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Pre-Olympic China

70 Innovations Before the Beijing Olympics

— August 26, 2008 — World
Where was China on the global media radar before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games? Could the answer be a clue into the country's media destiny post-Olympics, or have the games forever changed the world's view of China's capital city, launching it to a status of a country with an unmissable global influence?

The following innovations offer a glimpse into China pre-Beijing Olympics. Considering the city, formerly named Peking, spent $44 billion on the Beijing Olympics, a lot may have changed.

Whether this cluster acts as insight into the future, or merely as an entertaining flashback of the past, each innovation listed below acted as a tool, no matter how miniscule, to shape the China that we know today.

All of the innovations below pertain to China, but none to the Beijing Olympics. The list includes a Fendi fashion show on the Great Wall, the world's largest ferris wheel, an underwater museum, panda fashion, hair elastics made of condoms, multi-million dollar bras, giant plastic bubbles you can run around inside and elementary schools inside caves.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
65
Modernizing Chinese Festivals
Modernizing Chinese Festivals
Studio Leung Printable Offerings
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64
The Moon is Not for Sale (Although One Chinese Company Tried)
The Moon is Not for Sale (Although One Chinese Company Tried)
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63
China 2nd To US in Billionaire Count
China 2nd To US in Billionaire Count
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62
Chinese Are World's Most Active Texters
Chinese Are World's Most Active Texters
70% Prefer SMS to Email
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61
Job Fair in China
Job Fair in China
Thousands Cram Into One Room
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60
Baby Making Time
Baby Making Time
China's One Child Policy Lifted After Quake
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59
First Trillion Dollar Firm
First Trillion Dollar Firm
PetroChina Stocks Nearly Triple
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58
China's First No Car Day
China's First No Car Day
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57
United Nations Promoting Safety
United Nations Promoting Safety
China Plays with Spuds for Int'l Potato Year
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56
Whisky Fraud Rising
Whisky Fraud Rising
Protecting "The Recipe" in China, India
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55
White Pollution Ban
White Pollution Ban
China Bans Plastic Bags
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54
Opulent Chinese New Year
Opulent Chinese New Year
InterContinental Hong Kong Luxury Getaway
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53
Sex Changes For Trees
Sex Changes For Trees
Chinese Poplars Undergo Operations to Reduce Pollen
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52
Instruments Inspire Architecture
Instruments Inspire Architecture
Chinese Design
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51
Facebook China
Facebook China
Zuckerberg Offers $85 Million For Zhangzuo (UPDATED)
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50
Modern Chinese Architecture
Modern Chinese Architecture
Enormous Exhibition Complex
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49
Extreme Eating
Extreme Eating
Consider A Side Of Beak With That Rice
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48
New York, London, Hong Kong business hubs to submerge by 2100?
New York, London, Hong Kong business hubs to submerge by 2100?
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47
Animated Subvertising
Animated Subvertising
Subway Ads Flicker in Asia
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46
Dog Hired to Welcome Customers at Chinese Store
Dog Hired to Welcome Customers at Chinese Store
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45
China's next YouTube
China's next YouTube
Youku.com
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44
China's Ice Festival Features Canadian Theme
China's Ice Festival Features Canadian Theme
Harbin Ice Festival
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43
Pay By Finger
Pay By Finger
Fingerprint Terminals at Shoppers
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42
PR Damage Control
PR Damage Control
China Airlines Covers Logo After Crash
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41
Chinese Internet Addict Camp
Chinese Internet Addict Camp
Rehab For Web Addicts
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40
Commune Hotel by the Great Wall
Commune Hotel by the Great Wall
China's Soho
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39
Underwater Museum in China
Underwater Museum in China
Shipwreck Could Have 80,000 Treasures
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38
Exposing Humanity Through Photos
Exposing Humanity Through Photos
