Beijing Olympics by the Numbers

8:08pm, 08/08/08
- Time and date of opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games - eight is a lucky number in China. WHY is the number 8 considered lucky in the minds of Chinese people?
The main reason has to do with the pronounciation of the word 'eight' in Chinese. In Pinyin, a common romanisation of Mandarin, the word sounds like "prosper" or "wealth".It is pronounced "ba" and sounds like the world prosperity which is pronounced "fa".

Another reason is the number's perfect symmetrical shape. You can cut the number 8 in half vertically or horizontally, and both halves mirror themselves perfectly.Perfect symmetry lends itself to perfect balance. In Chinese astrology, perfect balance is considered the ideal.

In China, you have to pay extra to have the number 8 in your phone number or licence plate. In addition, home and business owners like to have the number in their address.

The number 8 is also the base of our data representation in our computing system.
In abyte, there are eight bits, the most basic unit of measurement of computatinoal data.

The number 8 is also the smallest number with more than two factors- it forms a perfect cube with two to the third power (23).
it is also a Fibonacci number, which are numbers in the series 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc.

These numbers are special in nature because they show up in growth patterns of many plants and animal

- Number of athletes.

- Gold medals in 28 sports at 37 venues.

- Visitors expected.

$37.6 Billion
- Record cost of stadiums and transport infrastructure - more than twice what Greece spent on 2004 Athens Olympics. 12 Beijing venues are new, 11 are existing facilities, and eight are temporary.

- Police deployed, backed by 600,000 volunteers.

- Beijing tenants evicted to clear way for venues and other facilities - one in ten of Beijing's population.

- Value of 91,000 tickets for opening ceremony.

- Number of Olympic volunteers.

- Number of cars expected on Beijing's gridlocked streets during Olympics.

Sources: BOCOG, Kyodo News, Beijing Municipal Government.


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