Oriental Pearl Tower,

Oriental Pearl Tower (and Dry Martini)

Oriental Pearl Tower

Shanghai is a paradise for people that loves cityscapes and night photography. You can even enjoy a good Dry Martini and get a photo of the Oriental Pearl Tower at the same time.

The Oriental Pearl Tower, in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China, is a distinct landmark. Located at the tip of Lujiazui, by the side of Huangpu River, it can be seen from the Bund as well as from the Lujiazui side of the river. The tower is also known as the TV Tower. Oriental Pearl Tower has several observation levels and a revolving restaurant at 267 m. The total height is 468 meters (1,535 ft) The lights are constantly changing colors.

Oriental Pearl Tower
Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai, China (Picture: Bjørn Christian Finbråten)

The Mingzhu roundabout is a gigantic construction with an elevated walkway following the rim of the roundabout. This walkway is ideal for capturing light trails in the dark. The lighted sculptures in the center, combined with the neon lights in the background, creates a nice frame for the tower.

Shanghai is a paradise for people who love cityscapes, urban photography and night pictures. I visited the place in 2012 and took a ton of pictures, more will be posted later.

For more information about the tower, see the official website orientalpearltower.com


What about a Dry Martini?

I could not visit Shanghai without simultaneously tracking down a good Dry Martini. Shanghai is a city full of excellent rooftop bars, most of them outstanding in one way or another. Although I spent 12 days in Shanghai, I could not visit them all.

Of the places I visited I would recommend The House of Roosevelt for two reasons: They have a fantastic restaurant and a splendid rooftop bar where you can enjoy a really good cocktail while also enjoying the view of the Bund. Besides this, the place has a great history

More information about House of Roosevelt can be found on the web page below.

House of Roosevelt

House of Roosevelt, Shanghai, China


The Roosevelt’s family has a long history of involvement in China, starting in the early 1900s. President Roosevelt became the first American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his involvement in the region. For more information, see http://rooseveltchina.com/?page_id=111

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