March 10, Day 3: Brightlights

Before flying back to Manila, we had a quick tour at Beijing National Stadium. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

China’s National Stadium (the Bird’s Nest),  is the world’s largest steel structure and the most complex stadium ever constructed.The Bird’s Nest was designed by Swiss Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, and a Chinese Architect, Li Xinggang. The requirements for its design were that it had to be inspiring and be able to withstand an earthquake. It is saddle-shaped, but the interlocking steel parts resembling a lattice of twigs, make the name Bird’s Nest an obvious alias.

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The Beijing National Aquatics Center (Water Cube), is an aquatics center that was built alongside Beijing National Stadium in the Olympic Green for the swimming competitions of 2008 Summer Olympics. Despite its nickname, the building is not an actual cube, but a cuboid  (a rectangular box).

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Congratulations Beijing! You are once again nominated to host the 2022 Olympics!

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