6 years later, the Olympic Village is still in tact and well kept. They call it Olympic Green and it is a favorite open park for locals. Visiting Beijing without seeing the Bird's Nest and the Cube ( Aquatics Center) feels like the trip is not complete.
The Olympic Green is easily accessible via subway so we went here in the afternoon on our first day since we didn't have a lot on our itinerary but to stroll around and get a feel of the place.
HOW TO GET TO THE BIRD'S NEST
Take Subway Line 10 and get off at Beitucheng Station. Then interchange for Subway Line 8 and get off at Olympic Park ( Olympic Green ). Very convenient.
Bus 409, 426, 645, 653, 656, 658, 660, 689, 694, 740, 740, 753, 758, 803, 839, 849, 850, 858.
Facts about the stadium:
* Construction began on December 24, 2003, the same day as the neighboring "Water Cube" National Aquatics Centre.
* Occupying 258,000 square meters and seating 91,000 people, it will stage the opening and closing ceremonies, athletics competition and soccer finals during the Games.
* It cost 3.5 billion yuan ($500.7 million), used 42,000 tonnes of steel and involved the relocation of 4,707 residents from 2,043 households in the surrounding area.