List of tallest buildings in Beijing

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The Beijing CBD with the TVCC tower on the far left, CCTV Headquarters on the left center and the China World Trade Center Tower III on the right. These are the 12th, 5th, and 1st tallest buildings in the city, respectively.
The skyline of the city with the Financial Street in the foreground and the Central Business District in the background.

This list of tallest buildings in Beijing ranks skyscrapers in Beijing, the capital city of the People's Republic of China, by height. The tallest completed building in Beijing is currently the Fortune Plaza Office Building 1, which stands 260 metres (853 ft) tall with 63 stories.[1] The second-tallest building in the city is the Park Tower, standing at 250 m (820 ft) and containing 63 stories.[2] The Park Tower is the tallest building out of the three-building Beijing Yintai Centre, which includes two adjoining 186 m (610 ft), 42-story skyscrapers.[3]

The history of skyscrapers in Beijing began in 1959 with the completion of the National Minority Hotel.[4] Beijing's skyline gradually expanded upward at a modest rate for three decades. The completion of the China World Trade Center Tower 1 in 1989 marked the beginning of Beijing's first building boom that lasted ten years.[5] During this time period, four skyscrapers taller than 150 m (492 ft) were completed, including the 208 m (682 ft) Jing Guang Center, which stood as the tallest building in Beijing from 1990–2006.[6] A second, much larger boom began in 2004 and continues into the present, where twelve skyscrapers taller than 150 m (492 ft) were finished. Many of the skyscrapers completed during both building booms are located in Chaoyang District,[7] including the Beijing TV Centre, Park Tower and Fortune Plaza Office Building 1, all of which served as the tallest building in the city for a time.[1][2][8] As of December 2008, there are 895 completed highrise buildings in Beijing.[9]

The tallest construction in Beijing is the China World Trade Center Tower 3, which stands at 330 m (1,083 ft) with 74 stories.[10] The skyscraper opened to the public in September 2010 and became the tallest building in Beijing and the city's first building taller than 300 m (984 ft). Another famous project in the city is the 234 m (768 ft), 51-story CCTV Headquarters building, nicknamed "Big Shorts".[11][12][13] The skyscraper is not a traditional tower, but a continuous loop of five horizontal and vertical sections, creating an irregular grid on the building’s facade with an open center. With 389,079 square metres (4,188,010 sq ft) of office space, the skyscraper will become the largest office building in China and the second-largest in the world, after the Pentagon.[12][14] As of December 2008, there 45 projects under construction and proposed in Beijing.[9]

Tallest buildings[edit]

This lists ranks Beijing skyscrapers that stand at least 120 m (394 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. Existing structures are included for ranking purposes based on present height.

Rank Name Height
m / ft
Floors Year Notes
99.0Central Radio & TV Tower[A] 405 / 1,329 1992 This is the tallest structure in Beijing.[15]
01.01 China World Trade Center Tower 3 330 / 1,083 74 2009 This is the 33rd-tallest building in the world.[10][16]
02.02 Fortune Plaza Office Building 1 260 / 853 63 2008 This is the 95th-tallest building in the world.[1][17]
03.03 Park Tower 250 / 820 63 2007 This is the 125th-tallest building in the world. This building is also known as Beijing Yintai Center - Tower 2.[2][18]
04.04 Beijing TV Centre 239 / 784 41 2006 This is the 179th-tallest building in the world.[8][19]
05.05 CCTV Headquarters 234 / 768 51 2009 This building is the 5th tallest in the city. This building is locally known as "Big Shorts".[11][14]
06.06 Jing Guang Center 208 / 682 53 1990 This is the tallest building completed in the 1990s.[6][20]
07.07 Pangu Plaza Office Building 192 / 629 39 2008 [21][22]
08.08= Yintai Office Tower 186 / 610 42 2007 This building is also known as Silvertie Center Tower 1.[23][24]
09.08= PICC Office Tower 186 / 610 42 2007 This building is also known as the Park Hyatt Hotel at Silvertie Center.[25][26]
10.010 Capital Mansion 183 / 602 52 1990 [27][28]
11.011 China Central Place Tower 1 167 / 548 36 2006 This building is also known as Huamao Center Tower 1.[29][30]
12.012 TVCC 159 / 522 31 2009 This building is also known as Television Culture Centre.[31][32]
13.013= Fortune Plaza Office Building II 155 / 509 46 2005 [33][34]
14.013= China World Trade Center Tower II 155 / 509 39 1999 [35][36]
14.013= China World Trade Center Tower I 155 / 509 39 1989 [5][37]
16.016 China Central Place Tower 2 151 / 495 32 2007 This building is also known as Huamao Center Tower 2.[38][39]
17.017= Zhongguancun Financial Center 150 / 492 37 2006 [40][41]
18.017= Central International Trade Center - Tower B 150 / 492 36 2005 [42]
19.019 Beijing Silver Tower 145 / 476 32 1997 [43][44]
20.020= LG Twin Tower 1 141 / 461 30 2005 [45][46]
21.020= LG Twin Tower 2 141 / 461 30 2005 [47][48]
22.022 Central International Trade Center - Tower A 139 / 455 34 2005 [49]
23.023 Crown Tower A 138 / 453 38 2004 [50][51]
24.024 Central International Trade Center - Tower D 136 / 445 33 2005 [52]
25.025 China Central Place Tower 3 135 / 443 28 2007 This building is also known as Huamao Center Tower 3.[53][54]
26.026 Anzhen Building 131 / 430 30 1999 [55][56]
27.027 Beijing World Financial Center 131 / 429 32 1998 [57][58]
28.028 Central International Trade Center - Tower D 127 / 415 32 2005 [59]
29.029 Cyber Tower A 125 / 410 28 2001 [60][61]
30.030= Kerry Centre North Tower 124 / 405 31 1998 [62][63]
31.030= Kerry Centre South Tower 124 / 405 31 1998 [64][65]
32.032= Fortune Plaza Apartments I 123 / 404 40 2005 [66][67]
33.032= Beijing Tengda Building 123 / 404 33 2000 [68][69]
34.034 Jinggang City Plaza 121 / 397 34 1995 [70]
35.035 SOHO Tower A 120 / 394 42 2001 [71][72]

* Indicates still under construction, but has been topped out.

