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Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics Essential

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Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics Emblem - Dancing Beijing

Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics Emblem - Dancing Beijing
Dancing Beijing is the name of the official emblem of the 2008 Summer Olympics, to be held in Beijing in the People's Republic of China. The emblem draws on various elements of Chinese culture, depicting a traditional red Chinese seal above the words "Beijing 2008" and the Olympic rings. The seal is inscribed with a stylised calligraphic rendition of the Chinese character 京 (jing, from the name of the host city) in the form of a dancing figure. The curves are also claimed to suggest the body of a wriggling Chinese dragon. The open arms of the figure symbolise the invitation of China to the world to share in its culture. Red, the dominant colour of the emblem, is an important colour in Chinese society, often signifying good luck.

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Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics Mascots, Fuwa (Chinese:福娃; pinyin: Fúwá)

Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics MascotsThe Fuwa (Chinese: 福娃; pinyin: Fúwá) were unveiled as the mascots of the games by the National Society of Chinese Classic Literature Studies on November 11, 2005, at an event marking the 1000th day before the opening of the games. Fuwa consists of five members: Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, and Nini. The five mascots incorporate fish, giant panda, fire, Tibetan antelope, and swallow designs respectively, and each also represents one of the five Olympic Rings. When the five names are put together, they form a pun on the phrase 北京欢迎你 (Běijīng huānyíng nǐ) which means "Beijing welcomes you".

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Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics Sloga

On June 26, 2005, The Beijing Olympic Committee announced that the slogan for the 2008 Olympics will be "One World, One Dream." (Simplified Chinese: 同一个世界 同一个梦想, Traditional Chinese: 同一個世界 同一個夢想)


Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics list of Venues

The Chinese government intends to invest in the renovation and construction of thirty-six gymnasiums and stadiums as well as fifty-nine training centers. Over 300,000 houses have been demolished and residents relocated thus far in Beijing due to construction in preparation for the 2008 Olympics. Police in Beijing placed many people under arrest for protesting the evictions.

Its largest architectural pieces will be the Beijing National Stadium, National Gymnasium, Olympic Aquatic Park, Convention Center, Olympic Village, and Wukesong Cultural and Sports Center. US $2.1 billion (RMB¥17.4 billion) in corporate bids and tenders are expected to fund almost 85 percent of the construction budget for the six main venues. Investments are expected from corporations seeking ownership rights after the 2008 Summer Olympics. Some venues will be owned and governed by the State General Administration of Sports, which will use them after the Olympics as facilities for all future national sports teams and events.

It was announced on July 8, 2005, that the equestrian events are to be held in Hong Kong because of "uncertainties of equine diseases and major difficulties in establishing a disease-free zone." The five other venues outside of Beijing will be located in Qingdao, Hong Kong, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Qinhuangdao.


New venues
Beijing National Stadium - Athletics, Football
Beijing National Aquatics Center - Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, and Synchronized Swimming
National Indoor Stadium - Artistic Gymnastics, Trampolines, Handball
Beijing Shooting Range Hall - Qualifications and finals 10-, 25-, and 50-meter range shooting events
Wukesong Indoor Stadium - Basketball
Laoshan Velodrome - Cycling (track)
Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park - Rowing, Canoe/Kayak (flat-water racing and Slalom Racing)
China Agricultural University Gymnasium - Wrestling
Peking University Gymnasium - Table tennis
Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium - Judo and Taekwondo
Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium - Badminton and Rhythmic Gymnastics

Existing venues
Olympic Sports Center Stadium - Football, Modern Pentathlon (running and equestrian)
Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium - Handball
Workers' Stadium - Football
Workers' Indoor Arena - Boxing
Capital Indoor Stadium - Volleyball
Fengtai Softball Field - Softball
Ying Tung Natatorium - Water Polo, Modern Pentathlon (swimming)
Laoshan Mountain Bike Course - Cycling (Mountain Bike)
Beijing Shooting Range Clay Target Field - Shooting
Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium - Volleyball
Beihang University Gymnasium - Weightlifting

Temporary venues
Olympic Green Convention Centre - Fencing preliminaries and finals, and Modern Pentathlon (fencing and shooting)
Hockey Field, Olympic Green - Hockey
Archery Field, Olympic Green - Archery
Tennis Center, Olympic Green - Tennis
Wukesong Baseball Field - Baseball
BMX Field - Cycling (BMX)
Triathlon Venue - Triathlon
Urban Road Cycling Course - Cycling (road race)

Beijing National Stadium

The winning design was chosen among many othersThe centerpiece of the 2008 Summer Olympics is the construction of the Beijing National Stadium, which began on December 24, 2003. Government officials engaged architects worldwide in a design competition. A Swiss firm, Herzog & de Meuron Architekten AG, collaborated with China Architecture Design & Research Group to win the competition. The National Stadium will feature lattice-like concrete skeleton forming the stadium bowl, which will seat 80,000 people. Architects originally described the overall design as resembling a bird's nest with an immense ocular — an opening with retractable roof over the stadium. However, in 2004 the roof part of the design was abandoned for cost and safety reasons. The Beijing National Stadium will be the site of the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony as well as track and field events and soccer finals.

Guangdong Stadium
Built 100 miles north of Hong Kong in the city of Guangzhou, the Guangdong Stadium was opened to the public for the ninth National Games of the People's Republic of China in 2001. It was originally planned to be the centerpiece of the 2008 Summer Olympics until a decision was made to construct the National Stadium in Beijing. The original design for the Guangdong Stadium was announced in 1999. The stadium seats 80,000 people. Taking from Guangzhou's nickname as the Flower City, the American architectural firm of Ellerbe Becket designed Guangdong Stadium to resemble a flower. The design firm stated in its press release, "The stadium bowl grows out of the ground to a sculpted upper edge, like the petals of a flower. Floating above the bowl is a shimmering ribbon of roof flowing like a wave over the seats. It parts at the ends and holds the Olympic flame, suspended between the two ribbons. A hotel surrounds a circular opening in the roof that forms a vertical tower of light, which at night is visible for a great distance. The roof form undulates, making it different from any other stadium in China or the world."

Other locations
Qingdao International Sailing Centre - Sailing, Beach Volleyball
Shanghai Stadium - Football Preliminary
Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Centre Stadium - Football Preliminary
Hong Kong Sports Institute - Equestrian
Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium - Football Preliminary
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Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics list of Sports

(The number of events contested in each sport is indicated in parentheses.)

Aquatics (46 total)
Diving (8)
Swimming (34)
Synchronized swimming (2)
Water polo (2)
Archery (4)
Athletics (track and field) (47)
Badminton (5)
Baseball (1)
Basketball (2)
Boxing (11)
Canoeing (16)
Cycling (18)
Equestrian (6)
Fencing (10)
Football (soccer) (2)
Gymnastics (18)
Handball (2)
Hockey (field) (2)
Judo (14)
Modern pentathlon (2)
Rowing (14)
Sailing (11)
Shooting (15)
Softball (1)
Table tennis (4)
Taekwondo (8)
Tennis (4)
Triathlon (2)
Volleyball (4)
Weightlifting (15)
Wrestling (18)

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