Category Archives: China

The Remains of Olympic Games

The Rio Olympic Games 2016 will start in around 2 weeks. Upon realizing this, I was reminded to an article about the fate of building and facilities which were used as venues for Olympic Games. Some got re-purposed as apartments, or indoor garden. But most of the facilities left to decay due to enormous amount of money needed to maintain the facility. Some even witness the brutality of war, against the spirit of peace brought by modern Olympic Games.

Few years ago, I got a chance to visit Beijing National Stadium and Beijing National Aquatic Center, or often nicknamed “Bird Nest” and “Water Cube”. Beijing host the 2008 summer Olympic, and Beijing National Stadium was the venue of the opening and closing ceremony.

Beijing National Stadium

I came at night, and didn’t get a chance to go inside as the venue is already closed. Instead, we were presented with different color of lights that coming out from the Bird Nest. In the plaza right in front of it, people take pictures of the unique structures. Others just sit at the benches lining up the plaza, having a chat, drinks or dinner.

The Beijing National Aquatic Center, right next to Beijing National Stadium was also spectacular. Its bubble-like surface glowing with different colors of mostly blue and purple. Similar like Beijing National Stadium, many people crowd the plaza next to it for pictures

Beijing National Aquatic Center

Those two buildings, the Beijing National Stadium and Beijing Aquatic Center, are among the few survivors of Olympic Venues. Even in China, not all venues of 2008 Olympic survive the test of time. A waste, maybe. And I hope most of the venues in Rio 2016 Olympic will survive the test of time, just like The Bird Nest and The Water Cube

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Impression West Lake Show, Hangzhou, China

Can human really walk over a body of water? At least, that is what being shown at The Impression West Lake performance show in Hangzhou, China

Can We Walk On Water?

The Impression West Lake show take place outdoor, at the most romanticized West Lake of Hangzhou, China. If you happen to be in Hangzhou, it is a must watch performance show, a work of famous ChineseĀ  Film Director Zhang Yimao, with music from the Japanese new age musician Kitaro. Expect a lot of drum beat.

To go there, taxi will be your best bet. Ticket can be purchased on the spot for most of the time. There are also many arranged tour that take care of transportation as well as purchasing tickets.

Oh, and if you don’t speak Chinese, don’t worry. There are no dialogs in the show. To help you understand the show, I would recommend you to read the legend of Hangzhou’s West Lake.

This post is created in response to WordPress weekly photo challenge: Afloat