Splash! Water Fun at the National Swimming Center
    2010-08-10 09:04:41     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Duan Xuelian
The National Swimming Center, or Water Cube, reopened on August 8 after a 10-month renovation.
 

 

The brand new National Swimming Center not only has water, but a Happy Water Park. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]

By Luo Chun

The National Swimming Center, or Water Cube, reopened on August 8 after a 10-month renovation. The brand new National Swimming Center not only has water, but a Happy Water Park.

The water park boasts the most advanced and largest indoor water park in Asia. With about ten fascinating rides and attractions, the water park offers an ideal recreational spot for citizens.

Inside, the park is a blue world with bubbles and colorful ribbons hung from the ceiling, and an underwater world environment created from the water in the pool and the magically combined loop. The blue and magical environment will remind visitors of a scene from "Avatar." Alan Mahony, the general manager of the Beijing Happy Magic Watercube Waterpark says that the water park is actually designed to offer the feeling of "Avatar."

In the "Wave Pool," visitors can enjoy the feeling of swimming and playing in a real ocean. This is an ideal place for families, couples, and friends. Waves are generated every 10 minutes, allowing guests to splash around and enjoy the excitement of rolling up and down as if on a real ocean. When the waves stop, visitors can just lie on the water and relax. Kids can stand in the water and practice swimming or just have fun with their parents. Here, families, couples and friends can gather and enjoy the fun of water and the joy of harmony, love and friendship.

The "Speed Slide" is one of the favorite rides. Our foreign observer, Paul Stephen, also wanted to try it. After waiting 20 minutes, it was his turn. "It was too fast! And it was really awesome! I really recommend you try it," said Paul when he came out from the loop. "I want to play it again!" and he rushed to get in the long waiting line again.

A more exciting game is called "Aqualoop." People who play it stand in a 40-foot vertical red tube. A trap door under riders' feet opens after a countdown. With screams of fear, riders get a free fall drop into the loop, then drive a circle through the loop, just like a roller coaster. Thinking it looked exciting and challenging, Paul wanted to try it. However, unfortunately, due to the safety rules, he was too tall to participate. According to the staff, it's only safe for guests 1.4 to 1.9 meters high.

Besides all the above, there is the Tornado, Bullet Bowl, Ride House, Kid's Pool and other attractive rides. The Tornado, which allows four people to play in one small "bowl" and roll in a big bowl, is another particular favorite ride. However, because of the safety inspection, these facilities were not open.

Both during and after the Olympic Games in Beijing, the Water Cube was seen as an iconic site in Beijing, and waves of visitors come to visit the magnificent venue every day. Now, it is not only a swimming center for matches, but also a holiday destination for fun. Families, couples, and friends come here to enjoy the fun of water, but joy is more than just water.

Visiting tips:

Water Cube
Add: Olympic Park, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Transportation:
Take the special Olympic subway line 8 to Olympic Park.

Water park opening times:
10:00-21:30 (ticket sales stop at 20:30)

Tickets:
200 RMB adults, 160 RMB children 1.2-1.4 meters tall, free for children shorter than 1.2 meters

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