Monday, April 7, 2008

"Beijing: Deeper than the Olympics"

Beijing History

Ji, Zhongdu, Dadu, and Peking are some of the names Beijing has been known by over the years. Beijing has been the capital city of China since King Wu first declared it so in 1057 BC. Beijing City is an independently administered municipal district. She is situated in the northeastern part of China at an elevation of 43.5m above sea level. Beijing has a continental monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are short while winter and summer are long. Winters are cold and dry; summers are hot. January is the coldest month (-4 Celsius), while July is the warmest (26 Celsius). Click here to read more

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Recent events in Tibet and Tibetan Regions

  • March 10 – Monks commemorate a 1959 Tibetan uprising against China.

  • March 11 – Tibetan march is blocked; marchers banned from leaving the areas outside of Dharmsala.

  • March 13 – Monks begin under hunger strike; three of Lhasa's monasteries are closed.

  • March 14 – Protests led by Buddhists in Lhasa, China turns violent.

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Olympic History
Olympia, an ancient district of Elis which is located in southern Greece, was the site of the ancient Olympic Games. Olympia functioned as a meeting place for worship and other religious and political practices as early as the 10th century B.C.

Hercules, son of Zeus, is said to be the founder of the Olympic Games. There are also stories that state after the Greek hero Pelops won a chariot race against King Oenomaus to marry Oenomaus's daughter Hippodamia, he established the Games. Yet the first Olympic Games for which we still have written records were held in 776 BCE -- it is believed that the Games had been going on for many years already. Coroebus, a cook from Elis, was the very first Olympic champion in history. He won the stade - a run of approximately 192 meters (210 yards). From here, the Games grew and continued to be played every four years for nearly 1200 years. In 393 CE, the Roman emperor Theodosius I, a Christian, abolished the Games because of their pagan influences. Click here to read more

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Dalai Lama's involvement in Beijing Olympics

The Dalai Lama is the exiled spiritual leader of the Tibetans, who follows Lamaism. Lamaism is a part of the Myahayana school of the Buddhist religion. Buddhism is a religion based on the pursuit of nirvana, or complete enlightenment, through a series of steps that involve strict moral discipline. Lamaists believe that the Dalai Lama is continually reborn through the process of reincarnation by which the soul of a dead person moves into the body of another person and is born again. Click here to read more

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