Monday, September 03, 2007

Olympic Tickets

When I first moved to China, I promised myself that I would go to the 2008 Olympics. I have a lot of friends and family in Beijing and it seems about right that I go for the festivities. Not only will there be awesome events, it's a great way to celebrate China's growth and revival.

A few months back, I applied for tickets online. A couple of days ago, i received confirmation of the tickets that they're going to give me. Out of the 10 different events I wanted to go to, I didn't get anything in ping pong, basketball, badminton or swimming. Those tickets were already lottery-ed off. I going to see fencing, beach volleyball and a event in the National Stadium, though.

There has been rumors that not a lot of foreigners are going to come to the 2008 Olympics. I dont believe this. I bet there are going to be a ton of travelers coming for it, and if they don't come, Chinese people will just have to take all the seats.

加油。

5 comments:

Chris Carr said...

Hi Mike.

Good post.

I will likely bring my MBA students to Beijing this year around the third week of June. For good or not, if they come to China they need to see the Great Wall and Forbidden City as part of that experience.

What is your read on whether that time period is far enough before the Olympics to avoid the (total) chaos of that event, and, not be utterly gouged (versus kind of gouged) on price by our hotel (likely an upper end 4 star)?

Thanks.

Kayla Walker said...

Mike,

I'm an intern at Campus Progress (part of the Center for American Progress). I'm working on a story about bloggers in China and think you'd make for an interesting story. If you would be interested, let me know. You can check www.campusprogress.org for more information about us.

Thanks,
Kayla Walker
kwalker@americanprogress.org

Kayla Walker said...

Mike,

I'm an intern at Campus Progress (part of the Center for American Progress). I'm working on a story about bloggers in China and think you'd make for an interesting story. If you would be interested, let me know. You can check www.campusprogress.org for more information about us.

Thanks,
Kayla Walker
kwalker@americanprogress.org

unknown user said...

im a chinese citizen living overseas and it has been a nightmare trying to get the tickets!i mean i couldnt get the tickets from the olympic committee in this country, because im not a citizen here. so i thought i could call the china olympic committee to book the tickets but they told me i could only try to get them on the internet because i dont live in china anymore......( i did register on the internet but i still havent heard anthing from them)..

any suggestion to get the tickets??

Jonna Wibelius said...

Oh no now I am freaking out.. Ive already bought my airline ticket to Beijing (I live in Shanghai) but the tickets (that I ended up ordering from an overseas office, I an originally from Scandinavia) have not yet been confirmed. I know I should have waited but I simply couldn't.. I also ordered tix for the bball, as well as track and field.. And although they promised I'd be notified wihtin 2 weeks if I got the tix or not, it's now been 6 weeks and I still have no idea if I'll get them or not. Shame this whole ticket thing has been so messy!