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Beijing National Aquatics Center

Beijing National Aquatics Center, which is located on the west side of Beijing National Stadium, is the center where the swimming competitions of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games hosted.

With an area of 62,950 sq meters and 177 meters long, 177 meters wide and 30 meters high, Beijing National Aquatics Center has four floors, one underground floor, one street level floor and two above floors, and the space of all of these floors reaches to 79,532 sq meters. The underground one served as service area during the Olympics, the street level floor is for tourists, the third floor, which has an auditorium with 6,000 fixed seats (2,000 of which are movable) is for competitions. The fourth floor is strictly for business.

 

The Blend of Architecture and Advanced Technology

 
Beijing National Aquatics Center is the first building in the world which used the “the soap bubble" theory, and the polyhedral steel-framed structure in the construction.
As the 3,065 bubble-like pneumatic cushions of all sizes, which formed this advanced membrane structure, are made of the ETFE (the ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene copolymer) membrane. National Aquatics Center is the first large-scale public project that coated with this membrane, and with various other high and green technologies, it was chosen the Best of What’s New of 2006 by popular Science magazine.

The National Aquatics Center looks like a hug blue box, from which the Water Cube nickname comes. From the inside of the National Aquatics Center, you may discover that the Pneumatic cushions of all sizes are just like the sea bubbles, extremely beautiful.

The National Aquatics Center hosted swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming competitions while during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. And after the Games, the Water Cube turns into the international advanced center of wimming, sports, health-building services, and leisure activities etc

 

The Business Section


The Business Section, which is located on the fourth floor, is the place where you can have various souvenirs. It is also a nice place to know some big events in the Olympic Games here and the latest information about water.

 

Water Park

 
This themed indoor water park, which is opened after 10 months renovation of Water Cube on August 8, 2010, has various funny places to enjoy, such as Wave Pool, Spa Pool, Lazy River, passion for Stage, Kid's Pool, Ride House, Pipeline, Tornado Rides, Bulletbowl, AquaLoop and Speedslide etc.

 

The SPA Zone

 
Equipped with international advanced SPA facilities and technology

Restaurants and Bars

 
Water- theme restaurants and bars give you a nice chance to try some different gourmets.

Beijing National Aquatics Center Notes

Admission Fee: CNY 30

Water park: CNY 200 including admission fee to enter Water Cube (10:00-21:30; ticket-selling stops at 20:30); CNY 160 for kids (1.2-1.4 meters tall).
Swimming in the training pool: CNY 50 for two hours (14:00-19:00 from Tuesday to Sunday)

CNY140 for Through Tickets for National Aquatics Center, the National Stadium, the National Centre for Performing Arts and the CCTV Tower, which is valid within one month.

Opening Hours: 9:00-19:00 (Monday-Thursday); 9:00-17:00 (Friday-Sunday)

Transportation

Subway:
1. Subway line 8: get off at Olympic Sports Center Station
2. Subway line 10: get off at Beitucheng Station, transfer to subway line 8 and get off at Olympic Sports Center Station

Bus:
1. Take bus 510 or 839 and get off at Beichenxi Qiao Bei Station;
2. Take bus 386, 407, 656, 660, 689, 740, 753, 836 (fast line), 939, 944 (branch line), 983 or Yuntong113 and get off at Beichen Qiao Xi Station;
3. Take bus 328, 379, 419, 425, 484, 518, 628, 751, 836, 851, 913, 949, 963 or Yuntong 110 and get off at Wali Nankou Station.