When I was out on the pale white moonscape of the Olympic green on Monday, my throat had the particular tickle of particulates. It wasn't just the intense heat -- and I wasn't even running the 10,000 meter.
The ChinesePod Olympics website includes interactive maps to allow users to search venue and national names in English, Chinese, and pinyin Romanization and match venues with the games scheduled there.
Beijing is inside a "bowl" formed by mountains to the north that help to trap pollution over the city. And because athletes will be ingesting more air than an average person, the hazard for them is even greater.
A bonanza of advertising narratives, hardly critical of China, are now about to appear globally -- including ads illustrating how Coca Cola connects China benevolently to other cultures by using the Olympics as a bridge.