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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Canton Tower, China

Canton Tower – TV Astronomical & Sightseeing Tower

Canton Tower was previously known as Guangzhou TV Astronomical and Sightseeing Tower. It is also known as Guangzhou Tower, is 600 metre tall and a multipurpose observation tower, located in Haizhu District of Guangzhou, historically known as Canton or Kwangchow, Guangdong, in China. It faces the Haizin Sha Island and Pearl River New city with Guangzhou 21st century CBD District across the river and was completed in 2009.

It began functioning in September 29, 2010 for the Asian Games of 2010. The innovative design of the tower comes from the nickname Xiao Man’s Waist who had a very slender waist and though most of the skyscrapers bear male features, of strong, rectangular, straight and extrovert, the architects desired to build a female tower of complex, curvy, transparent and gracious type.

Their focus was to create a free form tower with a rich and human like personality which would signify Guangzhou as an exciting and dynamic city. The outcome is that, the tower is slender and tall bearing similarities of the figure of a female where the narrow part of the tower considered as the waist is the 66th floor, having a diameter of 30 meters.

3rd Tallest & 5th Tallest Freestanding Structure

The tower temporarily held the title of the tallest tower in the world, substituting the CN Tower prior to being surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree and was the tallest structure in China earlier to the topping of Shanghai Tower on August 3, 2013. Presently it is the third tallest tower as well as the fifth tallest freestanding structure in the world.

The Canton Tower had been designed by Mark Hemel and Barbara Kuit, Dutch architects, of Information Based Architecture along with Arup the international design, engineering as well as business consulting firm which is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

Toward 2004, Arup and Information Based Architecture won the international competition wherein several internationally huge architectural offices made their contribution in it. The same year, Arup and the IBA team developed the concept design of the tower in Amsterdam. Later on during the progress, IBA collaborated mostly with Arup’s local Chinese office and a Local Design -Institute. Towards 2005, consequently Canton Tower’s ground-breaking began.

Lit by LEDs at Night 

Though the tower was not totally completely, ithad been opened on October 1, 2010, to the public for the 16th Asian Games that was hosted by Guangzhou in November 2010 and the rooftop observatory received it official opening, finally in December 2011.

The tower is lit by LEDs at night, portraying a delightful Rainbow Brite- approved glow which for a brief period of time from 2009 to 2010 was the tallest tower in the world that was when the Tokyo Skytree came on the scene. Canton Tower, a functional TV tower, has massive indoor as well as outdoor observation spaces with two rotating restaurants and is known for its attraction in which 16 tiny cars tend to travel along an oval track that is positioned around the ledge of the tower’s top deck where one can feel the structure sway in the wind and has been referred as the `World’s Highest Ferris Wheel’. It is one of the most amazing attractions which many would not want to miss it during their lifetime.

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