After the Great Wall, and after Tian'anmen Square, we hauled ourselves up the the Olympic Park. It was pretty cool to the see the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube. We didn't want to pay admission to go inside because it was late and it was pricey!
|Does it seem a little hazy to you? That's Beijing smog for you. We are really quite close and out in the country it was a beautiful clear day. The sky was never blue in Beijing, only dirty gray|
They had large pedestrian walkway between the two subway stops for the Olympic Park, and on either side of the walkway was the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube. They had put out Christmas trees for the festive season, which is amusing because China is more or less officially atheist. But it was lovely.
|Crystal the fish|
|In front of the Olympic Flame...thing. It isn't lit anymore.|
|In front the Bird's Nest. Ben was fascinated by the mathematics and engineering that went into this hyperbolic paraboloid...or whatever.|
|The Water Cube. While living in the Navy Lodge we watched a documentary on how this was designed and built. All the "bubbles" are made of a super-awesome plastic.|