Olympic Park
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Chaoyang

Price & Hours

Free

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Monuments and Memorials, Parks and Gardens, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Deemed China's coming-out party, the 2008 Olympic Games placed Beijing in the world spotlight, and the city put on the most remarkable Olympic-display to date. Beijing carved out huge tracts of land to construct this international stage. The excitement has since passed, and the park and some of its facilities have been repurposed for public use. The surviving structures include the National Stadium (or the "Bird's Nest"), the National Aquatic Center (or the "Water Cube"), and the Olympic Forest Park. New buildings, like the National Convention Center, have changed the park's landscape.

With the 2008 Olympic still stuck in their minds, travelers enjoy making the pilgrimage to Olympic Park. During the day, you'll frequently find locals flying kites. But one TripAdvisor user recommends, "The best time to go is at twilight, so you can see [the structures] with the sunset behind them as well as see them light up."

Most travelers take subway Line 8 to either the Olympic Green or Olympic Sports Center stops. You can stroll through the park for free, but admission to the buildings will cost you. Each facility operates on its own schedule and charges different entry fees. Be sure to consult the Olympic Park website for additional information.

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#1 Tiananmen Square

Up there with Times Square, Red Square, and St. Peter's Square, Tiananmen Square is among the world's most famous public spaces. Almost anyone can recognize the Gate of Heavenly Peace—emblazoned with a portrait of Chairman Mao—as a symbol of Beijing. One TripAdvisor user comments, "It feels like you already know this place when you arrive. However, as you look around, the vast size of the place starts to impress upon you." The square is the geographic, political, and tourist center of the city, which makes it unavoidable. Although Tiananmen Square looks like a field of concrete (which it is), you'll want to see it for the surrounding attractions. The Great Hall of the People, Chairman Mao's Mausoleum, the National Museum of China, and the Forbidden City sit on the edges. Plus, taking a picture here is almost required to prove you've been to Beijing.

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