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May 8th, 2008

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10:09 am - The Olympic torch; 2 different greetings in 2 different worlds.

What are those photos of?  The Olympic torch's arrival into the city of GuangZhou (capital of GuangDong province) in China on May 7th.  Yes, those are all people down there.  The Olympic torch has been dogged by protesters of all types, mostly surround the Tibet issue as it traveled around the globe, but in China, there is no doubt as to where the hearts and minds of the people are.  So for all you pro-Free Tibet screamers out there, come and take a look, your stunts have done nothing except rally the Chinese people to join together in heart and soul, united in celebrating for the realization of this century long dream for our 1.3 billion people.  Do not attempt to speak for us when you do not understand us.

We all know China's population is 1.3 billion, but what kind of number is that exactly?
Well, it means that;
The USA with around 301million people is ~23% of China's population
Canada with around 33 million people is ~2.6% of China's population
All of Europe with a total population of around 728 million people is ~56% of China's population
All the population of Canada, the USA, all of Europe, Russia and Australia combined is around 93% of China's population.

The city of GuangZhou's population is approximately 12 million, about 1/3 of Canada's in one city.  What does that look like visually?

Welcome, to China, now imagine when the torch reaches cities like Beijing and Shanghai :D

Last night at approximately midnight (my time), the Olympic torch reached the summit of Mt. Everest, or Mt. Qumolangma.  According to CBC, out of the final 5 in the group that reached the summit, 3 were Tibetans and a Tibetan woman by the name of Cering Wangmo carried the flame to the summit;
Official Website with photos and video of the climb

And finally, a snapshot of the "Bird's Nest" Olympic Stadium in Beijing and the "Water Cube" Aquatic Centre;

Welcome to China.  Welcome to Beijing!
中国欢迎你。 北京欢迎你!

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Date:May 8th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
wow.. that is crazy busy!
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Date:May 8th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
This post makes me happy. :) Oh China, ilu, despite all the stupid drama going on.
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Date:May 8th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
You just wait to see the South African stadiums for the World Cup 2010...
Date:May 8th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
Great pictures! Great people!

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