Foreign Visitors Find Ways to Watch the Olympics in Shenzhen
Foreigners visiting Shenzhen have their own way of watching the Olympic Games in London. Some chose to watch the games on their television at home, some cheer for their home country at bars together with friends.
Shenzhen is considered a city with an international community this means the Olympic global appeal meant celebrations under many flags, early mornings or late nights in front of a television. An Italian living in Bao’an district has been watching the games since the opening ceremony at home. He likes watching any sport that requires a lot of activity. He admits he doesn’t know any particular Chinese athlete, but admires the Chinese people for their performance during the Olympics.
An employee of one of the bars found in Futian said, they noticed an increase of foreigners coming in to watch the games, especially during swimming, tennis and football matches and they stay until past midnight. Hurdling star Liu Xiang became a conversation topic among Chinese and foreigners after he crashed into a hurdle in a qualifying heat in the men’s hurdles which ended his dreams of Olympic redemption.
Some said that there were a lot of factors that contributed to Xiang’s tragedy, most argued on the facilities and weather while some said that the hurdles were to high compared to the one in the Beijing Olympics.