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C2: Olympic Retrospective Tour

Bird¡¯s Nest Olympic Stadium:

China's National Stadium, or the Bird's Nest, as it has become known, is the world's largest steel structure and the most complex stadium ever constructed. Its design had to be inspiring and be able to withstand an earthquake. So 'light weight' was combined with strength in 110 000 tons of a new grade of steel, the purest ever developed in China, including 36km of steel struts. It is "one of the key engineering marvels in the world today."

The Bird's Nest was the main venue of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, when it had a capacity of 91 000 spectators. The stadium now has a capacity of 80 000, as temporary Olympic seating has been removed. It was designed by Swiss Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, and Chinese Architect, Li Xinggang, and is shaped like a cradle, but its interlocking steel members, like a latticework of twigs, make the name Bird's Nest an obvious alias. The design came from the idea of a single thread wrapped round a ball. Layers of logical geometry give the appearance of randomness and the organic shape of the structure.

Water Cube Olympic Stadium:

The National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, is located on Olympic Green, with the Bird¡¯s Nest Stadium, on Beijing's north-south axis. It was built as the main natatorium for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and became known as one of the Games' iconic structures.

The Water Cube is 177 meters square and 30 meters high, and has a capacity of 17,000 seats (6,000 permanent and 11,000 temporary for the Olympics). During the Olympic Games, it was the main venue for swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo. It is now a multi-functional center for sports, recreation and fitness.

798 Art District:

The 798 Art Zone is located in the northeast part of Beijing, and is named after a factory which was built in the 1950s. It was once occupied by some state-owned enterprises such as the 798 Factory, Beijing North China Wireless Joint Equipment Factory, and so on. It covers an area of more than 600,000 square meters, and from east to west it starts from Jiuxianqiao Road(¾ÆÏÉÇÅ·) and ends at Beijing¡ªBaotou Railway. It covers Jiuxianqiao North Road in its north and ends in Jiangtai Road. As the factory was designed by some German experts, it had an architecture style, which was called ¡°Bauhaus¡± (Its main design ideal is bringing the technical and aesthetic property of new materials and new structure into effect; designing simply and composing pictures vividly with flexibility). Attracted by the unique architectural style and vast spaces, more and more artists and designers began to trickle in and settle their workshops there since 2001. They make full use of its original style and transform them into unique art exhibition centers and creation workshops. Now Beijing 798 Art Zone gathers a number of celebrities of art and culture in fashion. Many international art exhibitions are held there. It has received extensive attention from all over the world in recent years. Now it is one of the landmarks of Beijing's new urban culture. Walking in the 798 Art Zone, you can feel the contrast of the present with the past. On one side are the mottled redbrick walls with slogans of different ages; on another side are the scattered orderly industrial plants and crisscross pipelines. Uniformed workers and fashion visitors on the street form unique scenery. History and reality, industry and the arts perfectly merge together there. This is the 798 Art Zone.

Tour Itinerary:
Free hotel pick-up/drop-off and lunch included!

1. Between 7:30-8am your English-speaking guide will come to pick you up from your hotel, thus starting your tour.

2. Our first stop today will be in the north of the city at the Olympic Green/Park, which served as the center of Beijing¡¯s 2008 Olympic games. We will first stop by the Bird¡¯s Nest, which hosted the opening ceremony along with track and field. Due to its unique design it is now one of the most iconic and unique stadiums in the world.

3. Next it is off to the Water Cube, which is situated directly across from the Bird¡¯s Nest. The Water Cube was the location for the swimming and diving portion of the games (where Michael Phelps had his record-breaking performance), and is now currently a water park, which is reportedly the biggest in Asia.

4. Before heading to the 798 Art District we¡¯ll stroll through a local market that specializes in traditional handicrafts and curios. This is a great place to get some authentic and truly ¡°Beijing¡± gifts and mementos. We¡¯ll then follow with lunch before heading across town to 798.

5. In recent years China has seen a bloom of modern art, and the ground zero for that creative explosion can be seen at the 798 Art Zone. It is here you will see the new, iconoclastic ideas and expressions of China¡¯s burgeoning intellectual and artistic movement. In many ways 798 is Beijing¡¯s answer to Greenwich Village in New York City.

6. After a few hours at 798, we¡¯ll head to the very center of town to take in the National Theatre for the Performing Arts. Along with the Bird¡¯s Nest and Water Cube, the National Theatre stands at the vanguard of the city¡¯s sleek, new, and provocative architectural movement. A large, half orb, the building has acquired the nickname ¡°The Egg¡±.

7. You will then be taken back to your hotel, ending the day¡¯s tour.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

1. Hotel pick-up & drop-off service

2. Air-conditioned tour coach

3. English speaking tour guide

4. Entrance tickets as listed on the above itinerary.

5. Chinese lunch (Vegetarian? No problem!)

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

1. Tip to the guide

2. Personal costs

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