See the Travel Guide to Guangzhou

Canton Tower: a feminist revolution

monument

Most skyscrapers being ‘male', the architects here wanted to create a ‘female' tower. Graceful and transparent, it has come to represent Guangzhou's modern status as a vibrant and exciting city.

At 600 metres, including its 150-metre antenna, this is the highest TV tower in Asia. The Chinese call it Xiao Man, the name of a concubine of the Tang Dynasty greatly appreciated for her slender silhouette.

In its narrowest part, the 66th floor, it only measures 30 metres in diameter. You can access the roof, which has an incredible view of the city, and ride its Ferris wheel, the highest wheel in the world. If you suffer from vertigo, best leave this off your list. The rooftop wheel has 16 transparent carriages that can accommodate 4-6 people. It is open from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.and the ride takes 20 minutes.

Forget the nightmare scenarios: it is entirely wind-resistant and will withstand an earthquake of magnitude 8 or even higher. The lifts to the top of the building are lightning fast and equipped with a completely unique depressurisation system. And one last thing: the building changes colour every day of the week!

Guangzhou Tower
222 Yuejiang W Bd
Haizhu District
Guangzhou

+86 (0)20 89338222

 See the Travel Guide to Guangzhou