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Water Cube

National Aquatics Center, the landmark building of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, is located inside the Beijing Olympic Green. It is axially related to the National Stadium on the north part of Beijing Central Axis and reinforces the historical and cultural features of Beijing city. The planning area of the NSC is 62950m², and the total floor area is 65,000 - 80,000m², in which the underground component is not less than 15,000 m².The National Aquatics Center will be the venue for swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water-polo final during the Olympic Games. The total seating capacity is 17,000, including 6,000 permanent and 11,000 temporary for Games which will be removed post-Games, then the National Aquatics Center will become the venue for various activities such as aquatic sports, swimming, fitness and recreation.

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The international competition-winning scheme is known as "Water Cube" ([H2O]³). It is designed by the design consortium consists of China State Construction Engineering Corporation, China State Construction International (Shenzhen) Design Co., Ltd, PTW Architects (Australia) and Ove Arup (Australia). The design concept of the "water cube" combines the symbolisms of the architecture and the unique water bubble structure, and build an appropriate complement to the National Stadium. The NSC functionally meets the requirement of 2008 Olympic Games and post-games operation.

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The National Aquatics Center is owned, managed and operated by BJSAM. Commenced at the end of 2003, the construction of the building will last 3 years. The total investment of the project is around 100 million US dollar. After the completion of the construction by the end of 2006, the project will be approved by IOC and FINA. (Provided by: Beijing Stated-owned Assets Management Corp. Ltd)

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Useful Information For Water Cube
Admission Fee RMB 30
Swimming Pool RMB 50 for two hours (14:00-19:00 from Tuesday to Sunday)
Opening Hours 09:00-19:00 (Monday-Thursday)
09:00-17:00 (Friday-Sunday)

By Bus:
1. Take bus no.510 or 839 and get off at Beichenxi Bridge North Station;
2. Take bus no.386, 407, 656, 660, 689, 740, 753, 836 (fast line), 939, 944 (branch line), 983 or Yuntong113 and get off at Beichen Bridge West Station;
3. Take bus no.328, 379, 419, 425, 484, 518, 628, 751, 836, 851, 913, 949, 963 or Yuntong 110 and get off at Wali Nankou Station.
By Subway :
1. Subway line 8: get off at Olympic Sports Center Station
2. Subway line 10: get off at Beitucheng Station, transfer to subway line 8 and get off at Olympic Sports Center Station

Related Tours
Beijing Group Tour C: Panda House + Lama Temple + Beijing Hutong + Olympic Stadiums
Beijing Half-Day Private Tour F: Bird Nest and Water Cube( 2008 Olympic Stadium)
Beijing 1-Day Private Tour H: Beijing Hutong + Lama Temple + Confucius Temple + Beijing Zoo + Olympic Stadium
Beijing 1-Day Private Tour K: Capital Museum + 798 Art Zone + National Theatre + Olympic Staduim

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