Bird’s Nest National Stadium under construction. August 8 marks the One Year Countdown to the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. If you are planning a trip to Beijing for the grand gala, you must know about the major preparations and venues, which are underway. The preparations for 2008 Summer Olympics are in full swing. About 550,000 foreign visitors and 22,000 journalists are expected to attend the Olympic Games. Also, there will be 550,000 local volunteers lined up to help the guests. China has already spent $40 billion to add everything it can to add to the glitter of the city. Many Government-sponsored etiquette campaigns are working to stamp out the bad manners like spitting, littering and reckless driving. The Crazy English program has been started to make the cab drivers learn English. During the 17-day Olympics, the choking pollution and traffic will be checked. At least one-third of 3.3 million vehicles will be banned, and dust-spewing building sites and sooty factories will be shuttered. The Watercube National Aquatics Center under construction. Now let me tell you about the main venues. In total, there are 31 Olympic venues, out of which 12 are new, 11 are under renovation, and eight are built as temporary structures. These are located in four clusters in the north of the city. For soccer and sailing five venues are set up outside Beijing in mainland China. There is one venue in Hong Kong for equestrian events. The Olympic Village is a high-rise compound for 10,500 athletes and is located at the far northern end of the Olympic Green. The Bird’s Nest National Stadium and the Watercube National Aquatics Center are the two more attractive venues ballkjoler. Former being a gargantuan bowl that seats 91,000 and the latter is a simple box design with a translucent, blue-toned outside skin that makes the structure look like a cube of foam or bubbles. With new venues, buildings and etiquette campaigns, Beijing is getting a makeover. The games will kick off with the Olympic Torch Relay, which begins several months before the opening ceremony, to ignite the main flame.