- Fun & Games?
Club closures and sky-high markups have one party-crazed professional looking for alternatives to the Sanlitun stretch during the Olympics.
- Economy: Games of Prediction
Forecasters of a post-Olympics economic slowdown for China overlook what economists say happened in other host countries.
- Law: Policy Evolution
Hosting an Olympics is challenging for any local government, but in Beijing it's led to new approaches in policy management.
- Let the Games Begin!
Aug 8: World Leaders Arrive, Opening Ceremony, Traffic “Blackout,” U.S. Embassy Opens its New Location
- Science: Big Win for High-Tech
Behind the competitive arena, scientific and technological projects are playing a major role at the Beijing games.
- Volunteers: They're Everywhere
From street corners to stadiums, literally millions of people are supporting the games as Beijing volunteers.
- Air Quality: Overhauling a City
A multibillion-dollar effort to cut air pollution for the Olympics is also designed to benefit Beijing for years to come.
Aug. 6, Beijing: Liu Hui, the 386th runner in the Olympic torch relay, smiles as she works her way through the throng.
Aug. 6, Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center: Athletes from the world over begin their final preparations as the games approach.
Aug. 6, Beijing: Kobe Bryant greets the crowd as the U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball team arrives in Beijing.
- Doping: Let the Testing Begin
Chinese and international experts are doing all they can to prevent athlete doping from tainting the Beijing games.
- Broadcasting: Calling the Shots
Broadcasters such as NBC had a powerful influence in shaping the Olympics, which 4 billion TV viewers will watch.
- Turnout: No Olympics Windfall
The much anticipated Olympic crowds have not materialized, leaving Beijing with empty rooms and empty seats.