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Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower is a Photographic Jewel

The Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower was once the tallest building in China – from 1994-2007. Then, it was later eclipsed by the modern Shanghai World Financial Center. 

Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower is a Photographic Jewel
Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower is a Photographic Jewel (China).

Today, the tower is the 5th tallest in the world.

Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower is a Photographic Jewel (China).
Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower is a Photographic Jewel (China).

A friend of mine once told me that his Shanghainese friend told him that the tower resembles that of twin dragons playing with pearls.

Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower is a Photographic Jewel (China).
Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower is a Photographic Jewel (China).

We both tried to look at it in a few angles, but couldn’t really find the resemblance. Maybe, we’re just too focused on it as a phallus structure? 😀 😀 😀 

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Yes, you can go up there to the observation deck.

At the foot of the tower, there used to be the China Sex Museum. I was there ages ago. Then, when it became too popular, they moved to Tongli, a town near Suzhou. But, two weeks ago, I went to Tongli to see it again and found out that they moved it to Hainan in 2017. I guess we all know why they moved it somewhere really far from the mainland.

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There’s a circular bridge in front of the tower where you can take good photos.

As you can see, the tower has 11 round pearls.

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Two of those are massive ones – with the bottom as the largest and the topmost as the smallest.

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The tower is number 5 on the list of Tallest Tower in the World.

The antenna on the top is, of course, that of a TV station.

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There’s a circular bridge in front of the tower where you can take good photos.

Yes, there are observation decks and you can go up there! However, there is always a queue when you get there. Perhaps, you’ll spend more time queueing than your entire visit.

Pearl Tower at Night
This is the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower at night.

Shanghai is known for its smog, so good luck if you can see the entire city on a beautiful day! 😉

Hostel / Hotel in Shanghai

Wherever you stay in Shanghai, you are certainly accessible to any public transport. So, it doesn’t really matter because the city’s public transport is one of the best in the world. This time, no hostel for me. I stayed at Penta Hotel by Zhongshan Park. I got a good deal during the holiday week – and I couldn’t be happier about my experience here. Zhongshan Park metro is just two minutes on foot and groceries, shops, and malls are just around the area.

However, if you wanna stay in a hostel close to the city centre, the Phoenix, near People Square should be your choice. Captain Hostel, too, is a great choice for its patio restaurant/bar overlooking Shanghai skyline. You can book these two hostels through HostelWorld, and Booking. For other hostels, check out this list of Top 10 hostels in Shanghai. For hotel accommodations, TripAdvisor and Expedia have many choices, too.

VPN in China

Remember that while most hotels in China have free access to wifi, it is recommended that you install your own VPN to access your social media accounts.

Buying a Train Ticket Online in China

Buying train tickets at the train station anywhere in China can be confusing for those who don’t speak the language. What I always do is book via TRIP because it’s the most convenient, and they don’t really charge that much for the service fee. The money you’d spend going to the train station might be the same for the service fee. And you wasted no time joining the long queue there. However, on the day of your trip, make sure to be at the station at least an hour and a half. Go directly to the window booth where they issue the real tickets. You have to show the reservation number/s. Train attendants usually allow passengers to check–in between 20-30 minutes before the scheduled departure. 

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