In Chinese culture, 8 is the luckiest number. When the 2008 Olympic Games were held in Beijing, China, there was no better day to hold the opening ceremony than August 8th (8/8/08). The Olympic Village is not ironically located on subway line 8 in the northern part of Beijing, which is also easily accessible by bus.
The village consists of two largely iconic buildings, The National Stadium aka The Bird’s Nest and the National Aquatics Center aka The Water Cube both pictured below, as well as other indoor arenas, a plethora of hotels and the Olympic Forest Park.
Since the Olympic games, there have been many questions about the continued use of these facilities and whether or not the Beijing people would use the park. If you visit the village during the evening in spring, summer or autumn you will find the park filled with dancers, kite fliers, photographers, tourists and Beijingers enjoying a family outing. The Water Cube has now been turned into an indoor water park and The Bird’s Nest plays host to various football (soccer) events.
The Olympic Village also hosts a circus during the summer and a snow park over winter. The best time to visit the Olympic Village is at dusk so you can see the facilities lit up.
(Blog contributed by TheBJReviewer on August 29, 2011. You can see the original article by following this link to TheBJReviewer)