Similar set up to Berlitz. Group and one-on-one classes. Has set-time classes you can join at various language levels.
Le Cool Ice Rink
Like many of the rinks in Běijīng, Le Cool is not very big. But it’s easily accessible and perfect for kids. Visit in the morning or...
China World Fitness Centre
A 20m pool, squash courts, steam bath and jacuzzi are available here, as well as yoga, Pilates, ballet and Latin dance. There are posh...
A swish place featuring a glossy black bar to sit at and lots of inviting sofas to sink into, Centro attracts business types and those...
The location – the ground floor of an office building – might be odd, but that doesn’t stop the CBD crowd flocking here for the 30 types...
32 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu · interesting places nearby
CCTV Building information
Shaped like an enormous pair of trousers, and known locally as Dà Kùchǎ (大裤衩), or Big Underpants, the astonishing CCTV Tower is an architect’s wet dream. Its overhang (the bum in the pants) seems to defy gravity and is made possible by an unusual engineering design which creates a three-dimensional cranked loop, supported by an irregular grid on its surface. Designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren of OMA, the building is an audacious statement of modernity (despite its nickname) and is a unique addition to the Běijīng skyline. In February 2008, stray fireworks from CCTV’s own Lantern Festival fireworks display sent the costly Television Cultural Center in the north of the complex up in flames, burning for five hours with spectacular ferocity. CCTV famously censored its own reporting of the huge conflagration (Běijīng netizens dryly noting that CCTV created one of the year’s biggest stories only to not cover it). Along with the Běijīng Mandarin Oriental, a visitor’s centre and theatre were also destroyed in the blaze. Big Underpants escaped unsinged. Gardens around the complex were being landscaped at the time of research so by the time you read this you should be able to wander beneath the underbelly of this exceptional structure.