The Bird’s Nest Stadium is part of the Beijing skyline as a distinct feat of engineering that is marvelled all over the world today. Here are some interesting facts about the Beijing National Stadium.
The stadium which is nicknamed The Bird’s Nest due to its shape is located 13 km from Tiananmen Square and 20 minutes’ drive from Ascott Raffles City Beijing. You would need about 1 hour to explore it in full. It was constructed in 2007 with the capacity for 91,000 seats.
The Design of the Stadium
The stadium was designed by Herzog de Meuron and Li Xinggang who are both Swiss and Chinese architects respectively. The design was created to be lightweight but capable of withstanding an earthquake.
The Construction of the Stadium
The stadium began construction in December of 2003 and was completed in March 2008 as part of Beijing’s preparation for the Olympics. A total of $423 million was expended to complete The Bird’s Nest.
The 2022 Winter Olympics
The stadium will once again play host to the 2022 Winter Olympics so if you are planning to witness it, you should consider booking your own Beijing serviced apartments in advance so you don’t fall into the last-minute rush and be unable to find accommodation in the great city.