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The Impact of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on the Chinese Employment


In July 2001 China won the bid to host the summer Olympic Games from the 8- 24th of August 2008. This was its second bid for the Olympics after losing in 1993 to Sydney 2010. According to John (2008) the first bid was rejected due to human rights issues followed by environmental issues. China did not lose its determination and in Sydney it won 28 gold medals and finished third in the overall medal count. This showed that the nation with population of 1.3 billion citizens and 400 million young people deserves to host the most extravagant sporting event (Longman, 2001).

From the moment that it won the bid development projects started to take place. New infrastructures had to be built, such as sporting venues, hotels, restaurants, offices, parks as well as water recycling centres (John, 2008) and many employees were needed to fill positions in service related jobs and welcome the world in China 7 years later. Most of the games took place in Beijing and it had 31 venues in total, while additional six cities, namely Hong Kong, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Shenyang and Tianjin provided additional sporting venues (John, 2008).

The following report is divided into three chapters. The first chapter covers the topics of employment and shows the increase in demand for employees in different sectors. The second chapter looks on the industries and companies investing in China and the amount of money invested (FDI). The final chapter provides data on the Gross Domestic Product growth. All the three chapters are covering the years leading to the Olympic Games and after, namely 2001- 2010.

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