Canton Tower in China, a multi-purpose entertainment and sightseeing tower, is the world’s fourth tallest freestanding structure, topping out at 1,982 feet. On Dec. 16, 2020, a new attraction called Skywalk opened at the latticework structure, one that provides visitors with a unique experience and panoramic views of the surrounding city.
The Skywalk, built by MND Leisure, is a walkway that’s “perfectly integrated to the existing structure, located between 308 m and 334 m (1,010 – 1,096 feet) above the ground, to discover the Tower and the city of Canton as you have never seen it before,” said MND Leisure marketing manager Xavier Marcou.
The walkway is made of expanded metal grating that highlights a feeling of walking on air. The path is almost 300 feet long, spiraling around the outer-inside edge of the tower. Along the way there are two balconies “above the void,” said Marcou. It also features the “IN & OUT,” a mobile platform that rotates 180 degrees from the inside of the tower to the outside for a vertiginous experience. All participants are harnessed and connected to a lifeline.
This just one of several of the Tower’s attractions. The interior of the tower houses observation decks, revolving restaurants, computer gaming, restaurants, exhibition spaces, conference rooms, shops, 4D cinemas, and TV and radio transmission facilities. 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.