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Like the "Bird's Nest" Olympic Stadium venue, is the "true Chinese way" of architecture losing out to foreign firms and their ideas? It seems that there is an "identity crisis" of what is considered Chinese in this aspect between the conservative establishment and those who want modern looks to buildings, like the Olympic stadium.

Link: BBC: Beijing Builds On Foreign Footings

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This IOC article talks about the Olympic football tournament and where they will be staged in 2008. With the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup taking place in China as well, it is a "perfect exercise" on how the Olympic one will run.

Link: IOC-> Beijing 2008 And Football: Who, When, Where?

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With this latest BBC article about the Beijing 2008 venues, there is no doubt whatsoever about the city's progress to stage the Games, when the opening ceremony starts in 18 months from now.

Link: BBC: Busy In Beijing

The "Bird Nest"


The "Water Cube"


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I have to admit it, some months ago i was very worried about the pollution and the bad weather at Beijing (also the big question about making the games in August, a month with usual bad weather in great part of Asia). But now it looks like that the chinese are changing this things, since now i'm seeing a very clever sky at the last Bird Nest photos, along with a Landscape work (the trees) that, when it's complete, it will be breathtaking for sure (if only Athens 2004 would had time to make this arround the stadium, that's why some people think that the village still looked like a construction site).

Definitively, along with Barcelona 92, these games will change the image of the city, making it look more modern and clean.

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I have to admit it, some months ago i was very worried about the pollution and the bad weather at Beijing (also the big question about making the games in August, a month with usual bad weather in great part of Asia

You shouldn't be worried about that , its the scorching heat & sand storms that affects Beijing in addition to the pollution , of course .

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National Indoor Stadium - Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline, Handball



Laoshan Velodrome - Track Cycling



Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park - Rowing, Canoe, Kayak - Flat-water, Canoe, Kayak - Slalom



China Agricultural University Gymnasium - Wrestling


Peking University Gymnasium - Table Tennis


Beijing University of Science and Technology Gymnasium - Judo, Taekwondo


Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium - Badminton, Rhythmic Gymnastics


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Well, let the testing of the Beijing 2008 venues begin.

Link: IOC-> Beijing 2008: A Test Of Good Luck

Included in this link is a podcast interview.

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Training session at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park

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Grandstand of the newly completed Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park

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Rowers preparing for their training session

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Opening Ceremony of the World Junior Rowing Championships

From right to left: President of the International Rowing Federation Denis Oswald, BOCOG President Liu Qi and IOC President Jacques Rogge

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Participants in the Opening Ceremony

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Fans cheer on their team during the World Junior Rowing Championships

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Well, the CBC will have "all year coverage" here and there about the Beijing 2008 venues. Today's National news program was mainly about Beijing and its preparations for those 2008 Games.

Link: CBC: Beijing Olympics A Year Away


A Chinese man waves a flag as performers gather to kick off celebrations for the one year countdown to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games during a hazy morning at the Millennium Monument in Beijing Wednesday.

(Ng Han Guan/Associated Press)

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From the BBC website.


Work on the 91,000-seater Olympic National Stadium began at the end of 2003 after architects Herzog & DeMeuron, ArupSport and China Architecture Design & Research Group won a design competition organised by China's government.

The £220m venue, nicknamed the "Bird's Nest", is set for completion in spring 2008 and will host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the football and athletics events.

There will also be a shopping centre running through the heart of the arena, which will be used for sporting and entertainment events following next year's Games.


The National Stadium lies in the Olympic Green area, which contains 10 sporting venues.

Beijing will have 37 Olympic venues in total, costing the princely sum of about £17bn.

All promise to be state-of-the art but some reports have suggested that the construction of new facilities and the re-construction of old ones have been the product of cheap labour.

Some of the estimated 30,000 workers are reported to be earning just £2 a day.


Most of the 37 venues are located near the Olympic Green area.

A large number of them are near completion, with the Beijing Shooting Range the first to be given an official unveiling in July 2007.

Work is also nearly complete on the 6,000-seater Laoshan Velodrome (pictured), which has a spectacular dome-shaped roof.

The venue will host the track cycling and will be ready later this year in order to host a World Cup event in December.


Another eye-catching arena is the Peking University Stadium, which will host the table tennis.

The table tennis competition is expected to be highly popular in China, with the country expected to sweep the medals in both the men's and women's competition.

Other venues likely to grab attention are:

- Aquatics Centre

- National Indoor stadium (artistic gymnastics, trampoline and handball)

- Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium (football)

- Beijing University of Technology Stadium (badminton and rhythmic gymnastics)

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Yesterday, IOC reported on Jacques Rogge's visit to Hong Kong and the Shatin Olympic Equestrian venue.

IOC-> Beijing 2008: Rogge In Hong Kong


IOC President, Jacques Rogge, with FEI President, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein. Remember, she was just made an IOC member in Guatemala City.


View of the Shatin Olympic Equestrian venue, which will host the jumping and dressage events in 2008.


One of the competitors at the cross country of the Good Luck Beijing Eventing Competition.


President Rogge discussing with a competitor along with Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein and Timothy Tsun Ting Fok (on the right), Hong Kong NOC President.

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With the help of General Electric, an Olympic TOP partner, Beijing 2008 will have environmental technologies to make the Games "more green."

Link: IOC: GE Supplying China's First-Ever Rainwater Recycling System


Within this article, GE is going to help install these following technologies:

- Supplying filtration technology for safe drinking water at the National Stadium

The National Stadium will use GE’s water treatment technology during the Games to provide up to 16 tons of purified water per hour. The quality of the water meets the latest national standards. GE’s water filtration technologies stand out for their environmentally sound features, energy-efficiency and reliability.

- Helping to power the conference and hotel area

Two high-efficiency GE Jenbacher Tri-generation energy units, which operate on natural gases, will be used at the Jing Hui Garden Hotel, a 14-storey hotel and conference centre that will host the media during the Games. Harnessing methane to produce energy is an excellent way of handling emissions of a gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.

- Delivering energy-efficient turbines to the Olympic Central Area

GE is supplying energy-efficient turbines to deliver power, heating and cooling to the Olympic Central Area. These systems successfully convert fuels such as natural gases into a cleaner burning energy source. The process reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter by more than 60 per cent, reduces mercury emissions by more than 50 per cent, and reduces sulphur dioxides by more than 90 per cent, while using less water than traditional pulverised coal plants.

- Implementing solar-powered lighting at the Fengtai Softball Field

GE’s solar-powered LED street lighting fixtures and field lighting are being used at the Fengtai Softball Field.

- Providing filtering technology for the Qinghe Waste Water Plant

In order to improve Beijing’s waste-water treatment capabilities, the waste-water plant in Qinghe has adopted technology that will filter more than 80,000 cubic metres of waste water daily to be recycled to maintain landscaping during the Olympic Games. This system is designed to reduce costs and cut energy consumption by up to 30 per cent over the next five years.

Well, so far so good on the environmental front here.

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So now we get to see what the Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium looks like on the inside. Kinda blah to me and not looking like the newer ones used in NA, even next to the Capital Indoor Stadium, the other volleyball venue. And we still don't know what the capacity will be.

I presume that the BIT Gymnasium will be used for some preliminary matches with the more significant games reserved for Capital Indoor Stadium.

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Due to silence requiements for certain competitions, I have to stay away from two venues of the 2008 Games: the Laoshan Mountain Bike Course and the Beijing . People there are going to do something really bad to put me off. There is gonna be lots of swearing and cussing out towards other people. Goalball is a totally Jewish sport anyway. I hate Goalball.

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