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Digging deep for golden memorabilia
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13:25, August 15, 2008

Digging deep for golden memorabilia
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As the Beijing Games continues to draw the attention of billions of sports fans worldwide, so the Olympex has been a carnival for philatelists and collectors of Olympic mini-souvenirs.

Themed Lighting the Passion, Sharing the Dream, the event encompasses hundreds of philatelic, numismatic and athletic art companies. It also houses temporary national postal offices from about 20 countries and the top sponsors of the Games. Also present are exhibits about future Olympic cities, Vancouver and London.

The Olympic cultural event provides "an opportunity for visitors to acquire knowledge and experience of the rich Olympic culture", said IOC president Jacques Rogge at the opening ceremony.


People are attracted to the Olympics-related pins worn by a collector from the United States at a subway station in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 14, 2008. The ongoing Beijing Olympic Games has become a carnival not only for sports fans but also for enthusiastic pin collectors from across the world. (Xinhua)


IOC collections are on display, highlighted by a huge postage stamp collection of former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch. The first Olympic stamps issued in Greece back on March 25, 1896 are also presented as well as special Olympic-themed stamps from the China Stamp Museum, including three 120-year-old large dragon stamps issued during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).


A collector from the United States wears a hat decorated with various Olympics-related pins at a subway station in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 14, 2008. The ongoing Beijing Olympic Games has become a carnival not only for sports fans but also for enthusiastic pin collectors from across the world. (Xinhua)


Also being showcased are Olympic-themed coins from the China Coin Museum, special Olympic-themed stamps belonging to international collectors, international Olympic memorabilia collections, and some 20 prize-winning paintings, sculptures and collages created by international artists eulogizing the Olympic spirit.

Since its opening on August 8 at the Beijing Exhibition Center, the expo has reportedly attracted over 40,000 visitors from home and abroad.

Source: China Daily



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