Birds Nest e1343206057402 Beijing Olympics Venues   Now & Then

One of the great fears of Olympic organizers is that after all the investment and planning, everything they’ve built for the Olympics will never be used again once the two magical weeks are over. Such is the case with many of the stadiums and facilities used for the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, with many of then not even in existence anymore.

The Bird’s nest, the biggest symbol of the games in China from four years ago is still standing. It’s not as shiny and impressive, especially when you consider its surrounding, as it was back in the summer of 2008, but the ground still has its uses for sport and cultural events, while the same goes for the aquatics center, still used for swimming competitions. The rest? Not so fortunate.

Then – Beijing Baseball Stadium

Beijing Baseball Stadium e1343206346838 Beijing Olympics Venues   Now & Then

Now – Only Memories and Signs

Baseball Sign e1343206387268 Beijing Olympics Venues   Now & Then

Then – There used to be Kayak competitions here

Kayak Competition e1343206527877 Beijing Olympics Venues   Now & Then

Now – Locked Gates and Empty Canals

Locked Gate e1343206573804 Beijing Olympics Venues   Now & Then

Empty Canals e1343206651186 Beijing Olympics Venues   Now & Then

Then – High flying BMX riders

BMX Competition e1343206717799 Beijing Olympics Venues   Now & Then

Now – Concrete and trash

Concrete Trash e1343206781511 Beijing Olympics Venues   Now & Then

Then – Beach Volleyball in the rain

Beach Volleyball Stadium e1343206868179 Beijing Olympics Venues   Now & Then

Now - Unkempt, Unmaintained, Unused

Unmaintained Stadium e1343206946280 Beijing Olympics Venues   Now & Then

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