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Oriental Pearl tower set to get new look

Shanghai’s landmark Oriental Pearl TV Tower will have a fresh new look after the National Day holidays next month when elaborate repairs and renovation works are carried out for the first time in 19 years, its operator said yesterday.

The tower is turning yellow and grey with stains following years of exposure. There are small cracks on the surface that also needs to be fixed. The primary purpose however is to return it to its former glory.

The renovation is expected for just over 7 months and will mainly cover the exterior below 254 meters. The Shanghai Construction Group has been tasked with the job.

The normal operation of the tower will not be affected, said Guo Yifeng, deputy general manager of Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower Co, which manages the tower.

Guo said minor cleanup work had already started in the lower deck of the tower, but the whole project will officially start after the holiday.

The 468-meter high tower, one of the city’s landmarks in the Pudong New Area’s Lujiazui financial hub, is one of the most  popular attractions in the city.

The tower consists of three big columns which are nine meters in diameter, the space module, the upper sphere, the lower sphere, five small spheres, tower base and the square.

It costs 150 yuan to enjoy a view of both the Bund and Pudong skyline from the tower.



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