China Marks 100 Days to Olympics

“With 100 days remaining until the Olympic Games get underway, Chinese authorities are marking the milestone with a series of events.” From BBC:

…Early on Wednesday morning, thousands of residents of the Chinese capital turned out to participate in a mini-marathon around the National Stadium (known as the Bird’s Nest) and the Olympic Green.

Later an Olympic theme tune, Beijing Huang Ying Ni – Beijing welcomes you, will be unveiled in the Forbidden City by 100 singers and celebrities, including actors Jackie Chan and Andy Lau.

While unrest in Tibet and the Olympic flame’s troubled circumnavigation of the globe have made headlines around the world, Beijing’s preparations for the Games have received less attention.

See also Bloomberg’s article: Beijing Olympics Reach 100-Day Countdown Amid Mounting Scrutiny, which says,”Unlike Athens four years ago, there is little doubt about venues being completed in time for the opening ceremony, just uncertainty about who will show up. French President Nicolas Sarkozy hasn’t ruled out joining Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in boycotting the ceremony that will start at 8 minutes past 8 p.m. on the eighth day of the eighth month — to Chinese, 8 represents prosperity.”


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