While Beijing prepares for the 2008 Olympic Games, a few hundred kilometers away in Qingdao, guests at Sun Asia Ocean World can witness the Underwater Olympic Games!
Qingdao Underwater World is a sprawling complex with a myriad of animal species on display.
Among the four underground levels you’ll find an inter-tidal zone display, a seabed tunnel, a cabin passage, a marine theater, the purported largest cylindrical aquarium in the world, a rare marine species zone, a rainforest area and a surprisingly large marine education area which features an open lab, a touch pool, interactive video displays and a studio.
The Underwater Olympics competitors are all professional scuba divers, although they’re now involved in activities they probably hadn’t imagined before. There’s underwater fencing, shooting, gymnastics and even cycling. It’s enough to make you think it’s the year of the fish, not the year of the rat.