Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Oriental Pearl Tower

The Pearl Tower is one of the center pieces of the new growth of Shanghai.  It was the first landmark to be built to signify that China was on the growth path and was a force to be reckoned with.  It was built in the early nineties when Shanghai decided that they were going to build on the east side of the Huangpu River.  Locally it is called the Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower or Dongfang Mingzhuta.  
Looking up at the tower in the little courtyard
in front of  the tower.
Construction began in 1990 and was completed in 1994.  It is 468 meters (1,535 ft) high and was the tallest structure in China until 2007.
Uncle JimHead was in town so we decided to pay the $20 ea
to go up the tower.  There are two floors and beautiful views
of the city.  It was worth the money.

Here is looking out at the other tall buildings.  These are
mostly taller than the oriental tower.

This is looking down on the elevated, circular walking path.

This was a freaky glass-bottom floor!!  

We were all freaked out standing on this glass.  Construction
in China is not known for its high-quality.

Courageous Yuyuan!

Caomei joining the fun of 'floating' over the city.

All the kids had a great time experiencing walking and
crawling over the glass. 

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