The catering, service and accommodation are almost imperial standard, writes MARTIN ZHOUSaturday, 16 August, 2008, 12:00am
The fortified compound sits close to the grand Temple of Heaven to the south of the Forbidden City, a military barracks complete with heavily barricaded gates, oozing secrets and security under the several pairs of watchful, suspicious eyes of uniformed guards. Taking in the view, the grim, harsh Beijing winter becomes more so such is the brooding presence of the complex.6 Jan 2008 - 12:00am
For Beijing property agent Yang Hui, the start of the official countdown to the 2008 Olympic Games means longer days and a heavier workload.
Not that Mr Yang is complaining. Since January this year, he has been chalking up more transactions in the rental and sale markets as demand jumps.15 Oct 2007 - 12:00am
The 2008 Beijing Games is not the only Olympics that has been hijacked by politics.
When the French nobleman Pierre de Coubertin revived the Olympic Games in 1894, he wanted the event to be a triumph of sportsmanship and human spirit.
The five entwined rings - the Olympic symbol - represent the five continents and the unity of the world.4 Jun 2007 - 12:00am
Major events such as the Olympic Games can fuel the rise of property prices in the host country and in the city where the games will be held up to five years before the world's largest sporting event even takes place, say property agents.18 Apr 2007 - 12:00am
THE THOUSANDS OF athletes and officials attending the Games, including those from the North, are staying at a secure apartment complex - The Athletes Village - in the northern outskirts of Daegu.27 Aug 2003 - 12:00am
THE centrepiece of Beijing's Olympic ambition will be the mammoth 100,000-seat stadium, which local tycoon and ''old friend of China'' Henry Fok Ying-tung has now offered to finance.18 Sep 1993 - 12:00am