The Oriental Pearl TV Tower sightseeing area in Pudong is on the east side of the Huangpu River. It is a central business district and covers an area of 1210 square meters with a population of over 4 million.
Back in the 1980’s, this area had only wharves, warehouses, and factories. It has been said, “A bed in Puxi is better than a room in Pudong.” On April 18th, 1990, the Chinese government announced they will develop this area. Within 10 years, clusters of high-rises were built along with wide scenic avenues and streets. As part of the Pudong development effort, five special zones were set up. They are Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, the LJZ Financial and Trade Zone, the JinQiao Export Processing Zone, the Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park, and the Sunqiao Modern Agriculture Development Zone.
The LJZ district in Pudong has a high concentration of tourist attractions. They are represented by Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the 88-floor Jin Mao Tower and the 100-floor Shanghai World Financial Center. These buildings house business facilities and tourist attractions. Due to the concentration of attractions, the Pudong New Area continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Shanghai.