Beijing "Water Cube" opens for the Olympics And it is really cool. Check out this photo, shot exclusively for Budget Travel. Budget Travel Monday, Jan 28, 2008, 1:53 PM Budget Travel LLC, 2015

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Beijing "Water Cube" opens for the Olympics

Today, Beijing officially unveiled its National Aquatics Center, dubbed the "Water Cube." This is the building where Americans will hopefully win some gold medals during the swimming competitions of the Summer Olympics. The building has a bubbly surface, made of transparent cushions. Here's a close-up of the surface, shot by Tony Law for

According to Reuters, "The building will perhaps be at its best at night when an LED system with 16.7 million tones will turn the arena into a vibrant kaleidoscope of color both inside and out."

For more details on this and other new attractions in Beijing, see our Web-exclusive coverage.

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