Olympic Park - the main venue of the Beijing Olympic Games
Last Update: 8th October 2020
What is the Olympic Park?
Located in Chaoyang District, Beijing, Olympic Park is composed of 10 Olympic Games competition venues and 7 non-competition venues, such as National Stadium, Bird’s Nest, Water Cube, Fencing Hall of the National Convention Center, Yingdong Swimming Hall, Main Press Center for the Olympic Games (MPC), the International Broadcasting Center (IBC), the Olympic Reception Center, and the Olympic Village (Paralympic Village), etc.
- Chinese Name: Aolinpike Gongyuan (奥林匹克公园)
- Area: 11.59 square kilometers
- Things to do there: Photography, Sports, Architecture
- Who visits: Photographers, Sports Lovers, Architecture Learners
- Time required: Full Day
Olympic Park offers not only the stunning buildings for sports games but also a large forest park to explore. It is a comprehensive public activity center that includes the facilities for sports events, conventions, science and education culture, and leisure shopping.
You can explore the Bird’s Nest – one of the symbols for the Beijing Olympic Games. Located in the south of Beijing Olympic Park, it has been a place for cultural and sports, fitness and shopping, dining and entertainment, tourism exhibitions and other large-scale comprehensive venues. Now, it becomes a landmark sports building and Olympic heritage at the park.
Situated in the south of the park, Water Cube is one of the landmark buildings of the Beijing Olympic Games. It is the only swimming venue that can accommodate more than 10,000 people.
As the largest indoor comprehensive gymnasium in China, National Stadium indoor comprehensive gymnasium in China. It looks like an unfolded folding fan. As a first-class sports facility in Beijing, the National Stadium is a activity center for the citizen that integrates sports competitions, culture and entertainment, and provides multi-functional services. At irregular intervals, concerts, performances and sports events are held at Bird’s Nest, Water Cube and National Stadium.
The Olympic Forest Park is one of the largest parks in Beijing. The park covers an area of 680 hectares. You can take a break at one of the pavilions, admire the greens and flowers there. You could walk around the Sunken Garden, explore 7 sites, such as Yudaogongmen Gate (御道宫门), Gumu Huating Siheyuan (古木花厅), etc. Which combine the history with the culture of modern time of China.
The best time to visit Olympic Park is in the morning or in the evening during the opening hours. The best months to visit are from April to June and from September to November.
There are several buses passing by Olympic Park. Therefore, there are several options.
- Rent a vehicle to the park. This is the quickest and most direct option.
- Take Bus 81, 82, 86 and Bus 510 to the Stop of National Stadium (国家体育馆).
- Take Metro Line 8 to the Stop of Olympic Park (奥林匹克公园)
- Opening hours: 06:00 – 21:00 (March 15 – November 15), 07:00 – 19:00 (November 16 – March 14).
- As at 8th October 2020, visitors can visit the Olympic Park for free while if you would like to explore Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, you should get the tickets for these two sites for an additional fee. Please visit the related travel guide on our website for more detailed information.
- Please bring your passports with you at the entrance of the park.
- The park offers the charged shuttle bus. The pricing starts with 5 CNY per person. Children under 1.2m tall (1.2m tall not included) are free of charge.
- The park offers the chartered service for the shuttle bus. The pricing for the 10-seaters shuttle bus is 150 CNY per half hour and 300 CNY per hour.
- For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (email@example.com)
- It is not allowed to take the soft drinks or alcohol to the park.
- Professional camera equipment, tripods, lighters and matches, and musical instruments may be allowed to be taken into the park.