Beijing’s Water Cube Turns Water Park
Beijing’s famous National Aquatics Center, better known as “The Water Cube,” will forever retain historical significance since the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The blue bubbled structure was the place where Michael Phelps put on a record breaking performance, winning an astonishing 8 gold medals.
Now, 4 years since the Beijing Olympics, the Water Cube is no longer used for record-breaking relays. Rather, the enormous 12,000 sq. meter facility now houses the “Happy Magic Water Cube, Beijing Water Cube Water Park,” Asia’s largest indoor water park.
The following excerpt has been taken from CNNGO:
“The water park, which takes up about half of the 12,000-square-meter complex and, according to state media, is now the largest in Asia, features a wave pool, lazy river, spa area and 13 water slides and rides, including the Bullet Bowl, Speed Slide and Tornado.
A couple thousand visitors arrived for opening day, forking over a hefty RMB 200 for a ticket (children can get in for RMB 160), Xinhua reports. Interest had not waned on the day CNNGo paid a visit as thousands of mostly Chinese visitors arrived toting rafts and dressed in swim attire (rafts, swimsuits, towels and goggles are all on sale for those who forgot to bring them.
Bags and clothing can be stored in lockers that are located alongside changing rooms and showers outside the water world’s entrance on the ground floor. Renting a locker costs RMB 100, with RMB 80 given back when the rubber bracelets that open the lockers are returned.”
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