China Zun

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China Zun (November 2018)
General information
LocationZ15 plot, Guanghua Road, Beijing CBD, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Construction started19 September 2011
Estimated completion2019
Antenna spire528 m
Roof528 m (1,732 ft)
Top floor515 m
Technical details
Floor count108
Floor area427,000 square metres (4,600,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectTFP Farrells (Land Bid Concept);

KPF (Concept & Design);

BIAD (Land Bid Concept & Architect of Record)
DeveloperCITIC Real Estate[1]
Structural engineerArup
China Zun
Simplified Chinese中国尊
Traditional Chinese中國尊
Simplified Chinese中信集团总部大楼
Traditional Chinese中信集團總部大樓

CITIC Tower is a supertall skyscraper in the final stages of construction located in the Central Business District of Beijing. It is popularly known as China Zun (Chinese: 中国尊; pinyin: Zhōngguó Zūn) and IPA pronunciation [ʈʂʊ́ŋ.kwǒ.tswə́n]. The 108-storey, 528 m (1,732 ft) building will be the tallest in the city, surpassing that of the China World Trade Center Tower III by 190 metres.[2] On August 18, 2016, CITIC Tower surpassed China World Trade Center Tower III in height, becoming Beijing's tallest building.[3] The tower structurally topped out on July 9, 2017,[4] and fully topped out on August 18, 2017, the completion date is set to be in 2019.

The nickname China Zun comes from the zun, an ancient Chinese wine vessel which inspired the building design, according to the developers, the CITIC Group. The groundbreaking ceremony of the building took place in Beijing on September 19, 2011 and the constructors expect to finish the project within five years. After completion, CITIC Tower will be Northern China's third tallest building after Goldin Finance 117 and Chow Tai Fook Binhai Center in Tianjin.

Farrells produced the tower's land bid concept design, with Kohn Pedersen Fox assuming the project and completing a 14-month-long concept design process after the client had won the bid.[5]

China Zun Tower will be a mixed-use building, featuring 60 floors of office space, 20 floors of luxury apartments and 20 floors of hotel with 300 rooms,[6] there will be a rooftop garden on the top floor at 524m high.

The tower is likely to remain the tallest building in Beijing for the foreseeable future, as in 2018 authorities capped new projects in the central business district to a height of no more than 180 meters in a bid to reduce congestion.[7]


In April 2018, Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao revealed that China Zun’s top three floors, Levels 106-107 and an observatory on level 108, is to be expropriated by the national-security apparatus, since the entire Zhongnanhai complex, the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council of the People's Republic of China, could be seen from the top of the skyscraper with the naked eye on a clear day. It is also said[by whom?] that with high-end telescopes and other monitoring equipment, the day-to-day lives and activities of the Party and State Leaders could be seen. The building is ordered rectification for "fire safety issues" by the authorities, but the CITIC Group is unable to reveal the specific reason for rectification. It is also said the top three floors of the building will be administered by the National Security authorities after rectification.[8][9]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Z15 Tower". SkyscraperPage. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Beijing to build city's tallest building". China Daily. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Tallest skyscraper in Beijing reaches 333 meters in height". ECNS Wire. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Beijing's Tallest Building is about to Top Out - The Tower Info". The Tower Info. 2017-08-03. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  5. ^ "CITIC Tower". Kohn Pedersen Fox.
  6. ^ "Beijing Z15 Tower: Tallest building in Beijing, China - e-architect". e-architect. 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
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  8. ^ Asia Times. May 2, 2018 Retrieved May 9, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "港媒:北京第一高楼"中国尊"可窥中南海 国安已接管顶楼三层". Lianhe Zaobao (in Chinese). 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2018-05-09.

Coordinates: 39°54′45″N 116°27′58″E / 39.91250°N 116.46611°E / 39.91250; 116.46611