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China Weekly Highlights

China Weekly Highlights - 24 Jul 2008
China Weekly Highlights - 24 Jul 2008
OLYMPICS/CLOSURES
RTX81KI
July 18, 2008
Workers clean the exterior of the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, at the Olympic...
Beijing, China
Workers clean the exterior of the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, at the Olympic...
Workers clean the exterior of the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, at the Olympic Green in Beijing, July 18, 2008. With less than a month to go to the Olympics, Beijing and neighbouring provinces have asked polluting industries to shut or reduce production to clean the air for athletes, and to help offset a looming power shortage. REUTERS/Ge Gong (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
CHINA/
RTR20C6O
July 19, 2008
A performer from the China National Peking Opera Company eats backstage before a show in Beijing July...
Beijing, China
A performer from the China National Peking Opera Company eats backstage before a show in Beijing
A performer from the China National Peking Opera Company eats backstage before a show in Beijing July 19, 2008. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside (CHINA)
CHINA/
RTR20C7D
July 19, 2008
Visitors play in an artificial wave pool at Dino Beach in Shanghai July 19, 2008. Dino beach, also known...
Shanghai, China
Visitors play in an artificial wave pool at Dino Beach in Shanghai
Visitors play in an artificial wave pool at Dino Beach in Shanghai July 19, 2008. Dino beach, also known as the "Fake Beach", claims to be one of the biggest water parks in Asia with sand imported from beaches in South China, and has attractions such as wave machines. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA)
OLYMPICS/
RTX81NC
July 18, 2008
A student of Mao Geping Image Design Art School, which specialises in the teaching of make-up design,...
Beijing, China
A student of Mao Geping Image Design Art School paints her face with the Olympic rings in Beijing
A student of Mao Geping Image Design Art School, which specialises in the teaching of make-up design, paints her face with the Olympic rings in Beijing July 18, 2008. The school initiated a competition to paint face and body with the Olympic rings, torch or flags and places the pictures of the competitors on the internet to let viewers judge them. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS/
RTR20G16
July 23, 2008
A waitress holding flowers stands at the lobby of Raffles Beijing Hotel before a ceremony of marking...
multiple cities, China
A waitress holding flowers stands at the lobby of Raffles Beijing Hotel
A waitress holding flowers stands at the lobby of Raffles Beijing Hotel before a ceremony of marking the official start of operations for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Family Hotels July 23,2008. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS-PROTESTS/
RTR20CVB
July 20, 2008
A group of petitioners show their letters of complaint on a street outside a government office in Beijing...
Beijing, China
A group of petitioners show their letters of complaint on a street outside a government office in Beijing...
A group of petitioners show their letters of complaint on a street outside a government office in Beijing July 20, 2008. With China's leaders demanding that none of the nation's simmering unrest sully the Olympic Games during August, officials and police have launched a nationwide onslaught of checks and barriers to stop discontented citizens reaching Beijing. Many citizens nursing well-thumbed dossiers filled with claims of police behaving like gangsters, lawless land grabs, and court corruption have sneaked around the security barriers in the hope of somehow winning attention for their woes. Some bide their time in rented village huts and makeshift shelters on the city's outskirts, avoiding the thousands of police and hired guards watching the government offices where petitioners are usually allowed to file grievances. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS/
RTR20GHT
July 23, 2008
The National Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, is lit by coloured lights at the Olympic...
Beijing, China
The National Olympic Stadium is lit by coloured lights in Beijing
The National Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, is lit by coloured lights at the Olympic Green in Beijing July 23, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS/
RTX82MQ
July 24, 2008
Volunteers, who will be Olympic medal ceremony hostesses, take a dance class as they train for the upcoming...
Beijing, China
Volunteers take a dance class as they train for the upcoming Beijing Olympics at Beijing Changping Vocational...
Volunteers, who will be Olympic medal ceremony hostesses, take a dance class as they train for the upcoming Beijing Olympics at Beijing Changping Vocational School, north of the city, July 24, 2008. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS/
RTX81NP
July 18, 2008
Policemen hold sticks while preparing for an anti-terrorism drill in Kunming, Yunnan province, July 18,...
Kunming, China
Policemen hold sticks while preparing for an anti-terrorism drill in Kunming
Policemen hold sticks while preparing for an anti-terrorism drill in Kunming, Yunnan province, July 18, 2008. China will have nearly 100,000 commandos, police and members of the military on standby up to and during the Beijing Olympics to handle potential terrorist attacks, state media reported. REUTERS/Wong Campion (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS/
RTX81TG
July 18, 2008
A student of Mao Geping Image Design Art School, which specialises in make-up design teaching, has his...
