08-08-08 (08:08:08 pm)
Welcome to Beijing 2008 Olympics.
One World, One Dream
The Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, will be celebrated from August 8, 2008, to August 24, 2008, with the opening ceremony beginning at 08:08:08 pm CST (12:08:08 UTC) at the Beijing National Stadium in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
It is going to begin at tonight; All together 205 countries will be participating in the 2008 Olympic. China and Chinese people are now absolutely ready to celebrate this feast of games.
Signature Stadium of Beijing 2008 Olympics:
The Beijing National Stadium or the “Bird’s Nest” for its architecture is a stadium finished for the Olympic Green in Beijing, China that was completed on March 2008.
This signature stadium or Beijing National Stadium is placed in the Olympic Green and occupies 21.4 hectares. It stretches 333 meters from north to south and 298 meters from east to west, covering an area of 258,000 square meters. The National Stadium is 68 meters high and holds 91,000 seats. The construction of the Beijing National Stadium began in December of 2003, and the cost was up to 3.5 billion yuan (423 million USD). The stadium also topped architecture category of the 100 most influential designs in Times magazine earlier this year.
Beijing 2008 – The Soundtrack:
The official Beijing Olympic song, Forever Friends, was created by Chinese artistes Kong Xiangdong and Sun Nan. The video for the song shows competitors embracing and laughing with each other, displaying the peace and unity associated with the games.
The words of the song, which is recorded in English, read, “Forever friends in harmony/As the whole world joins and sees days of unity and peace/Forever through the years we’ll hear the cheers/Joy and laughter everywhere/ We’re together here to share/ Forever friends.”
Beijing 2008 mascot FUWA:
The Fuwa literally “good-luck dolls” and can be known as “Friendlies”, are the mascots of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. The designs were created by Han Meilin, a famous Chinese artist. The designs were publicly announced 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.
There are five fuwa (3 Females & 2 Males): Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, and Nini. Together, the names form the sentence “北京欢迎你“, Běijīng huānyíng nǐ which means “Beijing welcomes you“.
Originally named ‘The Friendlies‘, they were promoted as ‘Fuwa’ when there were concerns the name could be misinterpreted.
While originally given artistic license in his commission, Han Meilin was subsequently requested by officials to include various Chinese design and fauna in the Fuwa. Han Meilin drew 1,000 models of possible Fuwa (including a dragon and an anthropomorphic drum) before settling on the five characters. He has since disowned the Fuwa and did not include them in his museum.
Beijing 2008 – Banknotes:
For the first time in nearly a decade China is issuing new banknotes without the image of Chairman Mao Zedong. The 10 yuan ($1.5; £0.75) notes instead feature Beijing’s new Olympic stadium on the front, with an ancient Greek statue of a discus thrower on the back.
Both are set against the backdrop of the Temple of Heaven, sited in Beijing. There has been some debate in political circles about removing Chairman Mao from the currency in favour of Deng Xiaoping, but no serious moves have been made.
Beijing 2008 – Olympics Water Cube:
The Beijing National Aquatics Center, “Water Cube”, was built in accordance with a water-saving design concept to be a gigantic green architectural wonder
The venue’s membrane structure, covered by ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene) air cushions, is not only the first of its kind in China and the world’s largest and most complex ETFE project, but it is also an economical and water-saving creation.
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Coin – Gold and Silver Complete Set:
Introducing the Official Beijing 2008 Olympic Coin Complete Gold & Silver Set. The complete set consists of 3 Series. These coins have a true intrinsic value as these are made of PURE (.999 Fine) gold & silver, precious metals that have proven their worth in the commodities market and continues to increase in price. The Complete Set consist of 6 Gold coins and 12 Silver coins, a total of 18 coins. All coins in the Series are in proof quality and bears the year date “2008″, and all coins feature the Emblem of the Beijing Olympic Games. Images that are featured on the coins include famous and ancient Chinese places, events, and games.
The mintage of this Official Beijing 2008 Olympic Complete Coin Set is strictly limited to only 60,000 complete sets worldwide. This small amount is astonishing, considering the 1.3 Billion people in China and the Millions of American coin collectors. Quite simply stated, the DEMAND for these coins will definately FAR EXCEED the very small supply, becoming so rare and treasured that one day these sets may rival rare art pieces from Chinese history.
Beijing 2008 effect on Names:
Who said what’s in the name? Ask those 7,491 Chinese people who have named themselves or their kids after the Olympics or with the names of five creatures that are part of the Beijing 2008 Games mascot Fuwa. It has been reported that during and after 2000 when China was preparing to bid to host the now upcoming Beijing 2008 Games, around 3,491 people named themselves as Aoyun, which means Olympics. That’s not all!
The cute looking five creatures, Bei, Jing Jing, Huan Huan, Ying Ying, and Ni Ni, that form the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games mascot called Fuwa, have such an indelible effect on the Chinese residents that many kept their names as their own.
And now, if anyone calls the name of these five creatures in China, it is expected that there will more than 4000 people who will come running around you looking for the person who called their names.
Here is the official website for Beijing 2008 – Olympics . The Olympic fever will continue untill August 24th 2008. 38 games , 16 days , 205 nations and 302 Gold medals, really its going to be a memorable days to China and the world. Best Wishes.