Design + Architecture

The New Wonders of the World

by Eimear Lynch

What in the world:
Guangzhou TV Tower, Guangzhou, China

Why go: Dubbed both the supermodel and the twisted lady, Guangzhou's 2,000-foot-tall TV tower is a woman above all: "Most skyscrapers bear male features—they're introverted, rectangular, and repetitive," Information Based Architects' Mark Hemel has said. "We wanted a female tower that is complex, transparent, curvy, and gracious." His team created a slender hourglass of steel columns that twist into a tightly woven "waist" 560 feet above the ground. This middle area doesn't have floors or walls; instead, there's an open-air staircase where visitors can see the latticework construction up close. Gusts blow through the steel mesh in certain cross sections; elsewhere, glass panels enclose a movie theater, two rotating restaurants, and shops.

Where to stay: The new Central Business District's 23-story Grand Hyatt Guangzhou has a rooftop lap pool and a glorious O Spa (doubles, $175–$230).

Where to eat: Young Chinese head to Nagoya for East Asian–influenced Japanese and Korean dishes like crab legs and goose liver (4/F, Tian Lun Garden, Jian She Si Ma Lu; 86-20-8356-3650; entrées, $6–$14).

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