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Beijing 2008 - XXIX Olympiad

China - Host Country

Opening ceremony - Beijing 2008 - Games of the XXIX Olympiad - August 8, 2008

Closing ceremony - Beijing 2008 - Games of the XXIX Olympiad - August 24, 2008

Opening ceremony - 2008 Summer Paralympic Games - Games of the XIII Paralympics - Beijing 2008 - September 6, 2008

Closing ceremony - 2008 Summer Paralympic Games - Games of the XIII Paralympics - Beijing 2008 - September 17, 2008

Host selection process - Beijing 2008 - Games of the XXIX Olympiad Date: July 13, 2001 - 112th IOC Session - Moscow
Ballot results:
City, Country - Round 1 - Round 2
Beijing, China - 44 - 56
Toronto, Canada - 20 - 22
Paris, France - 15 - 18
Istanbul, Turkey - 17 - 9
Osaka, Japan - 6 - x

Host Country - Beijing 2008 - Games of the XXIX Olympiad
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Name - Zho-nghuα Rιnmνn Gςnghιguσ | People's Republic of China
Capital - Beijing
Largest city - Shanghai
Official languages - Mandarin (Chinese), Cantonese, English (co-official in Hong Kong), Portuguese (co-official in Macau), several minority languages are also co-official with Mandarin in minority areas.
Demonym - Chinese
Government - Socialist Republic
President - Hu Jintao
Premier - Wen Jiabao
Establishment - October 1, 1949 (People's Republic declared)
Area - 9,598,086 km²
Population - 1,321,851,888 (2007) Density - 140/km² - 363/sq mi
GDP (PPP) - US$ 7.043 trillion (2007)
GDP (PPP) per capita - US$ 5,300
GDP (nominal) - US$3.42 trillion
GDP (nominal) per capita - US$2,800
Gini - 47.0 (2007)
HDI - 0.777 (2007) - medium - 81st
Currency - Yuan (Renminbi CNY), Hong Kong dollar (HKD), Macanese pataca (MOP)
Time zone - UTC+8
Internet TLD - .cn, .hk (Honk Kong), .mo (Macau)
Calling code - +86
Anthem: "March of the Volunteers".
MP3 download of Chinese National Anthem

Mapa da China
Map of China

Weather averages - Beijing 2008 - Games of the XXIX Olympiad Weather averages for Beijing, China - August
Average high °C (°F): 29 (85)
Average low °C (°F): 20 (69)
Precipitation cm (inches): 17 (6.7)

Weather averages for Beijing, China - September
Average high °C (°F): 25 (78)
Average low °C (°F): 15 (59)
Precipitation cm (inches): 5 (2.3)

Weather averages for Beijing, China - Year
Average high °C (°F): 17 (63)
Average low °C (°F): 7 (45)
Precipitation cm (inches): 63.7 (25.1)

Tourist attractions of Beijing within the Beijing metropolitan area Buildings, monuments, and landmarks
• Forbidden City (World Heritage Site)
• Tiananmen Square (The largest square in the world) - Tiananmen (The Gate of Heavenly Peace) | Great Hall of the People (National Legislature) | National Museum of China | Monument to the People's Heroes | Mausoleum of Mao Zedong
• The Summer Palace (World Heritage Site)
• Ruins of the Old Summer Palace
• Bell Tower and Drum Tower
• Pagoda of Cishou Temple
• Pagoda of Tianning Temple
• Historic Hutongs and Siheyuans in many older neighborhoods
• Lugou Bridge (Marco Polo Bridge)
• Eight Mile Bridge (Ba Li Qiao)
• Prince Gong's Mansion (Gong Wang Fu)
• Zheng Yici Peking Opera Theatre
• Liulichang Culture Street
• Beijing Ancient Observatory
• Geological Museum of China
• National Centre for the Performing Arts
• Beijing Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

Temples, cathedrals, and mosques
• Temple of Heaven (World Heritage Site), situated in the southern area of urban Beijing
• Temple of Earth, located in northern Beijing
• Temple of Sun, situated in the eastern area of urban Beijing
• Temple of Moon, located in western Beijing
• Tanzhe Temple
• Jietai Temple
• Yunju Temple
• Yonghegong (Lama Temple)
• Guangji Temple
• Confucius Temple
• White Cloud Temple
• Great Bell Temple
• Fa Yuan Temple
• Miaoying Temple
• Zhen Jue Temple
• Wanshou Temple
• Five Pagoda Temple
• Zhihua Si Temple
• Dongyue Temple
• Temple of Azure Clouds
• Temple of Recumbent Buddha
• White Dagoba Temple in Beihai Park
• Badachu
• Immaculate Conception Cathedral
• Holy Saviour Church
• Niujie Mosque

