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Aptly nicknamed the 'Bird's Nest' for its likeness, this architectural wonder was built for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Seating a whopping 91,000 fans, the center now hosts a variety of entertainment, from performing arts, concerts, sports games and much more. The vast arena has quickly become a symbol of Beijing's venture into modernity.
This high tech venue will be used to host gymnastics and handball events for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The 80,900-square meter (870,800 square foot) building features a "glass curtain" wall which conceals over 1000 photovoltaic solar panels which help provide renewable energy for the building. After the 2008 Olympics have reached their conclusion the facility will be open to the public for use as a gym. The National Indoor Stadium is an unmatched venue for sporting events and competitions, and cultural functions as well.
This space-age facility received a miraculous make-over for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as it's serving as a venue for the modern pentathlon. The stadium rennovation increased capacity to 40,000 spectators. The Olympic Sports Center Stadium is well equipped with broadcast speakers, color screen LEDs, functional rooms and everything required for a good stadium. After the Olympics, the stadium is slated to be used for track and field as well as football, but is also suitable for a number of other sports.
The Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium was constructed in the late 1980s for use in the Asian Games of 1990, but was refurbished for use in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, during which, it will primarily host handball events. The seats are painted a delicate coat of lavender to offset the gray of the walls and create a serene setting for spectators. Energy conservation was also a consideration in the re-design of this 47,410-square meter (510,000-square foot) center. Post-Games, the center will be used for training by Chinese national teams and will also be partially open to the public.
This carefully-landscaped playing field was built as a temporary field hockey venue for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Hockey became an Olympic sport in 1908, and the 100-year anniversary of the event's inclusion is sure to provide a treat to the players who get to compete on such an open and attractive playing field.
This structure was built as a wrestling venue for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics; however, the building can also accommodate badminton, table tennis, gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, handball and indoor football matches. After the Olympics, the 23,950-square meter (257,795-square foot), environmentally-friendly facility will be under the University's purview.
Grand and ornately landscaped, this historical park once served as an altar for emperors to worship the Earth God. Originally constructed in 1530, the park was expanded by the emperor, Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. The sprawling parklands now cover 37 hectares, (92 acres) and feature notable architecture representative of the ancient Chinese five elements. Today visitors and locals alike come here to take part in festivals and fairs, or just to relax and getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Built in 1694, the Yonghe Gong (Lama Temple) was the residence of Prince Yin Zhen, a son of Emperor Kang Xi of the Qing Dynasty. For many years, it was the leading center for Yellow Hat Shamanism, a distinctive branch of Tibetan Buddhism. It features five large halls and five courtyards with beautifully decorative archways, upturned eaves and carved details. Also known as the Palace of Peace and Harmony, this site houses a treasury of Buddhist art, including sculptured images of Gods, demons and Buddhas, as well as Tibetan-style murals.
The Confucius Temple is a beautiful temple with several courtyards and halls. Created in the Yuan Dynasty in 1302, the temple celebrates the philosopher Confucius. There are several myths and stories about the temple, including a tree that can tell when someone is good or bad. The adjoining museum reviews the life of Confucius and how his philosophies influenced the world today as we know it.
The Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium came into being in 2001, but in 2007 was revamped in order to be used in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a weightlifting venue. The stadium can hold more than 5400 spectators. New additions to the gymnasium include new and upgraded equipment as well as systems such as water and safety. The new and improved BUAA gym will also play host to the 2008 World's Strongest Man Competition.
Ever wondered about the details of a film shooting then visit the Beijing Film City. One of the major tourist attraction at this city is the set of the TV soap Hong Lou Meng. It is laced with lush gardens and exquisite courtyards. At the dubbing studio you can dabble with the sound equipments and systems. Children love to shoot with the laser tag equipment. Beijing streets are recreated to facilitate shooting of outdoor sequences. If you are lucky enough, you will catch a glimpse of an actual shooting.
Close to the Drum Tower, the Bell Tower was also used to tell the time. The bronze casted bell was rung every evening until the last emperor left the Forbidden City. The bell is worth the trip, it is 23 feet (7 meters) tall and weighs 138,891 pounds (63 tons). The tower was originally built in the 13th Century, but after is burned down it was rebuilt in the 18th Century.