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Overseas Chinese Olympic Dreams Come True in Beijing
    2008-08-05 13:57:51     CRIENGLISH.com


Cao Zhian( 1st from left), vice general manager of the State Grid, and He Luli (2nd from left), vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the 10th National People's Congress, donate books to the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games at a ceremony held in Beijing on August 4, 2008. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com /Xu Liuliu]

A Beijing Olympics essay contest, which received over 453,000 entries from overseas Chinese, finally unveiled its list of winners in Beijing on Monday. Our reporter Ashley brings you more.

Launched by the State Grid Corporation last September, the "One World, One Dream" essay contest evoked overseas Chinese citizens' interest and passion from the very beginning.

Many Chinese learned of the news through TV programs, newspapers and the Internet. They quickly sent in entries with their best wishes for the Beijing Olympics. Lu Weihua, who has been living in Belgium for 16 years, submitted a cartoon soon after he learned about the contest from the Chinese embassy. Here is Lu.

"One world, One dream is the theme of 2008 Beijing Olympics. I was thinking about what the dream is. When I heard the news, I had the answer that it is a harmonious Olympics, a harmonious world and the pursuit of common understanding in development. I believe that the Beijing Olympics will be the best in history."

The State Grid, the official energy utility service partner of the 2008 Olympic Games, has been working on the project for over a year. Its goal is to depict overseas Chinese people's dreams and best wishes for the Beijing Olympic Games.

The submitted essays, cartoons and videos are representative of the global Chinese support for the Olympics. Chinese all over the world have expressed pleasure at witnessing the fulfillment of China's decades-old dream.

One entry from a Chinese student in New Zealand says, "Our hearts always beat with China." Facing so many excellent entries, jury members like Bing Ling found it hard to choose a winner. He was most impressed by overseas Chinese's passion and enthusiasm

"We have received 453,000 entries including texts, photos and videos. We have rarely got such a huge response to competitions. Apart from getting articles, short messages and couplets, we have received entries coming from 201 countries and regions, which covers 98 percent of the 205 members of the International Olympic Committee."

With only four days left for the opening ceremony, people from home and aboard are ready for the big moment. And our dream will be fulfilled on August 8, 2008.

Ashley, CRI News.

Reporter,editor: Xu Liuliu

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