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 a joint venture among 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 stadium is currently mostly unused, after having been unsuccessfully suggested as the permanent headquarters of the Beijing football team. 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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  • Ok it's an Olympic stadium but it's just a stadium and could only view it from the outside. What's the big hoo-ha. It's part of my tour program and a waste of time  more »
  • Stadium with a design resembling a swallow's nest wrote beautiful at night because the lights on but goes into this place swordfish.
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  • As a colossal bird's nest for the audience. Inside the tangled exterior scenes, a sportpalats in the usual sense.
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  • 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.
  • Great place in 2008 Olympic Ethiopia got 4 gold 2 silver and 1 bronze it made me remember the joy I had proud to be Ethiopian 🇪🇹🇪🇹🇪🇹🇪🇹🙌
  • the main stadium for the 2010 Beijing Olympic illuminated with beautiful lights on the other end of the park. The architecture for this stadium represents a birds nest and hence name. It has fascinated many people around the world with its unusual design and architecture during its construction and still does so to those who come to visit. You can enter the stadium with a special ticket, but we did not opt for that and took some pictures from outside
  • So we started our day today much like the others. Up by 0700 and after eating are free breakfast and drinking some caffeine (coffee) we are on our way to the subway by 0830. This time we headed to the Temple of Heavens Park Area. This was a nice large green grass park area with more sights to see. During our walk through the area we concentrate on seeing the Harvest Halls. Then the Seven Stones.  Shortly after that we went to the Wangfujing Shopping Mall. We had some Starbucks and walked around. It seemed to be very expensive compared to our malls in the states. The overall impression was that I was underdressed and underpaid. We then got back on the subway and went to the Beijing Zoo. Of course, the first animal we wanted to see was the Giant Panda. After the zoo we went back to the hotel to rest and get some plans together again. Then we went back to the silk market to get some more souvenirs and bought some last minute deals before boarding the planes. Then we headed straight to the Olympic site to see the infamous cube and the birds nest. Timing was great. Only waited about an hour for total darkness to watch everything light up at night. Took lots of photos and we even flew some kind on miniature kites there. After that we decided to take a cab back to save some time. We pay around 70 yaun for it. It just helped us realize how much money we saved all week by using the subway system. Then we got some local meat chicken stick and had noodles, rice and the pot stickers in the hotel room. Packed up some clothes for tomorrow and waited for the final and biggest tourist spot of them all! Our guide called and we are heading to the great wall tomorrow morning at 0800. It was a birthday wish and life long goal of mine for several years now... It is coming true tomorrow. Thanks be to God!

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