China’s $450M White Elephant?

The Toronto Star reports that Beijing’s Birds Nest has been turned into a park:

Beijing is hosting its own version of the Winter Olympics – though the idea may be on thin ice.

Inside the architectural wonder of the capital’s National Stadium, on doughnuts race in the snow. and adults slide slowly down a ski slope. In the background, a band plays ’90s Chinese rock on a stage flanked by fake snow peaks.

The snow park is the latest effort to create a new life for the stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest. The “Happy Snow and Ice Season” will run all winter at the stadium where Chinese staged a stunning opening ceremony for the Summer Olympic Games. Now slushy mounds of machine-made snow and a single ski slope occupy the grounds.

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