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Chinese netizens show China's warmth and enthusiasm
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14:22, August 07, 2008

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From participating in the Beijing Olympic bid to supporting preparations for the Games, and from protecting the torch relay overseas to fighting back against calls to "boycott the Olympics," over 253 million Chinese netizens, more web users than in any other country, are contributing to the success of the Olympics with their passion and enthusiasm as hosts. Browsing the many online communities, forums, blogs, video sites, and other kinds of interactive platforms, Chinese netizens are speaking with one powerful voice in order to realize "One World, One Dream," allowing the world to feel China's welcoming enthusiasm, using the Internet to spread the Olympic spirit!

Even though the Internet is a virtual world, behind this virtual world are the warm, smiling faces of Chinese netizens. On the interactive communities of some foreign websites, Chinese netizens surprisingly also leave some footprints, and those footprints clearly show the same goals: to tell the world about what China is really like, respond to the doubts of foreign web users, and provide detailed help and advice to foreign web users planning to come to China.

On domestic websites, countless netizens have become online "Olympic volunteers." On Baidu's "Zhidao" community, anyone with a question can simply post it up, and perhaps within only a few minutes, many netizens will eagerly answer it. The efficiency of this system is on par with the speed of the news media reporting on the Olympics.

On the Sina.com forum, a web user called "diha" said, "The Olympic spirit signifies unity, fraternity, and the willingness to help each other. We should join together as web users and make an effort to tell the world that China is not "unwelcoming" as it has been misrepresented by certain media. Both in the real world and online, we should allow the world to truly feel how warm and hospitable we Chinese are."

One can see online that some foreign media have written about the enthusiasm of the Chinese people toward the Olympics. Many Chinese netizens are contributing with great enthusiasm to the Olympics, a source of pride for the whole country.

By People's Daily Online

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