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Old 07-20-2008, 01:29 PM
Location: rain city
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Yeah, we walked around, took the bus and the subway-- more freeways, more highrises--all in a cloud of smog so thick visibility was never more than a couple of blocks.

I never took one single picture. Don't want to be reminded of Beijing. Very ugly city.

I've been plenty of places where I didn't speak the language, didn't know what was what, was a foreigner. I was used to it. But Beijing is a pit like no other I've been to.

.....and I spent 2 weeks in Baku Azerbaijan, rated by Mercer as the dirtiest city in the world, in a rathole of a backwater oil country. I liked Baku miles better than Beijing.
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:13 AM
Location: VA
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I'll be attending the Opening Ceremony with my folks, then it's off sightseeing. I just hope some of the more...rabid protestors don't disrupt things while I'm there, I've been looking forward to this for awhile now.
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:59 PM
Location: Camberville
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Originally Posted by toobusytoday View Post

I'm not saying that China is not terribly polluted but I think overall it's a lovely country.
I'm sure Sudan and North Korea are lovely too. And the ewaste we send to have the poor of China to only have it come back to us in the form of lead paint? Totally wonderful as well.

I have a friend who just finished studying abroad in China and was all over. His program was based in Kunming but they went to most major cities. If anything, the pictures he showed me and the stories he told me have made me even more resolute in boycotting the Olympics and having little respect for anyone who does not. Horrible country that we are allowing to continue down a horrific path.
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:59 PM
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My daughter has been living in China for almost a year and has also traveled around the country and made friends with quite a few Chinese people. Most of the citizens of China have nothing to do with the policies of their leaders.

What struck us when we were visiting China was that it seemed very similar to the US 20 or 30 years ago, when our enviormental controls and safety rules weren't quite so strict. I am no fan of the Chinese government or their foreign policies and especially their enviormental policies but that doesn't mean that the people themselves and the country is a horrible place and that it's not possible for change.
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:36 AM
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The Olympic is coming! Before having a great feast of top performances, let's check those splendid Olympic Venues.
National Stadium (NST)
Location: Olympic Green
The National Stadium, which is dubbed "bird's nest" because of the shape of the structure, is the main venue for Beijing Olympic Games. It will host the opening and closing ceremonies, track and field events and football events. The construction started at the end of 2003 and is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2007.
Seats: 91,000;
Functions during the Games: Athletics, Football; Opening and closing ceremonies
Post-Games use: The Stadium is to stage sports events at national and international levels, as well as cultural and entertaining activities.
Hong Kong Equestrian Venues
Location: Hong Kong
Use during the Games: Equestrian
Category: Existing competition venue
Qingdao International Sailing Centre
Location: City of Qingdao
Use during the Games: Sailing
Category: New competition venue
Shanghai Stadium
Location: Shanghai;
Use during the Games: Football Preliminary;
Category: Existing Competition Venue
Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium
Location: Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province,
Use during the Games: Football Preliminary
Category: New Competition Venue (construction completed)
Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium
Location: Tianjin
Use during the Games: Football Preliminary
Category: New Competition Venue
Shenyang Wulihe Stadium
Location: Shenyang
Seats: 60,000
Info source [url]www.yoyoor.com[/url]
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:45 PM
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May I suggest something you must do that is very unique to the Chinese culture? Visit a night market! There's nothing like it but you will have a grand ol' time just people watching and all the craziness surrounding it. Oh yeah, don't forget to haggle!

I've never been to a night market IN China but I have been to HK and Taiwan and had a blast. I'm sure the mainland will not dissappoint!

Have a blast there! A good friend of mine is going with her parents. Her Dad is especially sentimental about it because he's from the motherland . Both our Dads were good friends so I know that having the Olympics IN China is a great honor for the Chinese.

The picture of the stadium looks like panfried noodles!
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