In the interest of looking your opponent square in the eye, American tourists to the London Games may want to visit China House, located in the Waldorf Hilton at 22 Aldwych, City of London WC2B 4DD. This is the first year China has opened an area for people to visit and experience Chinese sports, culture and hospitality during an overseas Summer Olympic Games. Splendiferous with a backdrop of the Forbidden City, China House aims to help support the Chinese Olympic team, currently tied for total number of medals with the US as of July 30, 2012. The Chinese athletic dominance is strongly asserted by towering two-story high posters of Chinese athletes in action.
China House is more a testament to the strong business, community and political links forged between China and Great Britain than a hospitality venue. A series of pictures lining the walls commemorate political milestones between the two countries such as the former chairman Mao Tse-tung greeting former British prime minister Edward Heath in 1975; the former Chinese premier Zhu Rongji and former prime minister Tony Blair in 2002 and the most recent visit of China’s president, Hu Jintao, with Prime Minister David Cameron. This year marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Britain and China.
China House also serves as home to the Chinese sports delegation and relevant organizations and groups during the Games. The house will play host to a celebration party for Chinese athletes on Aug 9 and will remain open through Aug 12.