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  1. Recently CNN news indicated all opening and closing tickets would require a microchip with

    passport number, photo and other security information. Is this really true and how is this accomplished?

    If that`s true, I would say it`s a good innovation.

    However, is this not going to create a kind of identity theft?As regarding people information on ticket that would be disposed off after the games.

  2. Oriental Plaza has a number of great restaurants - including a Sizzler - and yes the salad bar is awesome.

    You also have try the Quanjude Duck Restaurant - the one off Wangfujing is huge and having eaten there a few times it is very good.

    If you want junk food Oriental Plaza also has a McDonalds, there is another one near the main railway station (and a KFC).

    There is a very cheap and nice restaurant above the City International Hostel - also opposite Beijing Station that has one of the best "beef" and onion dishes I have ever eaten. There are a few nice options out near the zoo as well.

    As for pollution, during the Games it will be sandy and very very hot. I'd imagine BOCOG and the government have a rotating car ban planned - maybe odd numbered cars one day, even the next - or they'll divert traffic from the stretch of the ring road that cuts between the Sports Centre and the Olympic Green. I always stay at a place in Chaoyang and the food options are all very good locally (go to Megabite - great options!) - and transport links are fine. I have also never been sick from in Beijing and I've been going back and forth to China for the past 20 odd years.

    Oh and as for Burger King - there is one in Shanghai and also in Hong Kong.

    Huh! Pls,human being.

  3. News flash James: hosting olympics always relies on the use of some temporary seats, tents... that in some cases have been used before the Games and will be used after the Games (otherwise, it would be a complete waste of money and resources).

    Thank you for that explanation.

    Is that the way London-Chicago going to look like?

  4. Well the temporary stadium components might be being shipped to Chicago or whoever wins 2016. The other temporary arenas will be dismantled and shipped around the country to give grass root sports a boost.

    The cleaned up land they were on will be sold to developers.

    It`s nice to see legacy in another way cos it`s not good to have stadia everywhere when it can be used by home developers for housing.

    One thing I don`t like about the moving of reusable parts is that it can keep on rotating in circle and it`s going to create some problem. When Rio, I mean Chicago, for example, after using these materials it is likely will have to send them to Cape Town(I know Cape Town won`t accept that) and Cape Town would have to send them to the next host. This is somehow going to be disturbing to the quality of stadia we are going to have in the future.

  5. And once again, proving that not only you don't have a clue about what you are talking about but also that you will make no effort to think and try to understand...

    If you can't understand the difference between having the minimum required infrastructure and needing to redevelop a part of a city, then it's your loss.

    In a whole, what is the end result?

  6. You keep mixing things up.

    To host the Games, a city / country needs to have basic infrastructure in place. By that I mean, a solid transport backbone, telecommunication infrastructure, accommodation, good health and security organisations... The Games wont' bring all this: they simply don't have that kind of "power".

    What the Games can do on the other hand is speeding up already defined development plans for specific areas of a city: that what we have seen in Barcelona and Athens for example, and what we should see in London.

    The 2-step bidding process is aimed at selecting during the first phase the cities that have the basic infrastructure (or will have with no great risk within the next 7 years) needed to stage such an event.

    During the second phase, it's up to each individual IOC members to use whatever criteria he/she may want to decide which city he/she considers the better choice (one of these criteria could be what kind of legacy a city would get, in which city the Games would have the greatest impact...).

    Lol! Hahaha...you are explaining this in circle. Like begging the question.

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