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Bird 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.

Bird Nest   Bird Nest

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).

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.

Bird Nest   Bird Nest

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.

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

Useful Information For Bird Nest
Admission Fee RMB50 for a visit to the National Stadium
RMB80 for skiing on weekdays
RMB140 for skiing on weekends and public holidays
RMB120 for a visit to the National stadium and the skiing on weekdays
RMB180 for a visit to the National Stadium and the skiing on weekends and public holidays
Opening Hours 09:00 to 18:00 on weekdays
09:00 to 21:30 on weekends and public holidays.
Transportation

By Bus:
Take bus no. 82, 538 or 611 and get off at National Stadium East Station.
Take bus no. 18, 108, 124, 207, 328, 380, 387, 409, 426, 558, 653, 694, 758, 803, 849, 985 or 特2 and get off at National Olympic Sports Center East Gate Station.
Take bus no. 84 or 407 and get off at National Olympic Sports Center West Gate Station.
By Subway :
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.


Suggested Tours of Bird Nest

Beijing 1 Day Group Tour of Panda House, Lama Temple, Beijing Hutong and Olympic Stadiums exterior visit
Beijing 1/2 Day Private Tour of Bird Nest and Water Cube
Beijing 1 Day Private Tour of Beijing Hutong, Lama Temple, Confucius Temple, Beijing Zoo and Olympic Stadium exterior visit
Beijing 1 Day Private Tour of Capital Museum , 798 Art Zone, National Theatre and Olympic Staduim exterior visit


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