Domestic Ticketing Phases
On the Chinese mainland, Phase One of the ticketing process will run from now
through the end of September 2007. During this first phase, 50% of the total 2.2
million domestic tickets for competition sessions and the estimated 26,000
tickets available for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, respectively, will be
open to the domestic public.
Orders will be fulfilled through a process of ordering and confirmation by
random selection. The first half of the period will be dedicated to collecting
orders in which prospective ticket buyers indicate for which events they want
tickets, and the second-half will be spent trying to determine whether the
supply equals the demand for certain events. This approach provides everyone an
equal chance of purchasing tickets that are in high demand.
From April 15 to June 30, individuals can place orders through the official
BOCOG ticketing website, by submitting completed order forms to designated Bank
of China outlets or by mailing a form to Beijing Gehua Ticketmaster Ticketing
Co, Ltd. Forms will be available at all Bank of China branches, in newspapers
and on the official website.
From July to August, 2007, tickets will be assigned to completed orders. For
oversubscribed events, tickets will be allocated using a random computerized
A similar ordering process will be conducted in Phase Two, which will take
place from October to December 2007. Remaining available tickets from Phase One
and the other 50% of the competition tickets for sale domestically will be open
to the public during this period. Tickets can be ordered through the official
website, at designated Bank of China outlets or the ticketing call center, but
in this phase tickets will be allocated on a "first-come, first-serve" basis.
A real-time sales process will be conducted in Phase Three from April 2008
until the end of the Olympic Games where tickets will be issued directly upon
Form of Ticket and Payment
Souvenir tickets will be used for ticket orders fulfilled in Phases One and
Two. Individuals will be prompted to collect their souvenir tickets at
designated Bank of China outlets. Individuals who purchase tickets during Phase
Three will receive thermal-printed tickets.
Payment will be required once the order is confirmed in Phase One. In Phase
Two, payment is required together with the ticket order. Individuals may pay for
tickets by using cash, a VISA card or by deducting the required amount from a
current Bank of China account.