Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
On 13 July 2001, at the 112th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Moscow, China's capital city Beijing was elected the Host City for the 29th Olympic Games. The 2008 Olympics will be held from August 8 to 24, with participating athletes from 205 countries and regions across the globe competing in 302 events.
The official Olympic mascots "Fuwa" were unveiled at the evening show on November 11th, marking the 1000-day countdown to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, carrying a message of peace and friendship-also blessing from China-to people, esBeijing 2008 Olympic Gamespecially children all over the world.
The official emblem of Beijing 2008 entitled "Chinese Seal-Dancing Beijing" cleverly combines the Chinese seal and the art of calligraphy with sporting features, transforming the elements into a human figure running forward and embracing triumph. The figure resembles the Chinese character "Jing", which stands for the name of the host city. Beijing 2008 theme slogan "One World One Dream" fully reflects the essence and the universal values of the Olympic spirit -- Unity, Friendship, Progress, Harmony, Participation and Dream.
The Beijing Olympic Torch boasts strong Chinese characteristics, and showcases Chinese design and technical capabilities. It is designed, researched and produced in China, embodying the concepts of a Green Olympics, a High-tech Olympics and the People's Olympics. It can stay alight in severe weather conditions such as strong wind, rain, snow, hail, etc. The torch has a very strong Chinese flavor, the shape of the paper scroll and the lucky clouds graphic, expresses the idea of harmony.
The medals are designed with inspiration coming from "bi", China's ancient jade piece inscribed with dragon pattern. On their obverse side, the medals adopt the standard design prescribed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) -- a drawing that represents the winged goddess of victory Nike and Panathinaikos Arena, while on their reverse side, the medals are inlaid with jade with the Beijing Games emblem engraved in the metal centerpiece. Noble and elegant, the medals are a blending of traditional Chinese culture and the Olympism. For the first time jade is used for the Olympic medals.
37 venues are needed for the Games, of which 31 are in Beijing, the rest 6 are respectively located in Qingdao, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang, Qinhuangdao and Hong Kong.
The Beijing National Stadium, also known as the bird's nest, will be the venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as the main track and field stadium. It is made of gray mining steel covered with a transparent membrane. A unique historical landmark for the Olympics of 2008, it meets all the functional and technical requirements of an Olympic National Stadium.
The National Aquatics Center will be the venue for swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water-polo games during the period of the Olympic Games. The exterior of the National Aquatics Center, nicknamed the "Water Cube", is made from panels of a lightweight form of Teflon that transforms the building into an energy-efficient greenhouse. Solar energy will also be used to heat the swimming pools.
The Olympic Games is a gathering of the Olympic Family and a grand event of the exchange of multi cultures. Friendly Chinese People, especially citizens in Beijing are very delighted about this grand event, and they are making preparations for the Olympics in terms of foreign language skills, etiquette, etc.
From children to adults and even senior citizens are trying to grasp the daily English communication skills, hoping to provide convenience to foreign travelers in China. Beijing is on its way to realizing its dream of staging a "Green Olympics" by succeeding in disposing urban sewage in the proper manner, increasing urban coverage of vegetation, cleansing lakes and rivers. It is sure that Beijing will have its environmental conditions at its best level by 2008. Also, the government has sparked campaigns which urge people to smile more and embrace better etiquette. Etiquette campaigns are afoot to stamp out bad manners.
Though "Truly exceptional" Beijing Olympic Games has been declared formally closed by IOC President Jacques Rogge on August 24, there is too much left to us to cherish and share. Here we can see the amazing pictures of the opening and closing ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games 2008.
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