2008 Olympic Games
After much competition between such cities as Toronto and Paris to name a few, Beijing China was chosen to host the 2008 Olympic Games. This new development has added a great deal of hope and excitement to both the people and city of Beijing. The city itself is undergoing major changes such as subway transportation upgrades and lots of new construction of things like hotels and sports arenas. But the implementation of the 2008 Olympic Games will also have a significant impact on the people of Beijing as well. Since hosting the 2008 Olympic Games is a big honor, those in charge are encouraging the people of Beijing to start practicing better manners, and be more humanitarian in their actions. For example, people living in Beijing are being discouraged from using bad words and are encouraged to help keep the streets and common areas as clean and neat as possible. In addition, manners are being taught as well as friendliness.
This campaign of niceness has a theme which is called “Welcome to the 2008 Olympic Games, Improve Manners and Foster New Attitudes.” This new slogan has seeped into the hearts and minds of everyone in Beijing, and many projects and art exhibits have been launched in order to reach the younger population. In addition to the attitude change, new developments within the city have bred a feeling of excitement and new hope for the city. The “water cube” is one of the most ambitious and interesting projects to date. It will serve as a venue for most water related events at the 2008 Olympic Games, and has an interesting membrane wall on the outside, to give it the appearance of being totally surrounded by water, including the walls and roof. All of the buzz about the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing has created a positive feeling and a new outlook for the people of Beijing, China.