A Good Place to See Beijing’s Changing Skyline

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If you are interested in Beijing’s changing skyline or its amazing cityscape on your Beijing tour, you shouldn’t  miss the opportunity to have a glimpse of or take pictures of Rem Koolhass’s CCTV Headquarters ( China Central Television Headquarters) and its new neighbor – China Zun ( still under construction ), the 118-storey, 528 m building which will be the tallest in Beijing.

Both the CCTV building and China Zun are visible from most of Beijing. The CCTV Headquarter is designed by OMA as a weird reinvention of the skyscraper as a loop instead of a typical skyscraper’s demand for height.

Designed by architecture firm Farrells, China Zun is still under construction and after completion it will  surpass the height of the China World Trade Center Tower III by 190 metres and become Beijing’s tallest building.

China Zun literally means “ancient China wine vessel”, which ignites the imagination for the building design.

There are quite some good places in Beijing to view the CCTV Headquarters and China Zun in different angles at a closer distance. But Blue Frog ( Gumao ), a popular restaurant chain with American style food, is an ideal place to see the CCTV Headquarters and China Zun.

Blue Frog ( Gumao ) is on the 6th floor of the North Section China World Mall, Beijing. The restaurant has an open terrace where customers can dine and drink while viewing the magnificent CCTV building and its new tallest neighbor – China Zun at a closer distance with a good angle.

Blue Frog (Guomao)
NL6005 6/F, North Section China World Mall, No.1 Jianguomen Wai Street, Beijing
+86 10 8535 1186
Business Hours: 10:00-23:00 ( Mon – Sun ).

Come to Blue Frog for brunch or dinner if you are intrigued by the bright CCTV Building, China Zun and neon-lit CBD ( Central Business District ). They have many food and drinks choices on the menu – burgers, beer, wine and  their steaks and salads are also very good.

Try to get there early for a table on the open terrace where you can look out  at the CCTV Building and China Zun across the third ring road.

Blue Frog (Guomao) with a view of the CCTV Building and China Zun

Drinking on the terrace while looking out at the two landmarks in Beijing

The CCTV Building and China Zun – the Tallest Buidling in Beijing

Beijing’s new Skyline

The CBD (Central Business District)

Look out at the CBD ( Central Business District ) from the Terrace.

Sunset Glow over the CCTV Building

The Lit-up CCTV Building

The Lit-up CBD

The Night View of the CCTV Headquarter

They have many food and drinks choices on the menu – burgers, beer, wine,steaks, salads and more.

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour     from US$ 33

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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