Bird's Nest

Attraction 1 Guo Jia Ti Yu Chang Nan Lu, Chaoyang, Beijing, China Published on: 03-08-2016

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
03:00 PM
04:30 PM
First-time visit Second-time visit
Attraction
Performance
Sport
Stadium
Architecture
7.37 USD

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The Bird's Nest, also known as the China's National Stadium is the well-known world's largest steel structure and the most complex stadium constructed in Beijing.

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Why Bird's Nest is special ?

Bird's Nest was designed as the main stadium of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The Olympic events of track and field, football, gavelock, weight throw and discus were held there. Since October, 2008, after the Olympics ended, it has been opened as a tourist attraction. Now, it's the center of international or domestic sports competition and recreation activities.


The design of this large stadium was accomplished together by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and Chinese architect Li Xinggang and the others. The designers didn't do any redundant disposals to the look of the stadium. They just exposed the steel structures entirely and let them become the most natural appearance. The form of the stadium looks like a big nest which embraces and nurses human beings. Also it looks rather like a cradle bearing human beings' hope of the future.


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What to explore at Bird's Nest?

It is saddle-shaped, but the interlocking steel parts resembling a lattice of twigs, make the name Bird's Nest an obvious alias.

The design came from the idea of a single thread wrapped round a ball. Layers of logical geometry give the appearance of randomness and an organic shape. Multiple pentagrams in the interlocking fabric of the elliptical structure are like the stars of the Chinese flag.

An international steel shortage meant that the idea for a retractable roof was scrapped, saving 50M USD. A new grade of steel had to be produced to withstand pulling forces within the structure without the addition of extra columns, which would have blocked spectators' views.

The structure is covered with a polymer membrane, rain-proof but translucent, allowing sunlight for the grass. This special membrane enhances lighting within the stadium by diminishing glare and shadowing, giving a more favorable competition environment.

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How to get to Bird's Nest?

Subway:

Take Subway Line 10 to Beitucheng then switch to Subway Line 8 (Olympic Special Line): get off at Olympic Sports Center Station, get out of the station from Exit B1 (northwest exit) or Exit B2 (northeast exit), and walk north to it.

Bus Route:

Take bus 82, 538 or 611 and get off at Guo Jia Ti Yu Chang Dong Station.

Take bus Te 11, 558, 985, 124, Te 2, 758, 108, 328, 207, 653, 694, 380, 409, 426, 387, 18, 620 and get off at Ao Ti Dong Men (Olympic Sports Center East Gate) Station.

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

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Selling points

  • ? Single thread wrapped round a ball structure
  • ? The world's largest steel structure
  • ? The most complex stadium ever constructed
  • ? The key engineering marvels in the world today
  • ? China's National Stadium
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Duration
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Estimated
143.03 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Having visited this stadium I was surprised to see that it looks frozen in time. it was just like I returned to a time zone and everything is just as it was for the Olympics. The roads were deserted but there were traffic lights on them and the stadium is one not to be missed. You can go down to the track and run where the modern day Olympians had sweated and made their marks in their attempt to prove how good they were against the worlds greatest athletics of the day and times. run the runs, jump the jumps see the size of the stadium and imagine the crowds cheering you on......... Dream and let your imagination run wild as sometimes it's as close as some of us will get to that feeling.

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If you are into sports then I would recommend seeing the famous birds nest stadium. It represents cradle to support the people. Rug up if in winter as the layout has created a massive wind tunnel. But lots of fun regardless.

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This is an amazing architecture. The bird nest is very beautiful when the light is on. You can also enjoy walking the park, which the water cube is next to the bird nest.If you are looking leisure walk, this is a good place to go.

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Having visited this stadium I was surprised to see that it looks frozen in time. it was just like I returned to a time zone and everything is just as it was for the Olympics. The roads were deserted but there were traffic lights on them and the stadium is one not to be missed. You can go down to the track and run where the modern day Olympians had sweated and made their marks in their attempt to prove how good they were against the worlds greatest athletics of the day and times. run the runs, jump the jumps see the size of the stadium and imagine the crowds cheering you on......... Dream and let your imagination run wild as sometimes it's as close as some of us will get to that feeling.

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