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August 8, 2008

Beijing Olympics ceremony begins

Beijing Olympics ceremony begins

Opening ceremony, Beijing, 08/08

The ceremony is attempting to tell the story of China’s history

The opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics has begun with a spectacular display of dancing, music and fireworks at a packed national stadium.

Some 10,000 performers are taking part in the festivities, being watched on TV by an estimated one billion people.

The city’s main airport has been closed for the ceremony, amid heightened security in the capital.

The build-up to the event has been dominated by worries over pollution and criticism of China’s rights record.

Earlier, President Hu Jintao said: “The historic moment we have awaited is arriving.”

1 Comment »

  1. I sincerely hope that every American over there tried learning some native tongue. I plan on traveling over there year after next and I am trying to learn mandarin now.

    Americans in general have this arrogance that seems to give us most of our bad reputation we always expect others to learn English when they come and visit America, but we do not have the same logic when we ourselves are traveling. Double standards are bad.

    Comment by David — August 8, 2008 @ 5:28 pm

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