BJ-T08: Beijing Day Tour to CCTV Tower & 798 Art Zone

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  Itinerary Brief
This 1-day tour, covers National Centre for the Performing Arts, CCTV Headquarters, Wangjing SOHO and 798 Art District aiming to show you the glamour of modern architectures and art works in Beijing.

 It is a guided tour by eco-friendly public transport. If you need a private car, feel free to contact our travel consultants to arrange it for you.
  Stop 1: National Centre for the Performing Arts
China National Centre for the Performing Arts
National Centre for the Performing Arts
In the morning, our experienced English-speaking guide will pick you up from your own booked hotel and escort you there directly. 

Also known as the National Grand Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts lies in the middle of a man-lake like a giant pearl floating on water. With mirror-like surface and in hemisphere shape, the building is quite futuristic. After appreciating its beautiful exterior and taking some amazing pictures, the guide will escort you to have a tour inside, to see the grand halls linked with each other with air corridors. The recommended visiting time is about 1-2 hours.

 Admission fee: CNY30 for sightseeing
 Open time: 9:00 – 17:00 

How to Get to National Centre for the Performing Arts by Public Transport

Based on the location of your hotel, the guide will choose the most convenient way to get there. 

 If by subway, you will arrive at Tian’anmen West Station on subway line 1. The site is right to the south of the subway station
 If by city bus, you will arrive at Tian’anmen West Bus Stop. The buses stopping by include no. 1, 1(inter-zone), 1 (Gongzhufen inter-zone), 5, 5 (inter-zone), 5 (Deshengmen inter-zone), 52, sightseeing line 1 and sightseeing line 2. 
  Stop 2: China Central Radio and Television Tower (CCTV Tower)
CCTV Headquarters
After, the guide will lead you to the nearby Tiananmen West subway station to take subway line 1 to Guomao Station, then change to line 10 to Jintai Xizhao. Getting out of the subway station, you will see the neoteric CCTV Tower in the CBD area. As a fashion skyscraper, the building is characterized by its miraculous design. It is nicknamed by local people as Dakucha, which means big shorts, because of its unique appearance. 

Best Site to View CCTV Tower

The CCTV Headquarters is not open to the public, so you can only appreciate its appearance from the outside. The balcony of the 6th floor in China World Shopping Mall is the best and most popular site to admire as well as take pictures of the building. The mall, on the west side of the street, is diagonally opposite to the CCTV Headquarters. 

The guide will kindly lead you there, which is about 900 meters away (990 yards), on foot to have a full view of the tower. On the way, you will have a chance to have a look of other modern buildings in Guomao CBD, including CITIC Tower and China World Trade Towers.
  Stop 3: Wangjing SOHO
Then, proceed to today’s third stop, Wangjing SOHO, first by subway line 1 to Dawang Road, then by subway line 14 to Futong and at last walking northward for about 800 meters (880 yards).

Wangjing SOHO is also a modern landmark of Beijing as famous as the CCTV Tower. It consists of three tall buildings looking like three mountain peaks coming out of the ground. Together with the surrounding pools and fountains, they form “a Chinese landscape painting”. 

Best Sites to View Wangjing SOHO

Two road crossings to the southwest and southeast of the building group are the best sites to take the panoramic photos from an upward angle. On the balconies of Hesheng Qilinshe Shopping Mall to the southwest, you can also take a full look of the whole Wangjing SOHO.

Lunch Break

There are many restaurants in the Hesheng Qilinshe Shopping Mall or Wangjing SOHO, so today’s lunch time will be given here. You may ask the guide for some recommendations. 
  Stop 4: 798 Art District
798 Art Zone
It is just 3 bus stops away from the Wangjing SOHO and the guide will escort you to take city bus no. 538 from nearby Rongke Ganlancheng Bus Stop to Dashanqiao East Bus Stop and then walk southeast for a few minutes to get there.  

Renovated from an old factory, 798 Art District nowadays has become a popular gathering quarter in Beijing for young artists, painters, designers, writers and craftsmen. It is clustered with a great deal of galleries, workshops and studios. On the street, you will see some artistic statues and graffiti. When tired, just have a seat in one of those quaint cafés, tea houses or snack stores to take a break. 

