Beijing 2008: a sterile affair

2008-08-22 00:00

China desperately wanted to stage the greatest Olympic Games ever and no expense was spared in the quest to turn the event into a dazzling celebration of the new superpower.

Sure, the facilities have been outstanding. From the Bird’s Nest main stadium to the Cube swimming centre, a series of space age venues have transformed large areas of a normally polluted, congested city into a money-is-no-issue playground for the architects of the world.

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