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When it comes to modern architecture, Beijing is firmly planted on the map. Explore the best examples of the city’s new style such as the National Stadium, Aquatics Centre and CCTV Building. Learn about the architects and find out why the locals love and loathe some of these structures.

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Modern Architecture in Beijing - Full Day

This tour will begin at 08:00. The cityscape of Beijing is always evolving. Spend today exploring examples of the most noteworthy modern structures and learning about their origins.

Begin at the site of the 2008 Olympic Games where Beijing unveiled a set of stunning new buildings for the event. Start that landmark site, the National Stadium. Commonly referred to as the ‘Bird’s Nest’ this immense stadium is made entirely of steel but takes on a graceful elegance from afar. Learn about the challenges of its construction and the mixed opinions of Beijing residents who either love or loathe the structure.

Continue on to the National Aquatics Centre which hosted the water sports of the Olympic Games. Although not as aesthetically pleasing as the Stadium, the Aquatics Centre is a modern technical and ecological feat. Get up close to the ‘air bubbles’ that cover the structure and discover how they greatly reduced the amount of energy consumed by the building and the pool. See the innovative system for recycling rain water that makes the Centre China’s first large-scale eco-friendly building.

Leave the Olympic Park area and head into the central business district to explore other examples of modern architecture. The Phoenix International Media Centre is a wave-like mix of glass and steel that somewhat resembles the National Stadium. Nearby, rival television network CCTV has an equally impressive office. Nicknamed ‘big pants’, the building has an asymmetric structure that has garnered world-wide acclaim in the architecture world.

The final site of the day is the China National Grand Theatre. Perhaps the most controversial of all of Beijing’s modern buildings, the Theatre is nevertheless an impressive work of art. Wander around the grounds and study the unique design. The structure was conceptualized by the renowned French architect Paul Andreu and has a titanium and glass shell that appears to hover over an artificial pool. The interior design features a concert hall with some of the best acoustics in the world.

After this insightful tour into Beijing’s modern architecture, return to the hotel. (-)

Optional: A foreign Chinese modern architecture expert can accompany this tour for a surcharge. Please consult us for more information.

Remark: Beijing Capital International Airport’s Terminal 3 is another incredible modern building. Designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster, the glass and aluminium structure is meant to resemble a dragon. If departing from this terminal, be sure to take notice of this unique building.


Our Services include:

  • English speaking guide without shopping.
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.

Our Services do not include:

  • Meals arrangement.
  • Other services not mentioned in the program.
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature.
  • Tips, Travel insurance.

          *Please note that Not applicable during Chinese National Holidays, conference, corporate meeting, convention exhibition & incentive groups.*

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