Beijing Olympics 2008

The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games…An Insider's Guide

Beijing has never welcomed travelers as eagerly as it is welcoming them now. The Chinese capital is determined to make a fantastic impression during its moment in the global spotlight. The following Web exclusive articles offer a fresh look at Beijing—plus some practical travel tips.
This Just In

Freebies! A Great Map of Beijing; Plus, an Olympic Event TrackerNEW!

A cartographer has posted a detailed map of Beijing for free online as a PDF. And there's a free Web tool for figuring out what—and when—to watch Olympic events. read more

Staying Healthy in China

Before you go, take some precautions and read these doctors' tips. read more

China's Tourist Visa Policies

The government enacted new rules to keep tabs on the more than 1.5 million visitors expected for the Olympics. read more
Beijing Uncut

Video: Beijing Uncut

Our unedited video clip shows what it's really like to stroll down city streets in the historic lakeside Houhai area. read more
China A to Z

Reflections on Beijing

In an excerpt from China A to Z: Everything You Need to Know to Understand Chinese Customs and Culture, writers May-lee Chai and Winberg Chai examine the capital's past and present. read more
May-lee Chai and Winberg Chai

10 Chinese Etiquette Tips

How to bargain, when to smile, who to serve first at a banquet, and other ways to fit in with locals, according to the Chais. read more
Inopportune: Stage One

Explosive Chinese Artist
Cai Guo-Qiang

Known for his pyrotechnic displays and gunpowder drawings, Cai is orchestrating the opening and closing Olympic ceremonies. New York's Guggenheim Museum is hosting a retrospective of his works. read more
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

A New Home for
Contemporary Art

The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art is the latest addition to Beijing's hip 798 art district, where 1950s-era factories have been converted into galleries, boutiques, and cafés. read more
Beijing Great Wheel

This Just In: The Beijing
Great Wheel

Set to debut in 2009, this Ferris wheel will reach about 682 feet into the sky and will have 48 air-conditioned observation capsules.
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National Grand Theater

The New Beijing:
20 Olympic Photos

View photos of Beijing's ambitious new stadiums, subways, and high-rises, all slated for completion in time for the Olympics.
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Menu decoder

China Menu DecoderNEW!

Print out this handy decoder that lists common food terms and popular dishes—like zhájiàng miàn, yellow bean paste with noodles—in Chinese characters, pinyin, and English.
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The new Sky Train as it crosses the Lhasa River in Tibet

Tibet: Were We Wrong to Cover It?

Readers complained about our story on the new Sky Train from Beijing, China, to Lhasa, Tibet. They say we shouldn't have written about it, because the train can be seen as one more way China is subjugating Tibet. Share your view on our blog. post a comment
Countdown to the Beijing Olympics

Are You Bound
for Beijing?

Share your plans and opinions with other readers by posting to our blog.
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DIY China

Do-It-Yourself China

Arranging transportation to and within China isn't as complex as you might think. Find out how.
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Beijing Olympics 2008 ©BOCOG

How to Travel to the
Summer Olympics

Jean Tang reports on how to get tickets, book a hotel, and obtain a visa. read more
National Stadium

5 Hot New Beijing Attractions

The National Stadium—shaped like a "bird's nest"—is just one of many new landmarks. read more
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"They Give Medals for What?!"

Here are five unusual Olympic events that leave us scratching our heads. Number one: Badminton.
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