China feels Olympic effect

Beijing is being completely transformed in advance of next year’s lucrative Olympic Games, writes Mairtin O'Riada in Beijing.

18th August, 2007

Beijing is being completely transformed in advance of next year’s lucrative Olympic Games, writes Mairtin O'Riada in Beijing.

At precisely 8.08pm on the eighth day of the eighth month of 2008, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games will begin.

The timing could not be more auspicious: the number eight represents prosperity and wealth in Chinese culture.

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