Model of Olympic Village Apartments in Beijing


Model of Olympic Village Apartments in Beijing
Originally uploaded by JoeDuck

It’s fun to start to see so much Beijing stuff on TV after just being there.   The Travel Channel is playing Samantha Brown china visits and the news increasingly features Beijing Olympics items.   I have yet to see much about the three major big ticket Beijing buildings though.  These are the “Birds Nest” Olympic Stadium, the big blue Aquatic Center, and my favorite feature which is just off the new Olympic Green – Pangu Plaza apartments and the Pangu Plaza‘s brand new seven star hotel.    I’m trying to find my picture of the Olympic Media Center which really had an ominous look from the outside as the rumors swirled about how restrictive the Chinese Government would be with respect to Olympics coverage.

Here’s a New York Times article suggesting the internet will be censored (as it is during normal times in China) for Olympic journalists.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/31/sports/olympics/31china.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin

However I think people have the wrong idea about both the extent and the effectiveness of censorship in China. In Beijing we were watching CNN international’s coverage of the Tibet protests around the world and I even brought up the topic with several people who, rather than sympathetic, seemed more nationalistic about Tibet, suggesting it was part of China and the protests were not representative.

Certainly some of this view was helped along by China’s own government news coverage which is very propagandistic, but I didn’t get the idea people in China are too far out of touch with the rest of the world – rather they are proud of their country and defensive about the criticism.

Pangu Plaza in Beijing


Pangu Plaza is one of three key buildings that will be very prominent during the Olympics, and I’ll have several postings about this real estate project which we toured during my stay in Beijing.

Pangu Plaza’s buildings are shaped like a dragon with a huge gravity defying overhang in the front building.  Surrounded by powerful lighting the building will be featured in the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Update:  NOT prominent.   It is almost as if NBC is editing out pictures of the amazing buildings that make up Pangu Plaza and the Pangu Plaza Hotel.   These buildings right next to the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium, but I don’t think I have seen a single video clip where they showed the whole structure.