Water Cube

Water Cube, Beijing: Hours, Address, Water Cube Reviews: 4/5

Amusement & Theme Parks • Architectural Buildings
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Bobbi S
Lido Beach, NY4,168 contributions
Saw It Only From Afar
Oct 2019
Our multi-day private tour in Beijing allowed for what was practically only a drive-by viewing of the Water Cube, aka National Aquatics Center. We stopped the car on the side of an empty street, took the steps up onto on a highway pedestrian bridge under a typically grey Beijing sky, stood on a small viewing platform and saw the Water Cube from afar. It looked just as sad and tired as that Beijing sky and appeared to be in need of a deep cleaning. Maybe, if we had gone inside, our opinion would be different, but our experience was not a positive one at all.
Written December 29, 2019
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529dominicc
Singapore, Singapore649 contributions
Best to visit at evening for photography
Dec 2019 • Family
The Cube in Chinese is 水立方 which is the main premises for water sports during Olympic 2008 in BJ.

Tips for visit:

1) It is better to visit this attraction at evening time (after 5 pm during winter time) as you can take photography when the building is lit up with different colors.

2) This attraction also allows to enter into the building at RMB30 (higher price for VIP visit).

3) My opinion is normal fee is good enough for 30-45 minutes.

4) Please also pay a visit to The Nest which is the main sport center during the Olympic Game 2008.

If you like my review, pls click “helpful”. Enjoy your trip.
Written December 10, 2019
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Puss
5 contributions
Make sure it's open.
Jan 2019
This looks like a fabulous place, one of the best water parks in the world, but it was closed when I went, I've seen other reviewers who also found it closed. Expensive. No boxer trunks for men, a chance to wear a skimpy suit. If you are over 60 you need an escort!!
Written December 10, 2019
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Jenice C
Villa Park, CA95 contributions
Water Cube was fun!
Dec 2019
We visited the whole Olympic area in one day - Olympic Park, Tower, Bird's Nest and Water Cube. There are 3 MTR stations that drop off into the area - we exited at Olympic Sports Center. We chose the dual tickets - Overall View of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. This allowed us to tour the Bird's Nest inside the VIP area and seating area, inside the actual stadium and go on top of the roof to walk around. It was fun and the views were amazing. We also toured the Water and Ice Cube (Aquatics Center) - they have an indoor waterpark, viewing of the olympic pool and one of the diving area was open and they had a curling tournament while we were there - you could just walk in and sit down. Places to eat inside and other small venue items - VR, ski tracks, etc.
Written December 9, 2019
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Katherine P
Los Angeles, CA1,555 contributions
Definitely go see it at night!
Oct 2019 • Couples
We went on a night time tour to see this and it was so worth it. Seeing it during the daytime doesn’t do it justice. We didn’t go inside just walked around outside and took photos. It’s free to walk around and you can see the birds nest as well.
Written October 9, 2019
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dolphin girl
1 contribution
Warning: Under renovation!
May 2019 • Family
We visited the Beijing National Olympic Centre (the Cube) in May 2019. As a masters swimmer, I was really looking forward to seeing the facility and swimming in the competition pool. Not one site on the Internet mentioned that the Cube is undergoing renovations for the 2022 Olympics. The competition pool was closed off, and the waterpark was dark (closed down.) Only the 2 practice/warmup pools were open, and the facilities were badly maintained, no shower curtains, dirty lockers, rusty metal shower walls... very disappointing, and disconcerting, as the Chinese swimmers liked to clear their throats and spit into the water filters as they completed each lap.
Also - to swim in the deeper pool, you have to demonstrate that you know how to swim. They will try to get you to pay an extra fee to get the paper documentation that shows that you've passed the swim test. I told them I don't speak Chinese, and that I swim in the ocean. They finally gave up trying to explain to me about the testing fee and just asked me to take the test - tread water for 30 seconds.
Written May 13, 2019
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Maya H
1 contribution
the water cube
Jun 2018 • Friends
i had a lot of fun it was so interesting i had all of my friends and we had a lot of fun on vacation
Written May 9, 2019
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Chris V
Cedar Rapids, IA130 contributions
Next to Birds Nest (Stadium)
Feb 2019 • Couples
We simply wanted to walk around the Water Cube and also see the Birds Nest (opening ceremony stadium for 2008 Summer Olympics, and also will be site of opening ceremony for 2022 Winter Olympics). Very beautiful design to both buildings and great photo op
Written February 20, 2019
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Lisa S
Gibsons, Canada191 contributions
Interesting Visit way over priced
Dec 2018 • Family
Decided to take a group to the water cube, but access to the pools and water slide were way over priced and we decided not to go.
Water cube is being transformed into the ice cube for the winter Olympics, which was interesting to see.
Written February 8, 2019
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fandy
1 contribution
a happy day
Oct 2018 • Friends
In the afternoon and students went to the water cube, there is a swimming pool, classmates just had a swimming coach, with his help I have a short swim in the water, because students want to catch the train, so we left to play for two hours, very happy, looking forward to come again next time, next time to plan a good time, good to visit the water cube
Written January 22, 2019
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