Known for their well-conceived layouts and high artistic quality, the Olympic venues have not only witnessed the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, but also added a significant stroke to the architectural history. Meanwhile these Olympic venues have become new scenic spots, which are attractive to all the tourists to Beijing.
It is located in the Beijing Olympic Park, and sits to the east of the northern end of the central axis of Beijing. Built in the shape of a bird’s nest, the stylish stadium is composed of components which support each other to form a network frame, producing a simple and elegant effect in appearance. During the 2008 Olympic Games the opening and closing ceremonies, track and field contests and men’s football final were held in the stadium which can accommodate 91,000 spectators. Today, it is used for various kinds of sports contests and non-competition items. It is also a large specialized venue for the citizens to participate in the sports activities and enjoy the sports amusement.
National Indoor Stadium
Located in the southern part of the Beijing Olympic Common Domain, it was designed after the Chinese “folding fan” to fully embody the Olympic concept of “Green Olympics, High-tech Olympics and People’s Olympics”. It is designed to combine functions with environmental protection and aesthetic beauty. During the 2008 Olympic Games, the gym (not including the eurythmics) and handball contests were held in the stadium, which is large enough to accommodate 20,000 spectators. Today, it has become a venue for sports contests, and cultural and recreational activities.
National Aquatics Center
Located in the Beijing Olympic Park, it is one of the symbolic buildings for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The center is designed to look like a water cube, presenting a unique vision of flowing water with a mysterious beauty. High technology was adopted to enhance the environmental-friendly and energy-saving functions and embody the connotation of “High-tech Olympics”. During the 2008 Olympic Games, the swimming, diving, water ballet and polo contests were held in the center, which is large enough to accommodate 17,000 spectators. Today, it has become an internationally advanced recreational center with the integrated functions of swimming, sports and keep-fit exercises.
Transport: The National Stadium, National Indoor Stadium and National Aquatics Center are all located in the Beijing Olympic Park. You can take public bus No. 386,407, 645, 702, 753, 849 or Yuntong 113 to get there.