A photographic roundup of China's preparations for NBA China Games
Setting the Scene

China and the Chinese Basketball Association went to great lengths in preparing for the 2004 China Games. Take a look at some behind-the-scenes photos of how they got ready to host the Kings and Rockets in Shanghai.

A blimp promoting the China Games soars above the harbor in Shanghai.
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Banners of Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic and Yao Ming in downtown Shanghai.
(Chinese Inside Stuff)

Getting the stadium ready for Rockets-Kings.
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Laying down the hardwood for the China Games.
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Chinese and U.S. flags hanging above the court.
(Chinese Inside Stuff)

A few different views of the comfortable seating at the arena. From blue ...
(Chinese Inside Stuff)

... to red ...
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... to plaid with wooden armrests. Not your typical stadium seating, that's for sure.
(Chinese Inside Stuff)