China – Beijing – City Architecture

– OCTOBER 21, 2015

The travels have brought us to Beijing, China as the final city stop on our China 2015 World Tour.  The people in Beijing speak much more English than they did in the south, for obvious reasons.  The city of Beijing wasn’t too bad for air pollution, even though we were constantly warned to avoid Beijing at all costs.  We rather enjoyed Beijing and we would definitely return here in the future.  Shanghai maybe not so much.

The CCTV Headquarters is a 234 m, 44-story skyscraper on East Third Ring Road, Guanghua Road in the Beijing Central Business District (CBD).  The tower serves as headquarters for China Central Television (CCTV) that was formerly at the China Central Television Building located at 11 Fuxin Road some 15 km to the west.  Ground-breaking took place on June 01, 2004 and the building’s facade was completed in January 2008.  After the construction having been delayed as result of a fire which in February 2009 engulfed the adjacent Television Cultural Center, the Headquarters has been finally completed in May 2012.  The CCTV Headquarters won the 2013 Best Tall Building Worldwide from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren of OMA were the architects in charge for the building, while Arup provided the complex engineering design.  It defies the laws of gravity and appears to just hover at its missing leg.  It is a superb building.

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CCTV Headquarters

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CCTV Headquarters

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CCTV Headquarters

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CCTV Headquarters

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CCTV Headquarters

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CCTV Headquarters

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CCTV Headquarters

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CCTV Headquarters

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CCTV Headquarters

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CCTV Headquarters

The international standard Beijing LG Twin Towers, or more fondly called as simply the Twin Towers, is a major landmark in Beijing.  It is impressive with its world-class landscape design and high-end IT infrastructure to keep up with the demands of the high-profile businesses occupying the building.  Some of its largest multinational businesses calling the Twin Towers home include the Banco de Chile, Johnson & Johnson, Nike Sports, and EMI Music.

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LG Twin Towers

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LG Twin Towers

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LG Twin Towers

And for some more random pictures of Beijing architecture…enjoy!

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This security guard just stood all day in a three-sided glass box. What a job!

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Beijing Architecture

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Beijing Architecture

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Beijing Architecture

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Beijing Architecture

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Beijing Architecture

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Beijing Architecture

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Beijing Architecture

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Beijing Architecture

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Beijing Architecture

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Beijing Architecture – this picture is looking at the underside of an entrance canopy. The underside of the canopy has a huge video monitor built in! That’s nuts!

Next we will set out to see the famous 798 Art District and to secure our travel visas for Vietnam.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.