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Tuesday, 11-May-2010 07:28 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Happy memory at the Great Wall

When leading Beijing tours, of course we can’t miss a tour to the Great Wall. It is for sure that visiting Great Wall is one of best wonders for me when experienced my Beijing tours. It’s hard to believe these steep walls set on high mountains are built manually. On this site, countless moving and sad stories have taken place. That is for sure, for myriad of people are involved in it.
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Anyway, terrific today is. It is said to be the best preserved part of the wall. The very section is with best conditions. The views were amazing.. The wall is set on the peaks. I was totally paralyzed by the end for there were places completely cliffy. Then we took a 29 km long hike before return. At some sites we used all fours to pass. It was hot, making it wearier. It was wonderful. But it was quite an experience.

This trip took us 39 pounds, which was proved well worthy. At noon, we had a most satisfying lunch at the rest place. I had to resort to a fork to replace the chopsticks otherwise my stomach wouldn’t be so satisfied.

For dinner, we had a dumpling party. This little thing is hard to make. But it tasted really nice and final success with chopsticks!

This experience is wonderful and much easier, for I was harassed by nothing but how to smooth the tour and use my limbs when climbing… . To make dumplings is no lest difficult than using chopsticks[url]


Friday, 30-Apr-2010 08:07 Email | Share | | Bookmark
China stripped of Sydney gymnastics bronze

DUBAI - China have been stripped of their women's gymnastics team bronze medal from the Sydney 2000 Olympics after one of the athletes falsified her age, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday.

An International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) probe had found in February that Dong Fangxiao was younger than the minimum age requirement of 16 after registering different ages at Sydney and the Beijing Games eight years later.

"The medal and diplomas of Dong Fangxiao are withdrawn and reallocated accordingly," IOC spokesman Mark Adams told reporters after an IOC Executive Board meeting.

The United States, fourth-place finishers in Sydney, are now upgraded to third place and will be awarded the bronze medal.

"USA Gymnastics is grateful that the FIG and IOC took the time to thoroughly review and address this issue that was first raised at the Beijing Olympics," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics.

"Every athlete dreams about winning an Olympic medal. In 2000, our athletes and coaches worked tirelessly leading up to the Olympics and this recognition will certainly have great meaning."

Dong also finished sixth in the individual floor exercises and seventh in the individual vault.

The IOC ordered the Chinese Olympic Committee to return the medal and her diplomas so they can be re-awarded and told the committee it must ensure rules regarding age-limits are strictly kept.

Dong registered a Jan. 20, 1983 birth date in Sydney, but when accredited to act as an official in the vault at the 2008 Beijing Games, she declared her birth date as Jan. 23, 1986.

That would have made her 14 and ineligible to compete in Sydney.


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