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看奥运的30个理由

2008-07-17 14:07

  As Beijing on Tuesday marks the one-month countdown to the start of the Olympics, here are 30 reasons which make the Games special:

  1. Volunteers

  The 100,000-strong army of Beijing Olympic volunteers is the largest in Olympic history.

  Each of the 70,000 Olympic and 30,000 Paralympic volunteers has undergone months of training.

  The good Samaritans from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Europe, the US and Australia will join 400,000 city volunteers who will help visitors on Beijing's streets.

  Volunteers were honored with the song, I Am a Star.

  2. Double the responsibility

  2008 is the first time one organizing team will oversee both the Olympics and Paralympics.

  The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) is the first organization to shoulder such a formidable responsibility and BOCOG has promised the two events will be of equal splendor.

  3. First digital broadcast

  High-definition technology will be used for all TV broadcast operations, with all events and ceremonies enjoying 5.1 surround sound, a first for the Olympics.

  Clearer screen pictures and scenery will be a feature of the Beijing Games

  4. Biggest TV audience ever

  A record 4 billion people are set to watch the Beijing Games.

  Beijing Olympic Broadcasting (BOB), the official broadcaster of the Games, will produce about 5,400 hours of programs during the 17-day gala, 2,000 more than in Athens four years ago.

  5. Multimedia for the first time

  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has, for the first time, separately sold broadcasting rights for television and new media such as Internet and mobile networks.

  CCTV acquired the TV rights for the Beijing Games, while CCTV.com was awarded the domestic Internet and mobile platform license. CCTV.com recently signed an agreement with Sohu.com, the Games' Internet content services sponsor, to share content.

  6. Biggest media contingent ever About 40,000 journalists will cover the Games, including 21,600 accredited media workers in press, broadcasting and television.

  The Beijing International Media Center will also provide some 10,000 non-accredited journalists work areas and accommodation, among other services. 7. Largest number of host cities

  To help host a successful Games, six cities in China have joined Beijing as co-hosts. Tianjin, Shanghai, Qinhuangdao in Hebei province and Shenyang in Liaoning province will stage some Olympic soccer matches.

  The coastal city of Qingdao in Shandong province will host the sailing regatta, while Hong Kong, a city with a long history of horse racing and matching first-class facilities, will play host to equestrian events.

  8. New sports

  To modernize the Games, the IOC will introduce two new sports to the Beijing Games: Bicycle motocross (BMX) and the 10km marathon swim.

  BMX will offer two gold medals in individual men and women's competitions.

  Marathon swimming will be held in Shunyi Water Park and offer two gold medals in individual men and women's competitions.

  Owing to limited participation worldwide, softball and baseball are expected to make their final Olympic appearance in Beijing after being axed from the London program.

  9. Cheerleaders

  Some 600 cheerleaders from all over the country will go all out to entertain spectators with Chinese folk dancing, acrobatics, drum shows, lion dancing and martial arts during time-outs. Cheerleaders were selected from national Olympic cheerleading competitions and local clubs.

  10. The Beijing Green The Olympic Forest Park, 680 hectares of plantation and lakes, has given the city a new green lung.

  Beijing also built a number of new water purification plants for daily water recycling, replaced dated equipment at its power plants and retrofitted gas stations citywide.

  The inclusion of solar power, rain-recycling and energy-saving facilities during venue construction are all helping the Games live up to its "Green Olympics" billing.

  Beijing has also planted millions of trees to minimize sandstorms. It is also working with neighboring provinces to cut emissions.

  11. Torch relay the longest, highest

  The Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay was scheduled to travel the longest distance and include the largest number of people over 130 days.

  It reached the highest peak of Mount Qomolangma on May 8. Following the Sichuan earthquake, the torch relay route was curtailed in each city and special mourning sessions were added.

  The leg in earthquake-hit Sichuan province has been rescheduled to August, just before the Games begins.

  12. English, English

  A 170-page Chinese Menu in English Version is seen as exemplary of one success of the English-speaking campaign throughout the city.

  Pop stars teaching audiences correct English pronunciation and cab drivers toting language books all are part of Beijing's multilingual pre-Olympic effort.

  A total of 4,104 Chinese have been named Aoyun (Chinese for "the Olympics") in homage to the Beijing Olympic Games, according to the figures released by the National Citizen Identity Information Center under the Ministry of Public Security in June.

  Nearly 700 of the names were registered in 1992, when Beijing first applied to host the Games and another 553 were registered in 2001, when the city officially won the bid.

  About 92 percent of those named Aoyun are male.

  14. Weddings during the year and on opening day

  Aug 8, 2008, or 08-08-08, is more than just a date: it marks both the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games and is considered a lucky day for marriage with so many eights. It is estimated that 15,000 couples will marry in Beijing on the day and 130,000-140,000 this year.

  15. Highest number of cultural festivals

  Games organizers have held an annual Olympic cultural festival since 2003, with the sixth beginning two weeks ago and running for the next three months.

  China's ancient culture and civilization are now being showcased to promote the Olympic spirit and publicize a green, hi-tech and people's Olympics.

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