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CNN Challenge: Past Meets Present

This week’s CNN Challenge is to dig an old photograph of someplace, then, go to that location and line it up to the present-day view.

I’ve been meaning to post a blog entry of the photo documentation of the CCTV Tower / Headquarter here in Beijing but I was too lazy to dig into my old files—until today! :))

Everyday, I passed by this
building on my way to work. And when I arrive in my classroom, this is
the view from my glass window.

So, I decided to submit my own documentation
of this grand work of architecture.

I am a witness to the
transformation of this building almost everyday of the year (I mostly
work on Saturdays and Sundays, too!)!

The CCTV Tower / Headquarter is a very imposing skyscraper in
Chaoyang District. If you are into modern architectural design, it is a must to visit this place though it seems construction has been stopped. Or maybe, it’s going on but I can’t see it from the outside.

I started taking pictures of this building,
designed by the Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas, when I arrived in Beijing
in 2005 but I lost some of the earlier photos. :((

The two
towers were connected on December 26, 2007.

Most of my Chinese students, don’t
appreciate it’s beauty. In fact, this wonderful building earns a
monicker, the pants —which of course, according to them, looks like
the pants. :))

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