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The centerpiece from the 2008 Olympics is the National Stadium, known colloquially as the Bird's Nest (鸟巢; Niǎocháo). It's one primarily for lovers of contemporary architecture, or those interested in sporting history. Otherwise, walking around the desolate Olympic Sports Centre midweek is rather like being stuck in one of those zombie movies where humans have all but been wiped out. Nevertheless, it remains an iconic piece of architecture designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron in consultancy with controversial Běijīng-born artist Ai Wei Wei.