Beijing 2008 Olympic Games


Fireworks mark the end of Games that could hardly have gone better for China. Even harsh suppression of speech drew little scorn from world leaders.
The 2008 Summer Olympics closed Sunday night in a display of tightly scripted merriment and lavish fireworks, a final burst of pomp ending 17 days of sports and celebration that Chinese authorities organized with flawless precision and an unbending security clampdown. (By Ezra Shaw -- Getty Images)

In Beijing, Tourists Are Dazzled, Daunted

"Friendly" is not the only word many of the same tourists use to describe their main impressions as they roam around Beijing. Power, artifice, intimidation: Those are also common.


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The Post's Ariana Eunjung Cha reports on issues and events at the host city of this summer's Olympic Games.


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Posh Parties Show a Beijing Awash in Capitalism (Post, August 16, 2008; Page A11)

Burdened By China's Gold Standard (Post, August 16, 2008; Page E01)

China Frees 8 American Protesters After Diplomatic Pressure (Post, August 25, 2008; Page A11)

A Mission of Dissent In the Heart of Beijing:  Caution, Resilience Aided Pro-Tibet Team (Post, August 23, 2008; Page A01)

China's 'Socialist Family' Sacrifices:  Water, Coal Are Diverted for Beijing Games (Post, August 23, 2008; Page A08)

China Says 6 Americans Detained Over Protest Could Be Held 10 Days (Post, August 22, 2008; Page A14)

During Games, a Forced Vacation for Beijing's Migrant Workers (Post, August 21, 2008; Page A08)

Protest Application Brings Labor-Camp Threat, Woman Says (Post, August 21, 2008; Page A10)

Chinese Treat Shopping as an Olympic Event (Post, August 20, 2008; Page A10)

Hurdler's Olympic Injury Breaks China's Heart:  Disappointed Fans Reproach Athlete (Post, August 19, 2008; Page A07)

In Beijing, a Permit to Protest Only After Games End (Post, August 19, 2008; Page A06)

Across China's Countryside, 'Just Too Busy' for Olympics:  Vaunted Games Barely Noticed by Farmers Focused on Harvest (Post, August 15, 2008; Page A12)

China's Choreographed Detentions:  Expelled U.S. Protesters Tell of Hospitality and Haranguing (Post, August 15, 2008; Page A01)

No Permits, No Protests In Beijing's Special 'Pens' (Post, August 15, 2008; Page A14)

Some Olympians Dissatisfied With Religious Center (Post, August 14, 2008; Page A13)

Ping-Pong? That's So Old China. (Post, August 14, 2008; Page A01)

Official Acknowledges Opening Ceremony Lip-Syncing (Post, August 13, 2008; Page A16)

In Tiananmen of Games, No Trace of '89 Massacre (Post, August 12, 2008; Page A01)

Beijing Curbs Religious Rights:  Christian Activists Detail Harassment (Post, August 10, 2008; Page A12)

Olympic Spirit:  Rah-Rah Diplomacy (Post, August 11, 2008; Page A01)

Three Security Officials Killed in W. China:  Stabbings at Checkpoint Are 3rd Deadly Incident in Xinjiang Region in Days (Post, August 13, 2008; Page A08)

For China, It's Showtime:  Games Offer Platform to Display Party's Achievements (Post, August 8, 2008; Page A01)

Extravagant Ceremony Opens 2008 Olympic Games (Post, August 9, 2008; Page A01)

Early in the Games, Glimpses Of China's Security Struggles (Post, August 11, 2008; Page A10)

The Opening Ceremony By the numbers: (Post, August 9, 2008; Page A10)

For Chinese, A Long-Awaited Occasion of Hope and Pride (Post, August 9, 2008; Page A10)

China Rebuffs Criticisms As Bush Arrives in Beijing:  Bush Tells U.S. Olympians They Represent 'the Finest Nation on Face of the Earth' (Post, August 8, 2008; 8:43 AM)

