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Canton Tower (Updated 2019)

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The Canton Tower (also known as Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower), the landmark of Guangzhou, is one of the world's most spectacular new buildings.

It is a facility for radio and television transmission, but it is also one of Guangzhou's most popular tourist highlights with restaurants and observation decks on top of it.


  • Height: 600 meters or 1,967 ft In Asia, it is the second tallest tower. It has a 450-meter (1,476 ft) main body and a 150-meter (492 ft) aerial mast.
  • Rated: #2 of Things To Do in Guangzhou in TripAdvisor in 2019.
  • Completion: 2010
  • Cost: 450,000,000 USD
  • Chinese: 广州塔 guǎngzhōutǎ

Facts about the Canton Tower

1. After the Tokyo Skytree (634 meters or 2,080 feet), in 2019, it is the second tallest tower and the 3rd tallest free standing structure.

2. The high revolving restaurant (424 meters or 1,391 ft above) can hold 400 guests to enjoy gourmet food from home and abroad.

3. It has the highest 4D movie theater.

4. It has the highest open-air viewing platform (450 meters above) and an area of 54m*40m.

5. It has the highest horizontal Ferris wheel on the periphery of the platform, and it offers tourists a dream-like bird view of Guangzhou City.

6. A long vertical and rotary aerial ladder, above 160 meters high, consists of 1000-odd steps.

Canton Tower Overview

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The Canton Tower or Canton Tower (also known as the "Supermodel") is a radio and TV tower near Chigang Pagoda (赤岗塔), Haizhu District, Guangzhou, and 125 meters (410 ft) away from the north shore of the Pearl River. It faces Haixin Sha Island and Pearl River New City with Guangzhou 21st century CBD District across the river. It was finished in 2009 and became operational on September 29, 2010 for the 2010 Asian Games.

The nickname Xiao Man's Waist (means slender waist; Xiao Man was a famous geisha in the Tang Dynasty (618AD-907AD) who was said to have had a very beautiful slender waist) comes from the innovative design of the tower. While most skyscrapers bear "male" features; being extrovert, strong, straight, rectangular, and based on repetition, the architects wanted to create a "female" tower, being complex, transparent, curvy and gracious. Their aim was to design a free-form tower with a rich and human-like identity that would represent Guangzhou as a dynamic and exciting city. The result is the tower, very slender and tall, that bears similarities with the figure of a female. The narrowest part of tower, the waist, is the 66th floor, with a diameter of only 30 meters (98 ft).

The tourists can enjoy an unobstructed view of Guangzhou City. Standing upon the tower, tourists can have a bird's-eye view of the beautiful scenery of the Guangzhou New City and the Pearl River. At the base of the tower, you can get information about Guangzhou's history, culture, economy and tourist attractions. There is a tourist information room. Many tourist service facilities such as restaurants are at the bottom. At the top, there are fine restaurants, entertainment facilities and a viewing platform.

The Tower Provides Many Services

The tapering silhouette of the 600-meter tower is designed to house TV and radio transmission facilities, observatory decks, revolving restaurants, exhibition space, conference rooms, shops and 4D cinemas. Information Based Architecture created the shape by a rotation between lower and upper level floor plates, characterized by a twist and narrowing elliptical waist of less than 27 meters (87 ft). The main design emphasis was to offer outdoor and physical experience for visitors. There are outdoor gardens set within the structure, and a large open-air observation landscape opens up magnificent views over the city. It provided transmission services for the Sixteenth Asian Games.

Canton Tower Highlights

A Ferris Wheel for Sightseeing

On the 450-meter-high (1476-feet high) rooftop of Canton Tower, visitors can take the world’s highest horizontal Ferris wheel to take the panoramic views of Guangzhou. The track is constructed around the periphery of the roof, and 16 transparent cars seat 4-6 people each. It takes 20 minutes for the cars to circumnavigate the track. The wheel operates from 17:00-22:00 daily, and the price is 130 yuan per person (admission fee for Canton Tower is NOT included).

Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

Inside the tower, you'll find the city planning model. The Urban Planning Exhibition Hall has a total floor area of not less than 5,000 square meters. It is designed to display large-scale large city models and other urban construction achievements. What is more, there are also viewing platforms, entertainment and restaurant facilities, and recreational, dining and other services for tourists.

A Big High Light

sightseeing towerLaser lights light the surroundings.

At night, the tower glows, emits, and shines light rather than being lit. Every node in the lighting design is individually controllable to allow for animations and color changes across the entire height of the tower. Three laser lamps which can reach as far as 1 kilometers point directly to the top three buildings of Guangzhou City, Zhongxin building, and the twin towers in Zhujiang New City. The aerial mast is controlled by keying circuit with one color every day. Local people know what day it is by looking at the color of the light.

Special Architectural Design Features

The Waist Section has a Diameter of 30 Meters (98 ft)

The external frame is composed of 24 inclined concrete-filled columns, steel horizontal ring beams, and steel diagonals. It was planned to be completed before 2010 for the purpose of transmitting radio and TV signals for the Asia Games. The form, volume and structure are generated by two ellipses, one at foundation level and the other at a horizontal plane at 450 meters (1,476 ft).

These two ellipses are rotated relative to one another. The tightening caused by the rotation between the two ellipses forms a "waist" and a densification of material. This means that the lattice structure, which at the bottom of the tower is porous and spacious, becomes denser at waist level. The waist itself becomes tight, like a twisted rope; transparency is reduced and views to the outside are limited. Further up the tower the lattice opens again, accentuated here by the tapering of the structural column-tubes. The narrowest part is 30 meters wide.

Anti-seismic Construction

The Canton Tower has high-tensile steel as its raw material. The steel has a total weight of only 50,000 tons. The new tower is built according to seismic safety design to resist any strong gale and magnitude 8-and-above earthquake.

Elevator Devices

Six new high-speed elevators are available inside the tower. They reach as high as 438 meters. They only take 1 minute and a half from the bottom to the top. To address the impact of the elevator on the eardrum, the producers installed an air pressure regulation device in the elevator. This is the first installation of the device in the world.

Canton Tower Travel Essentials

  • Subway: Take Line 3 of the metro, and get off at the Canton Tower Station, Exit A.
  • Open: In general, though hours vary sometimes: 09:00-22:00. Bubble Tram (10:00 am to 22:30 every day except 3:00 pm to 22:30 on Mondays) and Sky Drop (10:00 am to 22:30 every day except noon to 22:30 on Mondays).
  • General ticket price: adults, 150 RMB; children between 1.2 and 1.5 meters, 75 RMB
  • Special Ticket Prices: Skydrop and Bubble Tram are both 180 RMB per ticket. Combo tickets are also available.

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