The website for Collectors of the Olympic Ideal
World Olympic Collectors Fair in Beijing (China), from 06/23 to 06/28/2007
Co-sponsored by the IOC, the Beijing Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), the Chinese Olympic Committee, the State Post Bureau, and Desheng Ltd., the 13th Olympic World fair is hosted by Beijing, in China.
With some of my french friends collectors, we made the trip. Arrived at the airport of Beijing, we are accomodated by the volunteers of the fair and pass the passport control by an access VIP easily.
Unfortunately, my luggage did not follow and I would recover them only 3 days after. We place in a very pleasant hotel 5 *. We leave in excursion in Beijing as of the afternoon our arrival and come to see the famous Olympic stadium “bird’s nest” still in construction.
The following day, June 23, we go to the fair located in a large building to install us. The fair is opened, the visitors start to arrive. Few businesses to be made with the visitors who discover the world of the collection and have a restricted material, but we meet them with pleasure.
June 24 takes place the inauguration of the fair, the Chinese are many at the entry of the fair prohibited to the visitors during the presence of honorary president J.A. Samaranch which carries out the inauguration. The evening, we are invited to the official reception for the handing-over of the diplomas to the participants. This evening takes place in one of the largest restaurants of Peijing, whose speciality is the Peking duck. The site is imposing, our table is on the floor with that of the celebrities. The press is present, many flashes to photograph president Samaranch and the guests of the top table. The distribution of the diplomas starts, I am called like representing France to receive the diploma of the hand of president Samaranch and the president of Bocog. The dinner can start.
June 25, after the day spent to the fair where I was interviewed by French branch Internet of CCTV (Chinese TV), we then leave to make shopping.
June 26, we leave the fair before the end to visit the town of Beijing where we discover the temple of the Sky, old temple of the Ming dynasty, then the garden of the black bamboos where we do a walk in the boat on invaded water of flowers of lotus.
June 27, forwarding of group organized for the visit of the wall of China in Badaling, about 70 kms from Beijing then to the tombs of Ming and return at the end of the afternoon on Beijing with a passage of the buses to the accesses of the Olympic sites: the village, the “cube” and the Olympic stadium.
June 28, another forwarding with the visit of the Forbidden City and the summer palace.
On June 29 is the day of the departure and the return to France. We set out again with full with beautiful pictures in the head, happy to have made our pre-Olympic visit, see you in Beijing next year!