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Old December 31st, 2008, 10:35 AM   #1281
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It is amazing how ignorant Westerners are of China's geography and history.

I travelled around China back in 2005 from Hong Kong to Guangzhou, Kunming, Nanning, Guilin, Chongqing, Wuhan, Chengdu, Lhasa, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenyang and my favourite, Xi'an.

Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Chongqing are all London-sized cities or larger.

Guangzhou is historically a very important city, formerly known as Canton. Canton is the old Western name for Guangzhou and is where the word Cantonese is from to describe both the language and culture of this large and economically vibrant area of China (Guangdong).

For comparison sakes, Guangdong has a population of 113 million (!) - this rivals Japan. It sounds simplistic but China is big and has a LOT of people... something you discover when you travel around the country!!

The city has never been modest, per se, just cut off from the West by Mao for 40 years or so.

If anyone has played the game Civilisation they will recognise that along with Constantinople, Rome, Xi'an, Babylon, Cairo, Damascus etc, the Canton (Guangzhous) and Xi'an's of this world are cities that go back thousands of years.

Anyway, Canton/Guangzhou is famous for its food as the heart of Cantonese cuisine... I had plenty of delicious meals in the city!
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Old January 1st, 2009, 02:09 PM   #1282
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Actually, atriums like that are fairly common, even in tall buildings. There is one architect whose name eludes me right now who designed a series of hotels with similar elements - large atrium in the middle that all the floors look out onto, visible elevators that go up and down in the atrium, etc. There's one in Atlanta and another in New York. He also designed the Tomorrow Square tower in Shanghai if I'm not mistaken.
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The website is worth a look: http://www.portmanusa.com
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 01:24 AM   #1283
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was there recently...making progress
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 07:17 AM   #1284
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gz west tower officially tops out

the topping out ceremony was held on the last day of 2008..ending a bittersweet year on a positive note..

source: http://www.nanfangdaily.com.cn/tpxw/200901010011.asp
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 08:11 AM   #1285
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nice to see chinese 3rd largest city booming.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 09:10 AM   #1286
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cheers everybody, to the topping out! this is exciting.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 09:13 AM   #1287
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the topping out ceremony was held on the last day of 2008..ending a bittersweet year on a positive note..

source: http://www.nanfangdaily.com.cn/tpxw/200901010011.asp
congrat...

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Old January 2nd, 2009, 11:58 AM   #1288
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topped out? that was friggen fast. just unbelievebale
so roof is 430m. the helipad is the bit that goes to 437.55m.
incredible tower. 10/10
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 06:02 PM   #1289
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 07:55 PM   #1290
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The signage on the mechanical floors is a bit tacky. I hope it's temporary.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 08:04 PM   #1291
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the erection of this one is just mind blowing, well done to all .
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 08:48 PM   #1292
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The signage on the mechanical floors is a bit tacky. I hope it's temporary.
ofcourse it is.

they just put it up for the topping out ceremony
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 11:16 PM   #1293
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I might be wrong, but I've got a feeling this has been the fastest 400+ in history to top out, or very close to that.
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 03:50 AM   #1294
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According to the first page in this thread, the ground breaking was on the 26th of December 2005, so it was almost exactly 3 years from ground breaking to top off.
I really like this building. It's not my favourite green, but it is still awesome. I can't wait to see how they do the the mech floors, I hope it is decent.
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 04:15 AM   #1295
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Just 1.5 years ago, it was going above ground (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=207), and just 1 year ago, it was at 15th floor (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=330). This is 88 floors completed in 1 year, 4.15 days per floor! Amazingly fast, I think this is a speed record for modern construction!
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 04:29 AM   #1296
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This was damn fast. great job.
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 05:40 AM   #1297
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How many of us saw the render a few years ago and said to ourselves "oh yeah sure, I'll believe it when I see it" and now here it is, all 100-plus floors of it! With its twin probably about to start soon.

After 9/11 the refrain was "the era of the very tall skyscraper is over". In fact, a new era of supertalls was just about to start. How fortunate we are to witness it, up close via SSC and the internet. Brought into our homes by the dedicated contributors, picture searchers and photographers to whom we all owe great thanks and appreciation.
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 07:42 AM   #1298
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actually, i think the diwang building in shenzhen went up at a rate of one floor every three days..
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 09:36 AM   #1299
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west tower has made a record of one floor per 2 days
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 12:26 PM   #1300
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Very well, this is very unusial and interesting building.
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