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Beijing National Stadium

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Beijing National Stadium, also known universally as the Bird’s Nest (鸟巢), is one of the greatest architecture and stunning landmark in the age of globalization. The stadium was designed by architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron of Herzog & de Meuron, the Chinese contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei, and the vice chief architect of China Architecture Deisng & Research Group, Li Xinggang[ ]. It was used for the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. The Bird’s Nest is a global landmark that unites magnificence, technological advance, and environmental friendly concept; structured as people oriented and lays its foundation on the Olympic spirit, the Beijing National Stadium is a cradle that breeds bright future with hopefulness.
Olympics is a symbol of unity and peace, bringing different nations together every other four year, ignoring their economic conditions, political status, the Olympics puts a world stage for recognition and accomplishment for the countries as well as their athletes. For Chinese people, being the host of the Olympics has always been a dream and honor. In early 1920s China was accepted as a member of the International Olympic Committee. In February 1991, under the suggestion of Deng Xiaoping and supports of the central government, China first bid for Olympics in 2000. Beijing was defeated by Sydney by two votes difference on September 23th , 1993, passed the right to host the 27th Olympics. Even though the application result was not a pleasure, Chinese have never gave up, eventually achieve their Olympics dream on July 13th 2001. In the night of Juan Antonio Samaranch, the president of the IOC, official announce the Beijing as the host of 29th Olympics, more than 400 thousands of people rushed to Tiananme...

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...importance in Chinese traditional culture, no matter in the case of Chang’an or in the later study of Beijing, this type of city planning and construction further attached great importance to the Bird’s Nest. The circular shape of the stadium represents 'heaven', while the adjacent square form of the National Aquatics Center (Water Cube or 水立方), is a reflection of the Chinese symbol for Earth.
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The Beijing National Stadium is one of the most magnificent landmark in the world. The stadium’s original design is able to take a maximum capacity of 100,000 people, it is later reduced to 91,000 due to a simplification and cost reduction on the project. There are 11,000 temporary seats, and 80,000 permanent seats, given the nature of the Bird’s Nest’s retractable design in consideration of after Olympic city planning in Beijing.
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