Canton Tower

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Canton Tower
The Canton Tower by night in November 2013
Former namesGuangzhou TV Astronomical and Sightseeing Tower
Record height
Tallest in the world from August 2009 to 2010[I]
Preceded byCN Tower
Surpassed byBurj Khalifa
General information
TypeMixed use:
Restaurant, Observation, Telecommunications
AddressYuejiang Road West/Yiyuan Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Groundbreakingc. 2005
Construction startedNovember 2005
Topped-outAugust 2009
Opening30 September 2010
CostCNY ¥ 2,803,635,000.00
(US$ 450,000,000.00)[1]
Tip595.7 m (1,954 ft)
Roof462.1 m (1,516 ft)
Technical details
Floor count37
2 basement floors
Floor area114,054 m2 (1,227,700 sq ft)
Design and construction
Mark Hemel & Barbara Kuit
Structural engineerArup
Canton Tower
Simplified Chinese广州塔
Traditional Chinese廣州塔
JyutpingGwong2 zau1 taap3
Hanyu PinyinGuǎngzhōu 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-meter (1,954 ft)-tall multi-purpose observation tower in the Haizhu District of Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.[4][12][13] The tower was finished in 2009 and it was first turned on 29 September 2010 for the 2010 Asian Games.[14]

The tower held the title of tallest tower in the world, replacing the CN Tower. It was then passed by the Tokyo Skytree.[15] 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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