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The Canton Tower is a 595.7 metres tall multi-purpose observation tower in the Haizhu District of Guangzhou. The tower was topped out in 2009 and it became operational on 29 September 2010 for the 2010 Asian Games. The tower briefly held the title of tallest tower in the world, replacing the CN Tower, before being surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree. It was the tallest structure in China prior to the topping out of Shanghai Tower on 3 August 2013. It is now the second tallest tower and the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world.

The Canton tower's twisted shape or hyperboloid structure corresponds to the Russian Empire patent No. 1896, dated 12 March 1899 received by Vladimir Shukhov, the Russian engineer and architect.

The waist of the tower contains a 180 m (590 ft) open-air skywalk where visitors can physically climb the tower. There are outdoor gardens set within the structure, and at the top, just above 450 m (1,480 ft), a large open-air observation deck.
The form, volume and structure of the towers is generated by two ellipses, one at foundation level and the other at a horizontal plane at 450 m (1,480 ft). These two ellipses are rotated relative to another. The tightening caused by the rotation between the two ellipses forms a "waist" and a densification of material halfway up the tower. This means that the lattice structure, which at the bottom of the tower is porous and spacious, becomes denser at waist level. The waist itself becomes tight, like a twisted rope; transparency is reduced and views to the outside are limited. Further up the tower the lattice opens again, accentuated here by the tapering of the structural column-tubes.At night, the tower glows and emits light, rather than being uplit. Every node in the lighting design is individually controllable to allow for animations and colour changes across the entire height of the tower. Rotating pods atop Canton Tower in Guangzhou give riders a breathtaking view of one of the world's most populous cities. The Bubble Tram is sometimes referred to as the world's highest Ferris wheel, though the track is horizontal. The cars circle the top of the tower, 1,493 feet high.

My frined was tired and stayed in hotel, I went alone in the late afternoon by metro. When i cam on the metro station, there were thousands of Chinese around me. I do not know, if it was a special day, maybe the end of the Dragon Boats Festival, but it was huge crowd near the tower and on the Pearl River. Soon the police closed the station and I was worried how I would get back to the hotel. They opened later another entrance and there was a big queue to enter it. As you see, there are empty places in Guangzhou, and with huge crowds.
It is difficult to make picture of the tower, it is so high. Also, the colours are changing constantly. There is so much to see in Guangzhou, I had not enough time to see the attractions of the tower during a day.

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Other parts of the tower, other colours.

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