Illustration of West Tower and East Tower
Guangzhou's East Tower, destined to be one of Zhujiang New Town's modern landmarks, recently began above ground construction, and officials estimate that it will be completed in March of 2015.
The complex has undergone 22 months of subterranean construction. With an ultimate height of 530 meters it will be the tallest building in Southern China. Its twin, or at least fraternal twin, the 432-meter high Guangzhou International Financial Center nicknamed "West Tower," became operable this year.
The total investment of East Tower will reach 10 billion RMB, while the West Tower cost 6 billion. This means that estimations of leasing prices expect the East Tower to steal the crown for exorbitance from the West Tower.
Plans for the space anticipate apartments, offices, shopping and a hotel.
(By Lynus Tan, Stephen Roberts)