Beijing National Aquatics Center also known as the Water Cube, is an aquatics center that was built alongside Beijing National Stadium in the Olympic Green for the swimming competitions of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Aquatics Center hosted the swimming, diving and Synchronized Swimming events during the Olympics.
Despite its nickname, the building is not an actual cube, but a cuboid (a rectangular box). Ground was broken on December 24, 2003, and the Center was completed and handed over for use on January 28, 2008. Swimmers at the Water Cube broke 25 world records during the 2008 Olympics.
After the Olympics, the building underwent a 200 million Yuan revamp to turn half of its interior into a water park.
Directions: Bus: 839, 510, get off at Beichenxiqiao Beizhan (BeichenxiQiao north station); 113, 407, 386, 656, Kuai 836, 753, 939, 944, 660, 689, get off at Beichenxiqiao. 328, 379, 419, 425, 484, 518. 628, 751, 836, 851. 913, 949, 963, Yuntong 110, get off at Walinankou.
Subway Line 8: Olympic Park Exit
Open Hour: Free during 9:00-21:00 on August, and May 19, September 27. Charge at other hours.
Reservation: Only accept group reservation.
Capacity: 50 people.
Service: Free on-site commentary in Chinese and English.