How to visit CCTV Tower in Beijing

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If you are interested in Beijing tower tour, CCTV Tower ( China Central Television Tower ) in Beijing is a nice place for you to get a higher view of the city.

Constructed in 1992, CCTV Tower is the tallest structure in Beijing with the height of 405 meters including the tip of its antenna, the third in China and the sixth in the world. It is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.

Now the Central Television Tower has been turned into a modern and advanced structure with comprehensive functions like transmitting radio signals and TV programs, tourism, restaurant and recreation.

As a visitor, what do you expect from the tower and how to visit this tallest tower in Beijing?

Tip # 01: CCTV Tower Tour Itinerary
Enter the Tower Base

First you buy the entrance ticket at the ticket office by the tower. After going through security check, enter the main entrance in the middle of the tower seat. Inside the base hall, you have your ticket checked.

A pretty CCTV Tower tour guide will escort you and other visitors. First take elevator directly to the 22nd floor with a height of 238 meters.

Observation Deck 238 meters on the 22nd floor

The 22nd floor is an open air observation deck, which is said to the largest in the world. You can enjoy the whole view of Beijing.

On a fine day, you can have a clear view of the Western Hills, the Summer Palace, the white Dagoba in Beihai Park, and make out the location of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City City, and even the new CCTV headquarters at a height of 230, designed by Rem Koolhaas in late 2009 and located in the new Central Business District east of Beijing.

The 225-meter High “TV Culture Hall” on the 19th Floor

Then your tour guide will accompany you to the 19th floor – “TV Culture Hall”. The hall is a place connecting audiences to CCTV’s past and present.

In the hall, you are immersed in the development of CCTV culture and have a close interaction with CCTV. Get some basic knowledge about the history and development of CCTV. This floor is actually an indoor observation hall, from which you also have bird’s-eye view of Beijing.

The 221-meter High Rotating Restaurant on the 18th Floor

If you prefer a romantic buffet on the tower, you just walk down from the 19th floor to the 18th floor – a revolving restaurant, where you can enjoy the rich and mixed buffet of Chinese, Western & Japanese style. One cycle rotating takes 80 minutes.

The 6-meter High “Culture Corridor”

After lunch or dinner, or you just skip the buffet, go down by elevator to the “culture corridor” 6-meter high above the TV tower seat.

Make yourself familiar with the traditional Beijing culture in the corridor, where you will see many pictures illustrating Beijing history and traditional culture.The whole tower trip usually takes you two hours exclusive of lunch.

Taipingyang Underwater World (an ocean park)
This ocean park is just in the east of the seat of CCTV tower. The ocean park is the home of hundreds of marine creatures. So after visiting the tower, you can also have fun and rewind yourself here.

Tip # 02: Visit the Tower Daytime or Evening?

Daytime or evening visiting makes a world of difference. It all depends on you to choose daytime or evening.

In a clear day, you can see far and have a panoramic view of Beijing. While in the evening, you will see a Beijing resembling a wonderland with lighting all over the city. The tower itself goes red like a giant red lantern. Of course, having dinner on the revolving restaurant is very romantic with a lit Beijing down below.

Tip # 03: Entrance Ticket and Buffet Price, and Opening Hours

Entrance Ticket for Tower visit: RMB 90 ( 08:30-22:00, stop selling tickets at 21:30)

Lunch buffet: RMB 168 with complimentary tower visit and ticket for Taipingyang Ocean Park (11:00-14:00, stop ticket selling at 13:00)

Buffet dinner: RMB 298 with complimentary tower visit and ticket for Taipingyang Ocean Park (17:00-22:00, stop ticket selling at 21:00)

Ticket for Ocean Park only: RMB 50 (08:30-22:00, tickets before 21:30)

Tip # 04: How to Get there
Address: No.11, the Middle of West 3RD Ring Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Post Code: 100142
TEL: 0086-010-68411964 (customer service), 0080-15101055446
Public Bus:
Take bus Nos. 323, 624,809,811,40,64, Yuntong102,Yuntong 103,Yuntong 201, get off at Hangtian Bridge South stop
Beijing Subway:
Take Subway Line 1, get off at Gongzhufen Station and walk north (The opposite to the west gate of Yuyuantan Park)

Free parking service is provided on condition of having buffet up.

Tip # 05: Best Time to Visit the CCTV Tower
1. Avoid a hazy day
2. Avoid public holiday
3. Make sure your body is in good shape

4. Take great care on the open air observation since it is quite windy on the top

Tip # 6 : Don’t be Confused with China Central Television Headquarters Building
CCTV Tower that we are talking about now ( China Central Television Tower ) is different from China Central Television Headquarters Building (New CCTV Tower). The latter is the headquarters of China Central Television.

Rem Koolhaa and Ole Scheerenof OMA were the architects in charge for the building, while Arup provided the complex engineering design. It stands at 234 metres high and has 54 floors. This New CCTV Tower is in the east of Beijing while CCTV Tower is in the west of Beijing.

CCTV Tower looks like a giant lantern hanging in the sky


Go through security check

Open Air Observation Deck 238 meters on the 22th floor

The 225-meter high TV Culture Hall on the 19th floor

The 225-meter high TV Culture Hall on the 19th floor


The 221-meter high rotating restaurant on the 18th floor

The 221-meter high rotating restaurant on the 18th floor 1

Taipingyang Underwater World (an ocean park)


Tip:  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 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

Any questions, just drop a line.

11 Responses to “How to visit CCTV Tower in Beijing”

  1. Daniela says:

    Hi there, where is a good to eat after visiting the tower at night. The dinner buffet is too expensive.

  2. admin says:


    You may go to Wangfujing Night Food Street (王俯井小吃街), formally called “Donghuamen Night Food Street”(东华门美食坊夜市), which is located on Donganmen Street linked to the west of the crossroad at the northern tip of Wangfujing Pedestrian Street. see the post:
    have a nice time in Beijing!

  3. Barbara says:

    Hi. How long does it take to walk from Gongzhufen train station to the CCTV tower?

    Your website is fantastic – it has so much great information.


  4. admin says:

    Hello Barbara,
    It takes about 20-minute’s walk from Gongzhufeng Metro Station to the CCTV Tower. Have a good time in Beijing!

  5. noma says:

    Hi do you need to make a booking in advance if you want to go to the restaurant?

  6. Daniel says:

    Hello Noma,

    Basically you don’t need to book a seat in advance except on holiday.

  7. sara says:

    For those who are interested in visiting the tower, the current price is 90 RMB

  8. Igor says:

    What is the curent price,and is it possible to pay with credit card?

  9. Daniel says:

    Hi Igor,

    The current price is 90 yuan for the main entrance to the tower. But we are not sure whether they accept your credit card. Basically you can.

  10. Jordan Hardy says:

    How long are you allowed to stay on the observation deck for?

  11. Daniel says:

    Dear Jordan Hardy,

    As far as I know, there is no limit to the time you are allowed to stay on the observation deck.

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