the landmark building in guangzhou
As the landmark of Guangzhou, the Canton Tower (Guangzhou Tower) lies at the south bank of the Pearl River, facing Haixinsha Island to the north. As the highest TV tower in China and the third highest in the world, the tower has been a must-see scenic spot in Guangzhou. From the top, visitors have a birds-eye view of the whole city. Inside the tower are wonderful entertainment items, romantic restaurants with delicious food and several fine lookout platforms for shooting photos, some of them holding many top world records.
The Canton Tower is also noted for its unique design. Mark Hemel, the designer, was inspired by the bones of the female hip joint, and then he created a slim waist in the middle of the tower just as a fair lady twists her waist while looking behind. At the thinnest part, the diameter is about 30 meters (32 yards). The tower has become a new city landmark and one of the Eight New Sights of Guangzhou. No matter visitors have a Pearl River cruise or just wander along its bank, they can see the majestic tower. Especially at night, the tower seems like a resplendent dress, ablaze with colorful lights.
Canton Tower can be divided into five zones according to the height, namely Zone E, D, C, B and A. Visitors can experience different joy inside the tower.
Zone E488 Lookout
Zone E, including the antenna, starts at 376 meters (1,233 feet). It contains the most excellent collection of entertainments in the tower. The '488 Lookout', the highest outdoor observation deck according to the Guinness World Records, is located at the top at 488 meters (1,601 feet). Visitors have a panoramic view of Guangzhou City. It is a wonderful site for the photography zealot to catch the breathless moments of the sunrise, the moonlight, the starry sky, and the city panorama.
The Sky Drop 100-foot freefall, starting at 485 meters (1,591 feet), is the highest heart-stopping vertical free fall in the world. If you want a thrilling experience, it offers two styles: a traditional 'Sitting Drop' and a free-fall 'Standing Drop'. You can have an opportunity to get rid of your stress, anxiety and boredom.
Bubble Tram is one of the most popular activities for visitors. The tram has 16 crystal sightseeing cabins revolving around the tower. It spins around the top of the main body of the tower at 455 meters (1,492 feet). With its splendid panoramic city view, the Bubble Tram is regarded as a romantic place for making a marriage proposal.
Engineering Marvel Tour Hall
At the 109th and 110th floors of the Canton Tower is the Engineering Marvel Tour Hall, which can protect Canton Tower from hurricanes and earthquakes.
Star Observation Deck & Cloud Observation Deck
Star Observation Deck and Cloud Observation Deck are situated respectively on the 108th and 107th floors of Canton Tower. The Star Observation Deck is the highest place for indoor sightseeing. Visitors can enjoy the blue sky, white clouds and starry night with the world beneath their feet. There is a Space Post Office where you can buy souvenirs or postcards to send to your friends or families.
With a height from 334 to 355 meters (1,095 - 1,165 feet) of the Canton Tower, Zone D has the 'Spider Walk', the longest spiral staircase in the world. There are 1,096 stairs climbing up around the tower from 168 to 334 meters (551 - 1,095 feet) high. The whole walkway is about 1,000 meters (1,093 yards) long. Visitors can see different scenes of the city in all directions. The entire floor is transparent to test people's courage. It brings visitors the amazing experience of wandering in space just like a spider-man. The Spider Walk also enables visitors to get close to the slimmest section of the tower.
Zone C It is also a sightseeing site, from 147 to 168 meters (482 - 551 feet).
Zone B, between 84 and 116 meters and (275 - 380 feet), is mainly noted for its video show. From the 17th to 22nd floors, there is a large futuristic Jinyi 4D cinema. It has one 4D and two 3D screening halls and can accommodate more than 270 people for film viewing. Equipped with the most advanced facilities, these cinemas offer exciting viewing.
Zone A is from 32 meters (105 feet) to ground-level. In this zone, visitors can enjoy 360-degree views of the Pearl River from the Outdoor Plaza on the second floor. The plaza is one of the best places to shoot the vast Pearl River scenery. In the Riverside Café, visitors can enjoy the cool breeze from the river and appreciate the beautiful scenery with family and friends. It is also a good choice to have dinner in the CHOPSTIX Restaurant, which provides visitors traditional Cantonese and western-style food. A large banquet hall is available for wedding ceremonies and business entertainment. Meanwhile, visitors can buy souvenirs or gifts in the shops.