09-01-2008 11:08

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

The Bird's Nest, the Water Cube and the Olympic Park are set to become Beijing's newest tourist attractions, once the Paralymic Games are finally over. Travel agencies are already planning new Olympic-related itineraries that include these special highlights.

Foreign visitors are taking photos around Bird's Nest.
Foreign visitors are taking photos around Bird's Nest.

It seems that many visitors could be switching away from old favorites like Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall to the modern charms of the Olympic venues.

Zhang Lingjie, Deputy GM of Domestic Department of China Int'l Travel Service said "Beijing residents should know a new Beijing. Our packages include visiting Olympic venues and fruit-picking tours."

The number of tourists from other cities are also expected to climb during the holidays over the National Day period in early October. The Bird's Nest, the Water Cube and the Olympic Park as fast emerging as big draws in Beijing.

Meanwhile, other Olympic host cities such as Hong Kong and Qingdao are also drawing up itineraries related to the Games.

Visitors around the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center.
Visitors around the Qingdao Olympic Sailing

Yang Yang, GM of Beijing Spring Int'l Travel Agency said "For example, in Hong Kong, visitors can tour venues used for Olympic equestrian events. While in Qingdao, visitors can check out competition bases used for sailing events."

Recent data from travel agencies shows that Olympic venues and nearby areas are likely to receive more than 800,000 visitors every day during the upcoming Golden Week over the National Day Holiday.


Editor:Xiong Qu