Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower

Shanghai, China

Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower


With its space-age vibe, the Oriental Pearl Tower stands out even among the iconic buildings of Shanghai’s bustling Pudong District. And what better way to travel through space than the tower’s network of advanced Otis® elevators?

The tower features 11 steel spheres of different sizes, linked along three columns. The tower is supported at its base by three diagonal columns. At night, a 3-D light show illuminates the tower against the district’s celebrated skyline.

The tower draws an estimated 2.8 million visitors a year with attractions like a revolving restaurant, shopping center, a hotel, even a roller coaster.

The names of the spheres suggest interplanetary travel, befitting its futuristic architecture: The highest observation deck is the Space Module; the lowest, Space City. The hotel that occupies the five smaller spheres is the Space Hotel.

To reach Space City, the lowest observation level at 295 ft, visitors ride a circular glass Otis elevator traveling at 2.5 meters per second, a speed that gives them time to enjoy the view.

Upon opening, the tower featured China's first double-deck elevator, technology invented by Otis to increase a building’s passenger capacity using fewer hoistways to free valuable core space.

We’ve since added four elevators. As part of a modernization project, we’re converting two single-deck elevators to double decks to boost passenger capacity by nearly a third.










Perle mari și mici

Wu Liangyong, cel mai influent arhitect și designer urban al Chinei, a declarat că designul turnului îl duce cu gândul la o poezie din Dinastia Tang contemplând cu sunetul "perlelor mari și mici" care cad pe o placă de jad.

În schimb, arhitectul principal al turnului, Jiang Huancheng, a spus că nu știe de poezia "Pipa Song", dar a încercat să descrie designul său în termeni lumeşti: "trei picioare, un castron și o umbrelă."

Istoria oraşului Shanghai

O parte din colecția Muzeului de Istorie din Shanghai este găzduită în sala de expoziții de la baza turnului. Colecția cuprinde istoria orașului de la deschiderea sa ca port internațional în 1843 până la victoria comunistă din 1949.

În prezent, muzeul nu are locaţie permanentă, alte părți ale colecției putând fi văzute la alte muzee din Shanghai.

Quick facts about the Pearl Tower

Completed in 1994, the Oriental Pearl Tower stood as the tallest structure in China until 2007, when it was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center (1,614.2 ft), another Otis project in the Pudong District.

The tower continues to operate as a radio and television tower, transmitting signals across Shanghai for around 30 television and radio stations.

  • 1 Completed


  • 2 China’s tallest structure


  • 3 Architects

    Shanghai Modern Architectural Design Co. Ltd. Jiang Architects & Engineers

  • 4 14

    Otis® lifts

  • 5 3

    Gen2® lifts