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National Stadium (Bird's Nest)

Affectionately known as Bird's Nest, it is situated in Olympic Green Village, Chaoyang District. It was designed as the main stadium of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The Olympic events of track and field, football, gavelock, weight throw and discus were held there. Since October, 2008, after the Olympics ended, it has been opened as a tourist attraction. Now, it's the center of international or domestic sports competition and recreation activities.

The design of this large stadium was accomplished together by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and Chinese architect Li Xinggang and the others. The designers didn't do any redundant disposals to the look of the stadium. They just exposed the steel structures entirely and let them become the most natural appearance. The form of the stadium looks like a big nest which embraces and nurses human beings. Also it looks rather like a cradle bearing human beings'  hope of the future.

The construction of it started on December 24, 2003. On July, 2004, the project was stopped temporarily due to the amendment of the design. On December 27 of the same year, the construction was resumed and finished in March, 2008. The gross cost of the whole project is 2,267 million Chinese yuan (about 33 million dollars).

National Stadium
National Stadium is like a huge bird's nest.
Inside the National Stadium
Inside Scene

The stadium covers an area of about 258 thousand square meters (99.614 square miles), which can accommodate 80,000 fixed seats and 11,000 temporary seats. Its appearance was formed by big steel frames. Its top surface is saddle-shaped with the major axis of 332.3 meters (1,090 feet) and the stub axis of 296.4 meters (972 feet). The tallest point of the stadium is 68.5 meters (225 feet) above the ground and the lowest point is 42.8 meters (140 feet). The top is covered by semi-transparent air bubble film. This kind of material is waterproof and can make enough sunshine penetrate into the stadium. Owing to that, the lawns in it can grow well.

Olympic Green Map
Olympic Green Map
In it, the designs of everything are humanistic. The bowl-like stands zone surrounds the court. The stands can be changed in many ways, which can satisfy the needs of different numbers of spectators in different periods. During the Olympics, the temporary seats were set at the top of the stands zone. Rows of the stands distribute scientifically. No matter where the spectator is seated, the whole game can be seen without any visual obstruction. The stadium adopted the electro-acoustic public-address system. It makes the index of voice definition reaches 0.6. This number assures that all the audience can hear the broadcast very clearly. What's more, there are more than 200 wheelchair seats intended for the disabled. Many architectural experts think that it not only is a symbol building of the 2008 Olympics but also set a very good example to the world's architectural history.

It boasts the largest ski resort in urban Beijing now. Tourists can not only visit the Olympic venue, but also go skiing.  Tips on Skiing for your reference

Tip: Besides it, you may visit its neighboring attractions such as the National Aquatics Center (Water Cube) and the National Indoor Stadium.

Admission Fee: CNY50 for entrance fee
CNY120 for skiing on weekdays
CNY160 for skiing on weekends and public holidays
* CNY140 for Through Tickets of Beijing Landmark Tour, including the National Stadium, the National Aquatics Center, the National Centre for Performing Arts and the CCTV Tower; the ticket is valid for one month.

Note: 
1. Children below 1.2 meters are admitted at half-price.
2. Visitors can buy combo tickets (CNY 80) for Bird's Nest and Water Cube.
Opening Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 from March to October
9:00 to 17:30 from November to next February.
Subway: Take Subway Line 10 to Beitucheng then switch to Subway Line 8 (Olympic Special Line): get off at Olympic Sports Center Station, get out of the station from Exit B1 (northwest exit) or Exit B2 (northeast exit), and walk north to it.
Bus Route: Take bus 82, 538 or 611 and get off at Guo Jia Ti Yu Chang Dong Station.
Take bus Te 11, 558, 985, 124, Te 2, 758, 108, 328, 207, 653, 694, 380, 409, 426, 387, 18, 620 and get off at Ao Ti Dong Men (Olympic Sports Center East Gate) Station.
Take bus 407 and get off at Ao Ti Xi Men (Olympic Sports Center West Gate) Station.
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Recommended Nearby Attractions:
China Science and Technology Museum
Chinese Ethnic Culture Park (China Ethnic Museum)

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