Athens 2004 Olympic Opening

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Now I am here in waiting for the opening of the Olympic game. China is 5 hours earlier than Athens. When the Opening Ceremony of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games starts at 20:30 on August 13, 2004, it is already 1:30 AM in the morning of August 14. I just called Wendy. Wendy will not watch it since she will continue to learn to drive tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM.

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It is exactly 4 years before the Olympic comes to Beijing in 2008. The city is preparing itself for the coming game. I am now on the 8th floor of Shangri-La Beijing. Beside this newly decorated old building (from 1980s) is a planned second tower – which is higher and bigger than the current one. It will be completed by 2006. It is obviously Shangri-La is betting a good revenue stream during the Olympic Games (and after it).

As what Shangri-La does, other hotels are moving to Beijing. Ritz Carlton will open at Financial Street in 2006. JW Marriott will open a new hotel in Beijing at 2007. The hotels are helping build Beijing as a better place.

But at the same time, the full pause of all major Olympic stadium hits the headlines of major media today. People in this city or in this country started to calm down from the cult for Olympic and recalculated the cost and decide to change designers of the stadiums. The Beijing Olympic Committee also delayed the construction to 2007 from previously planned 2006. This is nice move, isn’t it?

http://en.beijing-2008.org/

Athans 2008 Olympic Game in Greek

4 Comments

  1. it’s interesting Shangri-la is building a second tower of Pudong Shangri-la too, also higher and bigger.

  2. The olympic games in China should be pretty cool. I can’t wait.

  3. Zhu Qingsi, yes. Shangri-La is expanding dramatically in China. I heard the second location of Shangri-La will open in Jing An district (in Puxi), but I didn’t find any news about it.

    Here is a list of all Shangri-La in China:

    Beijing

    China World Hotel, Beijing

    Traders hotel, Beijing

    The Kerry enter Hotel, eijin

    BeiHai

    Changchun

    Changzhou

    Dalian

    Fuzhou

    hangzhou

    Harbin

    Kunshan

    Nanjing

    Qingdao

    Shanghai

    Shenyang

    Shenzhen

    Suzhou

    Wuhan

    Xi’an

    Zhongshan

    Under development

    Guangzhou,

    Guilin

    Haikou

    Wenzhou

    Xi’an

  4. Yes. The Olympics is finally one year away. The time we watch the Athens Olympics seems to be just yesterday, and now the new Olympics comes.

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