Countdown to the Olympic Games, Beijing. PHOTO BY TOM CHRISTENSEN.
The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was China’s first chance to host the world’s biggest sporting extravaganza. It provided an opportunity for China to showcase both ancient heritage and modern aspirations. Substantial investments in necessary infrastructure and sponsorship accelerated China’s integration with the global economy.
When Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, the event was saturated with cultural meaning, economic expectations,