Giant on the move
Pictures by Reinhard Krause, Jason Lee, Alfred Jin, Grace Liang and Joe Chan
Officials of the Beijing organising committee wished journalists happy times at the huge Main Press Centre when it was opened a couple of weeks ago. One official remarked that reporters will be provided with everything they needed, including free massages.
The building was indeed glamorous with fancy stores and nice Chinese decorations, although I have not found the masseurs yet.
I didn’t realize how scary Beijing drivers were to overseas visitors until I came back to the city from a year in the United States.
I had lived in Beijing for eight years before I left for California last summer. Back then, I could cross the city’s streets without fear or anger, and just smiled when my foreign friends complained about the bad manners of Beijing drivers.
Photographer David Gray went back to the Bird’s Nest on Tuesday to see if indeed there had been any improvement in the air quality, from a visiblity perspective at least, since the last time he took a picture from the same position. Top is the June 9 and bottom July 8. The result of the Gray Test? Marginally better.
Photographer David Gray went back to the Bird’s Nest on Tuesday to see if indeed there had been any improvement in the air quality, from a visiblity perspective at least, since the last time he took a picture from the same position. Top is the June 9 and bottom July 8. The result of the Gray Test? Marginally better.Picture by David Gray
“Welcome to the Olympics, please obey the regulations,” it reads. “Civilised driving gives a goiod city image”
My abiding memory of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City – just a few months after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. — is of removing and putting back on my heavy winter boots several times a day at security checkpoints.
On top of the ’nest’ he captured this inflatable structure.
The stadium is now effectively shut down to visitors because of the secrecy surrounding the preparations for the opening ceremony, which everyone is expecting to be a spectacular affair.
More recently the Hong Kong native and his group, China Exploration & Research Society, have taken on a number of conservation projects in Tibetan areas of China — work that helped him land a spot as an Olympic torch runner last week.
Former Olympic champion Cathy Freeman, the darling of the Sydney Games in 2000, was in Beijing at the weekend with a few words of advice for Liu Xiang.
I also asked her about pollution and, although she is now long-retired, I think her reply might still reflect the attitude of many of the top athletes coming to Beijing.