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Beijing cleans up its act for the Olympics
July 23, 2008, 7:52 pm
Filed under: Asia, Urban Design
Workers in Beijing carry plants to the waterfront next to the Bird's Nest.

Workers in Beijing carry plants to the waterfront next to the Bird's Nest.

And its people and streets and pets and food and pirated DVDs….

  • Price: $43,000,000,000 (US)
  • When no-smoking ban went into effect for Beijing restaurants: May 2008
  • Dog meat removed from all menus: May 2008
  • Flowers ordered: 40,000,000 pots
  • Size of forest created next to Olympic Stadiums to improve air quality: 2x Central Park, NYC
  • Number of Beijing taxi drivers who have undergone a special English training program: 90,000
  • Participants on online etiquette training course: 17,000,000
  • Residents moved to make way for Olympic-related projects: 1,500,000

From “Beijing goes to extremes for its Olympic face-lift,” Los Angeles Times.

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