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    Chinese Olympics Fucked !!!

    Serves them right,

    BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Tourism slow as Olympics approach

    Beijing's forthcoming Olympic Games does not appear to be drawing as many people to the capital as expected this year.
    Figures show the number of international tourists visiting the Chinese capital fell by more than 14% in May compared to the year before.

    Officials had hoped the Olympics would help attract increasing numbers of foreign tourists to Beijing throughout the year and beyond.

    But tougher visa requirements, and concerns that officials are more worried about security than organising a party, appears to have dampened demand. Figures from the Beijing Tourism Bureau show there were far fewer visitors from Japan, South Korea and the United States - three big markets - in May.

    A number of new hotels have been built for an Olympic opening, others have been refurbished, but many say business is slow. "Our business in June and for July is not as good as last year. There are now fewer foreign tourists," said a spokeswoman from Beijing's Swiss Hotel. Tourism chiefs blame the negative publicity caused by the snow storms in southern China earlier this year and the Sichuan earthquake.

    Visa problems

    But others point to China's tougher visa requirements, which have made it more difficult for tourists to visit the country.

    And it is not only tourists that have been affected - foreign businesses operating in China and individuals living here have also complained.

    Businessmen say it has become harder to travel into China, and many long-term foreign residents in Beijing have had difficulties renewing their visas.

    Some visa applicants now have to provide hotel vouchers, onward or return tickets and an invitation letter before being allowed into the country.

    Dos and don'ts

    And those who make it to Beijing for the games face a number of restrictions that could dampen the party spirit.

    A few weeks ago, China issued a "legal guide" for foreigners arriving in China for the Olympics that contained a list of dos and don'ts.

    Foreigners will not be allowed to sleep outside, and will have to register with the police within 24 hours if they stay with a Beijing resident.

    They are banned from displaying insulting slogans or banners at sports venues or those relating to politics, religion or race.

    Following unrest in Tibet earlier this year, officials seem worried about the possibility of anti-government demonstrations.

    And in a city where pubs and clubs regularly stay open beyond dawn, the guide states that these must close by 2am.

    No desire for party

    China is more interested in staging a smoothly run games, without any hiccups, than in hosting a party, according to Professor Joseph Cheng.

    "The Chinese authorities are more interested in the demonstration effect of the Olympics," explained Mr Cheng, of Hong Kong's City University.

    Chinese boy at Olympic torch relay
    Following earlier protests, officials are concerned about security

    "They see the Olympics as a grand event that will show the growth and modernisation of China, and raise its international status."

    China does not see it quite like this, saying thousands of performers will take part in a festival of culture this summer.

    "We believe it will be the richest and most diverse in Olympic history," said Olympic official Zhao Dongming, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.

    China at its best?

    But there is no doubt that the Chinese authorities are leaving nothing to chance in a bid to show Beijing at its best for the games.

    Taxi drivers are being exhorted to keep their vehicles clean and tidy - one complained he was fined for having just one hair on a seat.

    And there is a public sanitation campaign to stamp out the "four harms" of rats, flies, mosquitoes and cockroaches.

    An anti-terrorist force of 100,000 commandoes, soldiers and police officers will be on duty in the weeks running up to, and during, the Olympics.

    The increased security presence is clearly visible on Beijing's streets, particularly around foreign embassies and sports venues.

    This could put off revellers, but China might think that is a small price to pay if nothing unexpected happens in August.

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    That just says there are less visitors and less spectators than expected.
    Why are the games "fucked" ?

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    ^ they will be nobody watching the games there, empty seats, newly built expensive facilities not being used etc...

    Chinese losing face, a big fuck you to China

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    I'll think I'll cancel my plane tickets and olympic tickets.

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    i am sure there are enough Chinese available to buy tickets.

    I am in China now and there are loads of the fuckers.

    Anyway more importantly,I just arrived here and there is a massage place in the basement of my hotel. Should I take a look or stay in my room? There are 4 beers in the minibar here and I had two just now in the restaurant. I am inclined just to stay in my room and have a wank after the beers are finished.

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    Massage is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat
    i am sure there are enough Chinese available to buy tickets.
    If the rest of the world doesn't turn up they'll just bus 'em in, all organised and it'll be one big media Olympics. No real audience at all. Which is the way it's been going for years.

    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat
    I am inclined just to stay in my room and have a wank
    Slightly too much information at this time of night, given your avatar.

    Go and get a massage off one of Maos' favourites.

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    You miss the point - the Beijing Olympics is all about showing the domestic audience that the leadership are the big boys. They dont care if foreigners stay away, in fact they would prefer it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    ^ they will be nobody watching the games there, empty seats, newly built expensive facilities not being used etc...

    Chinese losing face, a big fuck you to China

    could be that the visitors are all coming to China at Olympic time, rather than now

    wait and see

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blake7
    You miss the point - the Beijing Olympics is all about showing the domestic audience that the leadership are the big boys. They dont care if foreigners stay away, in fact they would prefer it.
    My point exactly.

    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy
    If the rest of the world doesn't turn up they'll just bus 'em in, all organised and it'll be one big media Olympics. No real audience at all. Which is the way it's been going for years.

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    Who cares about audiences? Olympics are good international competition.
    China's got 1.6 billion people. The main stadium holds about 80,000.
    I hope there is great competition and all you sourpuss naysayers can eat your words.

    Be honest here -- you just hate seeing your country at the bottom of the medals listing.

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    The olympics is just a forum for drug-abusing homosexuals to parade themselves in front of the world every 4 years. One can only hope the Chinese realise this and, in acordance with their own laws, shoot every bugger who comes to take part in the "games" in the back of the neck shortly after they get off the plane.
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    drug-abusing homosexuals to parade themselves in front of the world every 4 years.
    Thought that was the World Cup ... grown men chasing a little ball around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    Be honest here -- you just hate seeing your country at the bottom of the medals listing.
    If you can find someone who cares less about the Olympics than me I'll be pleased to buy 'em a beer. It's money grabbing political shite. Though I do still watch some of it.

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    Of course, of course.

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    I've always thought that the "Pro drug Olympics" would be a lot more interesting. No rules, tests, etc. Just do what you like. I'd watch that.

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    ^ sounds like Gladiators

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    ^ Yes, they could run till they die ! Excellent. Combine it with a Big Brother thing in the Olympic village. 24 hour coverage, saturation.....
    The world would watch !

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    ^ Shared accommodation for the Brits/Yanks Israelis/Arabs Germans/French Chinese/Japanese.

    Could work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    Be honest here -- you just hate seeing your country at the bottom of the medals listing.
    If you can find someone who cares less about the Olympics than me I'll be pleased to buy 'em a beer. It's money grabbing political shite. Though I do still watch some of it.
    You owe me one !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat View Post
    i am sure there are enough Chinese available to buy tickets.
    I am in China now and there are loads of the fuckers.
    Lots of free tickets to give away to all those people.
    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    Be honest here -- you just hate seeing your country at the bottom of the medals listing.
    I think China will clean up. They can rig anything.
    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy View Post
    I do still watch some of it.
    Synchronised swimming perchance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    Be honest here -- you just hate seeing your country at the bottom of the medals listing.
    If you can find someone who cares less about the Olympics than me I'll be pleased to buy 'em a beer. It's money grabbing political shite. Though I do still watch some of it.
    Mine's a Chang. Cheers, JJ.

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    A pro drugs olympics would take the fun out spot the clean athlete competion, wich to fair is only fun if you don`t think it`s the guy coming last

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