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beautiful beijing

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just a few photos of some of the little details that have been added to beijing in preparation for the olympics

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welcome banner

this banner lights up at night and stretches across the airport expressway...this is the way you drive from the airport into town.

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countdown

not long now...

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workers stadium

this is where the soccer will be played... it's where our favorite pizza place is, and it's closed down until after the games.

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our guards

these are our guards... they traded in their red berets for these sweet olympic caps

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crossing guards

there are volunteers on every corner.. these are to help cross the road.. they are very helpfuL!

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taxi drivers

not usually known for fashion, last week all the taxi drivers showed up in new yellow button up shirts and ties... i am thinking they are not that crazy about the updated image

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security

tons of security everywhere...

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toll booth

the toll booth folks traded their army green uniforms for a softer image as well. men in white shirts and ties, women in yellow silk tops

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going green

new city recycle bins

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banners

olympic banners on everything with a surface area to cover

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glimpses

i love that you can see bits of the heritage everywhere still...

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construction drapes

anything still under construction has to be draped... this huge building is the only one like this that i have seen.

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flags

all the streets are lined w/ colorful flags. i LOVE them. they are beautiful. cool designs, great bright colors..

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lanterns

love the lanterns

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flags again.

along the freeways and roads

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local flags

simple silk flags on bamboo poles even line the streets way out by us

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flowers everywhere

the flowers are nothing short of spectacular. and everywhere

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flowers

so nice... to see so many flowers.

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city gate

it's nice to see beijing's personality still prevalent.

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birdsnest

you can't even get close to this building the security is so tight. even though it's such a weird building, it's just become iconic.

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more local flags

this is along the road by our house...

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flowering trees

flowers of all kinds line every street and road

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the olympic lane

every street/road has a designated olympic lane that is ONLY for olympic cars. don't worry, they won't be late because of traffic.

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one world...

the motto is everywhere... and i think it becomes more and more meaningful as it gets closer

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more flags

can't get enough. i think they look great.

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everyone on board.

can i just tell you, everyone is so excited here.

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Photo by cactushks

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IMG_8240

Photo by cactushks

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corners

every corner has something cool

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toll booth

flags here too

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just more flowers

there are so many displays like this

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only for beijing

we went to the new 4 story adidas store and saw all the shoes that adidas have created JUST for the beijing athletes.. they look great...all black and white. (good look)

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workers

there are constantly hundreds of people out working, cleaning and planting etc...

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the apple store.

the new apple store is certainly a beautification element for beijing.. it's a beautiful thing.

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toll booth chicks

here is the softer side.. yellow silk tops at the toll booths

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freeway lanterns.

can you imagine decorating the whole city? they have done a great job. looks so beautiful

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