Walking Tour: Olympic Park, Beijing, Beijing (Self Guided)

Olympic Park was built in Beijing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2008. This complex of modern buildings boasts a unique architectural approach compared to the more traditional builings that fill the city. A multicolored rainbow illuminates the park, making it the perfect place for an evening walk. Take the following tour to discover the unique buildings of Olympic Park that represent modern China.
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Walking Tour: Olympic Park, Beijing Map

Guide Name: Walking Tour: Olympic Park, Beijing
Guide Location: China » Beijing (See other walking tours in Beijing)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: nataly
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Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium

1) Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium

Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium is a part of the stadium where the Modern Pentathlon and equestrian events during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games were held. This stadium is huge with a total area of 34,975 sq meters and a seating capacity of 40,000. This stadium was renovated for the Olympics.

The Olympic Sports Center Stadium looks grand today after its 17 month renovation using some of the top design and construction firms in Beijing, prior to the 2008 Olympics. Here you will find bronze statues of running athletes. The gym is designed to cater to professional athletes and sportsmen.

This stadium came into existence in 1990 and has served as a venue for the 11th Beijing Asian Games. It features advanced facilities at par with the best stadiums around the world. After the recent renovation, the stadium looks grand and vibrant attracting a lot of tourists.

The Gymnasium at the stadium has heat preserving interiors including the doors and windows. It is covered with a material that preserves heat. Enter the hall and you will be struck by its elegance furnished with attractive light purple chairs. Be sure to pay a visit to the Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium on your trip to Beijing.
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Beijing National Stadium

2) Beijing National Stadium (must see)

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.

The Sports Center complex lies to the south of this stadium, while the attractive Water Cube can be found to the west. It was here that the diving and swimming events were held during the Olympics. Artistic gymnastic events and handball finals were held at the National Indoor Stadium. This stadium features an entrance that is shaped like an arch and is located to the north of Water Cube.

Tip:
You can purchase tickets to enter the building itself and you will be free to wander around as much as you like, but note that there isn't any information in English to tell you about the site. 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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Goddess Beiding Temple

3) Goddess Beiding Temple

The Water Cube or the National Aquatics Center is located to the west of National Stadium. This huge crystal cube in blue is one of the popular tourist attractions in Beijing. Close to this building, you will find the Goddess Beiding Temple. This temple was constructed during the Ming Dynasty and is a well preserved relic.

In order to keep the environment of this temple preserved, the Water Cube was shifted away at least by 100 meters from the originally planned site. This architectural marvel is one of Beijing’s popular “Five Peaks and Eight Temples”. Perfectly complementing Beijing city’s architecture and planning, this temple is ideally located within the Olympic Green on the north extension of the city’s central axis.

Goddess Beiding Temple was constructed originally during Ming Dynasty’s Xuande period. Qing Dynasty’s Qianlong period saw the temple being renovated and today proudly stands as one of the most profound images in the city.

View from far shows this temple and its surrounding modern architectural marvels such as the Water Cube and Bird’s Nest as an interesting spectacle. Thousands of tourists from around the world visit this temple every day to enjoy its grandeur and ambience. Do not miss a visit to this wonderful temple on your trip to Beijing.
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Beijing Olympic Park City Sculpture

4) Beijing Olympic Park City Sculpture

The Beijing Olympic Park City Sculpture is a amazing collection of 65 unique masterpieces created by acclaimed sculptors from 64 countries. Located in the Olympic Park, the sculptures intrigue visitors with their incredible forms and materials.
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Beijing National Aquatics Center

5) Beijing National Aquatics Center

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 square Earth and round Heaven.

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 National Aquatics Center is a must. Enjoy the stunning view of the building that reflects and shines like a pearl in water in sunlight.

This building was declared the Best of What’s New by Popular Science magazine in 2006 as it was constructed using the latest green technology.
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Beijing National Indoor Stadium

6) Beijing National Indoor Stadium (must see)

Beijing National Indoor Stadium is located to the south of Olympic Center at Olympic Green. This stadium is renowned for its state-of-the-art sports facilities. After it was built and used for the Olympic Games in 2008, the stadium is used for various sports competitions, as a multi-functional exercise center and as a host to cultural and other entertainment programs.

