The Washington Times - August 11, 2008, 09:44PM

While the dismal air quality leaves something to be desired and allergy-sufferers none too happy, Beijing city officials have been able to make amends by offering mini oases in the city: Olympic-themed gardens.

Here are a few shots from locations around the city, including Tiananmen Square, where greenery and flowers and decorations serve as beautiful ornamentations for the city.

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Apparently the gardens aren’t without controversy: some of the grasses used in the decorative plots aren’t native to Beijing and require extra amounts of water. This has drawn the scorn of some environmentalists, who aren’t too keen on funneling gallons of precious H2O to impress foreigners.

 

 

Carrie Sheffield, Boston correspondent, The Washington Times