The National Stadium (Bird’s Nest)
Chinese name: 国家体育场（鸟巢）
Location: Olympic Green
Opening time: Mar-Oct (9:00-18:00) Nov-Feb (9:00-17:30)
Ticket price: CNY 50 / person (Standard admission for adults)
Overview: 91,000 seats (including 80,000 fixed seats and 11,000 temporary seats); covering an area of 258,000 square meters; a longitudinal length of 333 meters, a latitudinal width of 296 meters and a maximum height of 69 meters.
The National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, is a stadium designed for the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
The main body of the National Stadium looks like a bird’s nest where steel frames support each other and converge into a grid formation to embrace the bowl-shaped seating area. The unique structure renders a strong visual impact and demonstrates harmony with nature. Visitors can feast their eyes from different angles upon the building: huge web-like facade, vast spectator concourse under picturesque light, grand skyrocketing steel stairs and forest-like steel roof.
“Centennial Olympics – A Fulfilled Dream for China”. As the symbol of a rising Chinese nation, “Bird’s Nest” has now become a landmark for a modern China and a new Beijing as well as a must spot for tourists both at home and abroad.