Today starts the 2 weeks of 12th National Games of PRC in Liaoning Province and Shenyang (our city) is the host city! I can actually see the Olympic Stadium ( just one of the venues) from my window. So…cool!
This week especially, prior to the games the stadium, bridges, walkways and buildings along the river have been lit up in the evening. It really is beautiful. (take a look at yesterdays post for pics)
For the last year and a half or so since it was announced that Shenyang would be the host city, there has been A LOT of renovations and work done to the city to beautify it, up grade it and get it ready for these games. A new terminal has even been built at the airport. All these things going on in the city to get ready for this day, well these two weeks!
350 events in 31 sports! I am REALLY hoping we get to see some of the games. The opening and closing events will be held during the day time to ease traffic and cost and ticket prices are supposed to be reasonably priced so most Chinese no matter what their income will be able to see some of these games. As with most events happening in Shenyang, it really hard to get good clear English information on where/when things are happening. The Opening was at 4pm today at the Shenyang Olympic Sports Stadium and broadcast on the local CCTV station (which we don’t have). Anyway today kicks off 2 weeks of LOTS of extra people and traffic and chaos in an already very busy city.
We went to the the park with the Games Counter today and there are no days to count, TODAY is the DAY, so…
Let the Games begin!