of Beijing's many beautiful parks, Beihai Park is a peaceful place to stroll,
grab a snack, rent a boat, and watch calligraphers practicing characters on the
paving slabs with brushes and water. The park was built by the Great Ghengis
Khan centuries before the Forbidden City.
The primary venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Beijing Olympic
Green is located in the northern end of the city’s central axis.
Occupying a total land area of 1,135 hectares, the Olympic Green
includes eye-catching monuments and popular sightseeing attractions such as the
National Stadium (popularly referred to as the "Bird's Nest") and the
National Aquatics Centre (known as the "Watercube").
Other sites in the Olympic Green include a
forest park and lakes, the Olympic Village, the Olympics Tennis Courts, the
National Indoor Stadium and the China National Convention Centre (CNCC).