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Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai, China

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Nothing else on
earth quite looks like the Oriental Pearl. It was once the tallest structure on
the Pudong side of Shanghai’s Huangpu River until it was overshadowed by the
Shanghai World Financial Center in 2007. Designed by Jiang Huan Cheng of the
Shanghai Modern Architectural Design Co. and completed in 1995, it stands 1,535
feet tall and is easily the world’s greatest assemblage of habitable disco
balls (11!), housing several sightseeing observatories, a revolving restaurant,
and a “space hotel.”

Tall Tale: Both Shanghai towers have recently been
dwarfed by the 2,001-foot-tall Guangzhou TV and Sightseeing Tower.
—Karrie Jacobs

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Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai, China

Nothing else on
earth quite looks like the Oriental Pearl. It was once the tallest structure on
the Pudong side of Shanghai’s Huangpu River until it was overshadowed by the
Shanghai World Financial Center in 2007. Designed by Jiang Huan Cheng of the
Shanghai Modern Architectural Design Co. and completed in 1995, it stands 1,535
feet tall and is easily the world’s greatest assemblage of habitable disco
balls (11!), housing several sightseeing observatories, a revolving restaurant,
and a “space hotel.”

Tall Tale: Both Shanghai towers have recently been
dwarfed by the 2,001-foot-tall Guangzhou TV and Sightseeing Tower.
—Karrie Jacobs

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