Beijing Olympic Park (Olympic Green)
The Central Section - Bird's Nest and Water Cube
With an overall height of 433 feet (132 meters), Ling Long Tower is the highest building in the Olympic Park and functioned as the International Broadcasting Corporation during the games. When night falls, it looks extremely charming with colored lights changing alternatively. To the south of Ling Long Tower lies the National Stadium where the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Games were held. As the centerpiece of this park, the stadium covers an area of 2,195,838 square feet (204,000 square meters) and can hold 91,000 people. It takes the shape of a bird's nest, which resembles a cradle for breeding lives, symbolizing mankind's hope for the future. The unique structure of Bird's Nest is of great value both in terms of art and architecture.
Not far from the Bird's Nest, there is the National Aquatics Center, also known as Water Cube. Its creative design concept is originated from the arrangement pattern of cells and natural structure of soap bubbles. The huge square box was produced by combining modern technologies with traditional Chinese culture. In the past, Chinese ancestors believed that the sky is round while the earth is square, and that is the way nature keeps harmonious. The square Water Cube together with the round Bird's Nest, embody and interpret this idea very well.
The Northern Section - Olympic Forest Park
Outside the south gate of the forest park, the Sightseeing Tower is erected. As the 6th tallest sightseeing tower in China, it is composed of five independent towers, among which the highest is 810 feet (246.8 meters) in height. The five towers are built on steel frameworks and arranged orderly in the pattern of the five Olympic rings. From a distance, the towers look like nails, hence the nickname Giant Nails. Visitors can have a bird's eye view of the whole park from the top of the tower.
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The Southern Section - Former Sports Center and China Ethnic Culture Park
With novel design concepts, magnificent landmark buildings, and splendid natural landscapes, the Olympic Park successfully integrates sport with nature, providing a model for the mutual development of man and nature.
How to get to the Olympic Park
1. Take Subway Line 8 and get off at Lincuiqiao, Senlin Gongyuan Nanmen (Forest Park South Gate), Aolin Pike Gongyuan (Olympic Park), Aoti Zhongxin (Olympic Sports Center) or Beitucheng Station. (Note: Lincuiqiao Station is close to the west gate of the Olympic Forest Park and Beitucheng Station is near the China Ethnic Culture Park.)
2. Take Subway Line 15 and get off at Aolin Pike Gongyuan Station.
3. Take Subway Line 10 and get off at Beitucheng Station.
1. Take bus 82, 419, 538, or 645 and get off at Guojia Tiyuchang Dong (Bird's Nest) Station.
2. Take bus 81, 82, 86, 510, 607 or Special Line 13 or 15 and get off at Guojia Tiyuguan (National Indoor Stadium) Station.
3. Take bus 81, 379, 510 or Special Line 44 and get off at Subway Lincuiqiao Station or Aolin Chuntian Xiaoqu Station to go to the Forest Park. Enter from the west gate of the Northern Garden of the Forest Park.
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|Attractions||Admission Fee||Opening Hours|
|National Stadium||CNY 50||Apr.-Oct.: 9:00-19:00 |
|National Aquatics Center||CNY 30||May-Oct.: 09:00-20:00 |
|Olympic Forest Park||Free||Mar. 15-Nov. 15: 6:00-21:00 |
Nov. 16-Mar. 14: 7:00-19:00
|National Indoor Stadium||CNY 20||Apr.-Oct.: 9:00-19:00 |
|China Science and Technology Museum||CNY 30||9:30 to 17:00 (closed on Mondays)|
|China Ethnic Culture Park||Mar. 16-Nov. 14: CNY 90 |
Nov. 15-Mar. 15: CNY 60
Monday: CNY 30
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