Tallest under construction and proposed[edit]

The CCTV Headquarters tower in April 2008

This lists skyscrapers that are under construction and proposed in Beijing and planned to rise over 120 m (394 ft), but are not yet completed structures.

Name Height
m / ft
Floors* Year* Status Notes
China Zun 510 / 1673 108 2016 Under construction [73][74]
Beijing Greenland Center Landmark Tower 280 / 919 60 - Proposed [75]
China World Trade Center Phase 3B 280 / 919 58 2015 Under Construction [76]
Fortune Plaza Office Building 1 267 / 876 63 2013 Topped Out [77] [78]
Wangjing SOHO Tower 1 200 / 656 2014 Proposed [79]
Fortune Plaza Apartments II 180 / 591 2008 Construction suspended [80][81]
8 Chang'An Avenue 180 / 591 43 Under construction [82]
Yao Hui Int'l City 165 / 541 38 2008 Proposed [83]
Beijing R&F Edinburgh Plaza 164 / 538 37 2008 Under construction [84]
Beijing Goldfield Plaza Tower A 151 / 497 35 Under construction [85][86]
People's Daily New Headquarters 150 / 492 35 2014 Under Construction [87]
Beijing Greenland Center Office Tower 2 150 / 492 - - Proposed [88]
Intercontinental Hotel at Fortune Plaza 120 / 394 33 2008 On Hold [89][90]

*Table entries without text indicate that information regarding floor count or dates of completion has not yet been released.

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This is a list of buildings that in the past held the title of tallest building in Beijing.

Name Street address Years as tallest Height
m / ft
Floors Reference
National Minority Hotel 51 Fuxingmennei Avenue 1959—1964 49 / 161 12 [91]
CAAC Office Building 15 West Chang'an Avenue 1964—1974 61 / 200 15 [92]
Beijing Hotel East Wing 33 East Chang'an Avenue 1974—1984 77 / 253 20 [93]
Xiyuan Hotel 1 Sanlihe Road 1984—1985 93 / 305 27 [94]
CITIC Building 19 Jianguomenwai Avenue 1985—1986 101 / 331 29 [95]
China Central Television 11 Fuxin Road 1986—1989 112 / 367 27 [96]
China World Trade Center Tower 1 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue 1989—1990 155 / 509 39 [37]
Jing Guang Center Corner of Hu Jia Lou and Chao Yang Qu 1990—2006 208 / 682 53 [20]
Beijing TV Centre Chang An Street 2006—2007 239 / 784 41 [19]
Park Tower 2 Jianguomenwai Avenue 2007—2008 250 / 820 63 [18]
Fortune Plaza Office Building 1 Corner of East Third Ring Road and Chaoyangmenwai Avenue 2008 260 / 853 63 [17]
China World Trade Center Tower 3 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue 2008—present 330 / 1,083 74 [16]

Notes[edit]

A. ^ The Central Radio & TV Tower is not a habitable building, but is included in this list for comparative purposes. Per a ruling by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, freestanding TV towers are not considered to be buildings, as they are not fully habitable structures.

References[edit]

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  45. ^ "LG Twin Tower 1". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
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  48. ^ "LG Beijing Tower 2". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
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  50. ^ "Crown Tower A". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  51. ^ "Crown Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  52. ^ "Central International Trade Center - Tower D". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  53. ^ "China Central Place Tower 3". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  54. ^ "Huamao Center Tower 3". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  55. ^ "Anzhen Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  56. ^ "Anzhen Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  57. ^ "Beijing World Financial Center". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  58. ^ "Beijing World Financial Center". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  59. ^ "Central International Trade Center - Tower C". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  60. ^ "Cyber Tower A". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  61. ^ "Cyber Tower A". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  62. ^ "Kerry Centre North Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
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  64. ^ "Kerry Centre South Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
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  68. ^ "Beijing Tengda Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  69. ^ "Beijing Tengda Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  70. ^ "Jinggang City Plaza". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  71. ^ "SOHO Tower A". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
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  73. ^ "CITIC Tower". Skyscraperpage. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  74. ^ "CITIC Plaza". CTBUH. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  75. ^ "Beijing Greenland Center Landmark Tower". CTBUH. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  76. ^ "China World Trade Center Phase 3B". Skyscraperpage. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
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  79. ^ "8 Chang'An Avenue". Skyscraperpage. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
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  81. ^ "Fortune Plaza Apartments 2". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  82. ^ "8 Chang'An Avenue". Skyscraperpage. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  83. ^ "Yao Hui Int'l City". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
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  85. ^ "Beijing Goldfield Plaza Tower A". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
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  88. ^ "Beijing Greenland Center Office Tower 2". CTBUH. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
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  91. ^ "National Minority Hotel". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  92. ^ "CAAC Office Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  93. ^ "Beijing Hotel East Wing". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  94. ^ "Xiyuan Hotel". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  95. ^ "CITIC Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  96. ^ "China Central Television". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 

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