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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Then and Now: Beijing's 2008 Olympic venues


China spent billions on infrastructure for the Beijing Olympics and it is still putting some of it to good use, like using the $500 million "Bird's Nest" for big events. But other venues that contributed to more than $40 billion in Olympic spending in 2008 have been deserted or demolished. -- By Erick Galindo

Bird's Nest 2008

NOW: Workers remove rubbish from the canal running past the National Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest", which was the venue for the athletics and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing March 23, 2012. The gigantic infrastructure built for the Beijing Olympics is now used for cultural and sports events.2008 Beijing Olympic sites now - bird's nest

THEN: Workers clean a pool of water outside the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the Water Cube, in Beijing on July 29, 2008. The product of design and engineering harmony, and a rising power's desire to announce itself to the world, the 'Water Cube' hosted the swimming, diving and synchronized swimming competitions during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
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2008 Beijing Olympic sites then - bird's nest
NOW: A worker looks up at the honeycomb-shaped walls of the National Aquatics Center, also known as the "Water Cube", which was the venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games swimming and diving competitions in Beijing March 27, 2012. The structure is now used for large cultural sports and events. 
Water Cube

THEN: Japan players bow to fans after their bronze medal baseball game against the U.S. at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 23, 2008. The U.S. defeated Japan to take the bronze medalBaseball Olympics 2008
NOW: A sign stands at a deserted field showing where the stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games baseball competition once stood in central Beijing March 30, 2012
Baseball
NOW: A dog sits atop glass plates at a deserted field that was once part of the stadium where the 2008 Olympic Games baseball competition was held in central Beijing March 30, 2012.2008 Beijing Olympic sites now - baseball

NOW: A chair lies on a deserted field that was once part of the stadium where the 2008 Olympic Games baseball competition was held in central Beijing March 30, 2012
2008 Beijing Olympic sites now - baseball
NOW: A dog sits atop glass plates at a deserted field that was once part of the stadium where the 2008 Olympic Games baseball competition was held in central Beijing March 30, 20122008 Beijing Olympic sites now - baseball
NOW: A make-shift broom lies on a deserted field that was once part of the stadium where the 2008 Olympic Games baseball competition was held in central Beijing March 30, 2012
2008 Beijing Olympic sites now - baseball

THEN: Chinese (R) and Hungarian teams compete during their men's kayak four K4 1000m heat of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park north of Beijing, August 18, 2008
Kayaking 2008
NOW: The deserted and unmaintained former venue for the kayaking competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, can be seen onthe outskirts of Beijing March 27, 2012. 
Kayaking


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