The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower is a TV tower in Shanghai. Its location at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district by the side of Huangpu River, opposite The Bund, makes it a distinct landmark in the area. Its principal designers were Jiang Huan Chen, Lin Benlin, and Zhang Xiulin. Construction began in 1991, and the tower was completed in 1994.
At 468 m (1,535 feet) high, it was the tallest structure in China from 1994Ã¢â‚¬â€œ2007, when it was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center. It is classified as an AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.Ã‚Â The tower is brightly lit in different LED sequences at night. On 7 July 2007, Oriental Pearl Tower was host to the Chinese Live Earth concert.
The tower features 11 spheres, big and small. The two largest spheres, along the length of the tower, have diameters of 50Ã‚Â m (164Ã‚Â ft) for the lower and 45Ã‚Â m (148Ã‚Â ft) for the upper. They are linked by three columns, each 9Ã‚Â m (30Ã‚Â ft) in diameter. The highest sphere is 14Ã‚Â m (46Ã‚Â ft) in diameter.