Sunday, August 31, 2008

Beijing ready for Paralympics

Beijing ready for Paralympics
As the Olympic flame base once again lies on its side atop the National Stadium and rehearsals continue, it appears all is ready for the opening of the Paralympics in Beijing on Saturday 6th September, 2008.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Shanghai World Financial Center

上海环球金融中心

The Shanghai World Financial Center opens this weekend in Shanghai and is mainland China's tallest building.

The 101-storey mixed-use tower is 492m tall and its observation deck located on the 97th-100th floors is the highest in the world.

The building was financed by Japan's Mori Building.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Olympic Remote Controlled Cars deliver

More fun for the workers at Beijing Olympics!
Remote controlled cars were used to deliver shot puts, discus and javelins from the field to the athletes in the National Stadium during the Olympic Games.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

New Hotels in Beijing

Beijing Hotels Update
Beijing continues to have a high rate of new hotels being developed in preparation not only for the Olympics but also for the ever increasing numbers of tourism and business travelers visiting the city. The massive expansion in the hotel industry is not just in five star hotels but includes three and four star hotels along with the slow to develop boutique hotels. Increasing numbers of hotels will continue to be built after the Olympics to cater for growing demands of travelers.
Enticingly stylish boutique hotels can be found developing in some of Beijing’s ancient hutongs among the courtyard homes and busy street life that characterizes the hutongs. Other boutique hotels have been newly built and prove more popular with the Chinese market than hotels developed from poverty associated courtyard homes.
New Five Star Hotels include:
The Opposite House
Building 1
#11 Sanlitun Lu
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100027
Tel: +86106476688
Fax: +861064177799
answers@theoppositehouse.com
A 99 room hotel part of a large high-end shopping development in Sanlitun called The Village.
Restaurants include:
Sureno serving mediterranean
Bei serving north Asian cuisine
Mesh lounge bar
Punk with live DJs
Photos of The Opposite House Hotel are included in our August 16th blog posting.

Hotel G
7 Gongti Xi Lu
Sanlitun
Chao Yang District
Glitzy, glamorous and gracious this new hotel has rooms available for the Olympics starting at 6500RMB for 4 nights available through www.avantgardehotels.com/hotels.php/luxury/hotelg/lang/en
Situated near the Worker’s Stadium this hotel is ideally located for excellent shopping, dining and drinking options. This 1960’s retro chic style hotel opens 1st July 2008. Rooms are generously sized. The hotel includes a fine Japanese restaurant.
Doubletree by Hilton
Due to open in time for the Olympic Games
Located in the Financial District west of Tiananmen Square
The Langham
Opening late this year The Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport and Langham Place Beijing Chaoyang, located near the Chaoyang business district north east of the city.

Park Hyatt
Due to open soon in the tallest building on Chang’an Avenue in the Yintai Centre.

Mandarin Oriental Beijing
Opening in the China Central Television development right by East Third Ring Road during the last half of 2008 this hotel is bound to be popular in such a famous landmark building.

Boutique Hotels include:
Hotel Cote Cour SL
70 Yan Yue Hutong
Dongcheng District
Tel: 65128020
Opened 2007 with just 14 rooms surrounding a Ming Dynasty courtyard, this elegant hotel combines history with modern comfort and convenience. A central garden with a lotus pond and a bar where breakfast, dinner and drinks help to your stay in Cote Cour SL enjoyably unique. Great professional service will help ensure you have a memorable stay in this delightful hotel. Ideally located close to Wangfujing and close to the lively bars of Houhai where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll around the lake or visit the many bars and restaurants.
Guixiang 20
20 Nanluoguxiang
Dongcheng District
Tel: 64005566
Also opened in 2007 this beautifully photogenic, 28 room hotel is located right on the famous Nanluoguxiang (see www.beijing-visitor for more information on Nanluoguxiang) with its many small restaurants, bars, coffee shops and boutique shops that attract many of Beijing tourists. The hotel successfully integrates traditional decorations and features with modern conveniences like room service, internet access and satellite tv.
Rooms start at 1280RMB
Hotel Kapok
16 Donghuamen Dajie
Dongcheng District
Tel: 65259988
Ideally located for those wanting to visit Beijing’s famous Forbidden City or the centre of the city, Hotel Kapok couldn’t get any closer to the Forbidden City. Providing 62 rooms and 27 suites this hotel was built from a former government building which designer Zhu Pei covered in a grid of frosted fibreglass. The Kapok makes the most of natural light to create a light and airy environment. Guests get the distinct feeling of a clean spacious, airy, green environment with the use mirrors, glass and ginko printed wallpapers, huge bathtubs and even little courtyards in some rooms.
Rooms start at 960RMB
Xinyuan Inn
21 Yandai Xiejie Lu
Xicheng District
Tel: 64014753
Recently opened in 2007 this 35 room hotel on Yandai is right in the heart of the Houhai area with very clean rooms, cheerful staff ready to help with all travel needs. Bicycles are available for rent and the Houhai area provides numerous restaurants for eating. The hotel provides a rooftop bar ideal for warm summer evenings.

