Are you ready for 2008? Beijing has been prepping for years. The jewel of its Olympic Games will be its stadium, currently under construction:
The stadium is known as the "Bird's Nest" and it is truly awesome. I've caught a few glimpses of it during the past week. In its current stage of construction it looks pretty much like it will next year- you can google to find a variety of artist renditions of its completed look. I won't spoil it here for those who like surprises. I can tell you it is like no other stadium ever built- and because of the massive resources it required- around four times the average tonnage of steel used in similar constructions- its likes will probably not be seen again any time soon!
China, despite extreme poverty in the countryside, has a wealth of resources to be dispatched on a project like this. The economic hurdles for a project to be successful, well, they don't exist in the same way that they do in the fully "developed" world. Thus, the '08 games are sure to be a visually stunning display, akin to a cultural shock-n-awe extravaganza. I know I'll be tuned in!
To check out all the proposals for Beijing's Olympic stadium you can look here. I think they made the perfect choice.