Olympic Green in Beijing

Why is the Olympic Green in Beijing so Special?

The Olympic Green is an Olympic Park in Chaoyang District, Beijing. China constructed for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Since then, the streets around the park have been used for an exhibition street race of the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2011, after a race at Goldenport Park Circuit in the vicinity. It will again serve as an Olympic Park when Beijing hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Where is the Olympic Green in Beijing?

Olympic Green is located in Chaoyang District, Beijing. It is located at the north end of the Beijing central axis. It starts from the South Bank of Qinghe River in the north to the North Tucheng Road in the south. It begins at Anli road and Beichen East Road in the east, and ends at Lincui road and Beichen West Road in the west.

How to Get There

  • Take Subway Line 8 and get off at Lincuiqiao, Forest Park South Gate, Olympic Park, Olympic Sports Center or Beitucheng Station. 
  • Take Subway Line 15 and get off at Olympic Park Station.
  • Take Subway Line 10 and get off at Beitucheng Station.
  • Take bus 82, 419, 538, or 645 and get off at Guojia Tiyuchang Dong (Bird’s Nest) Station.
  • Take bus 81, 82, 86, 510, 607 or Special Line 13 or 15 and get off at Guojia Tiyuguan (National Indoor Stadium) Station.


Beijing National Stadium

The Beijing National Stadium or “Bird’s Nest” is the centerpiece of this project. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, and football finals of the Games. The stadium has room for 91,000 spectators, but the capacity was reduced to 80,000 after the Olympics. It will be the site of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Beijing National Aquatics Center

The Beijing National Aquatics Center (国家游泳中心) or “Water Cube” (水立方) hosted the swimming, diving and synchronized swimming events. It has a capacity of 6,000 (17,000 during the 2008 Olympics)and is located next to the National Stadium. It will be the site of the curling competitions during the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Beijing National Indoor Stadium

The Beijing National Indoor Stadium (国家体育馆) or “the Fan” held the handball, artistic gymnastics and trampolining events. With a capacity of 19,000, it was the main indoor arena used during the Games.

National Speed Skating Oval

The National Speed Skating Oval is an arena that will be built for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Olympic Green Convention Center

The Olympic Green Convention Center, also called the National Convention Center (国家会议中心), held fencing and, the shooting and fencing disciplines of the modern pentathlon. It is also used as the International Broadcast Center and the Main Press Center (for conventions and exhibitions). The center covers an area of 270,000 square meters.

Olympic Green Hockey Field

The Olympic Green Hockey Field hosted the field hockey events. It covered an area of 11.87 hectares (29.3 acres) with 2 courts and could seat 17,000 spectators. It was deconstructed after the Games.

Olympic Green Archery Field

The Olympic Green Archery Field hosted the archery events. The field occupied 9.22 hectares (22.8 acres) and had a capacity of 5,000. It was dismantled after the Games.

Olympic Green Tennis Center

The Olympic Green Tennis Center hosted the tennis and wheelchair tennis events. It has 16 courts (10 competition, 6 practice) and a capacity of 17,400. It opened on October 1, 2007.[1]


The park itself, outside of the venues constructed on the Olympic Green, hosted some of the athletic events at the 2008 Games. These included the racewalk events, where the loops occurred on the Olympic Green, and the portion of the marathons just outside the National Stadium.

Useful Travel Tips

  • Admission Fee and Opening Hours
    Attractions Admission Fee Opening Hours
    National Stadium CNY 50 Apr.-Oct.: 9:00-19:00
    Nov.-Mar.: 9:00-17:30
    National Aquatics Center CNY 30 May-Oct.: 09:00-20:00
    Nov.-Apr.: 09:00-18:00
    National Indoor Stadium CNY 20 Apr.-Oct.: 9:00-19:00
    Nov.-Mar.: 9:00-17:30

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