The National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, is located on Olympic park and it is one of the symbolic architectures covering a capacity of 17, 000 seats including 6,000 permanent and 11,000 temporary for the Olympics Games. Built at December 2003 and finished at January 2008, the Water Cube is the main natatorium for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 where the swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo sport events were held at that time and where Michael Phelps—the great champion of swimmer got eight medals then. It has been known as one of the Games’ iconic structures after the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games.
The competition hall of the Cubic Water is its key area with its length 116 meters, width 70 meters, height 30 meters and area 8,120 square meters. There are two swimming pool inside it, whose standard is 25 meters * 50 meters, depth of water 3 meters; jumpping pool 25 meters * 30 meters with about 4.5 meters to 5.5 meters water depth. The good-quality air, natural light, excellent sound effect together with the graceful architectural design make the atmosphere of the inner Cubic Water comfortable, enjoyable and excited. It is now a multi-functional center for sports, recreation and fitness. The amusement water park inside it is the one of the large-size water parks in China featuring world-standard facility, where you will surely enjoy yourself there.
Tips: 1) Opening time: Swimming Pool: 12:30 p.m. to 17:30 p.m. for the normal days and 9:00 a.m. to 20:30 p.m. For the weekends ; The Amusement Water Park: 10:00 a.m. to 22:00 p.m.; 2) Ticket price: 30 Yuan/ adult for the Water Cube visit only; 50 yuan/ adult for swimming only 200 yuan/ adult including water amusement park; 3) Ways to go there: type 1—subway: take Line 10 to Beitucheng Stop and then transfer to Line 8 to get off at Olympic Green Stop. Use Exit A and walk southwards for 5 to 8 minutes to the entrance of the Southeast Gate of Water Cube; type2—city public buses: take the No. 696, 689, 658, 753, 660, 839, 944, 983, 939, 407, 386, 611, 82, 538, 81, 86 to the Olympic Green Stop.