In 2000, the Heilongjiang broadcast and TV tower (known locally as Dragon Tower) was finished. It was the first steel tower to be built in Asia and is the tallest tower on the continent: the second tallest in the world. It instantly became a landmark and symbol for Harbin and was named a Grade-AAAA tourist sight by the State Tourism administration. It is situated in the new technology development zone of Harbin about 6 kilometers southeast of the city.
Aside from housing a jumble of television transmission facilities, ad agencies, environmental and meteorological monitoring and wireless communication companies, the tower is well equipped for visitors. The Scientific and Technological Paradise is an educational base for children. There is a Qin Terracotta Warrior Exhibition on the second story, enabling visitors to experience the renowned clay army without traveling all the way to Xi'an city.
Visitors can meet famous historical figures from ancient China such as Emperor Qin Shihuang and Empress Wu Zetian at the Waxwork Museum or indulge in retail therapy in the shopping mall. On the 181 meter high Viewing Platform visitors get a bird's eye view of Harbin through whistling clouds. For the very brave, there is even a revolving restaurant floating 185-meters up the tower.