Everyone knows that these are called the Beijing Olympics. But that's not all. Since Beijing doesn't have enough stadiums and facilities to host all the events themselves, they've enlisted the help of other cities. These cities are called the "co-host cities" The co-host cities are: Qingdao ("q" is pronounced like a "ch" in English), Hong Kong, Tianjin, Shanghai, Shenyang and Qinhuangdao.
Qingdao, is going to hold the sailing events, as it is a good to place to sail because of its location on the ocean. The equestrian events will be held in Hong Kong. Tianjin, Shanghai, Shenyang and Qinhuangdao will hold soccer matches that Beijing can't have played there.
In my previous post, I've already told you about the equestrian events in Hong Kong, so let me tell you a little bit about the other Olympic co-host cities.
Qingdao is a beautiful place with beaches, mountains and the ocean. It also has a seaport and naval base.
Tianjin used to be Beijing's seaport in the time of the emperors. It has many foreign settlements there with lots of interesting non-Chinese looking buildings. It's also very close to Beijing so if you have time, you should check it out. They just finished a high speed train so spectators can get from Beijing to Tianjin easily.
Shanghai is the economic center of China, just like Beijing is the political center of China. Shanghai is also another seaport and has many remnants of Chinese history (i.e. The Bund and Foreign Concessions).
Shenyang is the capital of Liaoning Province, with a railroad station and airport. The city has maintained its history throughout the years and the government is trying to turn the city greener.
Qinhuangdao is another seaport as it borders Bohai Bay. It also boasts the eastern most part of the Great Wall.
I'll write more when I've actually attend a canoeing event next week!