With one of the prime missions of the Beijing 2008 Games a hi-tech Olympics, the ongoing sailing competition in Qingdao has become a showcase of new technologies.
"New and high technologies used in construction, metrological forecasting, intelligent transportation, wind and solar power generation, food safety and medical services are in use for the event," Wang Wei, deputy chairman of the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Committee, told China Daily.
A group of dinghies in 49er class start race one of the competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Qingdao, Shandong province, August 10, 2008. [Agencies]
The nation`s first anemography laser radar now at work at the sailing event provides high-precision information on wind speed and direction at sea.
The Olympic sub-village boasts 25 new technological achievements including the application of new materials and solar power.
Hi-tech medical treatment is also offered for the event.
A long-distance Telemedicine Consultation Center is connected with 35 hospitals in Beijing, Shanghai and Jinan and an international clinic will provide treatment.
The Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center also generates tidal energy, solar and wind power, and uses recycled water. Using renewable energy reduces electricity-grid demand at the center by 913,000 kWh annually. Qingdao is also honoring its commitment to host a green Olympics.
Organizers say the sky is bluer and water clearer, while the city is much more attractive and living conditions are more comfortable.