Login | Register | Subscribe to the GG RSS Feed

Beijing Olympics 2008 Planning

Bound for Beijing in August 2008?

If you're lucky enough to score tickets, you'll be treated to a completely transformed city - 3 new subway lines, a new airport terminal, newly laid highways throughout the city and much, much more. But buying tickets will be about as much fun as running through a thorny thicket in shorts.

Olympic Event Tickets

The official distributor, Cosport, sold the first phase of tickets via a lottery system - they're all gone. But the Bound for BeijingBound for Beijingsecond phase launches this month - you can get these on a first come, first served basis.

Of course, you can always try an alternate source, but be prepared to pay as much as $3000US just to get into the opening ceremony. By next summer you'll likely be able score seats through eBay and other online ticket liquidators, but if you have your heart set on specific events, going through an official channel early is your best bet.

Beijing Accommodations

You'll be able to find adequate accommodations through CoSport, but don't expect a bargain - average rate is about $1000 per night.

Olympic GamesOlympic GamesBut, this is the Internet after all, and there are options. If you know which Olympic events you want to attend, visit a hostel booking site like Hostel World or Hostel Bookers and choose based on location, date and the amount you're willing to spend.

If you really want to immerse yourself into the cultural, political and economic center of China, consider lodging with a family - homestays are $400US-$600US per month. We recommend:

Heading to Beijing for the Olympics? How's the planning coming?

Talk Back, Girlfriend and rate this post!

Related Stories

Rate This post

Post new comment

GoGirlfriend Recommendations

Travel Planning

Lonely Planet


Membership is free and with it you can set up a profile, vote on stories and post your opinions.

Already a member?

Not a member? Join!

Most Recent Comments

  • On Club Orient - St. Martin, Scribbles said "The naturist beaches on St Martin are really quite special. There are many choices and opportunity for getting an all over tan. There are naturist hotel accommodations also. https://naturist.sx is a great place to learn about all the naturist opportunities on this beautiful Caribbean Island "
  • On 6 Tips to Survive (and Thrive) in Self-Isolation, admin said "Thanks Bat-El for the great tip. We've included your link in our Bonus Ideas from our Community section so others can enjoy. I really enjoyed the Stonehenge tour ... it's on my bucket list!"
  • On 6 Tips to Survive (and Thrive) in Self-Isolation, Bat-El Galor said "My name is Bat-El, and I'm working in collaboration with Travel Trend website. We've recently published a post -"Top 100 virtual tours around the world". After looking at these wonderful tips to survive in self-isolation; It occurred to me that our post could also contribute to your readers with further virtual tours resources. The post includes 100 links to virtual tours and unique experiences around the world. Feel free to check out the link and enjoy your travels ... https://www.trvltrend.com/technology/virtual-tours/ Cheers,"
  • On Cuba Travel ~ 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Go, admin said "Thanks Gordon for the update ... and given most routes to the resorts on the coast are an hour+ and it's Cuban warm, that money for a beverage is a great tip!"
  • On Cuba Travel ~ 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Go, Gordon Mitchell said "Over the last few years The $25 departure tax has been included in your airfare. Make sure you convert your cash at the airport so you can buy a cold beer on the bus on your way to the resort. They will take canadian money but not loonies and toonies. "

Blogs We Love

beautiful Vancouver, British ColumbiaCheck out our GoGirlfriend Facebook page to follow us as we seek new adventures and create memories in our own part of the world.