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Bird's Nest - athletics and football

Beijing's spectacular National Stadium, known as the "Bird's Nest", is the centrepiece of the Olympic Games. The opening and closing ceremonies take place here, as do all track and field events, and the football finals.

Water Cube - swimming, diving and synchro

The bubbly walls of the National Aquatics Centre house a 17,000-capacity venue for the diving, swimming and synchro events at the Games. The outer panels also trap light to heat the two pools, saving energy.

National Indoor Stadium - gymnastics and handball

Built near the Bird's Nest and Water Cube in the heart of Beijing's Olympic Green, this venue hosts artistic gymnastics, trampolining and handball events. It opened in November 2007 and holds 19,000 people.

Shooting Range Hall - shooting

All the Olympic shooting events, with the exception of skeet and trap shooting, are held here. The venue, designed to resemble a hunting bow from the sky, contains 10m, 25m and 50m target ranges.

Wukesong Indoor Stadium - basketball

This is the home of basketball at the Beijing Olympics - a new 18,000-seater stadium inside a striking metallic cube. The stadium is part of the Wukesong culture and sports centre, alongside the baseball venue.

Laoshan Velodrome - cycling

Track cycling competitions at Beijing 2008 take place around the Olympic velodrome's 250m track. The stunning silver dome of the velodrome sits next to the BMX and mountain biking courses in the same area.

Shunyi Olympic Park
Shunyi Olympic Park is the venue for rowing and canoeing
Shunyi Olympic Park - rowing and canoeing

Olympic organisers have created the Shunyi facility, to the north-east of Beijing, specifically for the Games. Rowing, canoeing and kayaking take place here, and Shunyi is also home to the 10km marathon swimming.

China Agricultural University Gymnasium - wrestling

Wrestling at the Olympics has its home inside the flamboyant Agricultural University gymnasium, featuring a series of wave-like, diagonal 'stairs' in the roof. Just over 8,000 people can pack inside for Olympic events.

Peking University Gymnasium - table tennis

To the west of Beijing, the Peking University Gymnasium hosts the Olympic table tennis. The roof is intended to depict a table tennis ball set within elaborate swirls, and the venue can hold 8,000 fans.

Science and Technology University Gymnasium - judo and taekwondo

Judo and taekwondo are hosted at Beijing's Science and Technology University, whose striking arena is another example of brand new architecture for the Games. The imposing gymnasium building seats 8,000 spectators.

University of Technology Gymnasium - gymnastics and badminton

Advertised as "the world's largest prestressed suspension dome" (so now you know), this venue hosts rhythmic gymnastics and badminton. The air conditioning here beats the heat to keep badminton stars at 25 degrees Celsius.

Olympic Green Tennis Centre - tennis

Flower power brings you the Olympic tennis arena - 12 small stands were built to resemble petals of a lotus flower. There are three courts inside the arena and 10 outside, at the top end of the Olympic Green.

Olympic Sports Centre Stadium - modern pentathlon

Back in 1990 this stadium made its debut at the Asian Games. Beijing's organisers have transformed its tired appearance for the Olympics, where it hosts football matches alongside modern pentathlon's running and equestrian events.

Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium - handball

Home to handball at the 2008 Olympics, this arena is the counterpart of the nearby Olympic Sports Centre stadium, and identical twin of the neighbouring Ying Tung Natatorium. Organisers have renovated the venue for the Games.

Workers' Stadium - football

Another Beijing stadium to receive a major facelift, the Workers' Stadium was first built in 1959 to celebrate 10 years of the People's Republic of China. The football here can be watched by up to 62,000 people.

Workers' Gymnasium - boxing

Boxing takes place at the Workers' Gymnasium, a circular indoor arena complementing the nearby stadium of same name. The 1961 table tennis championships opened this venue - the new-look Olympic arena holds more than 12,000 boxing fans.

Capital Indoor Stadium
Volleyball games will take place at the Capital Indoor Stadium
Capital Indoor Stadium - volleyball

Forty years and two facelifts after it opened, the Capital Indoor Stadium welcomes Olympic indoor volleyball to Beijing. The arena was refitted for 2001's World University Games, then again to seat 18,000 Olympic spectators.

Fengtai Softball Field - softball

Softball's swan song before elimination from the Olympics takes place in south-west Beijing, near Marco Polo Bridge. There are four softball fields with a capacity of over 15,000 for the Games.

