Chinese spectators arriving for Day 11 of Olympic competition hope their nation will soon have an unassailable lead in the medal tally.
China has won 39 gold medals, its total haul of 67 medals sitting just below the US total of 72.
The US has scooped 22 gold medals to date, but China has strong contenders in several contests to come.
The nation's strong medal performance has helped raise spirits after Monday's shock pullout by injured national hurdling hero Liu Xiang.
"I think China will get more than than 40 gold medals, and I don't think any country will be able to compete with China. I don't think the USA can catch up," said spectator Song Kuo.
Similar optimism could be found among the many Chinese fans arriving at the Bird's Nest stadium.
"It is a historical achievement, we will definitely top the gold medal list," said another spectator, Wu Shitong.
It was a sentiment echoed by former IOC (International Olympic Committee) President Juan Antonio Samaranch on Tuesday.
"I think China will be the number one in gold medals," he said during a tour of the Forbidden City, adding that he believed China would also be judged "number one in organisation" - a coveted title in itself.
Beijing's newspapers are gushing over China's success.
The normally staid People's Daily, flagship newspaper of the ruling Communist Party, carried the gold-medal tally on the front page of Monday editions, but accompanied it with an editorial that urged appreciation for all medal winners, regardless of country.
Such public appeals are signals from the communist leadership to ordinary Chinese not to let pride turn into more ugly displays of nationalism.
Away from Olympic Green, China is using Tiananmen Square to showcase its cultural talent.
On Tuesday, a youth orchestra from Beijing's Middle School performed for visitors to the square.
Tourists must still pass through strict security checks to enter the square, introduced after human rights protests ahead of the Olympics.
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