselstein, NL The tower at Christmas The Gerbrandy Tower (Dutch: ) is a tower which was built in 1961 in the Netherlands. ... Located in the city of Guangzhou, China, Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower [1] will be the tallest free standing structure after its completion in 2009, provided the Burj Dubai does not open first. ... HöiÃ¥smasten is a TV tower used for FM- and TV-transmission near Halden at Norway. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... For the North Korean TV channel, see Korean Central Television KCTV is the CBS-affiliated television station for the Kansas City metropolitan area. ... The Kuala Lumpur Tower (officially known as Menara Kuala Lumpur; referred later as KL Tower) is a tall tower located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was built in 1995. ... The KXJB-TV mast is a television transmitting tower in Traill County, North Dakota, United States. ... KVLY-TV mast seen close-up The KVLY-TV mast (formerly the KTHI-TV mast) is a television transmitting mast in Traill County, North Dakota, USA, used by Fargo station KVLY channel 11. ... At 372 m, the Liberation Tower (seen in background) is the worlds 21st tallest free-standing structure, by pinnacle height. ... Macau Tower, Macau The observation deck, viewed from underneath A fountain in the shape of a lotus, the representative flower of Macau, outside the Macau Tower Macau Tower, also known as Macau Sky Tower, is a tower located in Macau, a Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of... Vertical panorama of Ostankino Television Tower The Ostankino tower seen from the grounds at All-Russia Exhibition Centre. ... The Radio and TV Tower from below The Riga Radio and TV Tower (RÄ«gas radio un televÄ«zijas tornis) is the tallest structure in Riga, Latvia and Baltic states. ... Looking up at the Sky Tower / Sky Tower lit up at night. ... The Stratosphere Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, owned by American Casino & Entertainment Properties which is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Real Estate Partners. ... Sydney Tower (also known as the AMP Tower, AMP Centrepoint Tower, Centrepoint Tower or just Centrepoint) is Sydneys tallest free-standing structure, and the second tallest in Australia (with the Q1 building on the Gold Coast being the tallest). ... Tallinn TV Tower, looking up at the top. ... The TV Tower of Tashkent is a 375 meter high tower, located in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. ... The Tianjin Radio and Television Tower is a 415. ... Tokyo Tower ) is a tower in Shiba Park, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan ( ). It is 332. ... Downtown San Antonio features the historic San Fernando Cathedral, the Tower Life Building and the Tower of The Americas. ... The Torrena is a 336. ... The Vilnius TV Tower (Lithuanian: Vilniaus televizijos bokÅ¡tas) is a 326. ... The Warsaw radio mast in Konstantynów The Warsaw radio mast a few months after collapse Warsaw Radio Mast from far away The Warsaw radio mast was the tallest structure ever built; however, it existed only from 1973 to 1991. ... Zendstation Smilde is a tall free-standing structure, similar as Gerbrandy Tower, built for directional radio services and TV and FM-transmissions in 1959 in the Netherlands. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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