Thursday, October 2, 2008

Macau Tower

Macau Tower , also known as Macau Sky Tower, is a tower located in the former of Macau, now a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. The tower measures 338 m in height from ground level to the highest point. An observation deck with panoramic views, restaurants, theaters, shopping malls and the Skywalk X, a thrilling walking tour around the outer rim. It offers the best view of Macau and in recent years has been used for a variety of adventurous activities. At 233 meters, the Macau Tower's tethered "skyjump" and Bungee jump by world renowned from the tower's outer rim, is the highest in the world. The tower was created by the architecture firm of Craig Craig Moller.

The tower is one of the members of the World Federation of Great Towers. Besides being used for observation and entertainment, the is also used for telecommunications and broadcasting.

History



On a visit to Auckland, New Zealand, Macau casino billionaire was so impressed by the Sky Tower in Auckland that he commissioned a similar one to be built in Macau. The tower was designed by New Zealand engineering firm Beca Group and Gordon Moller of Craig Craig Moller architects for Sociedade de Turismo e Divers?es de Macau, SARL. Construction work of the tower started in 1998, and the tower was officially opened on December 19, 2001.

Events


On December 17, 2006, the father of bungee jumping, A J Hackett, and popular artist Edison Chen broke two Guinness World Records at the Macau Tower. A J Hackett, broke his own Guinness World Record of "The Highest Bungee Jump from a Building" achieved in 1987 from the Eiffel Tower. Edison Chen represented Macau Tower in the inaugural jump to bid for "The World's Highest Bungee Jump Facility".

In popular culture


It was used as a roadblock in an episode of ''The Amazing Race: All-Stars'' that originally aired on April 22, 2007 on CBS.

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