After our snowy Great Wall experience, Tony took us to Olympic Park to see the Beijing National Stadium (aka the Bird’s Nest) and the Water Cube. I have often times wondered what these venues are used for now that the games are over.
|I still wonder how this place makes money.|
The Bird’s Nest is a big tourist attraction. For 50 RMB ($8 or so), one can take a tour of the 80,000-seat sculpture/stadium. Sometimes the stadium is used for concerts, an occasional soccer match, or even a outdoor snow theme park. However, it does not house any major sports teams. I am amazed that it is still profitable.
|The Water Cube is beautiful at night!|
After the Olympics, the Chinese government spent around $32 million to transform half of the Water Cube into a water park complete with water rides, a wave pool, and spa. Whoever came up with that idea is genius. Kids can play while the parents relax!
After our final stop, it was time to catch some dinner…