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Bird's Nest (National Stadium of Beijing Olympics)

The Bird’s Nest (Niao Cao, 鸟巢) was the main stadium of the 2008 Olympic Games. Formally known as the National Stadium, the public universally call it bird’s nest because that is exactly what it looks like. It is the super-sized stadium designed by Chinese architects Li Xinggang and Herzog and DEmei Long, who were 2001 Pritzker Prize winners. The stadium’s shape looks like the nest for life gestation. It symbolizes the cradle of humanity and the hope for humans’ future.

night view of the Bird's Nest

Live scene of the 2008 Olympic Games

The 2008 Olympic Games impressed the world, were an unprecedented success and had a global positive effect making these Games the most significant and successful in Olympic history. The opening ceremony and the closing ceremony as well as the fabulous hardware facilities and first-rate services let audiences, spectators, and visitors feel the grandness and incomparable satisfaction. People still speak highly of the wonderfulness of the preparation, management and performance. This was the first time that China was the focus of the world so closely and joyfully. Thanks to this venue, China is known more widely and more exchanges are done in the world circle.

beijing birds nest

People who watched the grand, fantastic and dream-like performance of the opening ceremony and closing ceremony in this national venue will deeply remember the magnificence and grandness of the stadium and the charming and marvelous Chinese cultural and historical show. This is the legendary record of the Bird’s Nest in China.

The Bird’s Nest is located in the Beijing Olympic Park and the east side of the north section of Beijing city axes-line. The total area cover 258,000 square meters. During the Olympic Games, it served as the venue for the opening ceremony, closing ceremony, track and field competitions, and the final of men’s football. It can hold 100,000 spectators and there are 20,000 temporary seats. After the Olympic Games, it can hold 80,000 people at a time and is also capable of holding the high-level sport games. It is also one of the most important attractions in Beijing and offers Beijing residents a place for exercise and leisure. It is the landmark of sports architecture and the heritage of the Olympics.

The outer structure of the bird’s nest is made of huge steel bars. In total there are 24. The top of whole building has a saddle-shape look. It has high-level facilities for fireproofing and can resist an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale. It was built to last at least 100 years.
As one of the top-ten architectural wonders, in 2007 it is highly admired by world-class architects. Today it is the public center of sports competition, meeting, conferences and exhibitions, cultural shows and entertainment, as well as business and shopping. The power supply of the Bird’s Nest comes from solar energy. Many other high-tech innovations were also used in the venue. The concept of environmental protection is also thoroughly shown in the Bird’s Nest. The slogan of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games is a concentrative show in this venue. The green Olympics, scientific and technological Olympics, cultural Olympics are shown clearly in the venue. Have a visit to this venue to feel the grandness of those historic games.


beijing birds nest

 beijing birds nest

beijing birds nest

beijing birds nest

Wu Hao Jan29,2012 

Photos edited by Sophia on Feb 16,2014


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