We decided to have a date night and although there are many nice places in Guangzhou for a date night my favorite is the Canton Tower. At 600 meters tall (1968 ft) the Canton Tower was, at one time, the tallest structure in the world (now it settles to be just the tallest structure in Guangzhou but just barely). At the top you will find several observation decks (including the worlds highest observation deck), a bubble tram (think Ferris Wheel layed flat) and the worlds highest thrill ride (2 Intamin giant drops). Within the tower are also several restaurants (including one that revolves), a 4D movie theater, A science and Technology exhibit and the Spider Walk.
Enjoy the pics...
Take the Guangzhou Metro line 3 and exit at the Canton Tower station and you will arrive at the Canton Tower in all its glory.
Anyone who has seen the latest Transformers movie should remember that Guangzhou plays a big part of the plot of the story so Transformers are really hot in Guangzhou now. This one must have been 30 feet tall.
When the tower first opened you were able to purchase activities piece meal (individually) but now they only sell them in packages. Although I know Lily probably wouldn't do the spider walk (now called sky walk) I opted for the Glamor Pass because it was the only one that offered the 488 out look and I wanted to present a complete trip report.
A nice little ZEN flower arrangement was found in the lobby.
This fancy pants piano was used in the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian games held in Guangzhou.
The exterior skeleton runs through the lobby.
Yep, it's officially Chinese once the lantern are hung.
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As you depart the elevator you are inside the enclosed observation floor at 428 meters (1404 feet). This is the first view you come to out of the elevator.
There are benches that line the windows so you can relax as you enjoy the view of Guangzhou from above.
Okay, I am not afraid of heights or anything like that but this enclosed glass plank kinda freaked me out a bit. Once you look down at the ground so far below it was a bit unnerving.
The outdoor observation deck wraps around the top of the tower and changes elevation from 433 meters (1420 feet) to 449 meters (1473 feet).
The Star Trek bridge from the Canton Tower looks so small.
Here is a view of the bubble tram from the highest point on the observation deck. The bubble tram follows the observation deck around and changes elevation with it.
Time to ride the bubble tram.
The heart of the city from the bubble tram. The building to the right of center is a new office building. It is 590 meters tall (1935 feet) and that is without an antenna on top of it. That's just crazy.
Looking in the direction of the Pearl River.
Starting the incline to the highest point of the bubble tram.
A look at the Star Trek bridge from the bubble tram.
There are 2 small benches in each "bubble" with room for 6 people. Plenty of great picture opportunities.
Reaching the highest point on the bubble tram, 455 meters (1493 feet).
Starting the descent back down. This is a really unique ride, it takes 20 minutes to make the full journey and it is highly recommended.
Next up is the worlds highest thrill ride, the Giant Drop...
You ride 2 different versions of this Intamin giant drop, the first one is the standard sit down version. You start at the 454 meter (1489 feet) level then rise to 485 meters (1591 feet) and the freefall back down to the deck.
The version on the other side of the tower is a floorless & tilt giant drop.
Ascending up the tower.
Making the drop back down on the floorless side. This is my first floorless & tilt giant drop and it is really fun but even though the tilt is minor at the top it really does make you a bit nervous.