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The Bird's Nest and Water Cube

Visit the Olympic Park, home of several venues for the Beijing 2008 Olympics
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.4 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview:  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 »

Tips:  The Olympic Park is really easy to get to by subway, the cheapest and most tourist friendly way to get around Beijing.

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To get to the Olympic Park by subway, you'll first need to get to Beitucheng (Line 10), where you transfer to Line 8 (green) and go one stop north to the Olympic Sports Center. The subway is well marked in English and Chinese. Once you're at Olympic Park station, come out of the subway at Exit B. Walk straight ahead and you'll immediately be able ... More

The Olympic Park is where the majority of the events of the 2008 Summer Olympics were held. The principal attractions of the complex are the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube; however, you can also walk farther north to see the Beijing National Indoor Stadium (the main indoor arena used during the games, capacity 19,000) where the handball, artistic ... More

The Bird's Nest (Beijing National Stadium to give it it's proper name) was designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron with artistic consultation from controversial artist Ai Wei Wei, although he has since distanced himself from the project. The stadium has a capacity of 91,000 and cost $423 million to build. At the height of its... More

4. Bird's Nest from the Dragon Shaped Water

The Dragon Shaped Water Lake runs around the east side of the Bird's Nest Stadium. From the southeast side of the Olympic Stadium (on the other side of the Dragon Shaped Water) you can get some really good photos.

Beijing National Aquatics Center, or the Water Cube, is located opposite the Bird's Nest. During the Olympics, it was the site of the swimming, diving and synchronized swimming events. This is where the United States' Michael Phelps broke the records for the most gold medals in one Olympics and for most career gold medals for an Olympian by... More