Night View of Bird’s Nest ( Beijing National Stadium)

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The centerpiece of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics was the Beijing National Stadium, dubbed as “Bird’s Nest”. It hosted both the opening and closing ceremonies for the Beijing 2008.

Now the Bird’s Nest has become one of the most successful post-Olympics legacies, attracting some 20,000 to 30,000 people a day for an exterior glimpse or inside visit.

The stadium is composed of two independent structures, with 50 feet apart: a red concrete seating bowl and the outer steel frame around it. The design of the outer steel frames look like a huge bird’s nest, hence the nickname of Beijing National Stadium.

The standout stadium is now one of the hotspots for tourists and photography enthusiasts as well. It is illuminated every night from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The inside flood lighting produces splendidly red and yellow neon lights, turning the whole bird’s-nest-shaped structure into a magnificent burning fire.

The best spot to shoot the Bird’s Nest day or night is on the southeast of the colossal building overlooking a dragon-shaped water system. At night the lit-up stadium has a beautiful reflection on the water, attracting a consistent flow of photography enthusiasts.

Check out How to Visit Bird’s Nest and Water Cube for more travel information.

Using a wide-angle lens to shoot the stadium from the southeast.


A Closer Look at the Steel Structure of the Bird’s Nest


Sunset over the Stadium


Beautiful Water Reflection at Sunset


The Stadium has a beautiful water reflection when illuminated


Beautifully Lit-up Beijing National Stadium


The Picture of the Whole Stadium Illuminated


A Closer Glimpse of the Lit-up Steal Frames of the Building.


Visiting Beijing National Stadium


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Further Readings

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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