Chinese performers dance in front of a float decorated with Fuwa Huanhuan, the Olympic mascot representing fire, during a parade promoting the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Despite the weather, a colourful parade through the same area goes ahead as promotion for the Games continues.
A repeat of this scene on opening ceremony day would be a PR disaster.
Technicians adjust a fountain at the Olympic Green as heavy skies hang over the National Olympic Stadium.
A group of Olympic volunteers sit inside the Chinese National Aquatics Centre, also known as the Water Cube. The venue will host swimming and diving events.
On the side of a nearby building, a poster of swimmer Michael Phelps receives some finishing touches from an attentive worker.
Australian Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice trains in Kuala Lumpur just over a week before the opening of the Games in Beijing.
Inside the National Aquatic Centre, Canada's synchronized divers Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Felion head for the water.
An Olympics fan displays his haircut done for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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