Birds Nest & Water Cube

On Saturday, Tian and I took a day trip to the Beijing National Stadium and National Aquatic Center, commonly known as the “Birds Nest” and “Water Cube” respectively.  Both were used during the 2008 Summer Olympics and saw many amazing moments in sports history from Usain Bolt’s world records in the 100 and 200m sprints to Michael Phelps’ 8 gold-medals in swimming.

View of the Water Cube and Birds Nest from the air.

View of the Water Cube and Birds Nest from the air.

Acting like a bird in front of the "Birds Nest."  He he.  Get it?

Acting like a bird in front of the "Birds Nest." He he. Get it?

Just to prove we both were there.  :)

Just to prove we both were there. 🙂

When we arrived, things looked a lot different than they would have one year ago.  There were some visitors, but no real crowds.  And the venues themselves were idle, except for the tourists walking around them. 

After doing some research, I found out that since last year both buildings have had trouble attracting events to their spaces.  In response, the Chinese are planning to redevelop the entire area into a shopping and entertainment center.  I wonder how many cities that host the Olympics have a hard time re-purposing their new infrastructure.

The watercube lit up at night.  Looks so much cooler, doesn't it?

The watercube lit up at night. Looks so much cooler, doesn't it?

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2 comments

  1. is that michael phelps hitting a bong in the background?

  2. Nice shirt! 🙂

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