Central Radio & TV Tower

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Central Radio & TV Tower
Beijing TV Tower 2(2007-07)( small).JPG
Former namesCCTV Tower
Beijing TV Tower
General information
Architectural styleModernism
Location11 Xisanhuan Street
Beijing, China
Coordinates39°55′05″N 116°18′01″E / 39.91806°N 116.30028°E / 39.91806; 116.30028Coordinates: 39°55′05″N 116°18′01″E / 39.91806°N 116.30028°E / 39.91806; 116.30028
Construction started1987
Antenna spire405 m (1,329 ft)
Top floor248 m (814 ft)
Technical details
Floor area60,000 m2 (650,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectDesign Institute of the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television
EngineerKCA Architects Snoeren

The Central Radio & TV Tower (simplified Chinese: 中央广播电视塔; traditional Chinese: 中央廣播電視塔; pinyin: Zhōngyāng guǎngbò diànshì tǎ) and IPA pronunciation[ʈʂʊ́ŋ.jáŋ.kwàŋ.pwó.tjɛ̂n.ʂɻ̩̂.tʰà] is a 405-metre-tall (1,329 ft) telecommunications- and observation tower in Beijing, China. It was the tallest structure in the city until 2018, when it was surpassed by China Zun. It is the ninth-tallest tower in the world, and has its observation deck at 238 m (781 ft). The tower provides panoramic views over the city from its revolving restaurant and observation deck. It is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.


The tower was completed in 1992, designed by Paulus Snoeren in the late 1980s and contains broadcasting equipment for China Central Television. It is located in Beijing's Haidian District, near to the Gongzhufen metro station and Yuyuantan Park. The CCTV Headquarters is now based in Chaoyang District, designed by Rem Koolhaas in late 2009.

A race to the top of the tower is held annually with two laps of the base followed by a climb of the 1,484 steps leading up to the observation deck.


There are 4 floors opened to the public.

Floor 1[edit]

Lounge, toilets, lift to level 216 (level 4 for guest) and stairs to level 2.

Floor 2[edit]

History of very famous people in China, lift to level 186 (Level 3 for guest), lift to level 216 (level 4 for guest) and stairs to level 1.

Floor 3[edit]

How CCTV (Chinese TV programme) work, lift to level 2 lift to level 216 (level 4 for guest).

Floor 4[edit]

Viewing area, lift to level 183 (level 3 for guest).


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Central Radio & TV Tower". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  2. ^ Central Radio & TV Tower at Emporis
  3. ^ "Central Radio & TV Tower". SkyscraperPage.
  4. ^ Central Radio & TV Tower at Structurae

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