Beijing, China
A student of Mao Geping Image Design Art School has his picture taken in the photo studio of the school...
A student of Mao Geping Image Design Art School, which specialises in make-up design teaching, has his picture taken in the photo studio of the school after painting his face and body with Olympic symbols in Beijing July 18, 2008. The school initiated a competition to paint face and body with Olympic rings, torch or flags, and places the pictures of the competitors on the internet to let viewers judge them. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
CHINA/
RTR20D0B
July 20, 2008
Traffic is seen during rush hour in Beijing July 20, 2008, where the left lane is reserved as an Olympic...
Beijing, China
Traffic is seen during rush hour in Beijing
Traffic is seen during rush hour in Beijing July 20, 2008, where the left lane is reserved as an Olympic lane for cars with a special permit. Traffic restrictions and factory closures came into affect in Beijing on Sunday in a last ditch attempt to turn the often smoky and dusty Chinese capital into the promised pollution-free venue for next month's Olympics. REUTERS/Christina Hu (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS-BEIJING/
RTR20G83
July 23, 2008
A local journalist is reflected in sewage ponds during an official visit to the Qing River Sewage Treatment...
Beijing, China
A local journalist is reflected in sewage ponds during an official visit to the Qing River Sewage Treatment...
A local journalist is reflected in sewage ponds during an official visit to the Qing River Sewage Treatment Plant which supplies water to the Olympic Lake in the Olympic Green area July 23, 2008. The plant is part of Beijing's Olympic recycling water programme, that officials claim now recycles 52 percent of all the city's waste water. The programme is part of the $40 billion yuan (US$5.8 billion ) upgrade to the city's infrastructure to host the Olympic Games in August. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW) FOR BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE SEE GF2E5490UYM01
CHINA/
RTR20FY2
July 23, 2008
Residents perform Ru Yi exercise, a form of traditional Chinese fitness exercise, at a park in Beijing...
Beijing, China
Residents perform Ru Yi exercise at a park in Beijing
Residents perform Ru Yi exercise, a form of traditional Chinese fitness exercise, at a park in Beijing July 23, 2008. REUTERS/Grace Liang (CHINA)
CHINA-SUBWAY/BEIJING
RTR20BY9
July 19, 2008
Beijing subway controllers stand on a subway platform inside a new station near the Olympic Stadium during...
Beijing, China
Beijing subway controllers stand on a subway platform inside a new station near the Olympic Stadium during...
Beijing subway controllers stand on a subway platform inside a new station near the Olympic Stadium during a media tour in Beijing July 19, 2008. Beijing opened three new subway lines on Saturday, delayed from a planned late-June start but just in time to carry passengers banned from their cars as the capital tries to clean up its skies before next month's Olympics. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS/IOC
RTR20G29
July 23, 2008
Paramilitary policemen take part in an oath-taking rally to ensure the safety of the 2008 Beijing Olympic...
Beijing, China
Paramilitary policemen take part in an oath-taking rally to ensure the safety of the 2008 Beijing Olympic...
Paramilitary policemen take part in an oath-taking rally to ensure the safety of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games outside the National Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest", in Beijing, July 23, 2008. The atmosphere in Beijing is already building and those predicting next month's Olympics will be the "no fun" Games were unaware of the level of security that always attends the event, an IOC official said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Joe Chan (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
CHINA/
RTR20G1X
July 23, 2008
A man sits next to an umbrella covering a woman in front of a red wall near Tiananmen Square in Beijing...
Beijing, China
A man sits next to umbrella covering woman in front of red wall near Tiananmen Square in Beijing
A man sits next to an umbrella covering a woman in front of a red wall near Tiananmen Square in Beijing July 23, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA)
CHINA/
RTR20CZL
July 20, 2008
A student from the Tagou martial arts school from Henan province practises at a training base on the...
Beijing, China
A student from the Tagou martial arts school from Henan province practises at a training base on the...
A student from the Tagou martial arts school from Henan province practises at a training base on the outskirts of Beijing July 18, 2008. More then 2,000 students from Tagou martial arts school will perform during the opening ceremony of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and have been training on the outskirts of Beijing for a year, local media reported. Picture taken July 18, 2008. REUTERS/Donald Chan (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
CHINA-RUSSIA/
RTR20DX5
July 21, 2008
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi after...
