Beijing's Olympic swimming pool, dubbed the Water Cube, has finally been unveiled.
The £72m structure opened its doors for a test event on Thursday and while world swimming powers, the United States and Australia, only sent observation delegations, Germany, Japan and the hosts China were among the teams competing.
The schedule being used mirrors the one proposed for the Games in August with the finals held in the mornings and heats in the evenings to suit American TV schedules.
It is a reversal of the usual format of heats in the morning and finals in the evenings.
And while this decision has caused some controversy, Germany's Germany's Steffen Britta, who won the women's 100 metres freestyle race, is fine with the move.
"I can only speak for me and for me it is not a problem to swim in the morning so I have no fear to swim in August in the morning," she said.
Meanwhile, some people feel the high ceiling, which has reminded many of bubble wrap, may pose a potential problem for backstrokers, who often use the ceiling for orientating themselves.
What do you make of the swimming venue? It's certainly an unusual design, but does it impress you? And are you happy with changing the schedule around?