Bird’s Nest and Water Cube

The buildings for the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Bird’s Nest and Water Cube

National Stadium (Bird’s Nest)

Bird's Nest

The Bird’s Nest is located in the south of the central area of Beijing Olympic Park. It was the main stadium for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. The total area of the project is 21 hectares, and there are about 91,000 seats for the audience. The opening ceremonies, the track and field events, and football matches of the Olympics and Paralympics were held at the Bird’s Nest. After the Olympics, the Bird’s Nest became a major professional venue for people in Beijing to participate in sports events and entertainment. And it has become a landmark sports building, as well as a legacy of the Olympics.

Quick Facts
  • Chinese Name: Guó Jiā Tǐ Yù Chǎng
  • Designers: Pierre de Meuron, Jacque Herzog, and Li Xinggang
  • Cost of Construction: RMB 3.4 billion
  • Construction Area: 258,000 square meters
  • Height: 69m
  • Number of Seats: 80,000 fixed seats, 11,000 temporary seats
  • Entrance fee: RMB 50
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Opening Hours: 9:00- 21:00
  • Address: A3 of Anding Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Functions for Sports Events: Track and field, football, javelin, hammer throw, and discus
  • Post-event Functions: Domestic and international sports, cultural, and entertainment events

National Aquatics Center (Water Cube)

Bird's Nest

The National Aquatics Center (the Water Cube) is located in the Beijing Olympic Park. It is one of the landmarks for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. During the Olympics in 2008, the National Aquatics Center held the events of swimming, diving and synchronized swimming, etc. A total of 42 Olympic gold medals were granted in the center. Since the Olympics, the National Aquatics Center has provided venues to major aquatic sports events (such as Paralympics and FINA World Championships) and various regular events. It is also a multifunctional international fashion center with functions integrating swimming, sports, fitness and leisure, providing excellent infrastructure for the exercise of citizens.

Quick Facts
  • Chinese Name: National Aquatics Center (Guó Jiā Yóu Yǒng Zhōng Xīn)
  • Designers: Mark Butler, Zhao Xiaojun, Mao Hongwei, Wang Min
  • Cost of Construction Approximately RMB 1.02 billion
  • Construction Area: 79,532 square meters
  • Height: 30m
  • Number of Seats: 4,000 fixed seats, 2,000 detachable seats, and 11,000 temporary seats
  • Entrance fee: RMB 30 for a visiting ticket, RMB 60 for a swimming ticket
  • Opening Hours of Pools: Monday-Friday: 12:30-21:00; Saturday-Sunday: 9:00-21:00
  • Opening Hours: Peak Season (May-October): 9:00-18:00; Low Season: (November-April): 9:00-19:00
  • Address: A3 of Anding Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Functions for Sports Events: Swimming, diving and synchronized swimming
  • Post-event Functions: Domestic and international sports, cultural, and entertainment events.
By Shirley Li
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