Actually known as the National Stadium, the Bird's Nest stadium - so named because of it's design, is truly a sight to behold.
Sadly, smog/pollution seem to gather at this location and often times, the stadium is hardly visible even from the road side; especially during summer.
The entire Olympic Green village area has had great difficulty in attracting revenue or interest in events or foot traffic.
A shopping mall and hotel were slated to be built there when we last visited in 2010.
You can visit where Michael Phelps won his historic 8 Olympic medals in swimming.
Make sure and come early as the place gets packed!
Also, due to smog, Pollution, early spring/late fall are better times of the year to visit.
Hainan offers the whole beach activities you dream of: the beaches are nice and long, you can swim at protected areas, have a boat trip, diving and surfing are possible. Most hotels offer bicycles to rent.
The Grand Prix Museum was opened in 1993 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix. If you are interested in motor racing or cars in general it is a nice place to learn about the history of the Macau Grand Prix. As well as information about the history of the event there are numerous cars on display, including the one in the photo of Aryton Senna's.
Pretty much every place I stayed and every bar I went in to had a pool table. I don't play pool too much at home - mainly because you have to pay to play in most British pubs. However, most of the places I went to had a free table. I'd often find myself playing against other travellers, bar staff and random people off the street. By the end of my month long trip I'm pretty sure I could have gone professional - if only i'd learnt how not to pot the white ball ;)
Beijing National Stadium (better known as Bird's Nest) is located in the southern part of Olympic Green in Beijing. It is the largest steel structure stadium in the world. This massive stadium was designed by Swiss architect firm Herzog & de Meuron in 2003. The stadium was officially opened in June 2008 before the 29th Olympic Games. It is the main venue of the Beijing Olympiad. The stadium itself has a total area of approximately 260,000 square metres.
The stadium has á seating capacity for approximately 91,000 spectators. Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium has become a major tourist attraction in Beijing, especially after the successful hosting of Beijing Summer Olympic Games in August 2008 by China. The stadium will be used for football games and athletics after the Olympic Games.
Beijing National Aquatics Center (better known as Water Cube) is also located at Olympic Green in Beijing, just adjacent to the Bird's Nest National Stadium. It was used for swimming competitions during the 29th Beijing Olympiad. The Water Cube is not exactly a cube. It is more of a rectangular in shape, i.e. 178 metres square by 31 metres in height. The National Aquatics Center has a capacity for 17,000 spectators.
The Water Cube was designed by a consortium of architects headed by PTW Architects, an Australian architect firm. It was constructed between 2004 and 2007 and officialy opened in 2008 before the Olympic Games. It occupies a total area of approximately 80,000 square metres.
Water Cube Swimming Complex is a great tourist attraction in Beijing. More and more local and foreign tourists visit the swimming complex for its beautiful architecture!.
Walking, hiking, climbing the stairs around famous Chinese mountain attractions if not actually a sports activity, is certainly a physical test. If you are one of those travelers who kind of feel that you have to actually climb it to say you experienced it, reconsider. Even though the cable cars and trams may be over priced by Chinese standards, you won't regret taking one. They often do offer a special prospective, but mostly they save your energy and time for all the rest of the visit. There will still be plenty of stairs to climb. If you wish to see the trail up, you can always walk down it.
Equipment: Without question good shoes are important. Get them before you start your travel and break them in so you will not be plagued by blisters during your journey.
If you find a walking stick useful, you can buy a cheap one for $1-2 USD at the site. When you are done using it, just find an older person to give it to.
WHEN I WENT TO THE TEMPLE OF HEAVEN PARK THAT IS WHEN I SAW SO MANY OLDER PEOPLE PLAYING IN GROUPS OF ABOUT 6 TO 8 PEOPLE KICKING AND BUMPING OFF ANY PART OF THEIR BODIES THOSE SMALL HACKY SACKS. AND IF THERE WEREN'T PEOPLE PLAYING THAT..THEN THEY WERE DOING TAI CHEE OR FLYING KITES OR JUST WALKING AND GETTING SOME EXERCISE...THESE PEOPLE ARE SPORTSTERS FOR SHURE...IT JUST AMAZED ME HOW ACTIVE AT ALL AGES THESE PEOPLE ARE .........
Equipment: ANYTHING TO START AN EXERCISE.....EVEN JUST A STICK...!!!!!!!!!!!!
17 climbers from international expedition Muztagh Ata – Anniversary 2006, summated.
Expedition started on 23.07 from Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek. It was 22 participants from all around the world (France, Spain, Italy, Japan, Russia , Poland). My best congratulation!!!
Expedition Muztagh Ata 2006 Anniversary Year¡
Duration: 25 days
Countries: Kyrgyzstan, China
Group: minimum 10 person
Cost: 1485 $ US/person
Day1. Arrival in Bishkek. Rest. Afternoon transfer to Naryn, Accommodation in Guest House or Yurt camp.
Day 2. Transfer: Naryn ¨C Torugart (Chinese Border). Torugard/Kashgar(BUS)
Date 3. Kashgar/Subashi (BUS 200kms 4-5 hours )
Day 4.Trekking to Base camp
Day 5-20. Climbing Activity
Period for climbing of Muztagata, which ask for building and supplying of three high camps.
Day 21. Base Camp/Subash/Kashgar(Trekking+Bus)
Day 23.Kashgar/Torugart Pass/Naryn(BUS)
Day 24Transfer Naryn - Bishkek. Hotel.
Day 25.Transport to airport, flight home.
Well, I always thought, that the Dutch invented skating. But now I read, that the Chinese skated already during Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). At that time skating was a comprehensice ice sport: players could engage in ball games, archery and pole-climbing on ice aswell.
Very surprising and very impressive!
The Olympics are coming to Beijing in 2008, so if like watching the Olympics, why not make your reservations now!
Equipment: Go haggle yourself a pair of good binoculars!
Also, bring a couple bottles of water, too!
Just inside the Suzhou city gate was an amusement park style archery setup. It's not really a sport but it's as close as I came on this trip. Needless to say, the bows were in bad shape and there was not one straight arrow in sight. However, I did manage to hit the target at least once.
Equipment: Rent your broken bows and bent arrows right here.
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When I last visited Beijing,
banners all over promoting the 2000 Olympics which went to Sydney.
Since then, China via Biejing will host the 2008 after 2004 in Athens.
there will be much infrastructural development.
Equipment: Table Tennis, was China's strength, then gymnastics, Swimming and diving, the future ......
Badminton, volleyball, martial arts, more individual sports, but the team sports ? ? ?
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