photo courtesy of b.c. government
Visitors to B.C.’s pavilion at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing will pass through the hollow bole of a 1,000-year-old Western redcedar and will be greeted by an aboriginal elder recounting the legend of the spirit bear, Premier Gordon Campbell said yesterday.
During a break in a Council of Federation meeting in Vancouver, the premier, joined by Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders, fleshed out plans for B.C. Canada Pavilion in Beijing.
"It will provide visitors with a lasting and vibrant image of where we live," Campbell said.
The pavilion will also tell the story of B.C. and Canada through the five elements of Chinese philosophy — metal, wood, water, fire and earth.
Campbell first unveiled the pavilion during a trip to Beijing in November 2006.
The three-storey, 21,000-square-foot building will be located near Tiananmen Square. It will be open from May to September and is anticipated to draw more than 400,000 people.
The project will cost $14.7 million. The federal government and Tourism B.C. will each spend $3 million toward it.