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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walao~ NICE SHOTS!!!!!! <3
no offense~ coz China is the country who made and provide fireworks~! SUPERB! ^O^
watched the opening. but on pics, wow, it looks even more beautiful!
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
@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
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 !!
Too bad i miss the live show…no tv in hostel…slow internet line…so can’t watch..well,nice post..
Satheesh kumar KC
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 !!
very nice photos! 🙂
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.
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……..
@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.
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 🙂
Lovely pics! I watched only a bit of the opening…
I just can watched it for awhile…*sob*
Its quite embarassing to tell u but Sean (my laptop) took the pictures for me!
I’ll check what are the things dear.
nice pics! i heard it wasnt really impressive, hmmm. sadly i missed the chance to watch it myself! haha. will watch the replays. lol
really amazing opening ceremony…
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
@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…
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…
Yeh, amazing show……I like the part where they light the Olympic torch…..
wow sis, the shots really capture the grandeur of the event….
@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 =)
chinese made big time preparation with this one!!!
i love the spheres thing and the kungfu!!
A BLESSED LIFE
oh yeah! i watched the opening and it was awesome! spectacular! loved everyting about it! 🙂
@Alex: Yeah, love everything…
@A Blessed Life: I feel the same way too!
Wow i am impress ….
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! 🙂
Wow, you are always online. Good for you!
I’ve seen the feed on tv and I wonder how the next host which I think is London can top this!
Eunice, you have a delightful website. The olymic pictures are exquisite! Terima kasih
Nice pictures! I love those footprints fireworks display.
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! =)
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…
@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!
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!
@Ioven: Wow you going Beijing for the closing? Everyone here gonna envy you!! Do share with us your experiences when you are back!
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!
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!
@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.
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?
@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.
OMG, really!! they are really dedicated…
@meimei: Definitely, it’s the much anticipated, biggest international event in the century for China.