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22 May 2012 09:15
A Tokyo Cruise boat goes down the Sumida river as it passes the Tokyo Sky Tree in the Japanese capital. (Toshifumi Kitamura, AP)
Nearly 8 000 visitors were expected to take high-speed elevators up to the observation decks of the 634-metre tower to mark its opening. Some reportedly waited in line more than a week to get the coveted tickets for a panoramic view, though Tuesday ended up being cloudy in Tokyo.Skytree is recognised by Guinness World Records as the tallest tower, beating out the Canton Tower in China, which is 600-metres.The world’s tallest structure is Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which stands 828-metres.
That’s in a different category because it’s a skyscraper, not a tower.The Skytree will serve as a broadcast tower for television and radio, along with being a tourist attraction.
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