In an attempt to prevent terrorists and ticket scalpers, people need to submit their photos when booking tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies, and the tickets can be transferred only once with the consent of BOCOG in advance, said Rong.

“Advanced anti-counterfeiting technologies will be used in printing the tickets,” he said.

Tickets to oversubscribed events will be allocated by random draw. “It ensures that everyone has an equal chance of purchasing tickets,” said Rong….

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In an effort to make the Olympics affordable to average Chinese residents, about 58 percent of the tickets are priced at 100 yuan ($12) or less and 14 percent of all tickets would be reserved for Chinese students for 10 yuan ($1.3) or less.

Ticket prices for the 28 sports sessions range from 30 Yuan ($3.50) to 1,000 yuan ($127).

The most expensive tickets are for the opening ceremony on the evening of Aug 8, 2008. These cost 5,000 yuan ($646). The cheapest tickets for that event are 200 yuan ($26). (Full Story)

Last Updated on April 16, 2007