The Olympic Green Travel Guide
The Olympic Green, located to the north end of the central axis of the city, occupies an area of 1,135 hectares, which contains a forest park of 680 hectares and a central area of 405 hectares. It was the center for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Its location, design, construction and post-game using fully manifest the three concepts of "environment-friendly Olympics, culture-enriched Olympics and technology-empowered Olympics". Post the Beijing Olympic Games, this area is open to the public and it is design to be a center of sport competitions, conferences, displays, culture, entertainment and shopping in a few years. Together with Zhongguancun Science and Technology Zone and Beijing Central Business District, they three will form three key functional districts of Beijing.
The Olympic Green has 14 Venues altogether. The Bird's Nest and the Water Cube are the most impressing and famous buildings in this area because of their unique design. In addition, the other venues and space of the Olympic Green are attractive, too. For example, the Beijing National Gym or "the Fan" can host the handball, artistic gymnastics and trampoline events. It was the main indoor arena used during the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. The Olympic Green Convention Center, also called the National Convention Center can host fencing, shooting and fencing disciplines of the modern pentathlon. It is also used as the International Broadcast Center and the Main Press Center (for conventions and exhibitions). The centre covers an area of 270,000 square meters.
The Beijing Olympic Village housed all the participating athletes. It occupies a land area of 80 hectares and has 22 6-story buildings and 20 9-story buildings. It may supply 16000 athletes, trainer and entourages to live in. The Olympic Village divides into the community and the international area, it is comfortable, convenient, peaceful and security.
The Linglong Tower (Multifunctional Studio Tower) houses a part of the International Broadcast Center (IBC). It is on the northwest side of the Bird's Nest Stadium. "Ling Long" means delicate, and is referred to as the Delicate Tower in Chinese. The permanent structure is a three-sided tower. The tower contains 6 pods with open space in between. It is 128m tall, with 7 acceptable floors, each an equilateral triangle. The floors are subdivided into two levels. The glass-walled pods are held up by three supporting ribs at the three corners. The tower was operated by Beijing Olympic Broadcasting. Some international broadcast studios were located in the pods of the tower, offering skyline views as backdrops of Olympic broadcasts.
Beiding Niangniang Temple is less famous than any other modern venues in the Olympic Green. You can hardly find it in any reports about the Olympic Green. However, it is really worthy seeing. It locates on the south side of the Bird's Nest and the west side of the Water Cube. In order to construct the Olympics Green, only this temple was remained while the village around the ancient temple was relocated. Here, you can see modern buildings such as the Bird's Nest as well as the ancient temple. It will cause you to think about the issue of the relationship between modern and tradition.
Take bus No.6 or subway line No.8
Also you can buy tickets for each sight seperately.
The Bird’s Nest: CNY50
The Water Cube: CNY30
The National Gym: CNY20
The Olympic Village international region: CNY20