On the 57th floor, they advance with a confident step on a tightrope suspended in the void: in the south of China, tourists in need of adrenaline go tree climbing at the top of a television tower. In the shape of a needle with futuristic architecture, the Canton Tower dominates with its 600 m (antenna included) the huge eponymous metropolis of some 15 million inhabitants. The building, whose construction was completed in 2010, was at the time the tallest tower in the world.
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Equipped with a helmet and a harness, the intrepid can now venture into the middle of its sinuous metal structure. And enjoy a panoramic view of the city that borders the Pearl River. “I have never had such an exciting experience,” said Peng Xin, who finished the 33-story climb in a white t-shirt, nearly 200 meters above the ground. Why did you embark on such a challenge? To “taste new things”, explains the young man, a lover of amusement parks and who claims to have visited most of them, with a smile.
“The security measures are good”
For thrills on the tallest tower in Canton, three routes are possible. Adventure price: 688 yuan (approximately 88 euros). However, on condition that you do not feel dizzy: the highest course ends at 298 meters above the ground.
Throughout, a trainer gives instructions and explains how to overcome the various obstacles: passages in balance on a rope, abseiling. “The instructions are clear and very detailed,” enthuses Li, a tourist who did not want to give his full name. “And the security measures are good,” he says. A climber with a pale face, she will go no further and stops in front of a tunnel of ropes. “I thought I was brave enough […] but my legs gave way. “