Roam China 2008 travel blog


Another early start, beginning with a really bad breakfast... the orange juice was warm and the food unrecognisable. I think most of us only had a fried egg to start the day. We walked to the Bund Sightseeing tunnel which was quite futuristic. It is a short underground monorail that takes you through space.. the big bang and ocean amongst other things using light and sound. This was caught under the river to the Pearl TV Tower. It is very surreal. We took the elevator to the top observation deck that is 350 meters above ground overlooking Shanghai City. I was a bit freaked out as we were standing in a ball... have a look on the internet to see what I mean.

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located in Pudong Park in Lujiazui, Shanghai. The tower creates a picture of twin dragons playing with pearls. Visitors travel up and down the tower in double-decker elevators that can hold up to fifty people at the rate of seven meters per second. The inner tower is a recreational palace, The large lower sphere has a futuristic space city and a fabulous sightseeing hall. From here, on a clear day you can see all the way to the Yangtze River. The base of the tower is home to a science fantasy city. The five smaller spheres are a hotel, The pearl at the very top of the tower contains shops, restaurants, (including a rotating restaurant) and a sightseeing floor. When viewed from the Bund at night, the tower's three-dimensional lighting makes it a delight of brilliant color.

This 468 meters high (1,536 feet) tower is the worlds third tallest TV and radio tower surpassed in height only by towers in Toronto, Canada and Moscow, Russia. The base of the tower is supported by three seven-meter wide slanting stanchions. Surrounding the eleven steel spheres that are strung vertically through the center of the tower are three nine-meter wide columns. There are three large spheres including the top sphere, known as the space module. Then there are five smaller spheres and three decorative spheres on the tower base. The entire structure rests on rich green grassland and gives the appearance of pearls shining on a jade plate.

We then went to a place called the Yu Gardens. Very traditional and lovely to walk through. First established in 1559 by a Mandarin named Pan Yunduan who used to be the governor of Sichuan and was expanded in 1577, the Yu Garden (also called as “Chenghuang Miao”—Town God Temple by the local people, it got two names because of two ancient architectural structures in the area: Yu Garden and Town God Temple). The garden encompasses 5 hectares (12.5 acres). Laid out by a landscape artist, Zhang Nanyang, it has become one of the most renowned gardens in South China. After a long day we had a bite to eat and decided as tomorrow will be a travel day we'd meet in one of the rooms for a drink. All in all a really good day.

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