The National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, is located on Olympic Green, with
the Bird’s Nest Stadium, on Beijing's north-south axis. It was
built as the main natatorium for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and
became known as one of the Games' iconic structures. This is where American swimmer Michael Phelps got eight medals at
the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Come and marvel at the Water Cube and Beijing's other ancient
wonders with an Olympic Memories Tour.
The Water Cube was designed by PTW Architects and Ove Arup. Their
unique and inspired design was based on the way soap bubbles come
together in a 12 or 14-sided cell structure.
The Water Cube is 177 meters square and 30 meters high, and has a
capacity of 17,000 seats (6,000 permanent and 11,000 temporary for
the Olympics). During the Olympic Games, it was the main venue for
swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo. It is now a
multi-functional center for sports, recreation and fitness.
Water Amusement Park
After a major transformation after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the
Water Cube was turned into a large water amusement park and
reopened to the public in August 2010.
The new water amusement park inside the Water Cube is the largest
and the best of its kind in China, allowing a functional capacity
of 6,000 people. It is an ideal place for families with kids to
escape the summer heat and have fun. (See our family tour
packages). It is equipped with many amusement facilities, such as
wave machines, speed slides and aqualoops. The water temperature is
said to be controlled at 23°C (73°F) in summer and 30C° (86°F) in
winter. Coffee shops, leisure centers and VIP boxes are also
available inside the water park.
Opening hours: 10:00-21:30 daily
- Admission is free for children shorter than 1.2 meters (accompanied
by at least one paying adult)
- 30 yuan per ticket (Water Cube visit only)
- 200 yuan per ticket (including Water Cube visit and water amusement
- 160 yuan per ticket (for children 1.2-1.4 m or 3.9-4.6 ft tall,
including Water Cube visit and water amusement park)
- 50 yuan per ticket (swimming only; valid for 2 hours, including
locker and shower)
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