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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 used mostly for football matches.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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  • I agree with other opinions expressed here. The visit is good but not too good. You have to see it because it is a work of monumental architecture as representative of an Olympics but once inside... is a visit to a stadium. The input costs 110 RM not accept our cards of credit usual by what there is that carry cash. A time in stay of your has, not there is a person that you guide or that you explain nothing in there is a store of souvenirs and, to be an area tourist, surprises that nobody speak English and not accept cards of credit Western. Anyway, it is worth visiting it and also the area of stadiums
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  • I'm very eclectic eobseoseoinji seen the Olympic Stadium is beautiful urinarado shield kite-shaped Stadium, but the appearance of the bird's nest was a unique and pretty la grunge
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  • This is one of the nicest architecture i ve seen in China! These construction, wow! i did the vip tour that means you can see almost all floors also on top of stadium!! worth it! where in the world, y...  more »
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  • A piece of art rather than an architecture , so be seen to be believed. The beauty at night is unparalleled. A must see in Beijing. .
  • I was in Beijing in 2014. We went to take a look at the National Stadium , it is a majestic structure, sadly enough, they dont use it much these days...
  • What a magnificent piece of architecture...wow the stadium looked just as stunning in person as seeing it on screen.
  • Beijing National Stadium, colloquially as the Bird's Nest, is a stadium in Beijing, China. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Located in the Olympic Green, the $423 million stadium is the world's largest steel structure. 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". Ai Weiwei, the artistic consultant, played a critical role in pushing the design to have unique Chinese characteristics. The retractable roof was later removed from the design after inspiring the stadium's most recognizable aspect. Ground was broken in December 2003 and the stadium officially opened in June 2008.
  • Been here with my wife June.2015 huge sports faciluty approx 70 has home for diff sports discipline and a collosal stage to exibit THE VERY BEST OF MANS SKILLS IN SPORTS OF SELECTED FEW REPRESENT