Saturday, 2 July 2016

Olympic Park in Beijing

Our time in China is coming to an end. It is late in the evening, but before we leave, let me take you to the Olympic Green park.

It was constructed for the 2008 Olympic Games.

The most important building in the area is the Beijing National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest. This is where the opening and the closing ceremonies took place.

It is quite amazing that it is actually built of intersecting concrete "straws" that really made me think of a bird's nest.

During the Games, the nest included one additional element being the Olympic Torch. Today it was removed from the stadium and placed around a hundred meters from it.

Just next to the Bird's Nest comes the "Water Cube" or the Beijing National Aquatics Center.

The cube is covered with bubbles that can change colour. After the Games, it was rebuilt into an aquapark.

Olympic Games are nowadays a huge event that is broadcasted live by media from all over the world. To accommodate the journalists, a special building called Ling Long Pagoda was built. It means literally "delicate". But what draws the attention during the night are the colours. You can take your mouse and start scrolling now. 

Finally, when you think you have seen it all, the rainbow explodes.

Let's take two more minutes and let's cross the street. This area is occupied by a huge shopping mall.

Just next to it comes a cultural center, built in a traditional Chinese shape.

A bit further in the back comes  the Olympic Park Observation Tower. One amazing thing is that it was built on the North-South axis aligned with the imperial stone path of the Forbidden City. Something old, something new, something blue. Beijing has it all.

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