The **Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower** is a TV tower in Shanghai.

It is commonly known as **Oriental Pearl Tower**.

The tower is **located** in Pudong Park in Lujiazui, Shanghai.

**Construction** **began in** **1991**, and the tower was **completed in** **1994**.

The Oriental Pearl Tower is the **world’s sixth tallest TV and radio tower.**

It was was the **tallest building in China from 1994 to 2007** when it was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center.

**Total height** of tower from base including antenna, **468 meters** (1,535 feet).

The tower features **11 spheres**, big and small.

There are **3 large spheres** including the top sphere, known as the space module.

The **two largest spheres**, along the length of the tower, have **diameters of** **50 meters** (164 ft) **for the lower** and **45 meters** (148 ft) **for the upper**. The space module sphere is 14 meters (46 ft) in diameter.

The **largest sphere** is linked by **three columns**, each **9 meters** (30 ft) **in diameter**.

Then there are **5 smaller spheres** and **3 decorative spheres** on the base.

The entire structure rests on rich green grassland and gives the appearance of pearls shining on a jade plate.

The tower has **fifteen observatory levels**. The highest is the **space module** is at **351 meters** (1,148 ft). The **lower levels** are at **263 meters** (863 ft) and at **90 meters** (295 ft).

There is a **revolving restaurant** at the **267 meters** (876 ft) **level**.

The tower also contains **exhibition facilities** and a **small shopping center**.

There is also a **20-room hotel** called the **Space Hotel** between the two large spheres

Visitors travel up and down the Oriental Pearl Tower in **double-decker elevators** that can hold up to 50 people at the rate of 7 meters per second.

The Oriental Pearl Tower is **brightly lit in different LED sequences at night**.

An **antenna**, broadcasting TV and radio programs is **118 meters** (387 ft) **high**.

The tower is supposed to make the viewer think that **pearls are dropping onto an jade plate**.

The **entire scene is a photographic jewel** that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors year-round.