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Beijing Olympic Green

The Olympic Green is an Olympic Park in Beijing, China constructed for the 2008 Summer Olympics. It is located at the north end of the central axis of Beijing City. A forest park, a central area including competition venues, Olympic Village, the Main Press Center (MPC), and the International Broadcasting Center (IBC) and so on for Olympic Games can be found at Olympic Green. There will be several subway stations to connect the Olympic Green and the downtown area. Besides, people can also choose buses, taxis or to drive to Olympic Green.

Beijing National Stadium
The Beijing National Stadium or "Bird's Nest" is the centerpiece of this project. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, and football finals of the Games. The stadium has room for 91,000 spectators, but the capacity will be reduced to 80,000 after the Olympics.

Beijing National Aquatics Center
The Beijing National Aquatics Center or "Water Cube" hosted the swimming, diving and synchronized swimming events. It has a capacity of 17,000 (reduced to 6,000 after the Olympics) and is located next to the National Stadium.

Beijing National Indoor Stadium
The Beijing National Indoor Stadium or "the Fan" held the handball, artistic gymnastics and trampolining events. With a capacity of 19,000, it was the main indoor arena used during the Games.

Olympic Green Convention Center
The Olympic Green Convention Center, also called the National Convention Center, held fencing and, the 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 metres.

Olympic Green Hockey Field
The Olympic Green Hockey Field hosted the field hockey events. It covers an area of 11.87 hectares with 2 courts and can seat 17,000 spectators. It will be deconstructed after the Games.

Olympic Green Archery Field
The Olympic Green Archery Field hosted the archery events. The field occupies 9.22 hectares and has a capacity of 5,000. It will be converted to green belt after the Games.

Olympic Green Tennis Center
The Olympic Green Tennis Center hosted the tennis and wheelchair tennis events. It has 16 courts (10 competition, 6 practice) and a capacity of 17,400. It opened on October 1st, 2007.

The park itself, outside of the venues constructed on the Olympic Green, hosted some of the athletic events at the 2008 Games. These included the racewalk events, where the loops occurred on the Olympic Green, and the portion of the marathons just outside the National Stadium.

Other parts: Olympic Village
The Beijing Olympic Village housed all the participating athletes. The village is made up of 22 6-story buildings and 20 9-story buildings.

For those in Beijing who haven't found the time to visit Beijing's newest landmarks, Olympic Green will remain open to the public. There's no admission fee and no need to apply for tickets.


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