I'm working on a story for the Wednesday Aug.13 newspaper right now about a trip I took to the beach volleyball venue. It is probably the most "American" of all the venues in Beijing. Classic American rock blares out of the speakers between every point -- "Shout," "Don't Bring Me Down" and so on.
And then there are the Chinese dancing girls, who perform during breaks like they are a squad of Top Cats or something. In this demure and communist society, it's quite a striking change from the rest of Beijing I've experienced so far. It feels a lot like an NBA game in terms of the entertainment.
Like the women's beach volleyball players, these Chinese women wear bikinis. I thought it was an odd contrast here -- a beach volleyball player studiously practicing her serve right before a match while the Chinese dancing girls shimmied in the background.