The Canton Tower, or Guangzhou Tower (simplified Chinese: 广州塔; traditional Chinese: 廣州塔), officially the Guangzhou TV Astronomical and Sightseeing Tower (Chinese: 广州电视台天文及观光塔), is a 595.7 metres (1,954 ft) tall multi-purpose observation tower in the Haizhu District of Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. The tower was finished in 2009 and it was first turned on 29 September 2010 for the 2010 Asian Games.
The Canton Tower by night in November 2013
|Former names||Guangzhou TV Astronomical and Sightseeing Tower|
|Tallest in the world from August 2009 to 2010[I]|
|Preceded by||CN Tower|
|Surpassed by||Burj Khalifa|
Restaurant, Observation, Telecommunications
|Address||Yuejiang Road West/Yiyuan Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Construction started||November 2005|
|Opening||30 September 2010|
|Cost||CNY ¥ 2,803,635,000.00 |
|Tip||595.7 m (1,954 ft)|
|Roof||462.1 m (1,516 ft)|
|Floor count||37 |
2 basement floors
|Floor area||114,054 m2 (1,227,700 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
Mark Hemel & Barbara Kuit
|Jyutping||Gwong2 zau1 taap3|
|Hanyu Pinyin||Guǎngzhōu tǎ|
The tower held the title of tallest tower in the world, replacing the CN Tower. It was then passed by the Tokyo Skytree. It was the tallest structure in China before the Shanghai Tower was completed on 3 August 2013. It is now the second tallest tower in China and the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world.
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