Nelson Évora of Portugal landing in the sandpit at Beijing 2008. It was at Beijing that the 2007 World Champion became the 2008 Olympic Champion.

Nelson Évora of Portugal landing in the sandpit at Beijing 2008. It was at Beijing that the 2007 World Champion became the 2008 Olympic Champion.

Forbidden City ♦ Beijing, China  I went here so long ago. The Chinese had just opened up there country to outsiders and the forbidden city was wide open and not yet protected with lots of ropes and guards. You could basically just walk around in and out of all the rooms. Sit in the thrones, get up close to it all. Amazing. Tough trip though. nothing to buy, and horrible food.

Forbidden City ♦ Beijing, China I went here so long ago. The Chinese had just opened up there country to outsiders and the forbidden city was wide open and not yet protected with lots of ropes and guards. You could basically just walk around in and out of all the rooms. Sit in the thrones, get up close to it all. Amazing. Tough trip though. nothing to buy, and horrible food.

The embroidery decorations after the renovation of the Juanqin Studio, Forbidden City, China

Luxurious Palace In Forbidden City Is Renovated

The embroidery decorations after the renovation of the Juanqin Studio, Forbidden City, China

Sep 8, 2008 Pictures of the Day - Photo Journal - WSJ Edith Hunkeler, of Switzerland, led before crashing in the final of the women’s 5,000-meter T54 classification race at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Diane Roy, of Canada, won the race with Shelly Woods, of Great Britain, second and the United States’ Amanda McGrory third. (Mark Ralston/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images )

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Sep 8, 2008 Pictures of the Day - Photo Journal - WSJ Edith Hunkeler, of Switzerland, led before crashing in the final of the women’s 5,000-meter T54 classification race at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Diane Roy, of Canada, won the race with Shelly Woods, of Great Britain, second and the United States’ Amanda McGrory third. (Mark Ralston/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images )

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This Is What China’s $40B Investment Looks Like

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This Is What China’s $40B Investment Looks Like

The Beijing Olympic Water Cube is now an awesome looking water park.  Maybe I'll get to see it when I go to Beijing later this year!

Beijing's Water Cube Transformed Into Water Park

The Beijing Olympic Water Cube is now an awesome looking water park. Maybe I'll get to see it when I go to Beijing later this year!

Sep 5, 2008 Pictures of the Day - Photo Journal - WSJ Melissa Stockwell, of the United States, chatted with a coach Friday during team training for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Stockwell is one of two U.S. veterans competing in Beijing who were injured in Iraq. (Greg Baker/Associated Press)

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Sep 5, 2008 Pictures of the Day - Photo Journal - WSJ Melissa Stockwell, of the United States, chatted with a coach Friday during team training for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Stockwell is one of two U.S. veterans competing in Beijing who were injured in Iraq. (Greg Baker/Associated Press)

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