There is great anticipation about the 2008 Games – 247 days to the opening games but who’s counting, huh?
Many cannot wait to see the transforming city the media keeps talking about – the once rickety, impoverished city that is now the heart of new China’s booming economy.
Construction is going on around the clock. Signs of economic success are everywhere: a new futuristic business district, new ultra-luxury hotels and a new gigantic airport terminal.
Chinese officials have set ambitious goals for their venues, but those goals are not without obstacles. For instance, smog and haze periodically hover over the city, and fine soil produces dust storms visible for miles.
The world is watching to see if China can shine under the bright light of international attention.
The Chinese want to prove they are a global powerhouse worthy to be considered with the U.S., Europe, and Canada.
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By Jay Hicks, aka Track Evangelist