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New life for Water Cube as amusement park

09-14-2010 08:40 BJT

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The National Aquatics Center, popularly known as the Water Cube, has made a successful transformation from a former Olympic venue to an amusement park of high commercial value. This case is an example of how we inherit and make full use of the Olympic legacy.

Two years after Michael Phelps famously won eight gold medals in its pools, the Olympic Water Cube is gathering attention again after its interior was transformed into the Beijing Happy Magic Water Park, the largest indoor water park in Asia.

With renovation costs of 200 million yuan, roughly 32 million US dollars, the 12,000 square meter park boasts a wave pool, lazy river, a plethora of twisted water slides, and a stage for live music and performances.

Alan Mahony is the park manager.

Alan Mahony, general manager of Happy Magic Water Park, said, "The most unique part about this water park is really the water cube building and the structure. As you know, it is an award winning architecture structure, so what we did is we looked at the blue design, the watery design, and we brought that into the water park."

Even as the summer draws to a close, the park has been a success, drawing more than 70,000 visitors since its opening on August 8th.

Visitors from China and abroad each pay 200 yuan, about $30 US dollars, to splash around in the park.

Among them is Ms. Yin from Inner Mongolia.

Ms. Yin, Inner Mongolian Government Worker, said, "I brought my daughter here to play. The park is indoors and the water is heated, so it's not easy for the children to get sick. It also has things to eat and drink inside, so it is much more convenient than going to the beach."

While many Olympic venues face the challenge of maintaining use after the Games have ended, the National Aquatics Center continues to make a splash. And the new water park will allow visitors to enjoy Beijing's Olympic legacy for years to come.

The National Aquatics Center, popularly known as the
Water Cube, has made a successful transformation from
a former Olympic venue to an amusement park of high
commercial value.


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