water cube

Entrance Ticket: CNY 30 per person (basic)
Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00 for sightseeing; 09:00-21:00 for swimming during May and October; 12:30-21:00 for swimming from November to next April

Chinese architects indeed place great emphasis on symmetry, and this principle is evident in many prominent buildings in Beijing, particularly along the central axis. The design of the Olympic Park exemplifies this tradition, with the Water Cube positioned to the west and the Bird’s Nest to the east of the central axis.

In Chinese feng shui culture, the concept of “heaven is round and earth is square” symbolizes the harmony of Yin and Yang. The Water Cube, with its cube-shaped structure, represents the earth, while the elliptical design of the Bird’s Nest symbolizes heaven. This architectural symbolism reflects the traditional values and ethical principles deeply rooted in Chinese culture.

Beyond its cultural significance, the Water Cube showcases modern advancements in science and technology. Constructed using approximately 100,000 square meters of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) membranes, it boasts properties such as fire resistance, heat resistance, ductility, and crushing resistance. Each membrane features thousands of bubble-like formations, contributing to the structure’s unique aesthetic and functional design.

The Water Cube’s innovative construction allows natural light to filter through, creating a visually stunning environment that enhances the spectator experience during events and festivities. This combination of traditional symbolism and modern engineering underscores China’s commitment to blending cultural heritage with technological progress in its architectural endeavors.

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