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

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11. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

it was in alphabetical order... that is in the order of the country names' translation in Mandarin...

yeah the scroll was great... the fireworks was fantastic.. but yeah I could smell all the powder from watching it.... though I saw a feature in Discovery Channel about their plan for the fireworks and they've reengineered those fireworks to easily get dispersed and to keep the people in the birdsnest from being choked by smoke... but there still still a lot of smoke there huh.. hehehe

12. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y

Quoting pau_p1

it was in alphabetical order... that is in the order of the country names' translation in Mandarin...

That's a terrible way of arranging the entry of the countries...! The least they could do was to organise them by the number of strokes (Chinese characters) that are needed to write a country's name. That would have been more meaningful, wouldn't it?

13. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

hahaha... well.. that is if you know how to read Chinese characters...

14. Posted by Amymou (Inactive 2 posts) 8y

Quoting spongehead

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

Because it was in the alphabetical order of the Chinese pronunciation of countries.

15. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting spongehead

The least they could do was to organise them by the number of strokes (Chinese characters) that are needed to write a country's name. That would have been more meaningful, wouldn't it?

According to BBC commentary, that's exactly how they were arranged. :)

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 11, 2008, at 4:54 AM by Hien ]

16. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Quoting spongehead

Quoting pau_p1

it was in alphabetical order... that is in the order of the country names' translation in Mandarin...

That's a terrible way of arranging the entry of the countries...! The least they could do was to organise them by the number of strokes (Chinese characters) that are needed to write a country's name. That would have been more meaningful, wouldn't it?

I remember one year I was watching and the "C"s went right by without Canada. Turns out it was spelled "Kanada" wherever it was being held. Weird! But very appropriate and it added to everyone's knowledge of the host country.

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