China integrated "green" concepts into the structures of the olympic venue and olympic park. They pursued energy and water-saving initiatives, and installed solar panels and rain harvesting technologies. The Bird's Nest is said to be the most environmentally-friendly sporting arena.
I was in awe and while staring at the Bird's Nest, I wished I was there during the 2008 Olympics. But it didn't matter anymore. I was there, standing where thousands of athletes once stood.
And it certainly is a huge complex. We got there at noon.
Imagine the heat we had to endure. But it was all worth it.
The LingLong Tower. It served as the telecast tower during the Olympics.
Big signage. You won't get lost.
This is the National Convention Center,
located just across the Bird's Nest and beside the Water Cube.
It served as the main press center and the international broadcasting location.
The Bird's Nest or the National Stadium.
It has a seating capacity of 80,000 (fixed seats) and 11,000 (temporary seats).
It is now a tourist destination and has become the center for domestic
and international sports competition.
During winter, the Bird's Nest becomes a ski resort.
They've constructed a 100-meter long ski slope.
It is said that this winter wonderland is the biggest ski resort in urban Beijing.
The Water Cube.
It has a seating capacity of 17,000 and hosted the swimming, diving, synchronized swimming,
& water polo events. It is said to be made of translucent plastic ETFE to allow more solar heat
that helps cut energy costs up to 30% as the swimming pool requires heating.
Consistent on being green, the olympic venue is surrounded by solar panels.
Both tourists and locals visit the Olympic venue.
Taken across the street. Beijing's streets were lined with flowers when we visited.
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9:00am - 6:00pm on weekdays
9:00am - 9:00pm on weekends and public holidays
50 RMB | National Stadium (Bird's Nest)
80 RMB | Skiing on weekdays
140 RMB | Skiing on weekends and holidays
140 RMB | Visits to the National Stadium, The Water Cube, National Center for Performing Arts, CCTV Tower
Hotel: Days Inn Tiananmen Square with breakfast
Tour Guide + Transpo + Lunch
Airfare: Cebu Pacific
more or less $1,200/person
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Our guide Jamie Wang speaks english
and is knowledgeable about China's history and tourist spots.
He was very helpful and nice and honest.
If you plan to visit Beijing and would need a guide,
email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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