As I was finalizing my flight plans for the London 2012 Olympics (miraculously two Delta LOW seats on the direct flights to/from JFK), I came across a Yahoo! story on the sad state of the venues from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I just so happened to be working in Asia during the 2008 Summer Games and the excitement and pride within China surrounding the games and the amazing Bird’s Nest and Water Cube was incredible. Being a part of the Olympics in Beijing, while attending events at these venues, is still one of my fondest travel memories. The city and the people had an enthusiasm that I have not witnessed again in any of my more recent trips back. Currently, the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube are used for large events, though several of the other venues lay deserted or demolished.
(Article by Erick Galindo, pictures courtesy of Jason Lee/Reuters):