Photos Won't Do It Justice, But Here's A Round Up Of Some Of The Best Photos From Last Night's Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Olympics

If you didn't catch the 4 hour opening ceremonies for the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, I certainly hope you taped/tivo'd/recorded it. It's impossible to do the sensory impacting performance justice.

There has never been an opening ceremony even close to this one. The sights, sounds, colors, engineering, movement, enormous LCD screen, projection on the skrim that ran around the stadium's top edge, performers in perfect synchronization, singers, dancers, aerialists, martial arts, painting, calligraphy, tradition, modern design and production was absolutely spectacular.

Below are some of the best photos I could find (click on them to enlarge) from Xinhua, Reuters, the AFP, the AP, the SF Chronicle, and Getty Images.

And of course, the spectacular lighting of the cauldron by Chinese gymnastics champion Li Ning during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics held in the National Stadium, also knownas the Bird’s Nest, in north Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008:


Anonymous said...

Beautiful but....

Too long

Too much symbolism

And just because the country is populous.. doesn't mean half the population must be in the performance

James said...

It's pretty amazing .. just the right length. Hey, it's one of the few civilizations with 5,000 years of history. Perhaps, to some Americans, it's too rich (and long) to comprehend. But, that's how rich and abundant the Chinese civilization respresents. Oh btw, it's only 0.0000000001% of the population participated in the performance.

C'mon people, it's only a dollar.