Beijing, China
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang after they signed documents...
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi after they signed documents on a border agreement in Beijing July 21, 2008. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool (CHINA)
CHINA/
RTR20EXW
July 22, 2008
Paramilitary policemen take part in an oath-taking rally to ensure the safety of the 2008 Beijing Olympic...
Beijing, China
Paramilitary policemen take part in an oath-taking rally to ensure the safety of the 2008 Beijing Olympic...
Paramilitary policemen take part in an oath-taking rally to ensure the safety of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games outside the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing, July 22, 2008. REUTERS/JOE CHAN (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS-TAEKWONDO/CHINA
RTX82K9
July 24, 2008
China's two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Chen Zhong stretches before participating in a simulated...
Beijing, China
China's two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Chen stretches before participating in a simulated Olympic...
China's two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Chen Zhong stretches before participating in a simulated Olympic competition exercise, in an almost identical replica of the Olympic venue, at their training facility in Huairou Stadium on the outskirts of Beijing July 24, 2008. From bussing in school-children to simulate screaming fans, to pushing their athletes in front of journalists after practice matches, the Chinese taekwondo team's Olympic training has taken virtual reality to a new level. In the re-fitted gymnasium, that is an almost identical copy of the venue for the Beijing Olympic taekwondo competition, the team participated in the mock bouts in order to expose their athletes to the mental pressure of fans, media and sometimes dubious decision-making by match referees. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS-BEIJING/
RTR20G7V
July 23, 2008
A cameraman is seen filming through a glass tube containing recycled water during an official visit to...
Beijing, China
A cameraman is seen filming through a glass tube containing recycled water during an official visit to...
A cameraman is seen filming through a glass tube containing recycled water during an official visit to the Qing River Sewage Treatment Plant which supplies water to the Olympic Lake in the Olympic Green area July 23, 2008. The plant is part of Beijing's Olympic recycling water programme, that officials claim now recycles 52 percent of all the city's waste water. The programme is part of the $40 billion yuan (US$5.8 billion ) upgrade to the city's infrastructure to host the Olympic Games in August. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS/TRAIN
RTR20EUG
July 22, 2008
A security guard keeps watch in front of an artist's rendering of the Beijing South Railway Station that...
Beijing, China
A security guard keeps watch near artist's rendering of Beijing South Railway Station
A security guard keeps watch in front of an artist's rendering of the Beijing South Railway Station that is still under construction July 22, 2008. Foreign journalists were invited on a media tour on board the CRH high-speed train with a top speed of 350km/hour via the 120 kilometre line Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway. The train will be put into use before the Beijing Olympic Games. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
CHINA/
RTR20ETK
July 22, 2008
Workers walk on the roof of the Beijing South Railway Station undergoing final stages of construction...
Beijing, China
Workers walk on the roof of the Beijing South Railway Station undergoing final stages of construction...
Workers walk on the roof of the Beijing South Railway Station undergoing final stages of construction July 22, 2008. The station will be put to formal use August 1 as a sophisticated railway hub for the inter-city CRH between Beijing and Tianjin during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Xinhua reported. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
CHINA/
RTR20EXB
July 22, 2008
Students practise physical skills for Lu opera at an art school in Hefei, Anhui province July 22, 2008....
Hefei, China
Students practise physical skills for Lu opera in Hefei
Students practise physical skills for Lu opera at an art school in Hefei, Anhui province July 22, 2008. About 38 students, aged 10 to 20, receive musical and physical training at the school for Lu opera, a traditional folk opera of Anhui, local media reported. REUTERS/Jianan Yu (CHINA)
CHINA/
RTR20ETM
July 22, 2008
Workers sit on a platform as a China Railways High-speed (CRH) train leaves the Beijing South Railway...
Beijing, China
Workers sit on a platform as a China Railways High-speed (CRH) train leaves the Beijing South Railway...
Workers sit on a platform as a China Railways High-speed (CRH) train leaves the Beijing South Railway Station, which is undergoing final stages of construction July 22, 2008. The station will be put to formal use August 1 as a sophisticated railway hub for the inter-city CRH between Beijing and Tianjin during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Xinhua reported. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
CHINA-SUBWAY/BEIJING
RTR20C4J
July 19, 2008
Workers mop the floor of the new Airport Express station at Beijing Capital International Airport July...