Parks and gardens
• Beihai Park
• Shichahai
• Jingshan Park
• The Fragrant Hills (Xiangshan)
• The Grandview Garden (Daguanyuan)
• Beijing Botanical Garden
• Taoranting Park
• Beijing Zoo
• Beijing World Park

Shopping and commercial districts
• Wangfujing
• Xidan
• Silk Street
• Beijing CBD
• Beijing Financial Street
• Zhongguancun
• Yizhuang

Tourist attractions of Beijing outside the metropolitan area, but within the municipality • Sections of the Great Wall (World Heritage Site) - Badaling | Juyongguan | Mutianyu | Simatai | Jinshanling | Jiankou
• The Ming Dynasty Tombs (World Heritage Site)
• Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian (World Heritage Site)
• Shidu

Tour Packages - Beijing 2008 - Games of the XXIX Olympiad • 2008 Summer Olympics Travel, Hotels & Tickets Entrance - www.olympic-vacations.com

New competition venues - Beijing 2008 - Games of the XXIX Olympiad • Venues - Location - Games - Capacity
• Beijing National Stadium - Olympic Green - Athletics and Football - 91,000
• Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park - Mapo Village, Shunyi District - Rowing and Canoe/Kayak (flat-water racing and Slalom Racing) - 37,000
• Beijing National Indoor Stadium - Olympic Green - Artistic Gymnastics, Trampolines and Handball - 19,000

• Wukesong Indoor Stadium - Wukesong Sports Center, Haidian District - Basketball - 18,000
• Beijing National Aquatics Center - Olympic Green - Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchronized Swimming - 17,000
• Beijing Shooting Range Hall - Shijingshan District - Shooting - 9,000
• Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium - Beijing Science and Technology University, Haidian District - Judo and Taekwondo - 8,024
• China Agricultural University Gymnasium - China Agricultural University (East Campus), Haidian District - Wrestling - 8,000
• Peking University Gymnasium - Peking University, Handian District - Table Tennis - 8,000
• Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium - Beijing University of Technology, Chaoyang District - Badminton and Rhythmic Gymnastics - 7,500
• Laoshan Velodrome - Laoshan, Shijingshan District - Cycling (track) - 6,000

Existing competition venues - Beijing 2008 - Games of the XXIX Olympiad Venues - Location - Games
• Olympic Sports Center Stadium - Olympic Sports Center, Chaoyang District - Football and Modern Pentathlon (running and equestrian)
• Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium - Olympic Sports Center, Chaoyang District - Handball
• Workers' Stadium - Gongti Lu, Chaoyang District - Football
• Workers' Indoor Arena - Gongti Lu, Chaoyang District - Boxing
• Capital Indoor Stadium - Baishi Bridge, Haidian District - Volleyball
• Fengtai Softball Field - Fengtai Sports Center, Fengtai District - Softball
• Ying Tung Natatorium - Olympic Sports Center, Chaoyang District - Water Polo and Modern Pentathlon (swimming)
• Laoshan Mountain Bike Course - Laoshan, Shijingshan District - Cycling (Mountain Bike)
• Beijing Shooting Range Clay Target Field - Xiangshan Nan Lu, Haidian District - Shooting
• Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium - Beijing Institute of Technology, Haidian District - Volleyball
• Beihang University Gymnasium - Beihang University, Haidian District - Weightlifting

Temporary Competition Venues - Beijing 2008 - Games of the XXIX Olympiad Venues - Location - Games
• Fencing Gymnasium - Olympic Green - 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 - Wukesong Sports Center, Haidian District - Baseball
• Beach Volleyball Ground - Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District - Beach Volleyball
• BMX Field - Laoshan, Shijingshan District - Cycling (BMX)
• Triathlon Venue - Ming Tomb Reservoir - Triathlon
• Urban Road Cycling Course - TBD - Cycling (Road Race)

Competition venues outside Beijing - Beijing 2008 - Games of the XXIX Olympiad Venues - Categories - Location - Games
• Hong Kong Equestrian Venues - Existing - Hong Kong - Equestrian
• Qingdao International Sailing Centre - New - Qingdao - Sailing
• Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Centre Stadium - New - Qinhuangdao - Football Preliminary
• Shanghai Stadium - Existing - Shanghai - Football Preliminary
• Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium - New - Tianjin - Football Preliminary
• Shenyang Wulihe Stadium - Existing - Shenyang - Football Preliminary

 
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