Water Cube - Beijing National Aquatics Center, Beijing

Water Cube - Beijing National Aquatics Center, Beijing

Water Cube or the Beijing National Aquatics Center is definitely the pride of the city. This structure is designed, expertly combining Chinese traditional values and modern, contemporary technologies. The central theme of the Water Cube is the traditional Chinese concept of the shape of Earth being square and the shape of Heaven being round.

Designed by talented architects from China and Australia, the National Aquatics Center is one of the first buildings in the world to be built using the revolutionary “soap bubble” theory. It is made of polyhedral steel-framed structure.

The Water Cube is insulated using ETFE or the ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene copolymer. As you look at this building you will be struck by different sized bubble like pneumatic cushions. There are a total of 3,065 cushions in this first ever large scale project which holds the world record for massive deployment.

The name Water Cube originates from the fact that this building looks like a large blue box. The blue color was especially chosen to reflect sunlight. A visit to the Water Cube is a must for any visit to the Olympics Park. Enjoy the stunning view of the building that reflects and shines like a pearl in water in sunlight.

This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour of Beijing, China within the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Please download the app to your mobile phone or tablet for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Sight Name: Water Cube - Beijing National Aquatics Center
Sight Location: Beijing, China
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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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
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 City Center Walking Tour

Beijing City Center Walking Tour

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
Beijing's Historical Temples Tour II

Beijing's Historical Temples Tour II

The places of worship are some of the best links to the city's history. The unique churches, Buddhist and Taoist Temples, and beautiful Muslim Mosques all tell great tales of the history of Beijing. Despite that many of them have been partially or completely destroyed over the years either by wars or by the changes of political power, a good number of them still remain. You can visit a few...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles

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