The Beijing Olympics are scheduled to open in six months, with China hoping to pull off a flawless show to demonstrate the country's political and economic power. Here's a look at some of the preparation.
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The cycling velodrome is one of 12 new sports venues being built for the Games. Nine existing venues are being renovated.
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The iconic symbol of the Olympics will be the $485 million Bird's Nest national stadium. The 91,000-seat building is a soaring steel wicker basket that symbolizes China's 21st century ambitions.
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Opening and closing ceremonies, soccer and track and field competition will be held in the Bird's Nest.
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Officials are planning to host the first test events at the Bird's Nest this spring.
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The National Indoor Stadium will be home to gymnastics and handball competition.
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All told, China is expected to undergo a $40 billion facelift, which includes new roads, subway lines and a myriad of skyscrapers.
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The $200 million National Aquatics Center, known as the Water Cube, will host swimming, diving and water polo.
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The entire building is made of a membrane-like cell structure and has a seating capacity of 17,000.
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The Cube opened to rave reviews in January, with high-ranking IOC member Kevan Gosper saying ''You'd think it was sent in from another planet.''
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A fireworks display over Tiananmen Square was part of the ceremony to mark the one-year countdown to the Games, which will run from Aug. 8-24.
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This giant sculpture was made from 20,000 pieces of Chinese dishes and cups.
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The Green Tennis Center in Beijing held a test tournament in October.
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The baseball complex is already fully operational.
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Beijing's stunning architecture will be on display as the marathon and road cycling events thread their way through China's ancient capital city.
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