Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China is one of the most historical cities in the world. Apparently, the historical Forbidden City, the Palace Museum and the Great Wall of China have their roots in the Beijing's imperial position. Whatever informed the decision to take the 2008 Summer Olympics to the city, it was one of the best decisions that the event organizers have made yet. The Beijing authorities, in a bid to showcase the city as the next big thing, went out of their way to create world beating sporting facilities and sites. Below are the most popular of these facilities.

5 Olympic sites you need to see in Beijing

Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China is one of the most historical cities in the world. Apparently, the historical Forbidden City, the Palace Museum and the Great Wall of China have their roots in the Beijing's imperial position. Whatever informed the decision to take the 2008 Summer Olympics to the city, it was one of the best decisions that the event organizers have made yet. The Beijing authorities, in a bid to showcase the city as the next big thing, went out of their way to create world beating sporting facilities and sites. Below are the most popular of these facilities.

1. Beijing National Stadium

With a capacity of 91,000 people, the Beijing National Stadium is one of the modern architectural marvels. It is fondly referred to as the 'Bird's Nest' due to its shape. The stadium was used for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athletic events, and football final of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

2. Beijing National Indoor Stadium

If you think Chinese are creative, wait until you get into this indoor stadium in the heart of Beijing and you will realize that they are the best architects in the world. It is nicknamed as 'the Fan' due to its resemblance to the traditional Chinese folding fan. It hosted Artistic Gymnastics, Trampolining, and Handball events during the 2008 summer Olympics. It has a capacity of 28,000.

3. Beijing National Aquatic Center

Fondly known as the 'Water Cube', Beijing National Aquatic Center is an aquatic center principally modeled to host the summer 2008 Olympics - and hosting it did - swimmers at the Water Cube broke 25 world records during the 2008 Olympics. Today, the Water Cube is a popular water park where Chinese go for leisure swimming.

4. Beijing Wukesong Culture & Sports Center

This facility was rebranded after the 2008 Summer Olympics and today it is called the MasterCard Centre. With a capacity of 18,000 and an area of 63,000 square meters, the facility is an important Olympics heritage site that allows the Chinese people to enjoy cultural, sports, leisure, recreational and commercial activities.

5. Olympic Green Convention Center

Covering an area of 270,000 square meters, the center was used during the 2008 Summer Olympics for sports such as fencing, and the shooting and fencing parts of the modern pentathlon events. It also hosted the International Broadcasting Center. It is one of the best places to visit in Beijing.

Beijing is a huge city and all those that grace its environs will be impressed. However, nothing showcases the Chinese genius better than the Olympic Sites.

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