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Old January 1st, 2008, 06:39 PM   #941
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I would love to see an overhead shot at night if anyone can find one!
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 06:15 AM   #942
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... even with millions of new cars coming on to the streets each year (mostly polluted in the summer, almost every day, but other seasons are less polluted).
So, with the Olympic Games to be held in the middle of summer with pollution at its height, how bad is it going to be for the athletes? IMO, Beijing was/is a disastrous choice as an Olympic venue.

Are the control freaks there likely to force cars off the road for the period of the games to try to create a 'clean city' for the billions who will be watching on TV?
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 12:05 PM   #943
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So, with the Olympic Games to be held in the middle of summer with pollution at its height, how bad is it going to be for the athletes? IMO, Beijing was/is a disastrous choice as an Olympic venue.

Are the control freaks there likely to force cars off the road for the period of the games to try to create a 'clean city' for the billions who will be watching on TV?

The games will start on August its when the air quality gets better.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 04:06 AM   #944
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China Imposes Stricter Clean-Air Standards in Beijing

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I think BJ already has some solutions for its pollution problem.

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China Imposes Stricter Clean-Air Standards in Beijing

By VOA News
02 January 2008

China has started enforcing stricter vehicle emission standards in Beijing to cut pollution ahead of the Olympic Games in August.

As of January 1, fuel sold in the capital city must meet standards equivalent to those in the European Union.

Chinese officials say the earlier fuel standards, introduced at the end of 2005, already cut sulfur dioxide emissions by almost 2,500 tons per year. The new standards are aimed at reducing annual emissions by an additional 2,000 tons.

China is trying to allay international concerns that its serious air pollution may affect athletes' performance and health at the summer Olympic Games this year.

Beijing, which is one of the world's most polluted cities, says it has improved air quality so that it meets Chinese standards 70 percent of the time.

On Monday, the last day of 2007, officials in Beijing said the city had 246 so-called "blue sky" or clean-air days, surpassing the target for the year.

Critics say that what is considered clean air in Beijing amounts to polluted air by international standards.

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Old January 3rd, 2008, 04:15 AM   #945
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Eye-catching views of Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital Airport

http://english.people.com.cn/90001/9...2/6331188.html

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On December 29, 2007, the third passenger terminal (T3) went through the completion assessment as scheduled, and was planned to be officially launched into operation in two phases starting respectively on February 29 and March 26, 2008, according to the Capital Airport Holding Co. at the meeting to pledge resolutions for the accomplishment of the project.

It is stated that Terminal 3 will serve Air China –China's flagship air carrier—and its alliance airline companies, as well as foreign airlines. The project started to break ground on March 28, 2004, and lasted for three years and nine months to complete. It covers an area of approximately 1 million square meters, and its facilities not only fully answer the international aviation requirements, but stay in the lead as well.

Terminal 3 possesses three function areas: C, D and E. Area C is used for check-in on both domestic and overseas routes; domestically bound departures and baggage claim from home and abroad. Area D is provisionally reserved for 2008 summer Olympics and Paralympics. Area E is specified for international departures and arrivals.

On top of that, Terminal 3 is also a compact of traditional Chinese cultural heritage and ornamental views. The relevant experts have concluded the Top 10 breathtaking views of T3 as follows:

1, Chinese Dragon-shape in general outline

Designed by the distinguished British architect, Norman Forster, the magnificent building turns out to resemble a giant dragon lying to the North-East of Beijing, when taking a bird's eye-view of its general outline.

2, Ornamental designs with cultural and historical implications

If you want to take your mind out of journey for a while, you do not have to devise ways to do so, for the lounge hall is well decorated with elaborated imitations of many famous Chinese classical paintings and cultural relics, many of them very realistic. Amid these are embraced famous Celestial Globe, an ancient device for seismological observations invented by Zhangheng, a scientist in the Han Dynasty; and the masterpiece paintings, the Festival of the Pure Brightness on the River, by Zhang Zeduan in the Song Dynasty.

3, Human concerns seen in design scheme

The whole building is well- illuminated, for its dome is devised into 155 seperate dragon-scales-like skylights, which are energy-conservative by making full use of the natural light. Energy-conservation aside, the bight dome can also serve as a Compass for some disoriented passengers by changing its colors, from red to orange, pointing to the due North.

4, Accessible from all directions

The third passenger terminal will radiate all-round with a well-planned road network, which has began to take shape. Rail tracks will be linked up from Dong Zhimen Station through to the ground traffic centers of T2 and T3. The expressways surrounding T3 will take the passengers more conveniently to and from the airport.

5, Highly-efficient and environment-friendly APM system

APM, a completely automated passenger transport system, was initiated in T3, which has been proven effective and clean in many air traffic hubs else where, like Atlanta and Madrid.

6, Advanced sorter conveying system

The baggage claim of T3 features the automated sorter and conveying system with the improved monitoring equipment, which hereby reduces the errors and accelerates the conveying speed.

7, Digital airport

The efficiency-oriented modern airports must be operated on a well-developed IT system. T3 is the globally largest independent terminal building, with a highly digital information platform, providing assorted user-friendly information services around the clock.

8, Pioneering Fly-by-Light Control System

As a highly digital ground guide and control system, Fly-by-Light Control System took as high as 600 million yuan RMB to build up.

9, Double-deck, multi-functional boarding bridge

The 18 combined boarding bridges out of 69 this kind can simultaneously serve two flights.

10, Garden-like airport

Sheltered in the dense wood, which extends up to 700,000 square meters and scatters with different varieties of trees, the terminal building will place passengers in an aesthetic experience as if a noon rambler idled through a fine garden, and help them ease the tension and anxiety from pushing on with their journey.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 09:52 AM   #946
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I think BJ already has some solutions for its pollution problem.
I hope that when the games are over, Beijing keeps these laws in place. It'd be a shame to go back to bad habits after all this work. Heavy amounts of air pollution are such a deterant to people wanting to see China. The end of the Games shouldn't be a signal for everyone to start polluting as much as they like again.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 12:37 PM   #947
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photos on Christmas

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Airport light rail test run




Airport Expressway II (2nd expressway to city)


bird view

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Old January 3rd, 2008, 06:05 PM   #948
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Can't see much in the last pic. I wonder what Beijing is going to do about air pollution in time for the Olympics.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 07:07 PM   #949
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Can't see much in the last pic. I wonder what Beijing is going to do about air pollution in time for the Olympics.
the air condition should be fairly good in the last pic. you can see the solid shadows on the ground. "you can't see much" is because of the low sun and its angle to the camera.
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Old January 6th, 2008, 11:20 PM   #950
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New airport terminal 3 undergoes first test run

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Old January 7th, 2008, 05:32 AM   #951
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some pics. The luggage transport system is impressive.





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Old January 9th, 2008, 09:54 PM   #952
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Old January 11th, 2008, 05:46 PM   #953
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T3 at night, 2008.1.11

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Old January 11th, 2008, 07:29 PM   #954
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It's simply Gorgeous ! ...looking forward for Olympic 2008 Beijing..party time again !
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Old January 12th, 2008, 10:18 AM   #955
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Old January 14th, 2008, 07:24 AM   #956
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Old January 14th, 2008, 11:36 AM   #957
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Everythings Biggest n Beautiful in BEIJING!!!
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Old January 15th, 2008, 04:17 PM   #958
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some pics taken at night, again from beijingupdates.com

































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Old January 15th, 2008, 05:59 PM   #959
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good picture!! and look way a fly have update(new)??
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Old January 15th, 2008, 06:04 PM   #960
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