China Unveils Eco-friendly Olympic Village

by VR Sreeraman on  March 6, 2008 at 2:21 PM Environmental Health
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Beijing lifted the curtain on the Olympic village here on Wednesday, offering journalists a glimpse inside the home away from home for about 10,500 athletes during the August 8-24 Games.
China Unveils Eco-friendly Olympic Village
China Unveils Eco-friendly Olympic Village

The village's biggest claim to fame is its eco-friendly "green" credentials and its superb location -- situated just across the road from the Olympic Green, home to major sports venues, including the main stadium where the opening and closing ceremonies will take place.

Liu Rong, a representative of the developers, Guo Ao, said the village in Beijing's northern suburbs was designed to make the most of solar power and other renewable energy techniques as well as water conservation.

"The harmony between culture, architecture and the environment has been achieved through the green residential area," she said.

"The Olympic village, with its world-leading technology, has showcased to the world the distinguishing characteristics of a high-level Olympic Games."

Finishing touches are under way and the village will officially open on July 27, just ahead of the August 8 opening ceremony.

More than 9,000 bedrooms, with two single beds in each, will offer ample accommodation for more than 16,000 athletes and officials to stay at any one time, said Yu Debing, deputy head of the organising committee's Olympic village department.

"The goal is to provide a comfortable and harmonious living environment for the athletes and officials," said Yu, adding that "there will be no superstar treatment in the village."

Some stars will get special beds, however, since the beds on display on Wednesday measured just two metres and looked a little short for the likes of Chinese basketball star Yao Ming, who measures 2.26 metres.

"Don't you worry about the beds," Li said. "We will get special ones made up for the big guys."

The 42 housing blocks are divided into three-room apartments measuring 170 square metres (1,830 square feet) and four-room apartments measuring 240 square metres, all with two bathrooms but without kitchens.

"I think it looks nice and the athletes will be comfortable," said Li Zhanjun, a spokesman for the organising committee who accompanied about 200 journalists, mostly from overseas, to the village.

As well as 24-hour restaurants, the village boasts a clinic, library, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts. Each apartment is also equipped with high-speed Internet access.

Source: AFP

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The Olympic torch was lit recently in China, but it isn't the torch the Chinese people wanted. Their torch was held aloft by their statue of the Goddess of Liberty, the one that they built. That torch was torn down, and the people were attacked and killed or jailed by the "People's" army in Tiananmen square in 1989.

Young adults in China today know nothing of this, because the Chinese government propaganda machine has vilified the hundred thousand patriots who demonstrated for freedom that day, and dismissed them as a few anti-social hooligans. This process is, of course, taking place today in China, only it is currently directed against the Tibetan demonstrators and the Dalai Lama.

If the Tiananmen Square demonstrators had been successful in reforming the Chinese government, I doubt if there would have been the demonstrations in Tibet, because the people of Tibet would probably have had far fewer grievances.

You can see a photo of the "Goddess of Liberty" and read about the Tiananmen Square massacre on Wikipedia- just Google: Wikipedia Tiananmen Square Massacre

Now the Chinese government, run by the very same people who conducted the Tiananmen Square Massacre and then lied about it, asks us to believe that the pacifistic Buddhist monks of Tibet are preparing to become suicide bombers.

I ask the Olympic athletes, if they can find the courage, to wear black armbands to the Olympics, and have them explain to reporters that they were in mourning for the Tibetan people.


The Olympic village is not far from me and I have seen in grow over the last couple of years. It's nice to hear about the ecological features and wish all the athletes a happy stay there

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