Shanghai night. The only needle in town
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The Oriental Pearl Tower, completed in 1994, stands on the Lujiazui side of the Huangpo River in Shanghai. At 468 metres it's certainly not the tallest building in town, but it does attract more visitors than the other taller structures. In fact It was classified as a 5A scenic area by the 'powers that be', quite an achievement. Maybe it's because of its highly distinctive design, totally different from the surrounding high-rise buildings. The main features are those impressive spheres, a series of 'pearls' of different sizes, evoking a line from a Tang Dynasty poem, "big and small pearls falling on a jade plate." The tower has a number of functions: radio and TV broadcasting, observation and sightseeing, a revolving restaurant on the upper main sphere, a small hotel and even a games consul and a small roller coaster. No wonder it is such a tourist trap! Interesting as it certainly looks in daylight it really comes into its own at night: a kaleidoscopic, psychedelic needle thrusting its streamlined way into the ink-black night. It truly is the only needle in town!