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Olympics Special I
    2008-08-02 08:38:48     CRIENGLISH.com

Singers from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan sing for the 100-day-countdown to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[Photo: cflac.org.cn]

  Hello and welcome to another edition of China Beat on China Radio International. This is Zhong Qiu. There is now only one week to go before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and the host city is already overwhelmed with a festive atmosphere. People are expecting great performances by athletes from over 200 countries and regions, and more world records to be broken.

The passion for the Olympics has also been aroused in the Chinese music scene. Talented musicians and performers are competing in their own way for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Since 2003 when the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympics Games first started campaigning for a worldwide solicitation of Olympic music, there have been more than 50,000 songs delivered in numerous themes. So far, the list of Olympics themes has included songs for the one-year and 100-day countdown celebrations, theme song for the torch relay and even theme songs for the Beijing Olympic volunteers. So for the rest of today's show, let's take a review of the inspiration of these songs as the sporting event closes in.

(We Are Ready)

"We Are Ready" is released to usher in the one-year-countdown to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At its very beginning, the song incorporates "the sound of Beijing", the characteristic ring of the ancient Yongle Bell in Beijing. In Chinese culture, people would ring the bell to pray for good luck and a fresh beginning. The vigorous sound conveys harmony and happiness, as well as the Chinese people's confidence and delight in hosting the Games. The song, with its quick rhythm and passionate melody, was co-created by Peter Kam and Keith Chan from Hong Kong. 133 singers from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan join in the recording of the song, which was finished in only 6 days. It is said to be the most highly-participated Chinese song in the last two decades. The inspirational song conveys more than its musical meaning; it carols the excitement and expectations of the host city for the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games.

(We Are Ready)
(Beijing Welcomes You)

Beijing Welcomes You is a ballad to mark the 100-day count-down celebration. Renowned Chinese musician Xiao Ke composed the music and Hong Kong writer Lam Jik penned the lyrics.

(Beijing Welcomes You)

The song was composed with inspirations from Beijing local culture: sounds from the courtyard life, singing of Peking Opera and performances of traditional Chinese instruments. The elements are fairly pronounced in the 100-person choir and the grand symphony. Artists from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan joined in the performance to present a sincere welcome message on behalf of the host city.

(Beijing Welcomes You)

"Light the Passion, Share the Dream" is the slogan for the 2008 Olympic torch relay. It also headlines the theme song of the journey of harmony. Composed by Chris Baobida and written by Huang Xiaomao, the song "Light the Passion, Share the Dream" describes the Olympic flame as the eternal starlight, leading people to realize their dreams of friendship, hope and harmony. The gems include: Light the passion, share the dream, assemble all our strength to light the world, the harmonious song is singing about your glory.

(Light the Passion, Share the Dream)
(I’m A Star)

Hong Kong singer Wakin Chau sings his hymn to the volunteers of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Titled as I'm A Star, this song gives thanks to each one who helps the 2008 Olympic Games to become a success. Accompanied by an uplifting melody, the lyrics go like this: There is a dream to be lit by me / I hope to warm people up with my smiling face / I would be the breeze in the open sky / to fly the flag high.

(I'm A Star)

Hong Kong veteran singer Andy Lau is the Goodwill ambassador of the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. He presented a song named "Every One is Number One" to express his admiration and support for the Paralympics athletes.

(Every One is Number One)

With the song, Every One Is Number One, we come to the end of this edition of China Beat. We hope everyone coming for the Games will have a wonderful time here with us in Beijing, and if you can't, then you're here in spirit. This is Zhong Qiu from Beijing. Bye for now.

(Page Editor: Wang Wenwen)



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What do you think will impress foreign visitors the most during the Beijing Olympics?
The friendliness of the Beijing people
The Water Cube and other Olympic venues
The Forbidden City
The Great Wall
Beijing "siheyuan" (Chinese traditional courtyard houses)
Peking Opera
Wangfujing Street
Beijing Roast Duck