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Central Radio and TV Tower

Central Radio and TV Tower

The China Central Television TV (CCTV) Tower is the tallest structure in Beijing, China. It has an observation deck at 238m, and the tip of its antenna reaches a height of 405 m. It provides panoramic views over the city from its restaurant and observation deck. It is part of the World Federation of Great Towers.

The tower was built in 1992, and contains broadcasting equipment for China Central Television. It is located in Beijing's Haidian District, near to the Gongzhufen metro station and Yuyuantan Park. It was set to be superseded by a new headquarters in Chaoyang District, designed by Rem Koolhaas, but construction of the new building was recently halted due to public dissatisfaction over spiralling costs.

A race to the top of the tower is held annually, with two laps of the base followed by a climb of the 1484 steps leading up to the observation deck.