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Canton Tower
广州塔
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The Canton Tower by night in November 2013
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Former names Guangzhou TV Astronomical and Sightseeing Tower
Record height
Tallest in the world from August 2009 to 2010
Preceded by CN Tower
Surpassed by Burj Khalifa
General information
Status Complete
Type Mixed use:
Restaurant, Observation, Telecommunications
Address Yuejiang Road West/Yiyuan Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Groundbreaking c. 2005
Construction started November 2005
Topped-out August 2009
Completed 2010
Opening 30 September 2010
Cost CNY ¥ 2,803,635,000.00
(US$ 450,000,000.00)
Height
Tip 595.7 m (1,954 ft)
Roof 462.1 m (1,516 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 37
2 basement floors
Floor area 114,054 m2 (1,227,700 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 9
Design and construction
Architect IBA:
Mark Hemel & Barbara Kuit
Structural engineer Arup
Canton Tower
Simplified Chinese 广州塔
Traditional Chinese 廣州塔
Cantonese Jyutping Gwong2 zau1 taap3
Hanyu Pinyin Guǎngzhōu tǎ

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 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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