China Rebuffs Criticisms As Bush Arrives in Beijing (Post, August 8, 2008; Page A10)

In Cleanup Effort, Beijing Moved Factories to Clog Air Elsewhere (Post, August 7, 2008; Page A18)

Foreign Activists Manage to Pierce China's Broad Security Apparatus (Post, August 7, 2008; 11:07 AM)

Hong Kong Bars Chinese Dissident:  U.S. Resident and Scholar Had Planned to Travel to Mainland (Post, August 7, 2008; Page A14)

U.S. in 'Firm Opposition' to Chinese Human Rights Policies, Bush Says (Post, August 7, 2008; Page A15)

Lomong Is Chosen To Carry U.S. Flag:  Sudan Native Became U.S. Citizen in 2007 (Post, August 7, 2008; Page E01)

Foreign Activists Manage to Pierce China's Broad Security Apparatus (Post, August 7, 2008; Page A01)

Savoring the Olympic Spotlight:  Thousands of Chinese, Many Without Event Tickets, Flock to Beijing to Bask in National Pride (Post, August 4, 2008; Page A07)

Defiant Chinese Jailed Before Olympics:  Crackdown Defies Vow Beijing Made to Be Host (Post, August 2, 2008; Page A01)

Pro- and Anti-Bush Rallies Mark President's Visit to S. Korea (Post, August 6, 2008; Page A08)

In Run-Up To Beijing Games, a Gold Rush:  China Defines Success By Precious Medals (Post, August 3, 2008; Page A01)

Rights Groups Accuse IOC of Complacency (Post, August 6, 2008; Page A13)

China's Would-Be Protesters Denied:  Those Applying for Demonstration Permits Say They Are Rejected Out of Hand (Post, August 6, 2008; Page A13)

Bush Says It's 'Important to Engage' China:  A Mixed Appraisal on Eve of Visit (Post, August 5, 2008; Page A01)

Truck, Grenade Attack in China Kills 16 Policemen (Post, August 4, 2008; Page A07)

Journalists Say China Is Not Living Up To Openness Pledge (Post, August 3, 2008; Page A20)

The 7-foot-6 Vessel of China's Hopes:  Yao Ming, 'Image Ambassador' (Post, July 24, 2008; Page A01)

Chinese Officials Give Club District a Cleanup (Post, July 30, 2008; Page A01)

A Fresh Face For the Olympics:  Beijing Bans Freely in Quest for Better Air (Post, July 21, 2008; Page A07)

Sudan Runners Focus on Games, Not Darfur (Post, August 4, 2008; Page A01)

Beijing Cabbies Ordered Into Uniforms for Games (Post, August 2, 2008; Page A11)

In China, the Tale of the Tape Measure:  Controversial Sports Schools Breed Elite Athletes Partly Based on Their Body Types (Post, August 3, 2008; Page A21)

Hu Asserts World's Confidence in China (Post, August 2, 2008; Page A11)

China Rebukes President Bush for Meeting With Chinese Dissidents (Post, July 31, 2008; 1:14 PM)

If That Doesn't Clear the Air . . .:  China, Struggling to Control Smog, Announces 'Just-in-Case' Plan (Post, August 1, 2008; Page A01)

Hoping for Just Enough Rain:  Ahead of the Olympics, Beijing Obsesses Over the Weather (Post, July 31, 2008; Page A10)

IOC Allows China To Limit Reporters' Access to Internet:  Censorship Reverses Pledge by Beijing (Post, July 31, 2008; Page A10)

2 Iraqi Athletes Set for Beijing After IOC Lifts Ban (Post, July 30, 2008; Page A10)

China Group Asserts That It Bombed Buses:  Officials Play Down Claims on Video, Which Includes Threats to Olympics (Post, July 27, 2008; Page A14)

Olympic Ticket Tumult In Beijing (Post, July 26, 2008; Page A10)