Beijing, China
Workers mop the floor of the new Airport Express station at Beijing Capital International Airport
Workers mop the floor of the new Airport Express station at Beijing Capital International Airport July 19, 2008. Beijing opened two new subway lines on Saturday, delayed from a planned late-June start but just in time to carry passengers banned from their cars as the capital tries to clean up its skies before next month's Olympics. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS/MEASURES
RTR20E4R
July 21, 2008
Passengers crowd a bus at a bus stop during rush hour in Beijing July 21,2008. Traffic restrictions and...
Beijing, China
Passengers crowd a bus at a bus stop during rush hour in Beijing
Passengers crowd a bus at a bus stop during rush hour in Beijing July 21,2008. Traffic restrictions and factory closures came into affect in Beijing on July 20 in a last ditch attempt to turn the often smoky and dusty Chinese capital into the promised pollution-free venue for next month's Olympics. Cars will be banned on alternate days depending on whether their license plates end in odd or even numbers, and almost all of Beijing's earth and cement works have been closed. Beijing hopes to take 45 percent of the city's 3.3 million cars off the roads and reduce emissions by 63 percent for a two-month period. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
CHINA/
RTR20CZC
July 20, 2008
A student from the Tagou martial arts school from Henan province practises in front of the National Stadium,...
Beijing, China
A student from the Tagou martial arts school from Henan province practises in front of the National Stadium...
A student from the Tagou martial arts school from Henan province practises in front of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, at the Olympic Green in Beijing July 16, 2008. More then 2,000 students from Tagou martial arts school will perform during the opening ceremony of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and have been training on the outskirts of Beijing for a year, local media reported. Picture taken July 16, 2008. REUTERS/Donald Chan (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS/
RTR20G3V
July 23, 2008
A young Chinese boy covers his ears as an Olympic 'Fuwa' mascot sings at the new Beijing Capital International...
Beijing, China
A young boy covers his ears as an Olympic 'Fuwa' mascot sings at Beijing airport
A young Chinese boy covers his ears as an Olympic 'Fuwa' mascot sings at the new Beijing Capital International Airport July 23, 2008. Five robots, modelled after the official Olympic mascots, "the five friendlies" or "Fuwa", have been entertaining people at the shiny new terminal in Beijing for over a week. These robots can recite over 100 sentences in either Chinese or English. They can perform simple greetings in 12 languages, sing Olympic songs, take photographs, give directions and recommend scenic spots for days out in the city. The Fuwa were created to embody natural characteristics of four of China's most popular animals -- the Fish, the Panda, the Tibetan Antelope, the Swallow and the fifth represents the Olympic Flame. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
CHINA/
RTR20DUA
July 21, 2008
Workers clean the exterior of the National Grand Theatre, which has been nicknamed the "egg", in Beijing...
Beijing, China
Workers clean the exterior of the National Grand Theatre in Beijing
Workers clean the exterior of the National Grand Theatre, which has been nicknamed the "egg", in Beijing July 21, 2008. While feats of athletic brilliance may be the main focus of cameras during the Beijing Olympics, the telegenic venues set to host the athletes will draw their own share of gasps from admiring spectators. Beijing's Olympic construction boom has bequeathed an 800-year-old city with some of the world's most futuristic architectural statements, potent symbols of a resurgent power's desire to showcase its development and mastery of technology. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS/
RTR20GI3
July 23, 2008
A security guard patrols along replicas of Chinese traditional drums which are lit by lights at night...
Beijing, China
A security guard patrols along replicas of Chinese traditional drums in Beijing
A security guard patrols along replicas of Chinese traditional drums which are lit by lights at night at the Olympic Green in Beijing July 23, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
CHINA/
RTR20C75
July 19, 2008
Visitors play in an artificial wave pool at Dino Beach in Shanghai July 19, 2008. Dino beach, also known...
Shanghai, China
Visitors play in an artificial wave pool at Dino Beach in Shanghai
Visitors play in an artificial wave pool at Dino Beach in Shanghai July 19, 2008. Dino beach, also known as the "Fake Beach", claims to be one of the biggest water parks in Asia with sand imported from beaches in South China, and has attractions such as wave machines. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA)
OLYMPICS/TERRORISM-MANUAL
RTX81L8
July 18, 2008
A paramilitary policeman adjusts the helmet of his colleague in front of the National Aquatics Center,...
Beijing, China
A paramilitary policeman adjusts the helmet of his colleague in front of the National Aquatics Center...
