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Oriental Pearl TV Tower

It was the best TV tower, it was the worst dinner

Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower is 468meter/1535feet high and is the highest tower in Asia and the third highest in the world. (On the web there seems to be some dispute regarding the definition and claim of which structure is the tallest in the world. It seems Toronto's CN Tower is the tallest at 553.33m/1,815 ft. I'm glad to say that Theresa and I visited the CN Tower in the 90's). We had a good view of the Oriental Pearl Tower during the day while we were strolling on the Bund. Upon my brother's advice we went there in the evening also. To get the maximum experience we bought the ticket to visit all three spheres including a buffet dinner. Let me tell you during the 21 days of our vacation this dinner was the worst. The dinner was expensive (180RMB=$22), tasteless, and cold! Most of my night pictures also did not turn out. I had a lot of troubles with glare from the window while taking pictures in the revolving dining room. It was only later when I found that in one of the sphere I could have taken pictures without windows, but it was getting too late and too cold for me to take more pictures. Theresa was anxious to go back to our hotel by late evening. So the key learning for me is to skip the buffet dinner and go take pictures in the sphere without windows blocking my view. The best time to visit Oriental Pearl TV Tower, according to my brother, is to go there before dusk so you can enjoy the view in both daylight, twilight, and evening.

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View from the Bund

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Only the tea was hot, after vainly looking for a waiter for 15 minutes

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Kind of strange for me to take a picture of a Canon sign with a Nikon camera

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Night scene of the Bund

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Night picture of the Oriental Pearl, shining in the dark, cool sky

       
 

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