Images of China's Earthquake
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37
Chinese Domain Name Sells For $160,000
Chinese Domain Name Sells For $160,000
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36
Panda Passion is in Fashion
Panda Passion is in Fashion
Bandi-Panda at China Fashion Week
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35
Chinese Government Bans Western Adult Pop Culture Items
Chinese Government Bans Western Adult Pop Culture Items
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34
Chinese Fashion Designers in Paris
Chinese Fashion Designers in Paris
Jefen's Catwalk Surprise
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33
Shanghai in 2020
Shanghai in 2020
World's Largest to Scale Model
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32
China the Focus of Starbucks Growth
China the Focus of Starbucks Growth
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31
The Anger Bar
The Anger Bar
Smash Glasses, Rant or Hit Workers
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30
Great Wheel of China
Great Wheel of China
World's Tallest Ferris Wheel in Beijing
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29
$1.3 Million Bras
$1.3 Million Bras
Underwear With Sapphires and 2,500 Diamonds
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28
China Bans Plastic Surgery Reality Shows
China Bans Plastic Surgery Reality Shows
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27
Toys of Chinese Millionaires
Toys of Chinese Millionaires
Affluent Asians Want Aircrafts and Yachts
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26
Asian Answer To Vegas
Asian Answer To Vegas
Macau Gaming Resort Hong Kong
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25
9,999 Karat Dress
9,999 Karat Dress
Ring Not Included
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24
130,000 Square Foot Skateboard Park New Jiangwan City China
130,000 Square Foot Skateboard Park New Jiangwan City China
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23
Medical Themed Bar
Medical Themed Bar
D.S Music Restaurant
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22
More-Than-Extreme Hiking
More-Than-Extreme Hiking
Mt. Hua in China
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21
Public Art in Shanghai
Public Art in Shanghai
Fungus Chairs by Ma Yansong
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20
Hong Kong Engineers Develop Micro-Wind Turbine
Hong Kong Engineers Develop Micro-Wind Turbine
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19
Hooded Gowns
Hooded Gowns
Ika Butoni at Hong Kong Fall/Winter 2008 Fashion Show
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18
$1.35 Million Lingerie
$1.35 Million Lingerie
Bra With 100 Glittering Diamonds
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17
Bamboo Graffiti
Bamboo Graffiti
From China to Australia
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16
Hairbands Made of Condoms
Hairbands Made of Condoms
STD Styles Take Recycling Too Far
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15
Exclusive VIP Fashion Shows
Exclusive VIP Fashion Shows
Luxury Week in Hong Kong
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14
Chinese Child Ball
Chinese Child Ball
New Sport or a Bubble for Babysitting?
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13
Adult Fetuses
Adult Fetuses
Organ Donation Ads for Red Cross China
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12
Rolls Royce Hotel
Rolls Royce Hotel
Hong Kong Hotel Provides Guests with Sweet Ride
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11
Manimals
Manimals
Animals of the Chinese Zodiac
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10
World's Highest Bungee Jump
World's Highest Bungee Jump
Macau Tower is 764 Ft Up
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9
Super Swings
Super Swings
700 Foot Swing on World's 2nd Highest Steel Tower
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8
Snow Sculptures
Snow Sculptures
Cool Carvings in Beijing
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7
Great Wall of China Fashion Show
Great Wall of China Fashion Show
Fendi Walks the Wall
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6
Chinese Fake Brands
Chinese Fake Brands
From Pmua to Cnoverse
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5
Naked Pushups at Famous Landmarks
Naked Pushups at Famous Landmarks
Patriotic Chinese TV Host Ou Zhihang
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4
Magic Fish Spa
Magic Fish Spa
Doctor Fish Nibble Your Dead Skin
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3
Futuristic Movie Theatre in Hong Kong
Futuristic Movie Theatre in Hong Kong
AMC Pacific Place Cinema
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2
Toilet-Themed Restaurants (Update)
Toilet-Themed Restaurants (Update)
Now in China, Expanding Globally
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1
Top 7 Most Fashionable Cities + Hong Kong Street Style
Top 7 Most Fashionable Cities + Hong Kong Street Style
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