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Beijing musical traditions

Park Music
Beijing provides many parks for people to escape the confines of their apartments and enjoy a more natural environment while socializing with family and friends.

One of the many favourite past times in Beijing parks is to practise music. People can be found playing traditional musical instruments or singing their favourite songs in many of the parks. 

Amateur and professional musicians can also be heard around some of the famous historic landmarks like the Temple of Heaven. Jingshan Park is awash with mass choirs each Sunday, along with many smaller groups or individuals enjoying their time outdoors.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Olympic Fireworks

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Olympic Souvenir Shopping

Shopping for Olympic Souvenirs
A very large store of Olympic merchandise can be found on Beichen Dong Lu (Beichen East Road). It is north of the National Stadium along Beichen Dong Lu. It has by far the largest collection of merchandise available in any one store.

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Olympic Men's 200 Metres heats

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Liu Xiang

China and Asia’s most famous athlete was afflicted by injury to his Achilles tendon for the 2008 Olympics.

After years of training and commitment one can only try to imagine the pain and devastation the great Liu Xiang is suffering. We can but hope his determination will allow him to rise above this challenge and we will see him at the next Olympics.

We wish you well Liu Xiang!

Liu Xiang
The false start of the 2008 Olympics Final Heat of the men’s 110m hurdles before Liu Xiang withdrew from the race due to injury.

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Liu Xiang warms up for the men’s final heat in 110m hurdles. It was disappointing this was the only hurdle Liu Xiang cleared on 18th August 2008.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Opposite House Boutique Hotel Beijing


Newly built slick boutique hotels are serving an expanding market in Beijing and proving popular with Chinese and foreigners alike.

Boutique Hotel
The Opposite House
A 99 room hotel part of a large high-end shopping development in Sanlitun called The Village, The Opposite House is easy to locate right next to 3.3 shopping centre.
Boutique Hotel
This contemporary hotel provides a relaxing and unique experience right from the time the friendly and smartly dressed staff greet you at the door. Upon entering you have a feeling of peace and space without traditional hotel desks or foyer areas.
Beijing Boutique Hotel
Restaurants include:
Village Café serving Asian & Western cuisine

Boutique Hotel
Sureno serving Mediterranean cuisine.

Sureno
Sureno
Bei serving north Asian cuisine
Boutique Hotel
Mesh lounge bar
Punk with live DJs
Building 1
#11 Sanlitun Lu
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100027
Tel: +86106476688
Fax: +861064177799
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Olympic volunteers can be found on just about any street corner of Beijing. They offer a cheerful smile and try to assist visitors with directions or advice.

Olympic Volunteers
Visitor information booths are another recent feature set up to support Beijing’s visitors. They provide maps and other helpful brochures for visitors.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

DVD of the 2008 Bejing Olympics

DVD of the 2008 Bejing Olympics Opening Ceremony now on sale.

On Aug 8, 2008, at 8pm, Beijing made its mark in Olympic history by beginning its hosting of the 29th Olympiad. It's opening ceremony, a near 3 hour event, includes a glimpse into China's illustrious history and culture, of dance and song, as well as the presentation of this Olympiad's 204 country participants.
Now on DVD in a 2 disc set with both Mandarin and English audio, relive the moment again and again or experience for the first time the grandeur of this monumental event.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition

Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition

Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition
Titled ‘Assembling under the Five Rings’ this display of oil, acrylic and sculpture is a unique contemporary art exhibition not to be missed. Located within a very easy walk of China’s National Stadium the venue adds another dynamic to the Olympics here in Beijing.
Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition
This contemporary exhibition runs through to 30th September with 300 works from some 66 artists. It is sure to provoke, entertain and loosen the ‘purse strings’ of those who take the time to relax in the modern and comfortable environment of The Legend.
Chinese Contemporary Art
Visit the exhibition and then relax in the glitzy lounge of Red Gossip. Journalists are offered a complimentary drink with their Olympic passes. Happy hour for all extends from 4pm to 8pm.
Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition

Venue: The Legend Luxury & Entertainment Centre
Location: 4th Floor, The Legend, No. 8 Bei Chen East Road, Chao Yang District (Anli Lu, Anhui Qiao, North Fourth Ring Road)
Telephone: 01051282297
www.ccartd.com