Happy Magic Water Park
Unlike most of the 2008 Olympics venues, Běijīng’s National Aquatics Centre, aka the Water Cube, has found a new lease of life...
Sitting beside the Bird's Nest, the unique bubble-covered Water Cube is another of Beijing's iconic buildings remaining from the 2008...
China Science & Technology Museum
About 8km north of the city centre and a big favourite with kids, this imposing facility has an array of hands-on scientific...
China Puppet Theatre
Aimed at families, this theatre puts on shadow play, puppetry, music and dance events on weekends only. There are three theatres,...
Pangu 7 Star Hotel
Putting on one of Beijing's best spreads, the lunch buffet on the 2nd floor of the Auspicious Garden Restaurant at the Pangu 7 Star...
Beijing Olympic Park; 奥林匹克公园 · interesting places nearby
Bird’s Nest information
The centerpiece from the 2008 Olympics is the National Stadium, known colloquially as the Bird’s Nest (鸟巢; Niǎocháo). It's one primarily for lovers of contemporary architecture, or those interested in sporting history. Otherwise walking around the desolate Olympic Sports Centre midweek is rather like being stuck in one of those zombie movies where humans have all but been wiped out. Nevertheless, it remains an iconic piece of architecture designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron in consultancy with controversial Běijīng-born artist Ai Wei Wei.
The basic entry ticket allows you to enter the stadium on the 1st and 5th floors, which has a few exhibition areas that were closed for repair in 2016. For a better view, you can pay ¥80 to climb up to its roof along the 'Air Corridor' walk.
A few events are staged here, but it mostly stands empty and security staff and optimistic street vendors outnumber visitors. However it'll take centre stage again come the 2022 Winter Olympics when it will host the opening and closing ceremonies.