THE 2008 GAMES<< Back to Intro
The Chinese capital's second bid - lost battle for 2000 Olympics to Sydney by just two votes.
Bid's focal point is a giant 'Olympic Green' in the northern outskirts of the city on an axis to landmarks like Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
Massive tree-planting initiative and clean-up operation to tackle pollution.
IOC Evaluation: Beijing Games would leave a "unique legacy to China and to sport".