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August 9, 2008

Beijing Olympic Games Opening Ceremony 2008



Beijing Olympics / China

Are you watching the Summer Games now? Did you watch the grand opening ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games? It’s simply extraordinary; even though I watched the ceremony on TV, I’d say it’s AMAZING!

Thankfully, there are huge collections of fabulous photos taken from the “Bird’s Nest” stadium last night, some are so fascinating that I wanted to post them here to share with everyone!

The “Historical Footprints” fireworks were awesome! We didn’t expect anything like this. The “Footprints” started the first scene over Yongdingmen, southernmost of Beijing city’s central axis, creating a 300 metres long footprint. (In my previous post, I mentioned about the north-south Imperial Axis.)

The illuminated Olympic rings surprised us when they were lifted from the ground, it was like hologram!

The great drummers.

People walking seamlessly around this humongous sphere.

The Chinese showcasing the great inventions of ancient China.

Everybody goes Kungfu fighting. Don’t mess with these Chinese!

Throughout the whole opening ceremony, bangs and flashes were seen in the sky; the fireworks were amazinging, just awe-inspiring!!

The “Water Cube” facing the “Bird’s Nest” with fireworks emanating from itself.

Rounds and rounds of spectacular firework displays that could be seen anywhere in Beijing.

(Photo Source: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/08/2008_olympics_opening_ceremony.html)

Did you notice something? We hardly (in fact, didn’t) spot a single Fuwa – the 5 Beijing Olympic Mascots at the opening ceremony. Are the Fuwa mascots a taboo now, as it’s widely spread that all 5 Fuwa mascots are superstitiously linked to the recent misfortunes in China? Nonetheless, I like the Fuwa, they are really adorable.

Happy 43th National Day Singapore!

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44 Comments Leave your comment

  • jasmine said on August 9, 2008 11:53 am

    walao~ NICE SHOTS!!!!!! <3
    no offense~ coz China is the country who made and provide fireworks~! SUPERB! ^O^

  • QuaChee said on August 9, 2008 1:57 pm

    watched the opening. but on pics, wow, it looks even more beautiful!

  • z.c.stone said on August 9, 2008 3:03 pm

    For the opening ceremony of the show, a shock, there are still many disappointed.引用一个艺术家艾未未的评论,当然他说的比较极端http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_473f90ad0100aopd.html

    当然张艺谋的导演,很壮观和华丽,这些在现场感受的话会更强烈,我到觉得他运用的这些灯光效果,只有人在现场才能感到震撼,而电视机上是表现不出来的.至于表演的内容也就仁者见仁,智者见智了.

  • eunice said on August 9, 2008 3:28 pm

    @Jasmine: Yeah, awesome fireworks! Very grand opening ceremony!

    @QuaChee: If only we had the chance to sit in Bird’s Nest for this grand opening…

    @Stone: Gee, nonetheless, most of us (outside China) find the opening beautifully done!

  • Satheesh kumar KC said on August 9, 2008 4:45 pm

    Yeah.. Whole of India is goin ga-ga over the spectacular ceremony !! Some of my favt moments was the acrobatic display using “Blocks” , that cute 5 yr old gal playin the piano , and also the lighting of the torch !!

  • TNH said on August 9, 2008 7:58 pm

    Too bad i miss the live show…no tv in hostel…slow internet line…so can’t watch..well,nice post..

  • Satheesh kumar KC said on August 9, 2008 8:02 pm

    And Poor mascots ! I think they are sooo cute ! Would have loved to see them on the show ! But Seems the chinese are very particular about their Good/Bad luck charms !!

  • Jasper Jugan said on August 9, 2008 9:58 pm

    very nice photos! :)

  • melee said on August 9, 2008 10:27 pm

    beautiful….

  • ner said on August 9, 2008 11:58 pm

    ok, i think it’s a sin that i haven’t watched the opening ceremonies last night. huhu. got to watch it on youtube now. everybody’s saying it’s great and how it’s addicted to 8, of course. hehe. nwei, just a thought, you’re not in beijing right now, right? hehe.

  • antonio said on August 10, 2008 12:22 am

    I like the giant footsteps in fireworks kind of thing as well as the drummers.
    I also think the costumes are fabulous and the whole thing is GRAND. I am not sure though if it is better than the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Olympics in Athens……..

  • eunice said on August 10, 2008 1:28 am

    @KC: Well, superstitions are present in many societies, regardless of race or religion.

    @Jasper, Melee: Totally agreed!

    @Ner: I watched “live”. Today I watched some clips from Youtube but not very clear. I hope to watch it again.

    @Antonio: Yeah, it’s a grand thing. Hmm, this is the first opening ceremony I ever watched for Olympic Games!! So I don’t know about the one in Athens, but I guess all Olympic Ceremonies are nice.

  • Miss Elle said on August 10, 2008 3:21 am

    i love the opening! it was awesome. yeah, the thing with the blocks were very much impressive and well, the lighting of the torch left me speechless. Hehe :)

  • shaxx said on August 10, 2008 9:12 am

    Lovely pics! I watched only a bit of the opening…

  • zara said on August 10, 2008 1:10 pm

    Eunice!!

    That’s cool!!

    I just can watched it for awhile…*sob*

    Its quite embarassing to tell u but Sean (my laptop) took the pictures for me!

    *laugh*

    I’ll check what are the things dear.

