Sponsors Turn Beijing Into a Party Town

As the Games Wind Down, the City's Nightlife Takes Off

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Chien Hwang
Chien Hwang
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The Olympic Games have brought more than fancy new sports venues to Beijing. They have also introduced some great party venues. Bars and clubs all over town are hopping with international celebrities and super-athletes, often hosted by sponsors. Adidas, for example, kicked off the Olympics with a "Black and Gold" party attended by sports legends Maurice Green and Ian Thorpe.

Many countries have also set up pavilions or "houses" to throw some good parties -- USA House, London House, Swiss House, and so on. Budweiser set up a VIP "Club Bud" at the Beijing Agricultural Center next to the Heineken hall, which is aptly attached to the Holland House.

Rumors of Michael Phelps partying at the USA House, Club Bud and dancing the night away at Club China Doll are spreading all over town. I've heard Dirk Nowitzki and the entire German basketball team had a blast at the Bling Club.

The Commune at the Great Wall hosted a gathering with the likes of Jared Leto, Maggie Cheung, Quincy Jones, Rem Koolhaas, Kengo Kuma, Rupert Murdoch, Ben Silverman and Lee Trink. And Chris Tucker and Paul Allen were seen hanging out at Club Block 8 a few nights ago.

With the official events winding down, the athletes are ready to cut loose. Beijing's nightlife should only going to get more crazy during the weekend.

The games are ending. Let the fun begin!

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