The 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing saw 11,028 athletes from 204 countries competing in 28 sports and 302 events. There were 43... more » new world records and 132 new Olympic records set during these games and an unprecedented 86 countries won at least one medal. Chinese athletes topped the medals table winning 51 gold medals (100 medals altogether), while the United States came in second having won the most medals overall (a total of 110—36 of which were gold). Russia, Great Britain and Germany rounded off the top five at the medals table.
Beijing's Olympic Park, home of several venues for the events of the 2008 Olympics, is spectacular, particularly in the evenings when the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube are illuminated. The lights go on only during weekends in the low season, but are a nightly attraction over the summer. A great way to do this tour would be to head to the Water Cube Water Park mid- to late afternoon for some watery fun so you can see the illuminated stadiums before heading back to the city for dinner.
If that doesn't fit with your schedule, don't worry, the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube are equally impressive in daylight. Entrance to the Olympic Park itself is free, but if you want to see inside the Bird's Nest Stadium or visit the Water Cube Water Park, separate entrance fees apply.
The Water Cube Water Park is a great place for families to cool off. The former home of Olympic swimming has been transformed into a water park with slides and attractions enough to entertain the whole family.