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Olympic Park to be Commercial Complex
    2008-08-28 21:49:29     CRIENGLISH.com
The Bird's Nest stadium is to be transformed into an Olympics-themed commercial complex and the nearby Water Cube aquatic center will be a water amusement park, a post-Games blueprint for the Beijing Olympic venues said.

The city's tourism director Zhang Huiguang revealed Wednesday that the Olympic park that locates main Olympic venues is to be developed into a complex featuring restaurant, shopping centers, leisure business and commerce, China News Service reports.

The Bird's Nest, or the National Stadium, held the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games in addition to men's football final and the field and track competitions. And the Water Cube hosted the diving and swimming events and witnessed the eight-gold rush of the US swimmer Michael Phelps.

The development plan for the entire park has neared completion, the official said.

The lower spectator seats at the Bird's Nest will be removed to make room for commercial projects, according to the plan. But the upper structure and the Olympic cauldron will be preserved as the Olympic legacy.

11,000 out of the 17,000 seats in the Water Cube will be removed soon to leave room for the construction of the city's biggest water amusement park that will contain artificial beach and man-made waves, the report said.

The Beijing Olympic organizers have worked out comprehensive plans for the development of the Olympic facilities after the Games.

Eighty percent of the media apartments and 70 percent of the athlete dormitories serving the Games have been so far sold in the real estate market, while the Wukesong basketball gymnasium will soon be open to the tourists for free.

Zhang Huiguang said the Olympic park will embrace its first tourist peak during this year's National Day holidays with about 800,000 tourists expected to visit the park daily.

Several renovation work have been designed for the park to increase its capacity for the huge visitor inflow, according to the municipal tourism watchdog, which highlights the construction of a new parking lot and the establishment of inner-park traffic system consisting of battery-powered vehicles.

 
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