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Olympic venues via Google Earth

Get the Google-eyed view of the main Beijing Olympic sites

  • View of the inside of the Beijing National Stadium, nicknamed the "Bird Nest" stadium because of its nest-like design. The stadium has seating capacities of more than 90,000 people. The site of the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the athletic events and soccer finals.

  • The Beijing National Stadium: Nicknamed the "Bird Nest" stadium because of its nest-like design, the stadium has seating capacities of more than 90,000 people. The site of the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the athletic events and soccer finals.

  • Beijing Workers' Stadium: Covering a land area of 350,000 square meters, the oval-shaped stadium is the venue for most of the football (soccer) events. The expanded stadium can now accommodate 62,000 people and meets technical standards for hosting football competitions.

  • Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium: The external "batfish" shape of the gymnasium is the main design element of this gym, which will hold the volleyball events. The 22,632-square-meter venue includes environmental-friendly features, including three layers of insulation materials to help contribute to energy savings. The layers also absorb noise from potentially heavy rains during the competition.

  • The Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium: A 28,000-square-meter gymnasium, 15,000-square-meter training gym and 4,410-square-meter extension, the gym can seat 6,300 spectators. During the Olympics, this venue will hold the handball preliminaries, and will serve as the training venue for goalball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing and wheelchair rugby (for the Paralympic Games).

  • Google created 3D models of the Olympic Village, available in Google Earth, to allow people to see the general location and perspectives of the venues and stadiums throughout Bejing. It's like being there without the jet lag and questionable air quality.

  • Laoshan Bicycle Moto Cross (BMX) Venue: Located at Shijingshan District in west Beijing, the venue covers 1.96 hectares and is 300 to 400 meters in diameter. The track is 10 meters wide at the starting point, and 5 meters wide at other points. The venue will host the first-ever Olympic BMX gold medal event.

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