Canton Tower (Guangzhou Ta)
The Canton Tower was opened in September 2010 for the Asian Games in Guangzhou. Standing at 600m tall (including the spire), for a little over a year this was the tallest tower in the world (before being overtaken by the Tokyo Sky Tree in March 2011) and it remains the tallest structure in China.
The tower is divided up into five progressively higher zones, each with their own observation decks and zany attractions. Admission fees vary depending on which zone you want to visit. The top observation deck (in Zone E) is at 454m – it will cost you ¥150 to get up there, where you will also find a high-class Chinese restaurant and a revolving French restaurant. Other attractions such as a 4D cinema and a roof-top ferris wheel are due to open soon. However, currently the major attraction apart from the observation deck is the “Spider Walk”: an open-air staircase that wraps around the tower from 170m up to 350m. It costs another ¥100 to go on the Spider Walk and it’s obviously only a good idea for the relatively fit.
Admissions: From ¥50 for Zone B or C to ¥150 for Zone E. Open: 8:00-23:00
Address: 222 Yuejiang Xi Lu. Ph: (020) 8933 8222. Subway: Chigang Ta (Line 3)
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去广州塔, 谢谢。 (Please take me to Canton Tower. Thank you).