Skooter reporting 05/22/12
The Tokyo Skytree is the world's tallest tower and Japan's biggest new landmark is open to the public on Tuesday.
The tower has high-speed elevators to take up an expected 8,000 visitors to the observation decks of the 634-meter (2,080-foot) tower to mark its opening. Some people waited in line more than a week to get the popular tickets for a panoramic view, despite cloudy skies inTokyo.
The Guinness World Records recognized Skytree as the tallest tower, thrashing out the Canton Tower in China, which is 600 meters (1,968 1/2 feet), while the world's tallest structure is Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which stands 828 meters (2,717 feet). Burj Khalifa belongs to a different category, it is a skyscraper, not a tower.
The Skytree is a broadcast tower for television and radio replacing the 333-meter-tall (1,092 ½-foot-tall) Tokyo Tower, a symbol of Japan’s capital since 1958 as the broadcast center and aside from that, the tower also serve as a tourist attraction