Beijing is a rapidly changing with new buildings and constructions appearing to the cityscape. It seems that each new structure is designed to surprass the previous creation with no end in sight. In fact, the city is booming with economic development that was unimaginable during the times of the cultural revolution. Visitors to are enjoying both the traditional and modern face of the city with Beijing tour guide services that are tailored to please the curiosity of any construction enthusiasts.
Here are some of the most popular and interesting achivements from the city horizon:
New CCTV Tower
The tower building became more than famous when the adjacent TV Cultural Center was burned down due to fireworks. It detailed the construction in 2009, but this curious looking structure nicknamed “Toilet Seat” was completed in 2012. It became the new head quarters of the CCTV state run television company. This area right in the middle of Beijing’s Center Business District is filled with modern buildings of which the tower is one of the most visible in it’s huge 470,000m2 wide area that it covers. Also the building has a total of 52 floors as well as several floors under ground.
Location: East Third Ring Road, Chaoyang District
Architect: Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Probably the most modern museum structure in Beijing and only comes second in size in the whole city, riviling to the National Museum. While the museum itself has been around since 1981, it moved to this new super structure in 2006 after being completed. The city wanted a structure that would house the more than 200,000 relics related to chinese culture in a safe as well as a modern environment. The over 1 billion mega structure covers an area of 60,000m2. The outside of the building is equally impressive.
Location: Xicheng District
Architect: Beijing Municipality
National Indoor Stadium
From the olympic structures built for the 2008 festival, the most known are probably “Water Cube” and the “Bird’s Nest” that hosted the majority of the events. Just nearby an equally magnificent achievement is the indoor stadium, which resembles a traditional Chinese fan. In fact thanks to it’s stricking appearance the building received a nickname “Fan”, with a steel roof that’s almost 150 meters long. It is estimated that the construction used steel totaling to an amount of 2,800 tons. 2.5 years of construction came to an end in 2007 just before the olympic games started. Thanks to it’s impressive interior, it’s now used for not only sporting events but also cultural and other local events.
Location: Olympic Park, Beijing
Architect: Beijing Olympics Commission
What other structures, both modern and traditional would you like to see on your tours to Beijing? Or perhaps you have an experience with a tour guide that you went to see a building with? Let us know in the comments and share! Thank you.