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Beijing Olympic Venues Then and Now — The Sad, Shocking Downfall

The Beijing Olympics in 2008 were used as a coming out party for China. A chance to show the world, with all their eyes on it, that they had arrived. Billions were spent (40 billion, to be exact) in preparation for the games. Thousands of hours were spent by the Chinese people memorizing intricate, organized choreography to show the unity and strength of their people.

In many ways, the Chinese government got what it wanted. Viewers around the world were witness to some of the most remarkable ceremonies and beautiful venues ever seen on the Olympic stage. But with time, it seems all this has been forgotten by the world – and the Chinese are no exception. What were once testaments to the country’s emergence on the world stage, has now become a reminder that perhaps they still have much progress to make.

Below are before and after pictures of some of the more notable venues from the games.

The Bird’s Nest

Site of the opening and closing ceremonies as well as track and field events, it is now sits as a costly relic. Below, workers collect trash from the water.

beijing-birdsnest-1Image Credit: wikipedia

beijing-birdsnest-2Image Credit: theblaze

Shunyi Olympic Rowing & Canoeing Park

beijing-canoeing-1Image Credit: virtualtourist

beijing-canoeing-2Image Credit: theblaze

Beijing Baseball Stadium

beijing-baseball-1Image Credit: groundskeeper.mlblogs.com

Stray dog just outside the stadium

Stray dog just outside the stadium

Image Credits: theatlanticcites.com

BMX Complex

beijing-bmx-1Image Credit: sportsmafia.info

beijing-bmx-2Image Credit: bmxnews.com

Beach Volleyball Venue

beijing-beachvolleyball-1Image Credit: dailymail.co.uk

The 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the beach volleyball competition lies deserted and unmaintained in central BeijingImage Credit: theatlanticcities.com

20 Beautiful Cave Pictures That Will Blow Your Mind

It took countless years for these caves to be formed, but only an instant to record them for all-time on film. These breathtaking photos may look like the product of a brilliant artist’s countless hours of work, but they are very much real. While few brave the long hours or even days to make the hike many of these require to view, it is all worth it. But if you’re not able to get there in person, you can at least enjoy these beautiful cave pictures below.

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Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

Image Credit: ljubincic.com

Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

Image Credit: mbpost.com

Guilin Reed Flute cave in China

Guilin Reed Flute cave in China

Image Credit: vacationhomes.net

Russian ice cave

Russian ice cave

Image Credit: 500px

Marble Caves, Patagonia

Marble Caves, Patagonia

Image Credit: atlasobscura.com

 Naica Mine, Mexico

Naica Mine, Mexico

Image Credit: geo-magazin

Halong Bay cave complex

Halong Bay cave complex

Image Credit: brillianthalongcruises.com

Deer Cave in Borneo

Deer Cave in Borneo

Image Credit: izismile

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

Image Credit: designyoutrust

Melassani Cave in Greece

Melassani Cave in Greece

Image Credit: rofllollmao.com

Kyaut Sae Cave, Myanmar

Kyaut Sae Cave, Myanmar

Image Credit: photobotos

Ice cave under Vatnajokull Glacier

Ice cave under Vatnajokull Glacier

Image Credit: whatsontianjin.com

Another shot of the Vatnajokull Glacier cave

Another shot of the Vatnajokull Glacier cave

Image Credit: stefnisson.com

Tham Lod Cave, Thailand

Tham Lod Cave, Thailand

Image Credit: funzug.com

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Algarve, Portugal

Algarve, Portugal

Image Credit: hikenow.net

Glacial cave in Juneau, Alaska

Glacial cave in Juneau, Alaska

Image Credit: izismile

Batu Caves, Malaysia

Batu Caves, Malaysia

Image Credit: wikimedia

Castner Glacial Cave, Alaska

Castner Glacial Cave, Alaska

Image Credit: visitheworld.tumblr.com

Sweden

Sweden

Image Credit: wodumedia

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10 Daredevils Who Aren’t Afraid of Heights. Or Dying, Apparently.

Our natural instincts are a good thing. It’s why even from a young age humans and animals all innately know certain obvious things like “better stay away from that huge, angry thing with the sharp bloody teeth” or “better not pose for pictures while hanging off a skyscraper by my fingertips.” The following 10 daredevils somehow missed it, but we thank them because it makes for some very cool photos.

030214-heights-01Image Credit: petapixel.com

Russians do it one-handedImage Credit: dailymail.co.uk

daredevilsImage Credit: designboom

030214-heights-04Image Credit: petapixel.com

030214-heights-05Image Credit: petapixel.com

Russians have strong fingersImage Credit: neatorama.com

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The UK is getting in on the action too

Image Credit: dailystar.co.uk

Checking in from Toronto

Image Credit: dailymail.co.uk

And closing us out, BrazilImage Credit: multticlique.com.br

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