National Aquatics Center (Water Cube)
Chinese name: 国家游泳中心（水立方）
Entrance Ticket: CNY 30
Opening Time: 9:00 to 19:00
Location: Olympic Green, Beijing
Total land surface: 65,000-80,000 sq m;
Seats: 6,000 permanent and 11,000 temporary;
Competitions: Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming;
Recommended Time for a Visit: half an hour
The Beijing National Aquatics Center, also officially known as the National Aquatics Center, and colloquially known as the Water Cube, is an aquatics center that was built alongside Beijing National Stadium in the Olympic Green for the swimming competitions of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Despite its nickname, the building is not an actual cube, but a rectangular box. Ground was broken on December 24, 2003, and the Center was completed and handed over for use on January 28, 2008. Swimmers at the Water Cube broke 25 world records during the 2008 Olympics.
The design of Beijing Water Cube pay attention to the detail, giving full consideration to athletes and audience demand, reflects the three concepts of Beijing Olympic Games “Green Olympics, Scientific Olympics and Humanity Olympics”. Beijing Water Cube is divided into different functional areas. When having a tour to Beijing Water Cube, tourists could pay a visit to these areas. Water World is located in the south of the Beijing Water Cube, which is an area for the whole family to bring water to fresh, exciting, mysterious and fun. Fashion health area is located in the north side of the Beijing Water Cube, will tell you what is real fashion and what is health. It is the place to give your body a new energy. SPA area located in the northern part of the Beijing Water Cube, is an advanced water treatment facilities, has a unique space environment and water treatment technology area. Theme restaurants and bars is a feature of “Beijing Water Cube”, where designed to healthy food and beverage, such as bubble bar, water bars, water theme restaurants, book, etc. In the central zone of Beijing Water Cube stands business center, where enjoys the most commercial atmosphere in Beijing Water Cube. Here tourists can see all kinds of goods with the Water Cube temperament, understanding the history of the Beijing Water Cube and the swimming, and water-related latest fashion, leisure and entertainment information.
When having a tour to Beijing Water Cube, travelers could also enjoy the other scenery at the same time. And during Beijing Water Cube tour, you may also remind of the excellent moment of the Olympic Games.