How will the grand cross-cultural encounter that is the 2008 Beijing Olympics affect the cyber realm? Although journalists are wondering how China’s press regulations will affect their ability to report, the fact is that official reports will be only a part of the story, appearing amidst an explosion of firsthand writings and video clips made by tourists and foreign journalists. Today the weblogs of expatriates living in China offer innumerable views of daily life; and one can find online photo albums and video clips from travelers to even the most remote places. The Olympics will bring a new flood of personal accounts of Beijing experiences, written by professional journalists, ordinary spectators, and even perhaps some of the athletes themselves. Unscripted encounters between first-time visitors to China and genuinely welcoming Chinese residents will be filmed and blogged and seen around the world.