New Zealand's north coastal city Gisborne is to become the first
city in the Southern Hemisphere to host the Beijing Olympic
The 110-piece exhibition, regarded as an ambassador for the 2008
Olympics, will be displayed for three weeks from September 9 in
city gardens beside Gisborne's Taruheru River.
Same exhibition has already attracted 100 million viewers in 13
Chinese cities and in London, Seoul, Los Angeles and Rome.
Gisborne's status as the first city in the world to see the
sunrise and the proximity of the exhibition site to the confluence
of three rivers helped seal the decision.
(Xinhua News Agency August 29, 2007)