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Eddie Mair | 13:04 UK time, Friday, 8 August 2008

and will last for six months.

Meanwhile, Hugh has been to a registry office in Beijing, (hear that tonight) and he's also sent some words and photos to illustrate last night's report from the velodrome in Lanzhou.

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"Auspicious day for getting married.


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It's the day the Olympics start.....


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....and it's the 8th of the 8th, 2008. 8 is a magic number in China.


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16.400 couples registered to collect their marriage certificates today.....


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......including 3,000 couples just at this Beijing register office.


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And back at the track...the velodrome in Lanzhou.


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Ma Yan Ping, champion cyclist who was in the Chinese Olympic teams in Athens and Sydney. She is expecting her 'Olympic' baby on August 13th.


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16 to 18 year old mountain bikers with their eye on London 2012.


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I asked if they wouldmake it to London. There was a chorus of 'Yes!'"

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