A paramilitary policeman adjusts the helmet of his colleague in front of the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, at the Olympic Green in Beijing July 18, 2008. REUTERS/Joe Chan (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS-MEASURES/
RTR20D2N
July 20, 2008
A worker walks away after sealing the doors of the main plant at the Yanshan cement factory in Beijing...
Beijing, China
A worker walks away after sealing the doors of the main plant at the Yanshan cement factory in Beijing...
A worker walks away after sealing the doors of the main plant at the Yanshan cement factory in Beijing July 20, 2008. The factory, which employs over 450 workers, will be shut down for nearly two months in an effort to reduce pollution for the Beijing Olympic Games. Traffic restrictions and factory closures came into affect on July 20 in a last ditch attempt to turn the often smoky and dusty Chinese capital into the promised pollution-free venue for next month's Olympics. Cars will be banned on alternate days depending on whether their license plates end in odd or even numbers, and almost all of Beijing's earth and cement works have been closed. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS-TAEKWONDO/CHINA
RTX82KO
July 24, 2008
A man playing the role of a spectator sits in the stands as he watches Chinese taekwondo athletes participate...
Beijing, China
A man sits in the stands as he watches Chinese taekwondo athletes participate in a simulated Olympic...
A man playing the role of a spectator sits in the stands as he watches Chinese taekwondo athletes participate in a simulated Olympic competition exercise, in an almost identical replica of the Olympic venue, at their training facility in Huairou Stadium on the outskirts of Beijing July 24, 2008. From bussing in school-children to simulate screaming fans, to pushing their athletes in front of journalists after practice matches, the Chinese taekwondo team's Olympic training has taken virtual reality to a new level. In the re-fitted gymnasium, an almost identical copy of the venue for the Beijing Olympic taekwondo competition, the team participated in the mock bouts in order to expose their athletes to the mental pressure of fans, media and sometimes dubious decision-making by match referees. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
CHINA/
RTR20G05
July 23, 2008
Chinese models wear colourful outfits, complete with tails and neon pink hairdos, to promote a ladies...
Beijing, China
Chinese models wear colourful outfits to promote a ladies dance studio in the central business district...
Chinese models wear colourful outfits, complete with tails and neon pink hairdos, to promote a ladies dance studio in the central business district of Beijing July 23, 2008. Pole dancing, belly-dancing, hip-hop and modern dance have become popular in communist China in recent years. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV (CHINA)
SOCCER/
RTR20GE3
July 23, 2008
Chelsea's new signing Deco (20) is tackled by Guangzhou Pharmaceutical's Xu Liang during their friendly...
Guangzhou, China
Chelsea's new signing Deco is tackled by Guangzhou Pharmaceutical's Xu Liang in Guangzhou
Chelsea's new signing Deco (20) is tackled by Guangzhou Pharmaceutical's Xu Liang during their friendly soccer match in Guangzhou July 23, 2008. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA)
OLYMPICS/
RTR20G0H
July 23, 2008
A worker stands next to a replica of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, as workers...
Beijing, China
A worker stands next to a replica of the National Stadium as workers build an Olympic exhibit on Beijing's...
A worker stands next to a replica of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, as workers build an Olympic exhibit on Beijing's Tiananmen Square July 23,2008. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
CHINA/
RTX82IU
July 24, 2008
People rest on the ground as they wait in line to buy Olympic tickets, in Beijing early morning July...
Beijing, China
People rest on the ground as they wait in line to buy Olympic tickets in Beijing
People rest on the ground as they wait in line to buy Olympic tickets, in Beijing early morning July 24, 2008. The last batch of tickets for next month's Olympic Games will be put on sale from Friday at ticket booths located in the various Olympic venues, organizers said on Tuesday, according to Xinhua News Agency. REUTERS/Joe Chan (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
OLYMPICS/
RTX82X6
July 24, 2008
A Chinese woman wears an Olympic volunteer armband as she watches over a souvenir store at a shopping...
Beijing, China
A Chinese woman wears an Olympic volunteer armband in Beijing
A Chinese woman wears an Olympic volunteer armband as she watches over a souvenir store at a shopping district in Beijing July 24, 2008. The International Olympic Committee recently praised Beijing for setting a "gold standard for the future" in its preparations for the Games, which begin in 15 days. China has transformed its capital for the August 8-24 Olympic Games, spending 140 billion yuan (US$20.34 billion) to combat chronic pollution and create a clean, green Beijing which it hopes will promote domestic stability and showcase a newly confident nation to the rest of the world. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV (CHINA) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
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