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Bird's Nest
The architectural centerpiece from the 2008 Olympics is the National Stadium, known colloquially as the Bird's Nest (鸟巢; Niǎocháo), designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron in consultancy with controversial Běijīng-born artist Ai Wei Wei. If contemporary architecture or sports is your bag, you'll find a visit here rewarding. If not, walking around the desolate Olympic Sports Centre midweek is rather like being stuck in a zombie movie where humans have all but been wiped out.
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