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Old December 11th, 2008, 05:00 PM   #1761
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Love it. Any news on the projections?
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Old December 21st, 2008, 12:40 AM   #1762
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gobsmacking.

1. The seemingly random lines on the facade are actually the stress lines of the structure that are being supported.

2. It's the worlds second largest office building (stack its wings on top of each other and it would be 2600ft high).

3. The colour of the glsss is designed to precisely reflect or blend in with the hazy, polluted skies of Beijing.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 06:31 AM   #1763
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 08:12 PM   #1764
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What are the holes below the overhang for?
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 11:04 PM   #1765
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WOW!! NO comment!!!
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Old December 24th, 2008, 01:00 AM   #1766
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amazing pictures-- great comparatives

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Old December 24th, 2008, 04:56 AM   #1767
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What are the holes below the overhang for?
observatory deck.
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Old December 24th, 2008, 05:04 AM   #1768
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Taken Saturday (Dec 20) on my Beijing trip





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Old December 24th, 2008, 05:12 PM   #1769
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When is this due to be completed? Will I be able to walk around the base of it, or even go to the observation deck when I go to Beijing in April?

By the way, is that disc on top a helipad? If so, that's well cool!!
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Old December 24th, 2008, 05:34 PM   #1770
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it's supposed to finish on 1/1/2009 but I saw last SAT there were still some work going on.

yes it is a helipad on the top
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Old December 24th, 2008, 05:37 PM   #1771
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Brilliant!! Even if the opening date slips, I guess I'll almost certainly be able to see it up close and go to the obeservation deck!
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Old December 24th, 2008, 11:41 PM   #1772
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I thought it's supposed to be fully finished by October 2009, I'm pretty sure this info is on the thread somewhere (this is where I read the opening date). Plus, it may not be open to the public. However Andrew, you can probably go to the BJWTC3 across the street by April (I don't know if it has an observation deck). There's also the CCTV transmission tower with an observatory deck in the western part of the city, it's at about 215m.
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Old December 25th, 2008, 02:54 AM   #1773
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12-24



TVCC










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last one -- Merry Christmas



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Old December 26th, 2008, 01:40 AM   #1774
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However Andrew, you can probably go to the BJWTC3 across the street by April (I don't know if it has an observation deck).
Apparently it will have one. I have a friend who lives only a few blocks away from the China World complex and it's quite stunning. However, I'm not sure if WTC3 will actually be open to the public at the beginning of April. While work has surely progressed since I last went to Beijing (end of October), it still seemed like there was a LOT to be done, especially inside.

Regardless, what I can definitely advise you to do is take a drink in the Park Hyatt Beijing. The hotel occupies the top floors (Floors 58+) of the Beijing Yintai Centre and the views are stunning. You're exactly opposite the China World Complex (i.e: Shangri-La Hotel(s) and WTC towers) and have an extremely nice view. Just be aware that you should probably bring at least a dinner jacket, as we got some weird views when we went there in our street clothes, and also be ready for extravagant prices - especially for China/Beijing. We payed a lofty RMB 200 (~€ 19/20) for two Gin&Tonics. It was totally worth it, but just bear in mind that when you're there these sums can easily get to your head, especially when you're used to only paying RMB 5-10 for a few dumplings and a soda. Best views are at sunset/night

EDIT: Also, that last picture was taken at The Place, situated not too far away from China World. Best ask in the lobby and get them to tell the cab driver. Same goes for the Park Hyatt though - extreme prices for cheap drinks. RMB 50 (~€ 5) for one beer is pretty damn expensive. Again, you're paying for the location and that is absolutely amazing too. The whole thing is roughly 150 meters long and the whole cieling is animated. Be aware though that it may not be on until the late afternoon.

However, don't let this fool you. This isn't the real Beijing. Even though I love architecture and Beijing's CBD is full of gobsmacking buildings (the Soho, next to The Place, comes to mind), I do advise you to grab a cab to Beihai Park, pay the admission fee and walk up to the top of the White Pagoda as from there you can see the whole Forbidden City from up high -- A few I will surely not forget.

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Old December 26th, 2008, 02:50 AM   #1775
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the BEST skyscraper Iv'e seen so far! I love its unusual form
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Old December 27th, 2008, 03:03 AM   #1776
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TVCC is looking very good too.
This complex is for the first decade of this century the same as the Guggenheim in Bilbao was for the previous decade.What a glory!!!
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Old December 28th, 2008, 11:56 AM   #1777
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I doubt it's going to have the "Bilbao effect" though. (Not that Beijing necessarily needs it)
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Old December 30th, 2008, 08:24 AM   #1778
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Wooooow.

What is that huuuuge screen on top of the Christmass tree? Is it part of the complex?
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Old December 30th, 2008, 09:36 AM   #1779
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breathtaking. absolutely speachless.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 04:23 PM   #1780
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