The most eye-catching venue for the Beijing Olympic Games, the ÃÂBird`s NestÃÂ Stadium, made its debut on April 18, as China`s construction and preparations on Olympic venues are drawing to an end. A race walking challenge and a marathon competition were the first events at the National Stadium, the official name of the ÃÂBird`s Nest.ÃÂ The venue, where the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies will be held as well as track and field competitions and some football games, will host another test event in May.
Picture: Night scene of the National Stadium, also known as the ``Bird`s NestÃÂÃÂ, which functions as the main stadium for the 2008 summer Olympics. It will host the opening and closing ceremonies, track and field events and football finals. Photo by Xing Guangli
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