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The Olympic Park is one of the most visited sites in Beijing following 2008 Olympic Games. This site groups together two of the famous Olympic Games places – Bird’s Nest and Water Cube.

2 visits can be done on this site:

• during the day with a visit inside the buildings (fee entrance for Water Cube is 30 RMB and for Bird’s Nest is 50 RMB)

• at night for a walk in the park and around these 2 famous places

I chose for my first visit to go at the end of the day during a week to avoid tourist crowd and above all enjoy the lights which transform the Olympic Park in a magical site…

I was there after my working day and I got from the beginning the feeling that China wanted to build an unforgetable place for the Olympic period : extra-large pedestrian streets, Olympic museum, Souvenir shops and of course the stadium and the swimming-pool.

Night fell then I started to feel the Olympic Games magic. I can imagine the crowd yeld on the Bird’s Nest for Usain Bolt races or the water movement on the Water Cube surface… Amazing!

Hope that the site can stay like today during long years and keep this Olympic fervor…









(Blog posted by Julian. You can see the original article by following this link to Julian, A French Man in Asia)

Olympic Village

john  —  February 21, 2012

In Chinese culture, 8 is the luckiest number. When the 2008 Olympic Games were held in Beijing, China, there was no better day to hold the opening ceremony than August 8th (8/8/08). The Olympic Village is not ironically located on subway line 8 in the northern part of Beijing, which is also easily accessible by bus.

The village consists of two largely iconic buildings, The National Stadium aka The Bird’s Nest and the National Aquatics Center aka The Water Cube both pictured below, as well as other indoor arenas, a plethora of hotels and the Olympic Forest Park.

Since the Olympic games, there have been many questions about the continued use of these facilities and whether or not the Beijing people would use the park. If you visit the village during the evening in spring, summer or autumn you will find the park filled with dancers, kite fliers, photographers, tourists and Beijingers enjoying a family outing. The Water Cube has now been turned into an indoor water park and The Bird’s Nest plays host to various football (soccer) events.

The Olympic Village also hosts a circus during the summer and a snow park over winter. The best time to visit the Olympic Village is at dusk so you can see the facilities lit up.

(Blog  contributed by TheBJReviewer on August 29, 2011. You can see the original article by following this link to TheBJReviewer)

Related photos:

                        The National Aquatics Center. (From NYT)