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. This is where American swimmer Michael Phelps got eight medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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The Water Cube was designed by PTW Architects and Ove Arup. Their unique and inspired design was based on the way soap bubbles come together in a 12 or 14-sided cell structure.
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.
Opening hours: 10:00-21:30 daily
Admission is free for children shorter than 1.2 meters (accompanied by at least one paying adult)
- 30 yuan per ticket (Water Cube visit only)
200 yuan per ticket (including Water Cube visit and water amusement park)
- 160 yuan per ticket (for children 1.2-1.4 m or 3.9-4.6 ft tall, including Water Cube visit and water amusement park)
- 50 yuan per ticket (swimming only; valid for 2 hours, including locker and shower)
Water Amusement Park
After a major transformation after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Water Cube was turned into a large water amusement park and reopened to the public in August 2010. The new water amusement park inside the Water Cube is the largest and the best of its kind in China, allowing a functional capacity of 6,000 people. It is an ideal place for families with kids to escape the summer heat and have fun. It is equipped with many amusement facilities, such as wave machines, speed slides and aqualoops. The water temperature is said to be controlled at 23°C(73°F) in summer and 30°C(86°F) in winter. Coffee shops, leisure centers and VIP boxes are also available inside the water park.
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00
- Full price: 200 yuan (including Water Cube admission)
- Discount price: 160 yuan (children 1.2-1.5 meter tall)
- Children shorter than 1.2 meters enter for free when accompanied by an adult paying full price.
- By subway: take Line 10 to Beitucheng Station, transfer to Line 8 and get off at Olympic Green Station. Use Exit A and walk southwards for 5 to 8 minutes to the entrance of the Southeast Gate of Water Cube.
- By public bus: No. 696, 689, 658, 753, 660, 839, 944, 983, 939, 407, 386, 611, 82, 538, 81, 86.
Questions and Answers About Water Cube
Hi Feni, yes, the Water Cube is open during winter (December). But there is not any sport events during 23-29 December 2012.Whitney Liao replied on 2012-11-22
Hi Bill, we can arrange all these for you with private car and English speaking tour guide. We will send you the itinerary with details on time and attractions. In order to give you the exact price, please help me with below the information:
1. Number of people in your group
2. Length of stay in Beijing
3. Starting date of the tour
4. Class of Hotel:3 / 4 / 5 star
Thanks, have a great day!
Whitney Liao replied on 2012-11-11
Hi BILL, we can arrange a private car and English speaking tour guide for you. Then you can travel at your pace, no matter quick or slow, depends on you. Then you don't have to worry whether it is safe or not walking the streets after dark, okay? Please let me know the number of people in your group. Then we will send you a detailed itinerary.Whitney Liao replied on 2012-11-11
Hi BILL, we can arrange a private van and English speaking tour guide for you, to cover all these places. Please let me know the number of people in your group. Then we will quote you the exact price and time, okay?Whitney Liao replied on 2012-11-11
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I updated this article on April 15, 2014
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