Jun 17, 2013

Five of the Highest Observations Decks on Earth

While we await the opening of the observation deck at New York's One World Trade Center, a digital concept of the deck has been released and there are five observations decks on earth on hold you over.

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While we await the opening of the observation deck at New York's One World Trade Center, which tops out at 1,776 ft and is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, a digital concept of the deck has been released:


To hold us over until the One World Observatory's scheduled opening of 2http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg15, which will provide 36http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg-degree panoramas at 1,25http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg ft above ground, at least five other high and mighty observation decks await your visit.

London's newest building, The Shard (1,http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg16 ft), opened it's observatory doors to the public this February—providing the highest views in London to date from the building's 72nd floor (8http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpghttp://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg feet above ground). If visiting London later this year, consider staying at the new Shangri-La in The Shard when it opens in the fall. Watch a video from Financial Times below:


In Japan last year, Tokyo opened the doors of the Tokyo Skytree to the public—which stands as the tallest tower in the world at 2,http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg8http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg ft. Along with being a broadcasting tower, a restaurant is inside and an observation deck that provides views at approximately 1,476 ft. Tour the tower below:


The Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China is the second tallest tower in the world (2,http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpghttp://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpghttp://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg ft), but provides the highest observation deck at 1,6http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpghttp://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg ft on the roof this TV tower. The outdoor roof deck opened in 2http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg11.


2http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg11 was quite the arms race for heights view in China, as Hong Kong's International Commerce Centre (1,588 ft) welcomed the Sky1http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpghttp://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg observation deck on its 1http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpghttp://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgth floor. Get 36http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg-degree views of the Hong Kong skyline at 1,289 ft. For a stay with a view, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Hotel sits just two floors under Sky1http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpghttp://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3b617ccf531fce37aee96ab3ecc6774fcae47b8d.jpg.


In the ever changing Dubai, check out the Burj Khalifa skyscraper (2716 ft) in the heart of the city. It's outdoor observatory gives you views from 1,482 ft above.


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