Olympic Green and Beijing National Stadium, Beijing

Olympic Green and Beijing National Stadium, Beijing (must see)

The Olympic Green is an Olympic Park constructed for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Since then, the streets around the park have been used for an exhibition street race of the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2011, after a race at Goldenport Park Circuit in the vicinity. It will again serve as an Olympic Park when Beijing hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Beijing National Stadium is very popular for its unique architecture. Referred to as the “Bird’s Nest”, this stadium constructed in an elliptical shape and with a seating capacity of 91,000 was one of the top venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

This stadium is built with 36 kilometers of steel beams resembling twigs in a bird’s nest. To let in light, spaces between the beams are covered with clear plastic sheets. To the left of the building, you will find the shadow of the building that clearly depicts these spaces. Olympic Green landscaping resembles angles of a Bird’s Nest.

Bird’s Nest is meant to be a cornerstone of the city landscape from its inception. It is located on the city's main north-south axis, which also includes the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven.

Today Bird’s Nest remains a popular tourist attraction in more than a decade after the Beijing Olympics.

Tip:
You can purchase tickets to enter the building itself and you will be free to wander around as much as you like. The highlight is the walk on the roof – not something you usually get to do at stadiums. The view from the roof is spectacular on a good day and all the Olympic Park facilities can be easily seen.

Opening Hours: daily: 9am-6pm (March-October); 9am-5:30pm (November-February)

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Olympic Green and Beijing National Stadium on Map

Sight Name: Olympic Green and Beijing National Stadium
Sight Location: Beijing, China
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Beijing's Historical Temples Tour I

Beijing's Historical Temples Tour I

Chinese temples are of unique beauty and have withstood many dynasties. However because the temples have always been connected to the imperial families, many of them were destroyed when the last dynasty ended in 1911. Nevertheless, a great number of beautiful temples with great history still stand in Beijing. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover a few famous temples in the northern part...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Beijing's Historical Temples Tour II

Beijing's Historical Temples Tour II

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Olympic Park Walking Tour

Olympic Park Walking Tour

The Olympic Park in Beijing was built for the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2008. This modern complex represents a contemporary architectural approach as compared to the more traditional buildings that dominate the city. Among its signature items are the iconic Bird's Nest, otherwise known as the main Olympic stadium, and the beautiful Water Cube – the Aquatics Center for water sports.
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
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Beijing has been a political, educational, cultural and economic center for centuries. Today, it is one of the greatest remnants of the Chinese Imperial past. Along with its famous City Wall and Forbidden City, this self-guided walking tour will take you through Beijing's most popular attractions in the heart of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles

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