Impressive Landmarks

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En el verano del 2008 la ciudad de Beijing fue sede de sus primeros juegos olímpicos. Se construyeron edificios dominantes que llaman al orgullo nacional y al mundo a voltear la mirada para verlos, con un poco de propaganda política detrás escrita sobre ellos. De igual forma fue fabuloso verlos en su mayor esplendor iluminados de noche. Sólo cierren sus ojos e imaginen lo que hubieran sentido estar para la ceremonia inaugural.

 

No se pagaba entrada lo cual me pareció extraño ya que a más de un año después les está costando recaudar los $9 millones al año que le cuesta al Gobierno Chino de mantenimiento (ésto sólo por el Nido de Pájar) . A los edificios no se les ha dado el uso que ellos esperaban después de los juegos. Había mucha gente local visitando anoche, eso le daba al lugar una linda atmósfera. El Nido de Pájaro y el Cubo de Agua se han convertido en la segunda y tercera atracción turística, respectivamente, después de la Gran Muralla China según el periódico China Daily.

 

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In summer 2008 the city of Beijing held their first olympics. Very impressive landmarks that call for Chinese national pride and the world to turn their heads to see them, with a bit of political propaganda written all over them.  It was so fabulous to see them in their full glory lit-up at night though. Just close your eyes and imagine what it would have felt to be there for the games’ inaugural ceremony.

 

They didn’t charge an entry fee which I found odd since more than a year later they’re struggling to keep-up with the $9 million-a-year maintenance costs (for the Bird’s Nest alone) as the buildings haven’t been put to the use they expected them to have.  There were a lot local people visiting, it gave the place a good atmosphere. They have become the 2nd and 3rd most visited touristic attractions after the Great Wall according to today’s China Daily newspaper.

 

The National Stadium aka Bird's Nest. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the same architects who designed the Tate Modern in London

The National Stadium aka Bird's Nest. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the same architects who designed the Tate Modern in London

At $423 million, the stadium was built for one-tenth the cost that it would have cost to be built in the West (source Wikipedia).

At $423 million, the stadium was built for one-tenth the cost that it would have cost to be built in the West (source Wikipedia).

Silent night.

Silent night.

I wonder what the function of this building is–apart from lighting up like every other building in Beijing.

I wonder what the function of this building is–apart from lighting up like every other building in Beijing.

Half me!

Half me!

A little bubbly exercise.

A little bubbly exercise.

They didn’t charge an entry fee which I found odd since more than a year later they’re struggling to keep-up with the $9 million-a-year maintenance costs (for the Bird’s Nest alone) as the buildings haven’t been put to the use they expected them to have.  There were a lot local people visiting, it gave the place a good atmosphere. They have become the 2nd and 3rd most visited touristic attractions after the Great Wall according to today’s China Daily newspaper.

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