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Tourist Trail - CCTV Tower

The CCTV tower is one of the modern wonders of Beijing.  If this were any less of a city, with fewer attractions, the tower would feature heavily in any tourist promotions.  As it is, there are so many things to see in Beijing, especially of historical and cultural interest, the poor old tower tends to get overlooked.  We however, do think it is worth a visit, especially if you're stuck in Beijing and not particularly interested in all things ancient.

The CCTV tower not surprisingly is the home of many TV and Radio station broadcasts, including CCTV1 thru CCTV9.  From the top you can see a wide view of the western area of Beijing.  The tower is not near the center so practically all major Beijing landmarks are not usually visible.  There are two levels to the tower.  One is for observation, another is a revolving restaurant which is not too expensive, but not too fancy either.

At the base of the tower and across the main road you will find a rather pretty little park.  Here you can rent boats or just stroll along the shore.  From the park you can get a great view, and picture of the tower in all its glory.  At night it is illuminated to some degree.

The tower is in the western suburbs of Beijing and can be reached by subway by getting off at the Gong Zhu Fen (110) Line 1 station and walking north 15 to 20 minutes.  Alternatively you can get a taxi.  From the center of Beijing to the tower will cost you from 20 RMB to 25 RMB.

Below is the name and address of the tower in Chinese.  You can print and hand to your taxi driver.






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