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2008 Beijing Olympics Just Around the Corner

February 14th, 2008 Posted in Travel and Leisure

The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China?are less the 175 days away.? The Games of the XXIX Olympiad are due to kick off on August 8, 2008 (08-08-08) at precisely 08:08:08 PM CST in the Beijing National Stadium.? The number eight holds specific importance in Chinese culture with a meaning of prosperity and joy.? The theme of the games is One World, One Dream represents the hope that athletes from all nations can unite in the Olympic spirit.? Some events like soccer and sailing will actually be held in cities outside Beijing.? Beijing beat Toronto, Paris, Istanbul and Osaka after two rounds of voting and was ultimately awarded the games on July 13, 2001.? In preparation, the city will construct thirty-one venues in addition to the Olympic Village to house the athletes during their stay.? Seven million tickets are expected to be sold for the 302 events.? Reservations at top name hotels have been booked for at least six months and first class airline seats from many European cities are sold out.? Due to demand, some hotels have raised prices as much as six times the normal rate.? Though tickets to most of the popular events are already sold out, ones to lower-profile events such as fencing and weightlifting can still be found.

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