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                Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics
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                The 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, will be held in Beijing, China from August 8, 2008 through August 24, 2008, with the opening ceremony to take place at 08:08pm and 08 seconds on August 8th. The number 8 is associated with prosperity in Chinese culture. Some events, like beach volleyball, sailing, and swimming's new marathon 10km events, will be held in the coastal city of Qingdao.

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                Five Fantastic Mascots
                History and Culture

                Olympic mascots were unveiled exatly 1000 days before the Beiling Olympic opening ceremony . The long--anticipated mascots feature four of China's most popular animals--the fish,the panda,the Tibrtan antelope and the swallow .The fifth mascot is the brightly burning Olympic flame.

                Each of the mascots has a repeated two-syllable name. This type of name is a traditional way of showing affection for children in China.BeiBei is the fish,JingJing is the panda , HuanHuan is the Olympic flame,YingYing is the Tibetan antelope and NiNi is the swallow.When their names are put together---they say "Welcome to Beijing".

                The five elements of nature,including the sea,forest,fire,earth and sky are found in the mascot's origins and headpieces. These special headpieces also display the uniqur folk and culture of China. Each mascot also symbolizes a different blessing --- prosperity, happiness, passion, health and good luck.
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                China at the Olympics
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                The People's Republic of China (PRC) first competed at the Olympic Games in 1980, at the Winter Games in Lake Placid. Their first appearance at the Summer Olympic Games was four years later in Los Angeles. China had earlier competed at the olympics as the Republic of China in 1932, 1936 and 1948, but did not win any medals.
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                UN Official: Beijing Olympic Games "Leave Valuable Legacy for China"
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                The biggest legacy of the Olympic Games for China is the promotion of the country's long-standing and sustainable development, a leading UN official said on Friday. For the past eight years, China has made great efforts to prepare Beijing and other cities for a world-class Olympics with an emphasis on environmental sustainability, and the public awareness of environmental protection is growing with it.
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                Sports in China
                History and Culture

                Although China has long been associated with the martial arts, sports in China today refers to a small variety of competitive sports played in China, including mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. Traditional Chinese culture regards physical fitness as an important aspect, and, since the 20th century, a large number of sports activities, both Western and traditionally Chinese, are popular in China. The People's Republic of China is one of the , especially the elderly. Cricket is also a popular sport in China, but moreso in Hong Kong where it is a prominent sport..
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                Little Things in Old Beijing (1)
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                There is an old legend saying a bird with 10 heads in heaven was depreciated into human's world. Not repenting though, it made destruction anywhere and brought misery to humans. So the king of Zhou ordered his courtier, Jiang Ziya, the most talented person at that time to handle this. Jiang ziya figured out that this bird was mostly afraid of windmill and he made such a thing to repel evil. The bird with 10 heads disappeared then. The citizens learned to do windmill from Jiang Ziya and it became a popular thing In Beijing.


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