|New CCTV Tower (xinhuanet.com)|
There are thousands of historic buildings in Beijing, a city with over 3,000 years of history, and the cityscape is changing with each passing day. The followings are the top 10 architectural attractions in Beijing constructed in the past five years.
New CCTV Tower
The new home of China Central Television (CCTV) is located in the busy commercial area near the World Trade Center in Beijing's CBD.
The new home of China Central Television (CCTV) is located in the busy commercial area near the World Trade Center in Beijing's CBD. The tower, designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, is like two huge inverted "L's" connecting together. This remarkable concept, a breakaway from the traditional design of skyscrapers, presents a fresh image to local residents and attracts people's eyes miles away. 234 meters high, the building has 52 floors above ground and three floors underground, covering an area of more than 470,000 square meters. Unfortunately, the building caught fire on February 9, 2009, and is still under restoration.
Open Hours: Not yet open to the public.
Getting there: Subway Line 1 to Guomao Station, then take Bus No. 402, 405, 107, 421.