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Olympic village warms up for operation

Sina.com 21.07.2008 04:04
People walk past the gate of the Olympic Village in Beijing at night in this photo taken on July 3 2008. [Xinhua]

People walk past the gate of the Olympic Village in Beijing at night in this photo taken on July 3 2008. [Xinhua]


Beijing's Olympic Village became fully operational Sunday and started warming up for its official opening on July 27, when 16,000 athletes and officials will move in.



The last potted plant had been put in place and the trained volunteers and staffers were clad in their uniforms.

They were going through all procedures to smooth out any wrinkles before the world's largest-ever Olympic village throws open its doors to the world.

Sun Qian, a volunteer assisting delegations, was thrilled to see "everyone is in action."

The 66-hectare compound comprises three areas - the residential district, the international district and the operational district.

In the business zone, athletes can do their banking, buy congratulatory flower bouquets for medalists and sip coffee in wooden chairs outside the caf.


Athletes' apartment buildings in the Olympic Village in Beijing is seen in this picture taken on July 20, 2008. The village began testing operations on Sunday and will be officially opened on July 27 for the Olympics and on Paralympics. [Xinhua]

Flag bearers raise flags in the Olympic Village in Beijing on July 20, 2008. The village began testing operations on Sunday and will be officially opened on July 27 for the Olympics and Paralympics. [Xinhua]


Volunteers and staff dine in the Olympic Village in Beijing on July 20, 2008. The village began testing operations on Sunday and will be officially opened on July 27 for the Olympics and Paralympics. [Xinhua]



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