Our Amazing Experience During the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
In 2008 as my family and I were heading into the tail end of our year and a half long backpacking trip, we needed an end game. Since we were in Asia, my wife & I decided to see if it was possible to time our visit to China to conincide with the Olympics in Beijing. It had always been a dream of mine to visit the Olympics and attending them in a somewhat closed off country like China was an incredibly exciting prospect!
Eventually we were able to secure a Visa which allowed us two different 30 day visits to China. We spent the first month backpacking from Shenzhen all the way up to Mongolia, before leaving and returning to China a few days before the Olympics. During our brief stint in Mongolia we were able to secure three tickets to an archery event, but otherwise we didn’t have accomodations or tickets booked at all.
Luckily the Visa process for China is complicated and many of the seats and hotels went empty, especially in the beginning. Over the course of two weeks, we managed to see 9 different events while staying at a local 3 star hotel which cost about $20 a night. It was amazing.
I have decided to do something a little different today. Through photos (and a video) I will show you what it was like to be in Beijing during the last few days leading up to the opening ceremony. I will also share some photos from the opening ceremony public viewing party we attended in Beijing. It was amazing. In a second part later on, I will take you through each of the events we were lucky enough to attend.
Attending the Olympics in China is still probably my favorite travel memory from visits to more than 70 countries. Please forgive me in advance for the poor quality of the video, however I felt like sharing it was important since it shows you the atmosphere during the Opening Ceremony and how much the crowd cheered for both the U.S. and Chinese teams. Enjoy and please let me know if you like this type of post.
Opening Ceremony & Before As Told Through Photos & Video