Television Cultural Center (TVCC) aka Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Image by thewamphyri
Beijing Television Cultural Center (aka Mandarin Oriental Hotel), Beijing China.
Height 159m (521 ft),
At 8:27 pm on 9 February 2009, the entire building caught fire on the last day of the festivities of Chinese new year and was put out six hours later. A nearby unauthorised fireworks display caused the fire.
The incident, and its coverage by Chinese state media, caused a furore in China. CCTV officials had authorised the powerful pyrotechnics, carried it out without the required permit from local government, and ignored repeated police warnings not to hold them. The authorities’ attempts to limit damaging direct coverage of the blaze was criticised by citizens and the international press.
When this picture was taken, this building and its companion the CCTV building were both locked up behind 8ft razor wire topped fences. There was construction going on in the fenced area, but it was not quite clear what it in involved, although it appeared to be not related to the refurbishing of this building.