Ying Tung Natatorium - water polo and modern pentathlon

Not all the aquatics events take place in the Water Cube. The nicely-named Natatorium, identical to the neighbouring Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium, houses modern pentathlon's swimming events and the water polo competition.

Laoshan Mountain Bike Course - mountain biking

Natural contours and tree-planting are the order of the day for the Olympic mountain biking course, next to the velodrome and BMX track at Laoshan. Organisers hail this venue as a key part of their "Green Olympics".

Shooting Clay Target Range - shooting

Skeet and trap shooting takes place here, next door to the Shooting Range Hall, which is home to other disciplines. Tongue-in-cheek organisers have designed the shooting platforms to resemble the Great Wall of China in miniature.

Institute of Technology Gymnasium - volleyball

One of the few buildings in the world to be officially described as "batfish-shaped", this venue hosts some of the indoor volleyball qualifiers. Not to be confused with the University of Technology Gymnasium.

University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Gymnasium
Weightlifting events will take place in this space-age building
University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Gymnasium - weightlifting

This mouthful of a venue, home to the Olympic weightlifting competition, lives up to its name - the space-age design resembles a UFO when lit up at night. Seating inside the beast has doubled to 6,000 for the Games.

Fencing Hall - fencing

Slated to become a convention centre after the Games, the fencing hall also caters for the fencing and shooting disciplines of modern pentathlon, and there's even room for the Olympic Green's broadcast centre and press facilities.

Olympic Green Hockey Field - hockey

"Riots of colour" and a "soft, comfortable lawn" are promised at the temporary hockey venue, to the north of the Olympic Green. The two pitches accommodate up to 17,000 supporters of the 22 teams who will take part.

Olympic Green Archery Field - archery

Employing a unique V-shaped design, the archery field is the only one of its kind to allow spectators to sit on three sides of the action. As a result, the venue allows more than 5,000 spectators to follow proceedings.

Wukesong Sports Centre - baseball

"China's field of dreams" uses grass imported from Shanghai to get around Beijing's bitterly cold winters. Up to 15,000 fans at a time will see the last Olympic baseball event before the sport is dropped from the Games.

Chaoyang Park - beach volleyball

Inside a sea of blue and yellow seats at Chaoyang Park you will find 17,000 tons of sand, ready for the Olympic beach volleyball events. Organisers imported the sand from the southern Chinese province of Hainan.

Laoshan BMX Track - BMX

BMX makes its Olympic debut at the Laoshan track, just south of the velodrome to the west of Beijing. Riders cascade down a series of bumps and around tight bends in front of temporary stands holding 4,000 fans.

Ming Tomb Reservoir - triathlon

Off to the north of Beijing, the triathlon events will take place in the spectacular surrounds of the Ming Tomb Reservoir. Thirteen emperors from the Ming dynasty lie buried nearby, three of which are open to the public.

Road Cycling Course - road cycling

Beijing's road cycling course runs through eight districts of the city and its suburbs, taking competitors from the southern suburbs of the capital all the way up to the Great Wall of China.


Qingdao hosts the Olympic sailing competitions
Olympic Sailing Centre - sailing - Qingdao

Qingdao, east of Beijing on the Chinese coast, offers a testing venue for Olympic sailors, combining a lack of wind with a strong tide. Organisers have transformed an old shipyard into a purpose-built sailing centre and Olympic village.

Olympic Equestrian Centre - equestrian - Hong Kong

Concerned about their ability to create a disease-free environment for horses in Beijing, Olympic organisers decided to move equestrian events to Hong Kong. The two venues are Shatin (converted partly from Penfold Park) and Beas River.

Olympic Centre Stadium - football - Tianjin

The elegantly curved "Water Drop" stadium, finished in time for the 2007 Women's World Cup, hosts a selection of Olympic football matches. Tianjin lies between Beijing and China's east coast.

Shanghai Stadium - football - Shanghai

Shanghai's main arena may no longer be China's largest stadium with the advent of the Bird's Nest, but the city - a seaport metropolis on China's east coast - can console itself with a selection of Olympic football matches.

Olympic Stadium - football - Shenyang

Teams taking part in the Olympic football at Shenyang, to the north-east of Beijing, will find themselves playing not so far from the North Korean border. The newly-built stadium will hold 60,000 spectators.

Olympic Sports Centre Stadium - football - Qinhuangdao

Qinhuangdao, on the Chinese coast between Beijing and Shenyang, is one of the smaller cities to host an Olympic sport in 2008. The Olympic Stadium, which holds just over 30,000 spectators, lies barely a stone's throw from the Bohai Sea.

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