Walking Tour: Beijing’s Modern Architecture, Beijing (Self Guided)

Beijing is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with a great history of more than 2000 years. The majority of buildings in the city preserve that history, though you will notice a fast rising number of modern buildings emerging with impressive design, size and shape. Check out the famous modern architecture of Beijing in the next self-guided tour:
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Walking Tour: Beijing’s Modern Architecture Map

Guide Name: Walking Tour: Beijing’s Modern Architecture
Guide Location: China » Beijing (See other walking tours in Beijing)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Author: nataly
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Jing Guang Center

1) Jing Guang Center

Jing Guang Center is a beautiful modern building erected in 1990 and was the tallest building in China until 1996. The 53-story building measures 208 meters high and is in the Beijing CBD.
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CCTV Headquarters

2) CCTV Headquarters

The CCTV Headquarters is a 234 m (768 ft), 44-storey 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). Groundbreaking took place on June 1, 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 main building is not a traditional tower, but a loop of six horizontal and vertical sections covering 473,000 m2 (5,090,000 sq ft) of floor space, creating an irregular grid on the building's facade with an open center. The construction of the building is considered to be a structural challenge, especially because it is in a seismic zone. Because of its radical shape, it's said that a taxi driver first came up with its nickname dà kùchǎ, roughly translated as, "big boxer shorts". Locals often refer to it as "big pants". The CCTV Headquarters won the 2013 Best Tall Building Worldwide from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
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China World Trade Center Tower III

3) China World Trade Center Tower III

China World Trade Center Tower III is a supertall skyscraper with 81 floors, 4 underground floors, and 30 elevators in Beijing. It is the third phase of development of the China World Trade Center complex in Beijing's central business district of Chaoyang. The building topped out at 330 m (1,083 ft) on 29 October 2007 and completed in 2010. It is the tallest building in Beijing. It is used for office and hotel space, with retail at its base. The building houses a 278-room 5-star hotel, a 1,600-seat grand ballroom and a carpark. The office space is located on floors 1 to 55. Floors 64 to 77 are occupied by the hotel with a lobby on the 64th floor. Floors 79 to 81 are used for a restaurant and an observation deck.
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China World Trade Center

4) China World Trade Center

The China World Trade Center is located in Chaoyang District, the central business district of Beijing. The construction of the complex started in 1985 and was completed in 2010 after the completion of the China World Trade Center Tower 3. China World Trade Center is a subsidiary group of the Kuok group founded in 1985 and owned by two cooperating companies: the China Sho Mao Investment and Kerry Industrial Company. The China World Trade Center is the largest building complex of Beijing consisting of around 14 components including hotels all of Shangri-La, shopping malls, offices, apartments, convention rooms, and an exhibition hall.
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China World Trade Center II

5) China World Trade Center II

China World Trade Center Tower 2 can be found in the Beijing Central Business District, or Beijing CBD as it is known to locals. The tower was constructed in 1999, stands 155.1 meters high and hosts a great number of offices.
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Yintai Office Tower

6) Yintai Office Tower

The city's Yintai Office Tower, or Yintai Office Centre, is located in the heart of Beijing's Central Business District. It is yet another 3-tower complex, the central tower standing the tallest at 250 meters high. The two outside towers stand at a height of almost 186 meters each. This Beijing landmark was designed by the famous architect John Portman.
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Beijing TV Centre

7) Beijing TV Centre

BTV (Beijing TV Centre) is a 41-floor skyscraper with a total height of almost 239 meters. This modern glass and steel construction, which was completed in 2006, is the work of acclaimed architect Rem Koolhaas.
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Huamao Center

8) Huamao Center

The Huamao Center of the Chaoyang District is a complex that consists of three impressive modern towers. The Huamao Center Tower 1 has 36 floors, Huamao Center Tower 2 has 32 floors and Huamao Center Tower 3 has 28 floors. The towers are arranged in a line and are parallel to each other. When the mirrored façade reflects the clouds rolling by or the colorful sunset, it creates an imagae that visitors are sure to remember.

Walking Tours in Beijing, China

Create Your Own Walk in Beijing

Create Your Own Walk in Beijing

Creating your own self-guided walk in Beijing is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Walking Tour: Popular Markets in Beijing

Walking Tour: Popular Markets in Beijing

Markets in Beijing are great places to get acquainted with locals. Many markets operate through the night so if you are out late enjoying the nightlife, don't forget to stop by to purchase unique items that are not found in shops or malls. Take the following tour to discover the most popular markets in Beijing:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Walking Tour: Olympic Park, Beijing

Walking Tour: Olympic Park, Beijing

Olympic Park was built in Beijing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2008. This complex of modern buildings boasts a unique architectural approach compared to the more traditional builings that fill the city. A multicolored rainbow illuminates the park, making it the perfect place for an evening walk. Take the following tour to discover the unique buildings of Olympic Park that represent...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Walking Tour: Xicheng District, Beijing

Walking Tour: Xicheng District, Beijing

Xicheng District includes the largest part of the old city. In this part of Beijing, you will find fascinating Chinese architecture, the oldest standing Catholic Church and beautiful parks. Take the following tour to discover the most popular and prominent attractions in Xicheng District of Beijing.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.4 km
Walking Tour: Chaoyang District

Walking Tour: Chaoyang District

Chaoyang District is one of the largest, most modern Districts of Beijing. Here you will find the Central Business District and headquarters of many international organizations, as well as many famous market streets including Silk Street and Sanlitun Bar Street. Take the following tour to discover the fascinating Chaoyang District:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Shopping Around Chaoyang Park

Shopping Around Chaoyang Park

Chaoyang Park is located in the North-East area of Beijing. The park itself represents one of Beijing’s main attractions, with its great beauty and infrastructure, as well as a number of famous markets that lie in the area. This guide will take you to some of the best features of Chaoyang Park.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.1 km
Shopping in North Beijing

Shopping in North Beijing

Northern Beijing is home to the famous historic Shichahai area. This picturesque area between Forbidden City and Olympic Park consists of three lakes, the Confucius and Lama Temples and is a great illustration of a traditional Chinese district. Check out the most popular shopping places in North Beijing in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km

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Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Beijing, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

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Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.