Beijing digs new depth in Olympic legacy

Added On February 12, 2017

BEIJING, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- The newly updated corridor on the roof of Beijing's iconic "Bird's Nest" has been open to the public which enables tourists to overlook the Chinese capital on the highest point of the 2008 Olympics main stadium.

The corridor, extended to 1,000 meters from some 200 meters, is made of stainless steel and runs all across the roof from south to north with a stopping point at the west end of the roof where is the highest place of the stadium at 69 meters.

On the roof, one can stand on the huge steel beams which are woven into a gigantic nest-like structure, earning the stadium the nickname "Bird's Nest" and enjoy a stunning view that includes Beijing Olympics aquatic center "Water Cube" , Linglong tower for broadcasting during the Games, the dragon-shaped river as well as various high rises.

As one of the Beijing Olympics most famous legacies, Bird's Nest has become an important tourist destination in Beijing, hosts international soccer matches and concerts. And ice and snow festival was staged during winter, that has attracted 200,000 people in 2016, according to the statistics from the stadium.

"We are trying very hard to tap on the potential of this particular Olympic legacy and exploring new ways to maintain the stadium," said the stadium's planning manager Shi Lei.

"Our goal is to have diversity in our business and run the stadium in a sustainable way."