Take a Swim at the captivating Water Cube

August 21, 2012


Take a Swim at the captivating Water Cube

The world has introduced many manmade marvels over the years, but a marvel that probably sits close to the top is Beijing’s own Water Cube. This spectacle also named the Beijing National Aquatics Centre and plays a role as a key aquatic centre as well as an Olympic venue. Constructed and built during the year 2004 – 2007, it was finally opened in the year 2008.

Located in the city of Beijing in close proximity to the countries National Stadium is this admirable construction. Known as the Water Cube among many, this tourist attraction is not however, constructed to look like a cube, but more a rectangular box.

The Water Cube construction designed in a steel frame is covered with a casing composed of energy efficient Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), which is a transparent cover, used instead of plastic and glass. ETFE being a modernized creation produces more light and insulates better.

The Water Cube is also designed in patterns that look like soap bubble or cells, these hollow cells attract solar energy to help heat the swimming pools in its vicinity.

The National Aquatic Centre as its also known features 65,000 – 80, 000 square metres of floor area and it has a seating area of 6,000 permanent seats and 11, 000 temporary seats. The Water Cube is designed for diving, synchronized swimming, water polo and freestyle swimming of all kinds.

This prestigious architecture was used for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and the swimmers at the Water Cube broke 25 world records at the event.However, after the Olympic Games, the water building underwent reconstruction and transformed half its interior into a water theme park. The Water Cube was again re-opened in August, 2010.

At present, the Water Cube serves as a theme park for the public and it includes an array of recreational activities such as a wave pool, spa, water rides and water slides to enjoy.

This beautifully created attraction is an extravagance to experience, be it at day or at night.

Travelers on the search of a hotel in Beijing will be satisfied with the elegant accommodation Grand Millennium Beijing offers. Pleasantly located in the heart of the city, this well-appointed lodging option provides you with a choice of luxurious amenities and facilities making this a recommended Beijing hotel just for you.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.

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