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Beijing National Stadium

Situated in Olympic Green Village, Chaoyang District, Beijing National Stadium (Bird Nest) is the main stadium of track and field, football, gavelock, weight throw and discus of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, as well as the place hosted the Opening and Closing ceremonies. Nowadays, it is the center of international and domestic sports competition and recreation activities, as well as a hot tourist attraction.

The design of this large stadium is very special, with the steel structures exposed entirely in the most natural appearance, which looks like a big nest. A bird nest embraces and nurses human beings. This stadium was designed together by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and Chinese architect Li Xinggang and the others. The construction started from December 24, 2003 and finished in March, 2008, which cost over 33 million dollars totally.

With an area of over 258,000 sqm, this stadium could accommodate over 200,000 people with 80,000 fixed seats and 11,000 temporary seats. The tallest point of the stadium is 68.5 meters above the ground and the lowest point is 42.8 meters. The saddle-shaped top is covered by waterproof, semi-transparent air bubble film, with which the sunshine could penetrate into the stadium to help the lawns to grow well. 

What’s more, The National Stadium is not only the symbol building of the 2008 Olympic Games, but also the good example to show the world’s architectural history and achievements. the designs of everything in the National Stadium are humanistic. With the bowl-like stands zone surrounds the court, the stands can be changed in many ways to meet the different competitions’ needs, besides, the temporary seats, which were set at the top of the scientifically distributed rows of stands, with the fixed seats to help the spectator to enjoy the game without any visual obstruction. With the electro-acoustic public address system, which makes the index of voice definition reaches 0.6, all the audience can hear the broadcast clearly.

Nowadays, besides sightseeing in the National Stadium, tourist can also go skiing here, which boasts the largest ski resort in urban Beijing.

Beijing National Stadium Notes

Beijing National Stadium, National Aquatics Center and the National Indoor Stadium, all of them are located at the Beijing Olympics Green Village, not far away from each other.

Admission Fee: CNY50
CNY80 for skiing on weekdays
CNY120 for a visit to the National stadium and the skiing on weekdays
CNY140 for skiing on weekends and public holidays
CNY180 for a visit to the National Stadium and the skiing on weekends and public holidays

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

Opening Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays
9:00 to 21:30 on weekends and public holidays.

Line 10, get off at Beitucheng  then switch to Line 8 (Olympic Special Line) and get off at
Olympic Sports Center Station, take Exit B1/2 to walk north to Bird Nest.

Bus Route:
Take bus 82, 538 or 611 and get off at Guo Jia Ti Yu Chang Dong (National Stadium East) Station.

Take bus 84 or 407 and get off at Ao Ti Xi Men (Olympic Sports Center West Gate)

Take bus 18, 108, 124, 207, 328, 380, 387, 409, 426, 558, 653, 694, 758, 803, 849, 985 or Special 2 and get off at Ao Ti Dong Men (Olympic Sports Center East Gate) Station.