Telephone: 8610-952008 Address: Olympic Green
Located on the southern part of the central area of the Olympic Green in Beijing, the NAC has a planned construction area of 6.95 hectares. Being adjacent to the central axis of the city, the NAC is situated on par with the National Stadium, at an equal distance to the axis.
The NAC's Games-time construction area is close to 80,000 square meters, containing 17,000 standard seats, including 6,000 permanent seats and 11,000 temporary ones. During the 2008 Olympic Games, it will produce 42 gold medals in swimming, diving and synchronized swimming.
After the Olympics, it will be converted into a multi-functional facility for sports, culture and recreation, featuring a "water setting" for members of society.
The blue-colored National Aquatics Center (NAC), nicknamed the "Water Cube" and located by Beijing's North Fourth Ring Road, was inaugurated and delivered for use on the morning of January 28, 2008.
It took over four years to construct the Olympic venue, which is a new landmark in Beijing.
The project's ETFE air cushion structures are the first of their kind to be used in China and the largest and most complicated membrane system in any single project in the world.
With the efforts of various participants, many scientific and technical difficulties were overcome. Among the achievements, nine important self-dependent innovations resolved world-class difficult topics related to the project's steel structures, membrane structures and inner layout, formulated related work procedures and technical regulations, and filled in the gap in China's field of architecture.
Also, the NAC is the only Olympic venue to be funded by donations from compatriots. It reflects the great unity of the Chinese at home and abroad to stage the Olympic Games through joint efforts.
As one of Beijing’s longest established bars, Maggies’ notoriety has had plenty of time to spread around the globe. Infamous as a place where expat men and out-of-town businessmen come to drink, dance, play pool and make merry with Mongolian working girls, the bar is the only place in Beijing that is as seedy as it pretends to be - making it a great place to people watch. The hot dogs sold outside are best avoided.
Address: South Gate of Ritan Park, Chaoyang
Opening: 7.30pm-4.30am Mon-Wed, Sun; 7.30pm-5am Thur-Sat
Phone: 8562 8142
Renminbi -- The currency of China is the renminbi (RMB). RMB notes come in denominations of 100 yuan, 50 yuan, 20 yuan, 5 yuan, 2 yuan, 1 yuan, 5 jiao, 2 jiao, and 1 jiao. A jiao is 1/10 of a yuan. Jiao are also available as 5 jiao coins and 1 jiao coins.
The fen is 1/10 of a jiao and is rarely used anymore. Fen comes as notes and coins, in denominations of 5, 2, and 1.
Exchanging money -- In Beijing, you can exchange your national currency to RMB at the Bank of China. The exchange rate varies according to market conditions. The following exchange rates are just for reference.
100 USD = 717.63RMB
100 EUR = 1050.36RMB
100 GBP = 1412.94RMB
100 HKD = 92.000 RMB
100 AUD = 640RMB
100 JPY = 6.649RMB
100 KRW = 0.8RMB
100 Swiss Francs = 630RMB
100 SGD = 500RMB
100 CAD = 685RMB
100 NZD = 570RMB
100 MOP = 96RMB
100 THB = 22RMB
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