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Chinese-British photojournalist Justin Jin spends a month in Beijing profiling the city as the Olympics approach. He meets workers constructing enormous stadiums, hostesses learning to smile and taxi drivers trying to study English.

Smiling Beijing welcomes the Olympics... Photographs ŠJustin Jin/Lightmediation Contact - Thierry Tinacci Lightmediation Photo Agency +33 (0)6 61 80 57 21 thierry@lightmediation.com


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Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-01: Construction workers in Beijing build the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium, which will be unveiled for the 2008 Summer Olympics. / China / Beijing

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Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-03: Olympic student volunteers learn to smile and stand straight at a vocational school in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Summer Games. / China

1425-04: A scavenger in Beijing collects wood from the construction site of the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium, which will be unveiled for the 2008 Summer Olympics.


1425-20: Cheerleaders from a worker's group compete in a cheerleading competition in Beijing organised for the Olympics in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Summer Games.


Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-05: Construction workers in Beijing pull a metal pipe as they build the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium, which will be unveiled for the 2008 Summer Olympics. /

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-06: Construction workers build the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium, which will be unveiled for the 2008 Summer Olympics. / China / Beijing

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-07: Construction workers in Beijing build the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium, which will be unveiled for the 2008 Summer Olympics. / China / Beijing

1425-08: A welder contructs the dive platform at the Water Cube in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. The Water Cube is where the swimming events will take place.


1425-23: Students and teachers study "Crazy English" at the Petrochemical University in Beijing, as part of the city's effort to get ready to host the 2008 Olympics.


1425-09: A passer-by covers herself from dust as she walks past the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium, which will be unveiled for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Beijing is one of the most air-polluted cities on

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-10: Workers build the Water Cube in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. The Water Cube is where the swimming events will take place. /

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-11: An overview of Beijing, with the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in the distant center. The city is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / China / Beijing

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-12: A view of construction site from inside the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium, which is being built for the 2008 Summer Olympics. / China / Beijing


1425-09: A passer-by covers herself from dust as she walks past the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium, which will be unveiled for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Beijing is one of the most air-polluted cities on earth.


1425-13: Contruction workers build the Olympic Village in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. The village is wher athletes will stay during the 2008 Games.

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-14: Construction workers in Beijing build the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium, which will be unveiled for the 2008 Summer Olympics. / China / Beijing

1425-15: A construction worker walks inside the Water Cube in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. The Water Cube is where the swimming events will take place.

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-16: A construction worker in Beijing takes a break inside the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium, which will be unveiled for the 2008 Summer Olympics. / China / Beijing


1425-40: People walk and cycyle past "The Place", a new open-air shopping mall with the biggest LCD screen in Asia as its roof.


Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-17: A construction worker builds the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium, which will be unveiled for the 2008 Summer Olympics. / China / Beijing

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-18: Olympic student volunteers learn to smile and stand straight at a vocational school in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Summer Games. / China /

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-19: Olympic student volunteers learn to smile and stand straight at a vocational school in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Summer Games. / China

1425-20: Cheerleaders from a worker's group compete in a cheerleading competition in Beijing organised for the Olympics in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Summer Games.


1425-41: An overview of Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. The slanting buildings are the new CCTV Tower, designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.


Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-21: Cheerleaders compete in Beijing to take part in the 2008 Olympic Summer Games. / China / Beijing

1425-22: Chinese taxi driver Liu Shao Shan (standing, left) teaches English to fellow cabbies at their office headquarters in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Summer Games.

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-23: Students and teachers study "Crazy English" at the Petrochemical University in Beijing, as part of the city's effort to get ready to host the 2008 Olympics. /

1425-24: Chinese taxi driver Liu Shao Shan teaches English to fellow cabbies at their office headquarters in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Summer Games.


1425-29: Miliary police practice marching in the Workers' Stadium in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics.


1425-25: Chinese taxi driver Liu Shao Shan teaches English to fellow cabbies at their office headquarters in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Summer Games.

1425-26: An overview of Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. The slanting buildings are the new CCTV Tower, designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.

1425-27: Smog shrouds Shougang factory in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. The CCTV tower is in the back. Beijing is one of the most air-polluted cities on earth.

1425-28: Smog billow out of Shougang factory in front of apartment blocks in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. The CCTV tower is in the back. Beijing is one of the most air-polluted


1425-45: Workers transport an art installation in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. The sculptures, titled "Bubbles" by 33-year-old Chinese artist Shu Yong, is being exhibited at the Wine Factory art space.


Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-29: Miliary police practice marching in the Workers' Stadium in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / China / Beijing

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-30: Miliary police practice marching in the Workers' Stadium in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / China / Beijing

1425-31: A man practices Tai Chi in the central business district of Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. Behind him is the new CCTV tower designed by famed Dutch architect Rem

1425-32: A man practices Tai Chi in the central business district of Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. Behind him is the new CCTV tower designed by famed Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.


1425-47: Chinese people line up in a row to massage one another's backs in a park in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics.


Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-33: A Chinese girl walks with her parents on the Wang Fu Jing pedestrian street in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / China / Beijing

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-34: A man receives "fish massage" in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. The fish feed on the dead skin of the feet. / China / Beijing

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-35: South African businessmen receive pedicure and manicure in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / China / Beijing

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-36: Tourists receive pedicure and manicure in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / China / Beijing


1425-05: Construction workers in Beijing pull a metal pipe as they build the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium, which will be unveiled for the 2008 Summer Olympics.


Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-37: Dancers perform in front of the new National Theatre in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / China / Beijing

1425-38: Chinese and Westerners dine at the exclusive Lan Club restaurant, designed by world-renowed French designer Philip Starck. The restaurant serves fusion Chinese Sichuan food.

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-39: A guest sits outside the Vic's Club in Beijing. / China / Beijing

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-40: People walk and cycyle past "The Place", a new open-air shopping mall with the biggest LCD screen in Asia as its roof. / China / Beijing


1425-24: Chinese taxi driver Liu Shao Shan teaches English to fellow cabbies at their office headquarters in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Summer Games.


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1425-42: Chemical smoke billow out of the Shougang factory in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. Beijing is one of the most air-polluted cities on earth.

1425-43: A Chinese customer at the exclusive Lan Club restaurant, designed by world-renowed French designer Philip Starck. The restaurant serves fusion Chinese Sichuan food.

1425-44: A Chinese customer at the exclusive Lan Club restaurant, designed by world-renowed French designer Philip Starck. The restaurant serves fusion Chinese Sichuan food.


1425-21: Cheerleaders compete in Beijing to take part in the 2008 Olympic Summer Games.


1425-54: Olympic student volunteers learn to smile and stand straight at a vocational school in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Summer Games.

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-46: Waiters and waitresses at the South Silkroad restaurant in Beijing attend pre-dinner meeting. / China / Beijing

1425-55: A man washes himself after swimming in a park in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics.

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-48: Two office workers carry a computer in Beijing's Zhong Guan Cun high-tech district. / China / Beijing


1425-54: Olympic student volunteers learn to smile and stand straight at a vocational school in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Summer Games.


Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-49: Elderly people perform morning exercise in a park in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / China / Beijing

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-50: A Chinese man enjoys a morning swim in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / China / Beijing

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-51: Private stock investors play chess at a brokerage Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / China / Beijing

Beijing, ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / 1425-52: A marathon runner pushes past police patrol in Beijing, which is getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. / China / Beijing


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