Air Pollution Worsens After Controls Kick In:  Beijing Limits Driving as Games Near (Post, July 26, 2008; Page A10)

IOC Says Iraq Won't Be Allowed at Olympics (Post, July 25, 2008; Page A01)

Beijing's Water Policies Add to Crisis, Report Says (Post, June 27, 2008; Page A13)

For Hosts, Games Lose Some Luster:  Many Beijing Residents Find Tribulations of Olympics Outweigh Benefits (Post, July 2, 2008; Page A01)

China Set To Protect Olympics:  Terrorism, Protests Get Equal Priority (Post, July 25, 2008; Page A16)

3 Olympic 'Protest Pens' Planned for Beijing Parks (Post, July 24, 2008; Page A14)

Across China, Security Instead Of Celebration:  Police Crack Down on 'Hostile Forces,' Apply New Safety Measures (Post, July 19, 2008; Page A01)

China Is Growing Unfriendly to Foreigners, Visitors Say (Post, July 19, 2008; Page A09)

As Beijing Olympics Near, Homes and Hope Crumble:  Spruce-Up Leaves Residents Few Ways to Save Property (Post, July 12, 2008; Page A06)

Before Games, China Puts Conflict on Hold:  As State Urges Citizens to Keep Quiet On Grievances, Anger Turns to Violence (Post, July 8, 2008; Page A10)

Torch Conveyed Through Tibetan Capital (Post, June 22, 2008; Page A11)

China Uses Heavy Hand Even With Its Gadflies (Post, April 9, 2008; Page A01)

China's Olympic Turnabout on Knockoffs:  Fake Games Merchandise Targeted (Post, June 13, 2008; Page A01)

Olympic Torch Relay Celebrations Scaled Back (Post, May 13, 2008; 12:20 PM)

Torch Brings Celebration In the Face Of Mourning (Post, May 31, 2008; Page A08)

Olympic Pride Resurges in Wake of Earthquake (Post, May 31, 2008; Page )

For Chinese Athletes, Western-Style Perks :  Sponsorships, Bonuses Showcase Shift to Capitalism in Sports (Post, April 28, 2008; Page A01)

Chinese Officials Announce Plans to Clear Air Before Olympics (Post, April 14, 2008; 3:39 PM)

China Falls Short on Vows for Olympics:  'Long Way to Go' On Rights, Pollution And Press Freedom (Post, April 21, 2008; Page A01)

Olympic Chief Vows Free Speech Defense:  China to Keep Tibet Closed to Foreigners (Post, April 11, 2008; Page A12)

Go, Teams! Learning The Drill In China:  Official Cheerleading Squads Taught Etiquette for Olympics (Post, April 6, 2008; Page A14)

IOC Pressured on Human Rights:  Olympic Official Faces Skepticism After Sentencing of Activist (Post, April 4, 2008; Page A18)

ON THE ROAD TO THE GAMES:  Arrival of Olympic Torch in China Shines a Light on Politics, Security (Post, April 1, 2008; Page A12)

HUMAN RIGHTS AND CHINA:  Protesters Disrupt Lighting of Torch In Ancient Olympia (Post, March 25, 2008; Page A08)

Olympics Sponsors Scrutinized After Crackdown in China (Post, March 22, 2008; Page A08)

Beijing's Crackdown Gets Strong Domestic Support:  Ethnic Pride Stoked by Government Propaganda (Post, March 17, 2008; Page A12)

China Gears Up for Olympic Security Effort:  600,000-Plus 'Volunteers' to Assist Police, Troops; Activists Cite Increase in Surveillance (Post, March 11, 2008; Page A14)

China Defends Olympics Food Safety:  Officials Upset After Learning U.S. Athletes Will Ship In Meat for Games (Post, February 22, 2008; Page A17)

China Defends Relocation Policy:  Pre-Olympics Construction Pushes Thousands From Homes (Post, February 20, 2008; Page A14)

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