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what's your opinion of the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony?

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1. Posted by Amymou (Inactive, 2 posts) 9 Aug '08 01:31

The Beijing Olympic opening ceremony was successfully held at the Bird's Nest at 20:00 o'clock Beijing time. I watched it live on TV and as a Chinese, I think it was a great success. So how about you? Have you watched the ceremony? If you have, would you like to share your opinion with us? :)

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2. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member, 214 posts) 9 Aug '08 01:39

It was a great show! Too bad I wasn't able to watch it's beginning but from the point that I was able to see until the torch lighting.. wow!

3. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member, 198 posts) 9 Aug '08 05:58

I thought it was absolutely spectacular- the best Opening Ceremony I have seen ( and I do usually watch as much of the Olympics as I can ). Well done, China!

Unfortunately in N America the press coverage is being marred by the murder of an American tourist (related to a volleyball coach), and injury of his wife, by a knife wielding Chinese man the same day.

4. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru, 1110 posts) 9 Aug '08 10:37

I am just wondering, Can the earth still afford to have such ego festivals every 4 years?

They spent months trying to improve the air quality of Beijing. And it took 4 minutes to fill it with poison.

How many more stadiums do we need to build? The next host will try to out do Beijing.

I'm just playing environmentalist. I am just bitter coz I wasn't there to see the spectacle live.
But then again, my words would probably be make sense ten years from now, when the NETHERLANDS will start to sink or the Maldives atoll will already face oblivion.

5. Posted by LadyCroft (Budding Member, 41 posts) 9 Aug '08 11:04

It was hands down the most extreme and outrageous spectacle ever! The technology, ingenuity, and scale are unsurpassed! I was really impressed with the sound and visuals, and massive amount of coordination that went into it.


But its also a celebration of consumerism and hypocrisy to some extent and it has nothing to do with the Chinese per se, but the event in general is laden with propaganda and whitewashed idealism. Like in Atlanta they pushed all the homeless people out, rather rudely might I add, in an effort to "clean up" Downtown. I'm sure it happened to even a greater degree in Beijing and i feel for the people effected that gain nothing from it. pollution, human rights abuses, spying....well i guess that describes the US too....I won't be so quick to point a finger-i'm just mulling here on what comes to mind....and oh yea, GOOD JOB RUSSIA....what a great day to start a little war and kill a bunch of innocents....thought we wouldn't notice huh?

But hey, I can set aside all that negativity and enjoy a spectacle for what it is. Something Really Cool to Look At.

6. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru, 1110 posts) 9 Aug '08 11:29

Lady Croft is so right...

I am getting visions of Angelina Jolie addressing the UN.

7. Posted by joffre (Respected Member, 157 posts) 9 Aug '08 13:57

The opening ceremony was great, really liked the idea of the scroll, usually I get bored, but watched this one to the end! Particularly liked how almost all the World's leaders were there to witness it nestled in the 'birdsnest'... lol Ladycroft, I thought the Georgians started it first?

8. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1934 posts) 9 Aug '08 21:43

Why does the host country always have to outdo the previous host by this absurd waste of talent and money? I think there's something very wrong with the Olympic Committee to begin with - why on earth do they jeopardize the athletes' health and performance by allowing the games to be held in such a polluted environment??? I was just watching a few minutes of beach volleyball on the Olympics and could not help but noticeing that at least 50% of the stadium seats were vacant - in the world's most populous country? Where the hell are the citizens of China?

9. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1934 posts) 10 Aug '08 08:23

By the way, the very best part of opening night was not the show at all. In my opinion, the best part was the march of athletes - that was spectacular!

10. Posted by spongehead (Full Member, 119 posts) 10 Aug '08 19:28

Can some kind soul explain to me why was the entry of the countries not in proper alphabetical order?