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D4: Beijing Night View

Olympic Site:

The National Stadium, as the main track and field stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics, is dubbed the "bird's nest" because of its innovative grid formation. The twig-like structural elements and the bowl-shaped roof are the masterpiece of the project, yet they pose great challenges for technicians and workers to make the building stand on its own feet. It was built with 36 km of unwrapped steel, with a combined weight of 45,000 tons. The stadium has some 11,000 square meters of underground rooms with waterproof walls. The centre piece of the 2008 Summer Olympics was the Beijing National Stadium, nicknamed "The Bird's Nest" because of its nest-like skeletal structure. The stadium hosted both the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletics competition

The National Aquatics Center, a major venue for the 2008 Olympic Games, also called the "Water Cube", was completed on the morning of January 28, 2008. The "water cube" comprises over 100,000sqm of ETFE foils, making it the single largest, most complicated and most comprehensive ETFE structure in the world to date. The venue will be used for swimming, diving, and water polo and synchronized swimming competitions for the 2008 Olympic Games. In the future, this site will become a water theme park and publicly opened swimming pool. Keep updated with us and see how this cube will become an additional attraction for your Beijing Tour.

National Center for the Performing Arts:

National Centre for the Performing Arts is located in the heart of Beijing, neighbor to the Great Hall of the People and Tian'anmen Square, it covers 118.9 million square meters, and total construction area is 217.5 million square meters including nearly 46.6 million square meters underground garage. The main construction is the unique shell shape with 46.68 meters high and the only one of its shape in Asia. The exterior of the theater is a titanium accented glass dome that is completely surrounded by a man-made lake, it consists of 18398 pieces of titanium plates and 1226 pieces of super white glass. It looks like an egg floating on water from the air. It was designed as an iconic feature, something that would be immediately recognizable, like the Sydney Opera House.

Houhai (Shichahai):

Shichahai is a famous scenic area that includes three lakes (Qian Hai, meaning Front Sea; Hou Hai, meaning Back Sea and Xi Hai, meaning Western Sea), surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty, and remnants of old-style Beijing residences, Hutong and Courtyard. The history of Shichahai can be traced to as far back as the Jin Dynasty (1115 - 1234).

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

1. At about 7pm you will be picked up by your English-speaking guide, and from your hotel we will get started on the 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. Then we¡¯ll cruise down a symbol of China¡¯s rising economic clout, Beijing¡¯s financial street. Over 200 major enterprises have moved into the financial street. The financial street has become the financial center of financial institutions and business buildings in Beijing. At the same time it has been equipped with all kinds of service facilities like telecommunication, business, catering and cultural and entertainment etc.

5. On our way to the National Center for the Performing Arts, we¡¯ll pass the remnants of Beijing¡¯s old city wall, which might have been an even great achievement than the Great Wall. What was the city wall is now the city¡¯s second ring road and Subway Line 2. The parts we will see today give you a clue at how monumental the entire wall was. If you see a subway stop or major intersection ending with a name of "men," then it means it is a gate of the old city wall.

6. We will arrive at the National Theatre for the Performing Arts, which is a paradigm of Beijing¡¯s exciting new architecture, along with the Olympic stadiums and the CCTV building. A silver orb, it has garnered the nickname ¡°The Egg¡±, and its construction, next to stately Tiananmen Square, was not without controversy.

7. From ¡°The Egg¡± we¡¯ll head out for the trendy area of Houhai, which is just north of the Forbidden City. Houhai is always a good place for viewing local Beijingers' recreational life, and in the last 200 years, many governmental officers, celebrities, monks and nuns chose to build mansions, temples and nunneries in Houhai. Thus, Houhai¡¯s attraction lies not only in its natural beauty, but also in the historical value of its architecture. The lakeshore is packed with young people chatting, drinking and generally relaxing as wood pigeons coo overhead. In recent years it has become famous for nightlife because it is home to several popular restaurants, bars, and cafes.

8. We¡¯ll then stroll down the Qianmen Ancient Alley, which has served as a vital centre of commerce and business for hundreds of years. The street is filled with reminders of Beijing¡¯s past life, with small vendors, shops, and curios. This is a great place for some souvenir hunting.

9. You will be dropped off back at your hotel, ending your evening¡¯s tour with us.

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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