Bird’s Nest model on display at Lotus Square

Friday, August 22, 2008
Issue 443, Page 3
Word count: 275
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

A large “Bird’s Nest” model simulating the National Stadium of the Beijing Olympic Games is on display at the Macau Golden Lotus Square until August 25.

In order to celebrate Chinese Olympic athletes’ achievements and to express Macau people and tourists’ support to the Games, the Macau Travel Agency Association (MTAA) for the second time in this month joined with the China News Service (CNS) to set up a model of the Beijing National Stadium which is commonly referred to as the “Bird’s Nest”.

The structure stands 3.8 metres high, 15 metres wide and 18 metre long beside the bronze sculpture of “Lotus Flower in Full Bloom” at the square.

Themed “Cheering for the Chinese Olympic Athletes”, the interior of the model showcases photos of the past Olympic Games and Macau’s world heritage, as well as has a counter to sell Olympics publication.

The two organisers also built a 25m x 25m model of the Beijing National Aquatics Centre, also known as the Water Cube, at the Golden Lotus Square on August 8 to celebrate the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games.

China is still leading the medal tally in the Games with, as of yesterday, 46 gold medals, 15 silver medals and 22 bronze medals.

They are followed by the United States’ 28 and Great Britain’s 17 gold medals respectively.

Guests who attended yesterday’s opening ceremony of the “Bird’s Nest” model included president of the MTAA, Alex Lao; deputy chief editor of CNS Hong Kong Branch, Liu Fukui; economic affairs minister of the Chinese Liaison Office, Zhou Zhikui; as well as representatives from the Macao Sport Development Board and the Macau Government Tourist Office.

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