China Central Radio and Television Tower (CCTV Tower) in Beijing

Why is CCTV Tower so Special?

On December 24, 2007, the headquarters building of CCTV was selected as one of the world’s top ten architectural wonders in 2007 by Time magazine. On November 7, 2013, he was awarded the “2013 Global Best High-rise Building Award” by the World Association of High-rise Metropolitan Architecture (CTBUH). In April 2014, he was shortlisted as one of the top ten contemporary buildings.

Where is CCTV Tower?

Located to the west of Middle Xisanhuan Road in Haidian District, Beijing, the China Central Radio and Television Tower (CCTV Tower for short) is close to Yuyuantan Park and Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. Construction began in January 1987. In 1994, the project was completed and it was open to the public on October 1st of the same year.

Main Attraction of CCTV Tower


The square, the surrounding corridors, the foundation, the base, the main body, the turrets and the masts make up it. Its base mimics the double roof of ancient Chinese palaces, while its tower (689 feet above the ground) looks like a large palace lantern. When colored lights flash at night, the CCTV building is like a huge lantern.

Stone carved painting in the east hall

On the first floor, a huge stone sculpture is hung on the wall of the east hall, 20 meters (22 yards) long, 8.7 meters (9.5 yards) wide and 171.4 square meters (205 yards) in area. In carving, you can see the most unique mountains and rivers in China.

The Halls

Inside, tourists can visit the revolving restaurant, the indoor viewing hall, the outdoor sightseeing platform and the Liu Yun (Baiyun) Hall, each on a different floor.

The revolving restaurant on the 18th floor can accommodate 250 people and provides Chinese and western buffets. It takes 80 minutes to make a full revolution. Tourists can enjoy the city scenery and delicious food at the same time. The indoor viewing hall is on the 19th floor. The highest post office in Beijing is in this hall. You can buy postcards from the office and mail them with the postmark of the air post office. The 22-storey outdoor sightseeing platform is 238 meters (781 feet) above the ground and is considered the largest of its kind in the world. From the platform, you can clearly see Chang ‘an Avenue, Summer Palace and other places. Liu Yun Hall on the 23rd floor is a place for celebration and entertainment.

Pacific Underwater World

Below the CCTV building is the Pacific underwater world, a wonderful aquarium with hundreds of species of marine animals, from ferocious sharks to beautiful reef fish. You can also enjoy beautiful mermaid performances and interesting seal performances here.

Best Time to Travel CCTV Tower

September and October are the best travel times.

Autumn is the most beautiful season in Beijing. As autumn grows stronger, the leaves of various trees are still fresh green, some are beginning to yellow, and some are brilliant red and flowery. Around October, the red leaves of Xiangshan Mountain became more and more red and more colorful. People who climbed the mountain to admire the red leaves came in an endless stream. In the morning after the autumn rain, the air was clear and clear.

How to Get There

  • By Bus:
    Take bus 323, 374, Special Line 8 (Inner), Yuntong 102 or Yuntong 103 and get off at Yuyuantan Ximen (west gate of Yuyuantan Park) Station.
    Take bus 40, 77, 437, 624, 631 Express, 698, 977, Special Line 8, Yuntong 102, Yutong 103, or Yutong 201 and get off at Hangtianqiao Nan Station.
  •  By Subway:
    Take Subway Line 1 or Line 10 and get off at Gongzhufen Station. Then transfer to bus 40, 77, 374, 437, 698, Yuntong 102 or Yuntong 103.

Tips For CCTV Tower

Entrance Fee:
CNY 90
CNY 120 for Pacific Underwater World
Opening Hours:
08:30-22:00 (ticket sale stops after 21:30)

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Edited by Doreen/张洋