Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Athletic Arenas

China CN-164145 received 02-18-2010

Sent by: cloudstu
From: Shenzhen, China
ID number: CN-164145
Notes: These buildings will be familiar to you if you watched the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  And if you know anything about me, you know I watched them a lot.  The building on top (it's not really floating in mid-air) is the Beijing National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube.  It was the venue for the swimming and diving competitions, and swimmers broke 25 world records over the course of the games.  In 2009, renovation began on the building, and it reopened in 2010 as an indoor water park.

The other building is the Beijing National Stadium, more commonly called the Bird's Nest.  It was used for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the track & field events, and the mens' soccer gold medal match.  After the Olympics, it has hosted various concerts and sporting events, and it draws 20,000 to 30,000 tourists a day.

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