China Offers Olympics Visitors Tips

Organizing committee lists dos and don'ts for spectators
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2008 7:45 PM CDT
A Chinese man waves a flag with the Beijing Olympic Games logo as performers gather to kick off celebrations for the one year countdown to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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(Newser) – Organizers of the Beijing Olympics released their "Spectators' House Rules" today, aiming to keep order during the August Games as well as protect the hosts from embarrassing incidents, the London Times reports. For starters, babies are discouraged but not forbidden. Other dos and don'ts:


  • Umbrellas ("In Beijing we prefer to avoid the sunlight," says an organizing committee official)
  • Small quantities of lip gloss, fountain pens, and sunscreen

Not permitted:

  • Banners, especially Tibetan flags
  • The “f-word”
  • Pets (service dogs are OK)
  • Streaking
  • Drunkenness