China Central Radio and Television Tower (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. Taking up an area of 38 acres (15.4 hectares), the CCTV Tower reaches 1,268 feet (386.5 meters) tall and 1,329 feet if the lightning rod is counted in. Its base covers an area of 14,523 sq yards (12,143 sq meters). Many rehearsal halls are built below the CCTV building.



The square, the surrounding verandah, the foundation, the pedestal, the body, the turret, and the mast together constitute it. Its pedestal imitates double-tiered roofs of ancient Chinese palaces, while its turret (689 feet above the ground) looks like a big palace lantern. When colored lights glow at night, the CCTV Tower is like a giant lantern.

Stone carved painting in the east hall

On the first floor, a gigantic stone carving is hanging on the wall of the East Hall, with 20 meters (22 yards) long, 8.7 meters (9.5 yards) wide and an area of 171.4 sq meters (205 sq yards). In the carving, you can see China's most distinctive mountains and rivers.

The Halls

Inside it, visitors can visit the revolving restaurant, indoor viewing hall, open-air sightseeing platform, and Liuyun (white cloud) Hall, each on different floors.

The revolving restaurant on the eighteenth floor can admit 250 people and features Chinese and Western-style buffets. It takes 80 minutes to make a full rotation. Visitors can enjoy the cuisine while viewing the city sights. The indoor viewing hall is on the nineteenth 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 in-the-air post office. The open-air sightseeing platform on the twenty-second floor is 238 meters (781 feet) above the ground, and is believed to be the biggest one of its kind all over the world. Chang'an Avenue, the Summer Palace, and other places can be seen clearly from the platform. Liuyun Hall on the twenty–third floor is the venue of celebrations and recreational activities.

Under the CCTV Tower, there is the Pacific Underwater World, a wonderful aquarium with hundreds of marine animals from fierce sharks to beautiful reef fish. You can also enjoy the graceful mermaid show and  interesting seal performance here.


How to get to CCTV Tower

 By Bus:
Take bus 40, 62, 77, 323, 368, 374, 437, 603, 624, 631, 698 or 977 to South Hangtianqiao, then walk southward for 200 meters (219 yards) to the gate.
 By Subway:
Take Subway Line 1 or Line 10 and get off at Gongzhufen Station. Then transfer to bus 977, 603 or 62 to South Hangtianqiao, then walk across the road and walk westward to the north gate.
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Entrance Fee:
CCTV Tower:
CNY 85 for adults
CNY50 for children 1.2-1.4 meters (3.9-4.6 feet) and the old over 60
Free for children under 1.2 meters (3.9 feet)
Pacific Underwater World: 
CNY 90 for adults;
CNY70 for children 1.2-1.4 meters (3.9-4.6 feet)
Free for children under 1.2 meters (3.9 feet)
Opening Hours:
08:30-21:30 (Closed at 22:00)


Further Reading - New CCTV Tower

CCTV TowerThe construction of the new one was launched in 2005 and finished on September 2, 2008, on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of CCTV. This new CCTV headquarter building is located in northeast corner of Middle Dongsanhuan Road and Guanghua Road Cross, south of Chaoyang Road. A new landmark in the city, CBD was born on the site of a motorcycle manufacturer.

The new headquarter was comprised of the main building, the cultural Center and accessory facilities. The skyscraper (main tower) stands at 230 meters (768 feet) high with 54 floors. This untraditional building was designed by a famous architect from Netherlands. The structure of the building is regarded as a challenge to usual construction. It is in radical shape, with a loop base of six horizontal and vertical sections, and two buildings joined together in the open air, like two twisted 'Z's. The building is nicknamed by local people, Dakucha (meaning big shorts). International broadcasting is undertaken by the new headquarter. CCTV cultural center fire before 2009 Chinese New Year made this creative controversial building highly focused again. The burnt building back of the skyscraper is still standing over there. 


How to get to New CCTV Tower

1. Take Subway Line 10 to Jintaixizhao Station and get out from Exit C.
2. Take bus 98, 113, 140, 405, 488, 650 or 687 to North Guanghuaqiao Station.

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- Last updated on Jul. 20, 2023 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on China Central Radio and Television Tower (CCTV Tower)
Asked by Rachel from PALESTINE | Dec. 21, 2020 00:52Reply
China ZUN tower open to public yet?
Can people go to the China Zun tower to get a birds eye view of Beijing yet? Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Alexis | Dec. 24, 2020 19:03

Sorry, as I know, it doesn't open to public yet.
Asked by PQUOING | Oct. 05, 2019 08:52Reply
Is the new China Zun building open to the public yet?
I read it will have an observation tower, but that there were some complications on it being opened. Thank you for any information.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jackson from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 12, 2019 00:36

It has not been open to the public. You can only visit it from outside now.
Asked by Gary from ARMENIA | Jun. 17, 2019 23:54Reply
How is it possible that Yuyuantan park is near line 1 military station?
and CCTV tower near Jantaixizhao. Those 2 stations are very far from each other and they are supposed to be near
Answers (2)
Answered by Paul from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 18, 2019 20:28

Hi, the CCTV Tower is near the Yuyuantan park and it is also close to the Military Station. However, the new CCTV Tower is in Chaoyang District and it is near Jintaixizhao Station.
Answered by Gary from ARMENIA | Jun. 19, 2019 06:10

Yeah, I discovered it yesterday 😄😄
Asked by Ahmad from MALAYSIA | Mar. 01, 2018 05:36Reply
Can we get inside the NEW CCTV Tower? Or do we just look at it from outisde and take photos?
Answers (1)
Answered by Liela from DENMARK | Mar. 01, 2018 19:46

Yes, you can visit inside! Enjoy your time!
Asked by Ms.PHONGUMA | Dec. 17, 2013 05:55Reply
Through tickets of Beijing Landmark Tour
Where can I get the though tickets of this tour, including the National Aquatics Center, the National Stadium, the National Centre for Performing Arts and the CCTV Tower? And its cost CNY 140.
Answers (1)
Answered by Liz | Dec. 18, 2013 01:10

You may find the ticket at the local tour agency.
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