Beijing Olympics: How modern? How different?

Sunday, November 25, 2007 7:56
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Set to start on August 8, 2008, the Beijing Olympics is being billed as “China’s coming out party”

All commerical indicators aside, one of the first signs of the grandeur of this project is the fact that Beijing has undergone a complete makeover.  Out with the old… in with the new.

It is something that while living in the middle of 24/ 7 rebar grinding, cement drilling, and pillar driving construction sights…it is hard to put much to paper.  However, I just found this fantastic 5 part series on Youtube that shows some of the behind the scenes.

While I have not lived in Beijing since SARS passed through town, and we have our own architectural wonders, I thought this series (you will need an hour to watch it) would be a easy way to get bring readers out of their Thanksgiving food comas and back into the real world.

Hope you all enjoy, and if anyone has some up to date pictures of the CCTV town,  please send them along.

Part 1:

[youtube width=”425″ height=”335″]http://youtube.com/watch?v=jGwDz5KkfmQ[/youtube]

Part 2:

[youtube width=”425″ height=”335″]http://youtube.com/watch?v=YSlbr3NimV8&[/youtube]

PArt 3:

[youtube width=”425″ height=”335″]http://youtube.com/watch?v=nmEyIO-LKT4[/youtube]

Part 4:

[youtube width=”425″ height=”335″]http://youtube.com/watch?v=16Y-dLkpfaw[/youtube]

Part 5:

[youtube width=”425″ height=”335″]http://youtube.com/watch?v=wIDrKjvc9bk[/youtube]

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4 Responses to “Beijing Olympics: How modern? How different?”

  1. Robert Lee says:

    November 25th, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    New photo’s and information about the CCTV Headquaters in Beijing can be found on this website:

    http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=179084

    This building will definitely be an impressive icon in China when completed!

  2. Rich says:

    November 25th, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks Robert.

    There are some impressive pictures there (note to others: most recent pictures can be found on pages 10 and 11)

    R

  3. Ernie Diaz says:

    November 27th, 2007 at 1:55 am

    We also covered it here: http://www.chinaexpat.com/blog/ernie/2007/11/14/closing-loop.html

    Our offices look out onto the thing.

    Cheers

    Ernie

  4. RobertX says:

    December 12th, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    great videos! And welcome to China!!