|Opened for business in December 1987, Beijing International Hotel is located in the central section of the Chang’an Avenue. (file photo)|
Chang'an Avenue, a major thoroughfare in China's capital city of Beijing, is an open-air live museum of architecture. Known as the east-west central axis of the city, the historic avenue extends nearly 45 kilometers from Tongzhou District in the east to Shijingshan District in the west.
The core section of Chang'an Avenue stretches 6.7 kilometers from Fuxingmen on the Western 2nd Ring Road to Jianguomen on the Eastern 2nd Ring Road. Along this section, there are more than 50 important and internationally renowned structures.
Following are the top 10 classic buildings built after 1949 along the Chang'an Avenue.
Top 10: Beijing International Hotel
The hotel opened for business in December 1987, and is located in the central section of the Chang'an Avenue. This five-star rated hotel has 916 elegant guest rooms for business, family and leisure travellers. The 104-meter, 29-story ivory-white building resembles unfolding arms welcoming guests. The Starlight Revolving Restaurant on the top floor provides a "panoramic night view of Chang'an Avenue".
Getting There: Take Subway Line 2 to Beijing Station