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Shanghai: Oriental Pearl Tower & The Bund

The Oriental Pearl Tower (东方明珠塔) is one of the few skyscrapers that boasts a view of the Shanghai skyline. It was everything I expected and more- the glass floor on one of the levels came as a surprise to the three of us! It was so amazinggggg~

Ticket counter for the Oriental Pearl, Shanghai.Miniature figurine of the tower at the ticketing office.

Tickets to the Oriental Pearl, Shanghai. Photo by Ade.Tickets!
Photo by Ade.

Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai. Photo by Puey.The tower. We were actually the first few people into the grounds, having had to wait for them to open the gates. I was glad that we got there so early; the crowd thickened considerably as the day drew on.
Photo by Puey.

View of the skyline at the Bund from the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai.View of the Bund and the Huangpu river.

View of the skyline at the Bund from the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai.China’s air pollution is pretty visible 300m above ground.

View of the Shanghai skyline from the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai.

The three of us on the glass floor of the sightseeing corridor of the Oriental Pearl, Shanghai. Photo from Ade.The three of us atop the glass skywalk 259m high. The glass floors spanned the entire level, which was super cool. I found it a slight pity that measures weren’t made to ensure the longevity of the glass though, like when Ade and I had to wear protective shoe covering at the Grand Canyon. Also, the winds up there were so strong. There were a few moments when I felt that I would be blown out of the tower had there not been those glass barriers along the perimeter.
Photo from Ade.

Standing on the glass floor of the Oriental Pearl tower, Shanghai.Looking down at the tower. XD

At the wax history museum at the Oriental Pearl, Shanghai. Photo by Puey.We did a short tour of the Shanghai History Museum nestled in the tower after a spectacular view at the observation decks. To my horror, a large portion of it involved wax figures, a.k.a. nightmare fuel. Wax figures have frightened me ever since I was little, but unlike heights, I never got to conquer that irrational fear of the uncanny valley. Unfortunately, Ade and Puey both thought that one of the nuns there looked like me, so I had to get close to it for a picture. Fortunately, I had an iron grip on Ade throughout the tour. (Also, I put my hood up to act as blinkers for myself.)
Photo by Puey.

Ren in front of the Oriental Pearl from Puey and Ade's cameras.It was amusing when I realised that Ade and Puey took the same picture from two (slightly) different angles. This was me giving the why-are-you-taking-my-picture face that I’m usually so accustomed to getting. Turning the tables yo. :P
Photos by Puey & Ade.

We took a ferry across the Huangpu River to the Bund:

View of the Bund, Shanghai.

Colonial style architecture buildings by the Bund, Shanghai.I loved the historical buildings.

Ren, Puey, and Ade at the Bund, Shanghai. Photo from Ade.So… someone asked me if I felt cold, because of my bare thighs. I don’t really remember, but I think that I generally don’t have a good enough blood circulation to have sensitive legs?
Photo from Ade.

Ren, Puey, and Ade at the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Ade.We just came from the Oriental Pearl behind us!
Photo by Ade.

Ren, Puey, and Ade at the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Ade.In which I destroy the photo.
Photo by Ade.

Ren, Puey, and Ade at the Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Ade.And in which Puey follows suit.
Photo by Ade.

The lights at night were such a beautiful sight to see too. We took a cruise down the Huangpu River the night before, and it was drizzly and foggy and so mystical:

Tickets for the ferry cruise of the Bund at night, Shanghai.

Interior of the Jade ferry, Shanghai.Inside of the ferry.

Photo of Ren, Ade, and Puey in the Jade ferry on the Bund, Shanghai. Photo from Ade. Photo from Ade.

Snacks complimentary of the ferry on a tour of the Bund in Shanghai. Photo by Puey.We had complimentary snacks with our tickets, but no drinks. Clever of them. I think we caved and shared a small bottle of overpriced water that Ade bought at the bar.
Photo by Puey.

Lit-up buildings of the Shanghai skyline at night by the Bund.

我♥上海 (I Love Shanghai) lit-up buildings by the Bund at night, Shanghai. Photo by Ade.我♥上海
Photo by Ade.

Buildings of the skyline at the Bund in the fog of the night, Shanghai.

Lit-up buildings of the Shanghai skyline at night by the Bund.

Shanghai skyline at night at the Bund. Photo by Ade.Photo by Ade.

I guess I’m a city girl at heart.

2 Comments

  • Hen Evia

    Wow! Now I really wanna go to China. The Tower looks amazing and that photo where your hair goes wild is priceless! I loved this post!

    Take care, Ren. I hope you’re doing well (;
    Hen.

    • ✿ren

      Thanks Hen! Shanghai is really pretty at night, I hope you get a chance to visit some day. I’m enjoying your posts about Japan btw, you take care too! :)

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