Niaochao National Stadium, Beijing

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Beijing National Stadium, officially the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, is a stadium in Beijing. The stadium (BNS) was jointly designed by architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron of Herzog & de Meuron, project architect Stefan Marbach, artist Ai Weiwei, and CADG which was led by chief architect Li Xinggang. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics and will be used again in the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The Bird's Nest sometimes has some extra temporary large screens installed at the stands of the stadium.HistoryLocated at the Olympic Green, the stadium cost US$428 million. The design was awarded to a submission from the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron in April 2003 after a bidding process that included 13 final submissions. The design, which originated from the study of Chinese ceramics, implemented steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof; giving the stadium the appearance of a bird's nest. Leading Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was the artistic consultant on the project. The retractable roof was later removed from the design after inspiring the stadium's most recognizable aspect. Ground was broken on 24 December 2003 and the stadium officially opened on 28 June 2008. A shopping mall and a hotel are planned to be constructed to increase use of the stadium, which has had trouble attracting events, football and otherwise, after the Olympics.
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  • Niaochao National Stadium is amazing structure. It is unique for the shape and built. It is attractive and you want to explore it while you walk in the Olympic park.  more »
  • Our group visited the National Stadium, a.k.a. The Bird's Nest, during our trip to the Olympic Park. The building itself is an awesome looking building that looks like it was woven together out of met...  more »
  • It's really a landmark, it's a very strong view, it's a good Olympic stadium, it's very nice to have a bird-nest background, not only is there a lot of sporting events and concerts, but the front space is also very active, and the last time we went to the Antony, it was not a chance to go to the race, but the advertising expo in the mall was well planned.
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  • Huge stadium which can fit 100.000 people. I't magnificent on it's architectural design. Visitors can pay admission to visit inside the stadium. It is great to check during the night and day. Opposite the stadium is Aquatic center. Easy to reach.
  • 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium. Open as a museum/tourist attraction and occasionally used for sporting events. Tourists are not allowed to run on the track though:(
  • It is an iconic structure throughout China and it's breathtaking. It was the venue for the opening and closing of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. A visit to the Bird's Nest was high on my bucket list and I am so happy I was not disappointed. The stadium's construction is simply breathtaking and there is no other way to describe it other than... mesmerising.
  • Worth a look if you like the Olympics. Get the full tour and walk on the roof. You read that correctly. 110 local currency. Iconic structure. You can get lost as the exit point is very small compared to the stadium.
  • Unfortunately the stadium is showing signs of wear and tear. It's a shame it hasn't been maintained but it's still worth a visit.
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