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Beijing Olympic Site: Olympic Green, Bird's Nest, Water Cube 

 

 The Bird’s Nest and Sightseeing

The National Stadium, as the main track and field stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics, is dubbed the "bird's nest" because of its innovative grid formation. The twig-like structural elements and the bowl-shaped roof are the masterpiece of the project, yet they pose great challenges for technicians and workers to make the building stand on its own feet.

It was built with 36 km of unwrapped steel, with a combined weight of 45,000 tons. The stadium has some 11,000 square meters of underground rooms with waterproof walls.

The centre piece of the 2008 Summer Olympics was the Beijing National Stadium, nicknamed "The Bird's Nest" because of its nest-like skeletal structure. The stadium hosted both the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletics competition.;

The spectacular Bird's Nest stadium, hailed as the finest arena in the world and the centerpiece of the most expensive Olympics in history, is full of hidden symbolism.

In Chinese mythology, the sun is represented by a circle and the moon by a square, reflected by the shape of the bird's nest and the Water Cube aquatic centre opposite, reinforced when the venues are lit at night, red for the Bird's Nest and blue for the Water Cube.

The shapes also echo the Chinese symbols for male and female, and are built either side of the north-south axis road which runs in a perfect straight line for three miles through Beijing, centered on the Forbidden City.

The Water Cube and Sightseeing

The National Aquatics Center, a major venue for the 2008 Olympic Games, also called the "Water Cube", was completed on the morning of January 28, 2008.

The "water cube" comprises over 100,000sqm of ETFE foils, making it the single largest, most complicated and most comprehensive ETFE structure in the world to date. The venue will be used for swimming, diving, and water polo and synchronized swimming competitions for the 2008 Olympic Games

In the future, this site will become a water theme park and publicly opened swimming pool. Keep updated with us and see how this cube will become an additional attraction for your Beijing Tour.

Tours to 2008 Beijing Olympic Game Sites: Bird's Nest and Water Cube

Check our Beijing Olympic Bus Tour Programs. You can tour Beijing with our group bus tour programs for various routes.

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