  • irvine said on August 10, 2008 1:11 pm

    nice pics! i heard it wasnt really impressive, hmmm. sadly i missed the chance to watch it myself! haha. will watch the replays. lol

  • Edisamsuri said on August 10, 2008 1:43 pm

    really amazing opening ceremony…

  • Pei Li said on August 10, 2008 4:08 pm

    Whoa you’ve got pretty nice pictures on here yourself. Lol. Yea it was amazing. Loved it! Hahhahaha. Unfortunately the Singapore NDP pales in comparison…

    Hahha yea blogging a little more. don’t think it will keep up though, since prelims draw so close now. but I made an exception this time. I just HAD to post about this amazing event! C: LOL

  • eunice said on August 10, 2008 10:17 pm

    @Miss Elle, Shaxx, Edisamsuri: Agreed!

    @Zara: Guess you can only view the snippets from youtube.

    @Irvine: I think the opening ceremony was inspiring, n love the many rounds of fireworks!

    @Pei Li: Yeah, hmm, NDP is considered not bad lar for such a small nation (though I didn’t finish watching the whole performance =P).. that olympic opening ceremony was for the world to see, different man…

  • Lavern said on August 11, 2008 2:57 pm

    Nice collection of photos. I think you really deserve to win that contest, a what’s the name of the contest name again? Heheh… By the way, I already answered your comment regarding the coconut crabs…

  • Piggy said on August 11, 2008 4:02 pm

    Yeh, amazing show……I like the part where they light the Olympic torch…..

  • cielo said on August 11, 2008 4:40 pm

    wow sis, the shots really capture the grandeur of the event….

  • eunice said on August 11, 2008 4:59 pm

    @Lavern: Yeah, this is a collection from boston.com. How I wish I was in Beijing now.

    @Piggy: Me too.

    @Cielo: Yes, but definitely couldn’t compare with watching it “live” at the Bird’s Nest =)

  • alex said on August 11, 2008 10:29 pm

    chinese made big time preparation with this one!!!

    i love the spheres thing and the kungfu!!

  • A BLESSED LIFE said on August 12, 2008 12:49 am

    oh yeah! i watched the opening and it was awesome! spectacular! loved everyting about it! :)

  • eunice said on August 12, 2008 1:04 am

    @Alex: Yeah, love everything…

    @A Blessed Life: I feel the same way too!

  • gengen said on August 12, 2008 2:20 am

    Wow i am impress ….

  • edelweiza said on August 12, 2008 8:25 am

    hi eunice! saw the opening too. it was breathtaking…awesome prograM…I liked everything they showed.

    p.s. happy 43rd national day to singapore and all singaporeans! :)

  • Lavern said on August 12, 2008 9:54 am

    Wow, you are always online. Good for you!

  • Jenny said on August 12, 2008 10:50 am

    I’ve seen the feed on tv and I wonder how the next host which I think is London can top this!

  • keith said on August 12, 2008 11:14 am

    Eunice, you have a delightful website. The olymic pictures are exquisite! Terima kasih

  • petefomation said on August 12, 2008 11:42 am

    Nice pictures! I love those footprints fireworks display.

  • lz said on August 12, 2008 11:57 am

    The drummers photo is just..zhuang guan!!! XD Thx for sharing this!! I watched the opening ceremony live on TV, and i m really proud to be a chinese! =)

  • antonio said on August 12, 2008 1:36 pm

    you can catch the Athens 2004 opening ceremonies in youtube of simply scroll in my blog. I had all the parts posted there. Then, you can make the comparison. Then tell me what you think Eunice okay…

  • eunice said on August 12, 2008 4:29 pm

    @Jenny: Who cares? Let’s just enjoy the present!

    @gengen, Lavern: Thanks for your visit.

    @Petefomation: Me too!

    @Lz: Yes! Same thought as you!! Beijing Go Go Go!

    @Antonio: Gee, I don’t think I can make fair comparison now, cos as a Chinese, I will surely support China! Sorry bro! Why don’t we just enjoy the summer games now? I am definitely looking forward to the closing ceremony too!

  • loven said on August 14, 2008 12:55 am

    This opening ceremonies will definitely be hard to beat. London 2012 has a very big set of shoes to fill… but I am excited to see what the Brits have in mind as well.

    Beijing makes us really proud as Asians! I can’t believe I’m going there in a couple of days to catch the closing ceremonies!

    cheers!

  • eunice said on August 14, 2008 1:02 am

    @Ioven: Wow you going Beijing for the closing? Everyone here gonna envy you!! Do share with us your experiences when you are back!

  • loven said on August 14, 2008 1:38 am

    I’ll be there for an art exhibition.Yes, I definitely will keep you posted! Your posts are making me more excited to be there!

  • Gilbert/Cely said on August 14, 2008 1:50 am

    My husband and I watched it. I was AWESOME! It’s a great showdown of China’s talents and technology advancement. It was really very wonderful! Actually we both thought that words were not enough to describe how that event came to reality. It seemed like we were watching a fantasy. We were wondering for how long they practiced all those fantastic performances. It’s hard to choreograph a small group, how much more for 15,000 performers. It was a record!

  • eunice said on August 14, 2008 6:28 pm

    @loven: Cool… will wait for your update!

    @Gilbert/Cely: Truly awesome opening. I heard they went through more than 10 months of training, and you know, most male performers (like drumers) are from the army I think. You see they are so well synchronised.

  • meimei said on August 14, 2008 9:43 pm

    sad sad!!! i din watch the opening of Olympics…

    Bt, thanx for sharing these pics…

    why are they so uniform in their performances? they really worked hard in practicing it…so nice & uniform rte?

  • eunice said on August 14, 2008 10:10 pm

    @meimei: no repeat telecast? Try to view from youtube. I heard a lot of performers are from the army, that’s why they are so synchronized; they had been trained for more than 10 mths.

  • meimei said on August 16, 2008 8:28 pm

    OMG, really!! they are really dedicated…

  • eunice said on August 17, 2008 10:47 am

    @meimei: Definitely, it’s the much anticipated, biggest international event in the century for China.

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