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China Rising

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Saturday morning in Beijing and the sky is kind of blue.  Rain last night drove the smog away and I can see the buildings off in the distance.  It’s nice.  The Olympics begin in six weeks and Beijing is in a tizzy.  It’s down to the wire and everywhere you turn there is activity and construction.  Taking a walk on a weekday morning at 6 a.m. you see workers marching in a line as they arrive on the job.  Each day at Olympic Park there is tangible progress as China readies for its big coming out party.  There is much work to do in the next month and a half including huge tasks like cleaning up the air and reducing the traffic congestion.  It’s hard to comprehend tackling challenges that big but there’s no lack of manpower or resolve here and no one seems worried about the work getting done in time for 8.8.08.  Beijing is a very busy place these days. 


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Author: Vicky Collins

Vicky Collins is a freelance television producer and journalist based in Denver, Colorado with a diverse portfolio of projects that including network news, cable programming, Olympic sports, corporate and non-profit videos. She is also an accomplished writer and photographer who is particularly interested in world travel and issues of global poverty. Some of her most satisfying assignments have been covering disasters, working in the slums of developing countries and telling stories of people who show great courage in the face of adversity. She has been in all 50 states and on six continents and many of her television stories and photos are posted on her website at To contact Vicky Collins directly email or tweet @vickycollins.

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