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The Capital Indoor Stadium (CIS) is showing a fresh face as one of the 11 newly renovated venues for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Built in 1968, the 18,000 seat stadium has been a comprehensive sport facility for table tennis, badminton, volleyball, basketball and gymnastics competitions, in addition to skating and ice hockey sports. In 2001, it was renovated to become a venue for the World University Games, while the latest expansion to an area of 54,707 sq m follows international standards, giving it many more functions to meet Olympic requirements.
The competition court, training courts and Games-time functional rooms were all renovated, with the ticket counter and registration center built from scratch.
The renovation project extended the CIS's life by 30 years. Now, the structure is capable of enduring an earthquake measuring eight on the Richter scale, and has saved the country much money.
The CIS is friendly to people with disabilities, thanks to its newly-built handicap-accessible facilities, such as two lifts on its western side, an easy to use entrance and enlarged toilets. Six boxes on its third floor, seating a total of 48 wheelchair users, are reserved for people with disabilities.
"All the floor planks here were imported and manufactured according to the NBA requirements," project manager Yang Chunlin told the press.
Furthermore, there is a skating ground underneath the movable planks, chief engineer Han Fushi said.
The temperature of the CIS is required to remain between 18 and 28 grade Celsius to cater for winter and summer competitions. To solve the question of air conditioning, water coolants were used to replace ammonia and freon for the sake of ozone layer protection.
More of a rock pool than a reef, this tiny bar offers good cheap drinks in a cosy setting. The clientele is a mix of out-of-towners, faithful expats and Chinese regulars. The fact that it is run by a couple who held their wedding reception at the bar and invited all their patrons is testament to its friendliness.
Area: Houhai & the North
Address: North of Nanluoguxiang Hutong, Dongcheng
Opening: 3pm-5am daily
Phone: 8169 8494
What to wear -- The average daily temperature in Beijing is around 25 degrees Celsius during August and September. Daytime is hot and relatively humid; mornings and evenings are cooler. It is recommended that Olympic guests wear layers when attending events in case the temperature changes throughout the day. Protection against the sun is critical; guests should wear sunglasses and a hat or visor and use sunscreen.
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