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Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai...

 We have reached the last destination of our trip and we were in metropolitan Shanghai. Well, somehow I felt more at home here, probably due to the sky-rise buildings and city centre here, which sounds more like Singapore.  However, the jam was dreadful here as we were stuck most of the times at the highways. This is really one crowded and busy place and no wonder we were told to wake up earlier to start our excursion at 8am, to avoid the jam.

Perhaps one of the popular places to visit in big Shanghai is the Oriental Pearl Tower, standing at 468 metres and gave us a bird eyes view of at least a large part of Shanghai including the HuangPu River. It was a great time there amid it rains for the first time during our excursion which we felt we were quite lucky. Thus, we gotta carried our umbrella as well as zip up our jackets and hoods down.


A rainy morning in Shanghai with the beautiful tower in the background

It was indeed a wet day! 

Inside the tower, it was quiet and we were queuing to take the lift up to its two high deck of  the observatory tower
Views of cosmopolitan Shanghai from the observatory tower

A view of the HuangPu river on a rainy morning

Another view from the 360 degree tower. Look at the highways from top!

More panoramic landscape of the massive city

Check out the pedestrian walkway below

Another view of the HuangPu river
After we were done at the highest observatory deck, we took a lift to go down to another observatory deck and there was fresh air coming in from the side windows. Thus, we got to buckle up our zips to keep ourselves warm as well as enjoying walking on a glass panel.... almost around 263 m.

Yours truly standing on top of the wiorld

The family unites on top of the world

A comparison of all the tallest towers in the world. KL tower was one of them,
After we are done with the breathtaking views, we were brought back 'down to earth' to an exhibition section which tells the history of Shanghai. It was a good eye-opener for me as I read from one exhibits to another, and I am almost running out of time to finish the entire two floors as my tour guide started calling us...LOL. According to wikipedia, Oriental Pearl Tower exhibition room is divided into five section titled: "Trace back to Huating", "Style and Features in the Town", "Sketch of the Port-opening", "Foreign Settlement", "Old footsteps in Shanghai"

I am amazed by how lively the dummies look like. They really look very real!

My kids entered a CGI kinda room or virtual reality where there's a green background. When we look at them from the screen, they were projected onto an old Shanghai street. They have so much fun there!

There are a lot to see here and these models are just some of them, showing Shanghai during the old days.

And, here's a family portrait ...
It was a great visit to the tower, and the tour guide always proudly said, if we don't visit the Oriental Pearl Tower , then we haven't visited Shanghai yet...LOL.

30 comments:

  1. Ahhhhh!!!! The whole family together, nice one!!! Tower? No, thanks...I have this phobia for heights. :(

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    1. Oh.. then you cannot stand on the glass panel overlooking the city!

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  2. Nice family portrait...

    I don't like wet weather during travelling as inconvenient to go around...

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    1. Yes, it's inconvenient but we are considered lucky that it didn't rain for the entire week except that day in Shanghai.

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  3. What a view! It was a little cold wasn't it?

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    1. Surprisingly, the temperature went up to 10 C, thus it was bearable even under the rain.

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  4. Thanks for showing me what's the fabulous view from there! Very nice skyline and misty! This place is good for kids and tourists to learn some history of China's rich culture. When you were there, I am sure you also felt very proud being a Chinese descendant.


    I dropped this from my itinerary list when I realised my hotel room was on highest floors along the Nanjing Road area. Your tour guides are good sweet talkers indeed.

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    1. You are right, I do feel proud as a chinese by reading the histories, though I am overseas Chinese.
      Wow..you must have a good view too from your hotel but it's good to pay a visit at least one to the tower.

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  5. Aiyo standing on the glass panel is very scary to me!

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    1. It can be scary but as long as you don't think negative and enjoyed it, you will be fine...muahaha!

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  6. Wow. You have the world at your feet. ^^

    Look at those skyscrapers!! Amazing.

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  7. Very nice view! So many skyscrapers! Such an advance country right!

    And very nice family photo too ;)

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    1. Shanghai has a lot of skyscrapers and it's really big here!!

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  8. Wow! Shanghai is really HUGE!

    I've never been to Shanghai before (only to Guilin) but I heard it's gigantic, a lot bigger than KL or Singapore.

    Interesting CGI stuff, I haven't seen it done this way, but have seen it done the opposite way in Singapore. I think it was Sentosa - they had a VR program where you could see Marvel superheroes like Hulk or maybe it was DC coz I remember Superman while you're in the cable car. However, you needed to use your smartphone so it was Augmented Reality instead of CGI like this.

    Looks like a fun trip! :)

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    1. I think you should pay a visit to Shanghai but do bear the jam and crowd ! hahha...
      Yes, the VR stuff is cool!

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  9. Ha, we have also been on that observation deck, top. I wonder if you ever see the blue sky in Shanghai? When we were there it was also cloudy and grey.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. Too bad, I only see blue skies in other places during my trip but not Shanghai as it was raining.

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  10. so Shanghai was placed at the end of your trip, a change from the ancient theme cities to a metropolitan.. haha, so you actually felt like home because that are all the skyscrapers, busy traffic, crowded streets that you are seeing everyday.. get you prepared for going home mah, haha!! :p

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    1. Yes, very much at home, thanks to the city environment there! lol ... I actually prefer Shanghai to be the first on the itinerary!

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  11. I went to the compound of this Oriental Pearl Tower and just took some photos of and with the tower only.. I was wandering there alone so didn't thought of going up the tower.. surprised there are so many things to see, it's actually worth paying to go in huh?? I see you enjoyed yourself a lot till your guide gotta summon you back into the coach, haha!!!

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    1. I guess it's ok to pay and give it a visit , at least once. Btw I never been to kl tower hahaha

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  12. haha, not been to the Oriental Pearl Tower means one has not been to Shanghai?? I don't think so leh, I guess I would say if you have not been to The Bund you have not been to Shanghai.. not that I didn't go up the tower, but to me, I just think that The Bund is more iconic and from there we can see the tower also mah, haha!!! :p

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    1. You are right , it's the bund that matters more but since tour guide suggested that we should go ( Tickets not included in tour) we obliged. After all, I don't come here regularly unless I change my job to those of regional support. Hahha

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  13. Oh, I have forgotten whether I went up or not.. cannot remember.. maybe one day I go again.. free and easy.. no more following tours..very hectic la..

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    1. Very likely you been here. Tours got pro snd cons also la.. Hahha

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  14. Wow! What a nice view from the top!

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  15. That time in 2004, I wanted to go Shanghai because I prefer Shanghai but my friend wanted to go Beijing so I compromised and went Beijing

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    1. If it's me , I would prefer Beijing too!

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