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Look For the Olympic Element in Beijing

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Beijing is an Olympic city. Although the 29th Summer Olympic Games was held nine years ago, you can still find the Olympic essence in the city. Let’s go and look for these elements.

Since 2008’s 29th Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube havebecome two new icons for China and the City of Beijing due to their vast scale and dramatic form. They are situated at the north end of the axis line of Beijing and attract numerous visitors every year.

Bird’s Nest

The Bird’s Nest, or National Stadium was the main venue of the Summer Olympics where the wonderful opening ceremony took place. The National Stadium looks like a huge iron nest which is ideally placed in the Olympic Green. It can accommodate 90,000 spectators, with a construction area of 260,000 square meters. It is now open to the public for visitation. You can visit the first floor and the fifth floor to learn about the secrets of the stadium. Highlights of the construction including how it works are showcased by photos, videos, and miniature models. Besides, other highlights of the 2008 Summer Olympics are displayed as well such as the torch, instruments, and the property of opening and closing ceremonies etc. You can also view the amazing landscape of the Olympic Green from the top of the stadium due to its having a 1000-meter long corridorestablished on the top floor.

Now, events such as concerts, exhibitions and games are usually held in the stadium. It will also be home to winter sport activities for the public as the city prepares for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Tips:

Admission Fee: General Tickets 50 RMB

Ticket Offices are situated at the entrances D, E, K, L.

Admission Hours: 9:00 – 21:00

Tel: +86 010 84373008

Currency exchange and free tour guide are available.

If you go:

#1 National Stadium South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.


Water Cube

If the Bird’s Nest is a strong iron man, the Water Cube will be an exquisite lady. The Water Cube, also known as the Beijing National Aquatics Center, is the venue where swimming competitions were held in the course of the 2008 Olympics. Resembling a large pure ice cube, it was built alongside Beijing National Stadium in the Olympic Green.Despite its nickname, the building is not an actual cube, but a cuboid (a rectangular box). After the 2008 Olympics, the building underwent a 200 million Yuan revamp to turn half of its interior into a water park. It will host curling at the 2022 Winter Olympics. It measures 177 meters long, 177 meters wide, and 30 meters high and covers an area of 6.3 hectares. It contains four floors: one at street level, two above, and one below. The one below served as the service area during the Olympics. The first floor is for tourists. The auditorium is on the second floor with 6,000 fixed seats (2,000 of which are movable), and 11,000 temporary seats. The third floor is strictly for business.

The Water Drop Theater, SPA Zone, and the Water Cube Water Park open to public regularly.

Tips:

Admission Fee: For visit, 30 RMB/person, half discount for children between 1.2-1.4m and free for children below 1.2m.

Admission Hours: 9:00 – 20:00

If you go:

#1 Anding Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.


National Indoor Stadium

Adjacent to the Bird’s Nest, the National Indoor Stadium was another main venue of the 2008 Summer Olympics. It is nicknamed Fan due to its design resembling a traditional Chinese folding fan. At the 2008 Olympics, it hosted the Artistic Gymnastics, Trampolining, and Handball events. Compared to the Bird’s Nest and Water cube, this stadium keeps a low profile. After the Olympics, the stadium has been used for sports competition, cultural and entertaining purposes, and serves as a multi-functional exercise center for local residents.

Admission Fee: 20 RMB

Admission Hours: 9:00 – 19:00

If you go:

#9 Tianchen East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.


Olympic Green

The Olympic Green is situated in north Beijing and occupies a large area of 11.59 square kilometers. It is divided into three parts including the southern part, middle part and the northern part. The southern part is the place where 10 venues of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games were held, such as the National Stadium, nicknamed “Bird’s Nest”, the National Aquatic Center, nicked name “Water Cube”, National Indoor Stadium, National Conference Center’s Fencing Gymnasium etc. The night view of the park is especially beautiful because the lights of the stadiums change into different colors. Oppositely, the northern part mainly serves as natural scenery where flowers and all kinds of trees can be seen. The middle part comprises three squares and the land mark of the park, Linglong Tower.

The Olympic Green will again serve as an Olympic Park in the course of the 2022 Winter Olympics. It’s an ideal option to appreciate the night scenery and experience Olympic culture.

Admission Fee: Free

If you go:

#15 Beichen East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. (Get off at Olympic Green Metro Station)


Olympic Forest Park

Situated north of the Bird Nest and Water Cube, the Olympic Forest Park enjoys high reputation in Beijing. Boasting a total area of 680 hectares, it is known as the largest man made forest park in urban area. Built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the park has two parts: the southern part is oval in shape and features a lake in the center, and the northern side has a mountain that gives an excellent view of this part of the city. The northern part features many walking paths and a jogging path. Several small islands on the lake are linked by bridges. The south-east end of the lake has a handful of carnival rides for children. Shrouded in trees, reeds and grass and spotted with ponds. Since two 10-kilometer runways are both available in the north and south parks, it is a wonderland for Marathon enthusiasts. Especially on weekends, many people assemble at the venue.

If you go:

Lincui Road, 5th Ring North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.


Beijing Olympic Tower

Situated in the Olympic Green, the Beijing Olympic Tower was built in 2012 and named by the International Olympic Committee in 2016. Themed with trees, it is a group of 5 buildings in different heights. The highest one being 246.8 meters tall with Olympic Rings on the top. The tower is also a new landmark building of Beijing. It will also play an important role in the coming 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The tower is ideally placed in the axis of Beijing. Hence it offers excellent city view. Due to being newly built, less tourists are aware of the areamaking it a perfect choice to overlook Beijing. In addition, various exhibitions and events are held here usually.

If you go:

9:00 – 17:00, the Olympic Green, 200 RMB per person.


National Olympic Sports Center

The National Olympic Center is adjacent to the Olympic Forest Park and Olympic Village. Built for the 1990 Asian Games, it was also the venue where the modern pentathlon and equestrian games were held in the course of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. All kinds of games, performances and concerts take place frequently.

If you go:

Anding Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.

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