Attraction No.11 Tianchen East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China Published on: 02-08-2016
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Why Water Cube is special ?
Water Cube, also known as The National Aquatics Center, the is located on Olympic Green, with the Bird’s Nest Stadium, on Beijing's north-south axis. It was built as the main natatorium for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and became known as one of the Games' iconic structures. This is where American swimmer Michael Phelps got eight medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The Water Cube was designed by PTW Architects and Ove Arup. Their unique and inspired design was based on the way soap bubbles come together in a 12 or 14-sided cell structure.The Water Cube is 177 meters square and 30 meters high, and has a capacity of 17,000 seats (6,000 permanent and 11,000 temporary for the Olympics). During the Olympic Games, it was the main venue for swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo. It is now a multi-functional center for sports, recreation and fitness.
What to explore at Water Cube?
During the 2008 Olympic Games, it hosted swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming competitions. After the Games, it turns into the international advanced center of swimming, sports, health-building services, and leisure activities.
The Watercube Waterpark
Open on August 8, 2010, this themed indoor waterpark is open after ten month's renovation. It is in the south part of the aquatics center. There are various of places inside the park to have fun: Tornado Rides, Bulletbowl, AquaLoop, Speedslide, Kid's Pool, Ride House, Pipeline, Wave Pool, Spa Pool, Lazy River and Passion for Stage.
The SPA Zone
The SPA zone is equipped with international advanced SPA facilities and technology. It is a good place to relax.
Restaurants and Bars
Restaurants and Bars share the characteristics of its design. You can enjoy gourmet meals in water-theme restaurants.
The Business Section
Wandering in the business section, you can see various souvenirs. You will also know more about it and swimming events in the Olympic Games here, and the latest information about water.
How to get to Water Cube?
1. Take bus 510, 81, 607, 82 and get off at Beichenxi Qiao Bei Station;
2. Take bus 611, 689, Yuntong 113, 939, 944, 656, 740 (Outer Line), 983, 658, 660, 386, 407, 753, 740 (Inner Line) and get off at Beichen Qiao Xi Station;
3. Take bus Zhuan 40, 913, Yuntong 110, 630, 419, 379, 328, 617, 628, 751, 484 and get off at Wali Nankou Station.
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
- Unique and inspired design
- A multi-functional center for sports, recreation and fitness
- Water amusement park
- The largest and the best of its kind in China,
- An ideal place for families with kids
No.11 Tianchen East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Tips for you
I visited here with a total of 4 kids ages 3-10. Our primary goal was to visit the water park on a hot Beijing summer day. The Water Cube itself is an amazing building and I will definitely come back at night. It was a bit confusing as a foreigner to sort out the tickets and the booths. There was a separate ticket booth just to enter the cube, or in another booth you could buy tickets for the Water Cube. Prices were higher than the website currently states. I saw some reviews complaining that they did not take credit cards - I didn't try but in my experience it is always better to plan to pay cash in Beijing. This is a cash economy. Once we found our way into the water park we paid another 100 RMB to rent a locker. I found the staff were actually pretty helpful and some actually spoke English and were able to help guide us in the direction of our locker. Finally we were inside! This is a pretty impressive water park with slides, a sprayground-type kids area, a wave pool, and chairs to rest upon. I was a little dissappointed that some of the slides were not open, leave some of our kids with few options. It was also a bit odd that the wave-machine in the wave pool was only every few hours. During those times there is actually some sort of show up on a little stage and some giveaways, that sort of thing. This place is LOUD and it got even louder during those times. They seem very strict about not bringing in food, but the options from the snack bar available inside are pretty limited. They did let us bring in water. After our wet-n-wild fun, we walked around and explored the rest of the Cube. There is a large swimming pool that appears to be open to the public for a fee, as well as a lot of wide open areas, including areas where you can watch the action in the water park or the pool. They are also now going to be prepping for the 2022 Olympics, since I think there will be some events here! Overall it was an expensive outing but worth it to get out of the heat and let the kids have some fun.