The Oriental Pearl Tower
This fascinating building has become a Shanghai icon since its completion in 1994. The middle pearl, at 263metres, contains the main sightseeing decks. One of these is encircled by a mentally-challenging transparent glass floor.
|You can't say it's not distinctive. Personally, I think its a wonderful building.|
|In keeping with the futuristic theme of the tower, the security staff zip around|
on self-balancing scooters. The guys looking at the guard must be from out-of-town.
No Shanghai resident would gawk like that - they are much too cool.
|The queue for the elevator to the sightseeing level. It was fairly quiet the day we were there.|
|Step into the void. I've spent a lot of time fooling around on high places (climbing, canyoning etc)|
but still found stepping out on to this glass challenging. I would have felt better with a rope.
|Once you get used to it, you can set off on a walk around the entire circumference of the pearl|
with the ground 260 metres below your feet. It never feels quite right.
|Another view of the Huangpo River, with its endless traffic of barges.|