Thursday, June 23, 2011

Feeling the Beijing Olympic Vibe (Archive)

bird's nest @beijing

29 September 2010. Beijing.

We walked in circles from the Summer Palace in search of the subway to bring us to the Beijing Olympic Green, home of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. These two Beijing attractions were the ones I so wanted to see. After finally locating the subway, we travelled for about an hour to the Olympic Green, and I was blown away by the sights. I offer no exaggeration here; even my cousin and Jen exclaimed that they felt like being in a foreign land as soon as they set eyes on the spectacular view. To quote their exact words:

Para tayong nasa ibang bansa!

Yes, we were in Beijing. Weird, these two.

Anyway, the Olympic Green’s most notable structures are the Beijing National Stadium or Bird’s Nest, and the Beijing National Aquatics Center or Water Cube. Admittedly, on pictures, there is nothing really striking about these intertwined steels and bubble-filled rectangular figures. I guess one must personally see these structures to fully appreciate them.

water cube @beijing

Another notable though not so noticeable structure in the Green is the LingLong Tower, which houses a part of the International Broadcast Center. It is a three-sided tower that contains six pods and seven floors.

LingLong Tower @Beijing

We spent the rest of the afternoon lounging around the site, observing the Chinese people, appreciating the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube even more, gazing at kites, and being pestered by vendors selling their wares. When the sun was about to set, we bade the Olympic Green goodbye and rushed back to the hostel so I could make it to my Chinese opera in time.

Images of the Green:

olympic green

olympic green