Travel Tips

1. Most shops and halls are open to visitors for free, and a few charge a low fee. 
2. Some exhibition centers will be closed on Mondays.
3. You need to notice that taking pictures in some shops and exhibition halls are not allowed, so asking for permission first would be better. 
  Return Back to Hotel by Public Transport
At the end of the day, the guide will send you back to your hotel also by public transport and say goodbye. If you need more guided service, feel free to contact us any time. 

 By bus: There are a few bus stops around 798 Art District. To the west, the guide may lead you to Jiuxianqiao Road to find Dashanzi Lukounan stop for bus 401, 405, 445, 988 and 991; or to the northwest to find bus 403, 418, 593, 851 and 854 at Dashanzi Lukoudong stop on Jiuxianqiao North Road.
 By subway: The nearest subway station Wangjing South is a little far. The guide may escort you to take the bus 593 for one stop to the station; then take subway line 14 East Section to other parts of the city.
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Tour Prices
Price (based on 2 people as a group)
per person
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Price Includes
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Public transport
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • Hotels & meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Tickets for performances and exhibitions
  • Gratuities for guide
Why Choose Us?

 Recommended Guided Tours: 
    Beijing One-Day Tours from $59 per person

 Other Beijing 1-Day Tours: 
    Royal Cultural Sites: to Yonghe Lamasery, Guozijian Street, Temple of Confucius and Imperial Academy, Hutong
    Ox Street Mosque & Liulichang: visit Ox Street Mosque, Fayuan Temple, Taoranting Park, Liulichang Cultural Street
    Family Tour to Beijing Zoo: for families with kids to have fun in the zoo and museums

Questions & Answers
Asked by ann from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 14, 2019 18:55Reply
we are staying at shangri la china world hotel what is there to see nearby independantly.
we are already doing the 4 main things with the tour group
Answers (2)
Answered by Candy | Aug. 18, 2019 18:55

As I know, China Beijing World Towers, Temple of the Sun (Ritan Park), Ancient Observatory, Xiushui Market and SOHO New Town are near the Shangri-la China World Hotel.
Answered by ann from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 19, 2019 03:22

Asked by Darren from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 24, 2016 18:34Reply
Travel to the 798 District from South Beijing Train Station
We want to go to the 798 District from the South Beijing Train Station. What is the best way to travel via bus or train?
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Answered by Kong | Mar. 25, 2016 01:08

You can take the subway Line 14 and get off at Jiangtai Statoin (A Exit), where you will find the Bus 401. Take this bus and get off at Taishanzi Lu station. Then you will see the 798 District.
Asked by MG from SWITZERLAND | Apr. 15, 2014 01:37Reply
Which is the closest subway station? How much from that station to the art zone area with a taxi?
Can you please give me the addresses in Chinese for both the ART zone and the metro station? Are there lot of taxis around the art zone?
Thank you so much
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Answered by Chen | Apr. 15, 2014 03:22

The closest subway station is Sanyuanqiao Station. The taxi fare from the station to the art zone area is around CNY30. It is not difficult to get taxi there. Hereunder is the addresses in Chinese for these two places:
798 Art Zone: 北京市朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区
Subway station: 三元桥地铁站
Asked by Mei | Oct. 22, 2012 07:57Reply
北京中联鑫华酒店前门店 to 798 Art Zone
How to go to 798 Art Zone from 北京中联鑫华酒店前门店?

I would prefer to take MRT / Subway then change to bus or taxi?

Pl advise the route to get to 798 Art Zone reference to my preference.

How long will the journey takes?

How much time do I need to spend at 798 Art Zone?

Answers (1)
Answered by Ann | Oct. 22, 2012 07:27

Hi, from the hotel, you may walk to the Peace Arch station to take the subway line 2 for 7 stops and get off at Dongzhimen station (exit C), then transfer to take bus No.909 or No. 987 or No. 401 or No. 418 to get to the destination. If you take taxi, then the fare is around CNY41. The journey takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. The art zone is very big and at least 2 to 3 hours will be needed for a brief visit. Anyway, it is up to you.
Asked by Arshia ladak | Jul. 09, 2012 07:28Reply
From renaissance capital hotel. Wining what's the best way to get to 798 art zone
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Answered by Helen | Jul. 09, 2012 07:03

From the Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, you may walk to Shuangjing Station and take the subway line 10 to Sanyuanqiao Station(7 stops, Exit C1), then take bus No. 401 and get off at the fifth stop(South Station of Dashanzi Road). Then you may walk to the 798 Art Zone. If you take a taxi, then the fare would be around CNY30.
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