Canton Tower

Canton TowerAs the landmark of Guangzhou, the Canton Tower (Guangzhou Tower) lies in Haizhu District, at the south bank of the Pearl River, facing Haixinsha Island to the north. With a height of 1,968 feet (600 meters), it is the highest TV tower in China and the third highest in the world. The tower has been a must-see scenic spot in Guangzhou. From the top, visitors have a birds-eye view of the whole city. Inside the tower are wonderful entertainment items, romantic restaurants with delicious food and several fine lookout platforms for shooting photos, some of them holding many top world records.

The tower is also noted for its unique design. Mark Hemel, the designer, was inspired by the bones of the female hip joint, and then he created a slim waist in the middle of the tower just as a fair lady twists her waist while looking behind. At the thinnest part, the diameter is about 32 yards (30 meters). The tower has become a new city landmark and one of the Eight New Sights of Guangzhou. No matter visitors have a Pearl River cruise or just wander along its bank, they can see the majestic tower. Especially at night, the tower seems like a resplendent dress, ablaze with colorful lights.

Canton Tower can be divided into five zones according to the height, namely Zone E, D, C, B and A. Visitors can experience different joy inside the tower.
 

Zone E

Zone E, including the antenna, starts at 1, 233 feet (376 meters). It contains the most excellent collection of entertainments in the tower. The “488 Lookout”, the highest outdoor observation deck according to the Guinness World Records, is located at the top at 1, 601 feet (488 meters). Visitors have a panoramic view of Guangzhou City. It is a wonderful site for the photography zealot to catch the breathless moments of the sunrise, the moonlight, the starry sky, and the city panorama.

The Sky Drop 100-foot freefall, starting at 1,591 feet (485 meters), is the highest heart-stopping vertical free fall in the world. If you want a thrilling experience, it offers two styles: a traditional “Sitting Drop” and a free-fall “Standing Drop”. You can have an opportunity to get rid of your stress, anxiety and boredom.

Bubble Tram is one of the most popular activities for visitors. The tram has 16 crystal sightseeing cabins revolving around the tower.  It spins around the top of the main body of the tower at 1,492 feet (455 meters). With its splendid panoramic city view, the Bubble Tram is regarded as a romantic place for making a marriage proposal.

At the 109th and 110th floors is the Engineering Marvel Tour Hall, which can protect Canton Tower from hurricanes and earthquakes.

Star Observation Deck and Cloud Observation Deck are situated respectively on the 108th and 107th floors of Canton Tower. The Star Observation Deck is the highest place for indoor sightseeing. Visitors can enjoy the blue sky, white clouds and starry night with the world beneath their feet. There is a Space Post Office where you can buy souvenirs or postcards to send to your friends or families.
 

Zone D

With a height from 1,095 to 1,165 feet (334 – 355 meters), Zone D has the “Spider Walk”, the longest spiral staircase in the world. There are 1,096 stairs climbing up around the tower from 551 feet to 1,095 feet (168 – 334 meters) high. The whole walkway is about 1,093 yards (1,000 meters) long. Visitors can see different scenes of the city in all directions. The entire floor is transparent to test people’s courage. It brings visitors the amazing experience of wandering in space just like a spider-man. The Spider Walk also enables visitors to get close to the slimmest section of the tower.
 

Zone C

 is also a sightseeing site, from 482 to 551 feet (147 – 168 meters).
 

Zone B

Zone B, between 275 and 380 feet (84 - 116 meters), is mainly noted for its video show. From the 17th to 22nd floors, there is a large futuristic Jinyi 4D cinema. It has one 4D and two 3D screening halls and can accommodate more than 270 people for film viewing. Equipped with the most advanced facilities, these cinemas offer exciting viewing.
 

Zone A

Zone A is from 105 feet (32 meters) to ground-level. In this zone, visitors can enjoy 360-degree views of the Pearl River from the Outdoor Plaza on the second floor. The plaza is one of the best places to shoot the vast Pearl River scenery. In the Riverside Café, visitors can enjoy the cool breeze from the river and appreciate the beautiful scenery with family and friends. It is also a good choice to have dinner in the CHOPSTIX Restaurant, which provides visitors traditional Cantonese and western-style food. A large banquet hall is available for wedding ceremonies and business entertainment. Meanwhile, visitors can buy souvenirs or gifts in the shops.
 

Transportation:

Take the metro line 3, get off at Canton Tower Station and get out from Exit A.
Take bus no. 262, 468 and tour line 1, and get off at Canton Tower West Station.
Take bus no. 121a, 121, 204, 262 and tour line 2, get off at Zhujiang Dijingyuan Station and walk along Yiyuan East Road to find the East Square of the tower.
  Guangzhou Bus / Metro Search
 

Opening Hours:

The opening hours of the tower are mainly from 09:30 to 22:30, and the ticketing time is from 09:30 to 22:00. Some special items’ opening hours are as below.

Special Items  Opening Hours
Bubble Tram Monday: 15:00 – 22:30
Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 22:30
Sky Drop Sky Drop Monday: 12:00 – 22:30
Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 22:30
The last Monday in each month: 15:00 – 22:30

 

Ticket Fare:

Admission Tickets:  including Cloud Observation Deck (107F) + Star Observation Deck (108F).
 Visitors enjoy 20 percent discount on the admission tickets during 2016 Spring Festival Holiday (Feb. 7 to 13), May Day Holiday (May 1 to 3) and National Day Holiday (Oct. 1 to 7).

 Adults CNY 150
 The old over 60 CNY 120
 Children between 3.9 and 4.9 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) CNY 75

Combo Tickets
Combo Tickets  Adults The old over 60 Children (3.9 to 4.9 feet)
Cloud & Star Observation Decks + 450 Lookout CNY 228 CNY 210 CNY 114
Cloud & Star Observation Decks + 450 Lookout + Bubble Tram or Sky Drop CNY 298 CNY 298 CNY 149
Cloud & Star Observation Decks + Spider Walk + 450 Lookout + Souvenir CNY 488 CNY 470 CNY 244
Cloud & Star Observation Decks + 488 Lookout + Spider Walk + Engineering Marvel Tour Hall + 450 Lookout + Bubble Tram + Sky Drop CNY 488 CNY 488 CNY 244

Tickets for Single Items
 450 Lookout CNY 90  Bubble Tram CNY 180
 Sky Drop  CNY 180 488 Lookout CNY 280

 Children under 3.9 feet can enjoy the tickets for free, and between 3.9 and 4.9 feet can enjoy half price.

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