National Aquatics Center (Water Cube)

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. It will host the curling at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The Feature of the Water Cube

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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.

Post-Games Uses

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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. It is now a multi-functional center for sports, recreation and fitness.

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

Ticket price:

  • 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.
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  • 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.

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