|Oriental Pearl Tower Shanghai|
After 26 years of my life, finally I have a chance to travel abroad. My first destination is Shanghai, China. Many of my friends was questioning my choice. The only reason was because I have a friend there, his name is Emil Dela Cruz. We have been becoming friend for 3 years since April 2011. I ever made a promise to visit him in Manila (he is Filipino) and for some reasons I couldn’t make it. Then he asked me again to visit him in Shanghai (he work there) then I prepared everything for my first travel abroad. Thanks to Emil who couraging me to travel so far.
- · It was intended to be tallest building in the world when designed in 1997 (492m), but by the time construction started in 2003, the 508m Taipei 101 in Taiwan had already surpassed it. Plans were revisited but the tower couldn’t be build any higher as the foundations had already been laid.
- · To protect building from fierce winds, the building holds two tuned mass dampers below its observation floors, which move to counteract the building’s sway during windstorms and earthquake (8 on the Richter scale).
- · The building is informally referred to as The Bottle Opener.