Beijing’s got a soundtrack right now, and boy is it catchy!

The Olympics may have the most upbeat, cheesy and sickeningly happy collection of songs ever recorded. And everywhere you go in Beijing right now, you’ll hear them, played ad-infinitum. Every store, every train station, every TV station, and every cell phone ring tone…it’s inescapable. But then again, I can’t get enough of it!

Here’s an mp3 of the most popular song, “Beijing Huan Ying Ni” (Beijing Welcomes You):

It’s 8 minutes long, and each line is sung by a different person from China.

The other “Official Olympic” songs have titles like “Forever Friends” and “One World, One Dream” and “Light Passion Share Dream,” and they are just as kitschy. (There’s also another infectious song that goes “Beijing, Beijing” over and over again that is really great as well.)

Below are the lyrics to “Beijing Welcomes You”, translated to English. (It also includes the Pinyin version as well.) The lyrics are so happy and cheesy. I love it!

“Beijing Welcomes You” Lyrics
(“Beijing Huan Ying Ni”)

Let’s embrace another morning and enjoy its ever new air.
Ying jie ling yi ge chen xi, dai lai quan xin kong qi.

With the fragrance of tea, it smells different. But it feels great, full of friendship.
Qi xi gai bian qing wei bu bian, cha xiang tiao man qing yi.

Our door is always open. We are waiting for you open-armed.
Wo jia da men chang da kai, kai fang huai bao deng ni.

After a big hug, you’ll feel close with us. And surely you will love this place.
Yong bao guo jiu you le mo qi, ni jiu hui ai shang zhe li.

Our guests, no matter where you come from, please feel at home.
Bu guan yuan jin dou shi ke ren, qing bu yong ke qi.

We promised to get together here. So welcome!
Xiang yue hao le zai yi qi, wo men huan ying ni.

We cultivate Chinese evergreen in the garden. All the time, it is producing a new legend.
Wo jia zhong zhe wan nian qing, kai fang mei duan chuan qi.

In the soil rich in traditions, we plant. Hope everything we plant here leaves you a great experience.
Wei chuan tong de tu rang bo zhong, wei ni liu xia hui yi.

Our guests, no matter we’ve met before or not, please feel at ease.
Mo sheng shu xi dou shi ke ren, qing bu yong ju li.

Even if you have been here for many times, you won’t feel bored ’cause we have vast new things for you.
Di ji ci lai mei guan xi, you tai duo hua ti.

Welcome to Beijing; we’ve done a lot for your visit.
Bei jing huan ying ni, wei ni kai tian bi di.

Its charm in ever changing is full of life.
Liu dong zhong de mei li, chong man zhe chao qi.

Welcome to Beijing; let’s breathe together in the sunshine.
Bei jing huan ying ni, zai tai yang xia fen xiang hu xi.

Let’s establish new records here in China.
Zai huang tu di shua xin cheng ji.

Our door is always open. We are open armed, ready to embrace the world.
Wo jia da men chang da kai, kai huai rong na tian di.

5000-year-old China is flashing a youthful smile, waiting for the day.
Sui yue zhan fang qing chun xiao rong, huan jie zhe ge re qi.

Our guests, no matter where you come from, please feel at home.
Tian da di da dou shi peng you, qing bu yong ke qi.

We paint pictures and write poems to express the joy for your coming.
Hua yi shi yi dai xiao yi, zhi wei deng dai ni.

Welcome to Beijing; like moving music, our hospitality will warm your heart.
Bei jing huan ying ni, xiang ying yue gan dong ni.

Let’s try to challenge ourselves.
Rang wo men dou jia you qu chao yue zi ji.

Welcome to Beijing; people who have dreams are all bravo.
Bei jing huan ying ni, you meng xiang shei dou liao bu qi.

If only you keep the courage, miracles will happen.
You yong qi jiu hui you qi ji.

Welcome to Beijing; we’ve done a lot for your visit.
Bei jing huan ying ni, wei ni kai tian bi di.

Its charm in ever changing is full of life.
Liu dong zhong de mei li, chong man zhe chao qi.

Welcome to Beijing; let’s breathe together in the sunshine.
Bei jing huan ying ni, zai tai yang xia fen xiang hu xi.

Let’s establish new records here in China.
Zai huang tu di shua xin cheng ji.

Our door is always open. We are waiting for you open-armed.
Wo jia da men chang da kai, kai fang huai bao deng ni.

After a big hug, you’ll feel close with us. And surely you will love this place.
Yong bao guo jiu you le mo qi, ni jiu hui ai shang zhe li.

Our guests, no matter where you come from, please feel at home.
Bu guan yuan jin dou shi ke ren, qing bu yong ke qi.

We promised to get together here. So welcome!
Xiang yue hao le zai yi qi, wo men huan ying ni.