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China After the Olympics
In this picture taken Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, a street vendor flies kites printed with the Beijing Olympic games mascot image near the Water Cube aquatic center in Beijing, China. The Water Cube _ where U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps made history by winning eight gold medals _ has been transformed into a water park popular among local families. Its operators even peddle purified glacier water under the Water Cube brand for additional income. Beijing, which spent more than $2 billion to build 31 venues for the 2008 Summer Games, is reaping some income and tourism benefits from two flagship venues, though many sites need government subsidies to meet hefty operation and maintenance costs. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)