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China Day 5: Over Shanghai
Our last day included a visit to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. At 468 metres, it is the tallest TV tower in Asia and the third tallest tower in the world (after the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada and the Ostankino Tower in Moscow, Russia). It’s a stunning building full of Chinese symbolism. The two big spheres that you see in the picture right give the appearance of pearls, and in fact there are 11 spheres in all, big and small. It is said that from a afar the tower gives the appearance of twin dragons playing with pearls. Construction of the tower began in 1991 and was completed in 1995.
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower was the tallest structure in China from 1994-2007, when it was overtaken by the spectacular Shanghai World Financial Center, which you see in the photo right. Despite the tower’s height, its double-decker lifts (holding up to 50 people) take only seconds to reach the observation deck, travelling at speeds of 7 meters per second.
From the financial center we made our way to the airport for the final leg back to Thailand, after five exciting days in fascinating China. My thanks again to all who made this trip possible, including our guides and driver, and especially Meta and STV.
Joe | Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 | Filed under Travel
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