This large and impressive stadium covers a surface area of 809,000 square meters and can hold 19,000 spectators at a time. The modern and sleek, strikingly curved roof of the stadium is eye-catching and is considered to be an architectural marvel.

Beijing National Indoor Stadium was host to events such as handball and gymnastics at the 2008 Olympics. Walk around the stadium and you will find the well equipped warm-up gym. The stadium is constructed in an environmentally friendly manner; it uses solar energy for power wherever possible to encourage reduced pollution and energy conservation.

The stadium is optimally insulated using glass curtain walls and produces an amazing 100 kilowatts of electricity every day. If you are a sports fan, you simply cannot keep away from this stadium on your trip to Beijing.
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Olympic Green Convention Center

7) Olympic Green Convention Center

Spread over a massive 1,135 hectares, the Olympic Green is divided into a central area and a forest park. One of the prominent buildings at this venue is the Olympic Green Convention Center. Along with 13 other centers here, the convention center played a major role during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The three concepts of technology-empowered, culture-enriched and environmental friendly Olympics is reflected in the Olympic Green’s construction, design, location and post game usage. This venue was open to public after the Olympic Games and is being developed as an active center for sports competitions, entertainment programs, cultural programs, displays, conferences and shopping.

Olympic Green Convention Center was host to events such as shooting, fencing and modern pentathlon fencing disciplines during the Olympics. Covering an area of 270,000 square meters, this center is used as the Main Press Center and International Broadcast Center during exhibitions and conventions.

Tourists from all over the world flock to Olympic Green and tour the impressive buildings here. On your trip to Beijing, make sure you pay a visit to this venue that saw feverish, frenzied activity during the prestigious 2008 Olympic event. Do not miss out the well equipped, state-of-art Olympic Green Convention Center also known as the National Convention Center.

Walking Tours in Beijing, China

Create Your Own Walk in Beijing

Create Your Own Walk in Beijing

Creating your own self-guided walk in Beijing is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Walking Tour: Shopping in Downtown Beijing

Walking Tour: Shopping in Downtown Beijing

The downtown section of Beijing is famous for its shopping areas. You will be impressed with the diverse selection of stores on each street, ranging from flea markets to specialty shops offering authentic Chinese products. Take the following tour to discover the most popular and prominent shopping spots in Beijing:

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 km
Beijing Museums and Art Galleries

Beijing Museums and Art Galleries

Beijing is the political and cultural center of China. The museums in this wonderful city will impress you not only with their beauty and fascinating collections, but also with the stunning architecure of the buildings the museums are housed in. Take the following tour to discover the most popular museums in Beijing and to find out more about the city's history, traditions and culture.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.6 km
Shopping Around Chaoyang Park

Shopping Around Chaoyang Park

Chaoyang Park is located in the North-East area of Beijing. The park itself represents one of Beijing’s main attractions, with its great beauty and infrastructure, as well as a number of famous markets that lie in the area. This guide will take you to some of the best features of Chaoyang Park.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.1 km
Antiques Hunting Tour

Antiques Hunting Tour

While enjoying the city, make sure to check out our amazing tour, comprised of handpicked antique markets, filled with original, rare and beautiful items. Discover both the work of local craftsmen and articles that traveled from other countries and cultures.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Walking Tour: Beijing Temples

Walking Tour: Beijing Temples

Chinese temples are of unique beauty and have withstood many dynasties, beginning with the Qin Dynasty. Because the temples have always been connected to the imperial families, many of them were destroyed by 1949 when the last dynasty ended. Nevertheless, a great number of beautiful temples with great history still stand in Beijing. Take the following tour to discover the most famous temples in...  view more

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.4 km
Walking Tour: Xicheng District, Beijing

Walking Tour: Xicheng District, Beijing

Xicheng District includes the largest part of the old city. In this part of Beijing, you will find fascinating Chinese architecture, the oldest standing Catholic Church and beautiful parks. Take the following tour to discover the most popular and prominent attractions in Xicheng District of Beijing.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.4 km

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