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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 July 2006, 13:26 GMT 14:26 UK
In pictures: Olympic preparations

A Chinese official in front of the Olympic logo

Promotions and preparations for the 2008 Olympics are already well under way in the Chinese capital, Beijing.

Beijing's National Stadium, currently under construction

Construction continues on the National Stadium, which has been nicknamed the "bird's nest".

A man works on the Olympic clock

Although the games are nearly two years away, the city is already putting up decorations.

A man attends a sporting events exhibition in Beijing

Exhibitions throughout Beijing are helping to promote sporting events as well as gearing the public up for the games.

The official Olympic clock

The Olympic Clock in Tiananmen Square is counting down the 800 days until the games begin.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic games mascots

Merchandise featuring Olympic mascots is already selling fast.

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