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2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony

Beijing held its formal opening ceremony today for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The ceremony, held in the National Stadium known as the Bird's Nest, was attended by thousands, and watched by millions more on television. Below are some highlights of the nearly 4-hour performance. (24 photos total)

A dancer performs during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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2402 comments so far...
1.

Hey Alan, can you guys please allow a bigger comment box or at least add a scroll bar to it? Thanks.

Posted by Leo Tolstoy August 8, 08 12:01 PM
2.

So great.

Posted by Dan August 8, 08 12:02 PM
3.

WOW!! wish I'm there to see all that in person.

Posted by Dan the Man August 8, 08 12:02 PM
4.

these photographs are better than the ceremony itself! excellent work, espcially considering the ceremony is still going on!

Posted by thom james August 8, 08 12:03 PM
5.

oh my. Unreal. i like how the last two show cloudy air and 'real' Chinese people.

Posted by Gregamell August 8, 08 12:04 PM
6.

awesome

Posted by noah August 8, 08 12:04 PM
7.

its nice to be the first to comment

Posted by alex August 8, 08 12:05 PM
8.

Amazing !

Posted by Azeral August 8, 08 12:10 PM
9.

can't wait to watch it tonight

Posted by bueller929 August 8, 08 12:13 PM
10.

the last image is my favorite. and the artists are beautiful

Posted by cbc August 8, 08 12:20 PM
11.

Fantastic pictures! I wish I were there :)

http://superboyreturns.blogspot.com

Posted by Superboy August 8, 08 12:26 PM
12.

Commie bastards.

Posted by Anonymous August 8, 08 12:30 PM
13.

Amazing what you can do with a few million extra people lying around.

Posted by ExtremeTrek August 8, 08 12:32 PM
14.

gorgeous images !!!

thanks for sharing.

Posted by Pascale August 8, 08 12:36 PM
15.

is there a way to get bigger versions of these photos? I'd love to make a screen saver from these :-)

Posted by Adam August 8, 08 12:43 PM
16.

Holy sheep dip!

I'm not watching the Olympics, for various reasons, but these guys really put on a great show!

The 2nd photo: most elaborate Jay-Z Unplugged concert... EVER!

Posted by kevjohn August 8, 08 12:46 PM
17.

Almost better than being there in person! A fabulous preview of what's to come. Amazing photographs.
http://contentinacottage.blogspot.com

Posted by Content in a Cottage August 8, 08 01:01 PM
18.

Beautiful! And so creative....

Posted by ccrider August 8, 08 01:03 PM
19.

Absolutely superb photos!!

Posted by Charlie Bettell August 8, 08 01:12 PM
20.

These photographers must have been so excited to make these pictures -- the repetitive patterns evident in these photographs are just mesmerizing.

Posted by nate August 8, 08 01:15 PM
21.

Fantastic! Just watched the ceremony over here in the uk and you have captured some very special moments - beautifully. What equipment did you use (I smell a D3...)?
Tony

Posted by Tony Porter August 8, 08 01:15 PM
22.

Seeing such 'quality' opening ceremony photos. has made my Birthday!!

Charlie - 08/08/54

Posted by Charlie Bettell August 8, 08 01:17 PM
23.

Amazing. I can't wait for the Olympics to start. http://www.letutor.com

Posted by Spanish Class August 8, 08 01:20 PM
24.

I didn't see Tom Petty, $0.50, Brittany Spears or Madonna in any of these shots…why not? How can it be culturally relevant without these icons…these pinnacles of the western talent?

Posted by osisbs August 8, 08 01:30 PM
25.

Wow! A-mazin

Posted by Julia Elman August 8, 08 01:30 PM
26.

Leo Tolstoy, Comment 1:

Try Apple's Safari browser. You can adjust the size of the comment box with Safari.

Posted by Hax Or August 8, 08 01:30 PM
27.

you say those are the "real" chinese people? go look at yalls trailer trash families gregamell.

Posted by ttgb August 8, 08 01:39 PM
28.

great
(Olga, Russia)

Posted by Olga August 8, 08 01:50 PM
29.

Amazing pictures! Keep them coming!!

www.photodunski.com

Posted by Steven August 8, 08 01:51 PM
30.

What spectacular images! Give me goosebumps...

Posted by Ariel August 8, 08 01:52 PM
31.

The quality of these pictures is astonishing...and this blog is faster than ever!
China invented most of our "Day to day" tools and this ceremony reminded it: fireworks, matches, paper, paper-money, printing, gunpowder, silk, and much more... even the so called "italian pasta" is derivated from the chinese culinar knowledge!
Welcome to the 21st century China! I hope you will develop not only your economy...

Posted by Zed Lepplin August 8, 08 01:58 PM
32.

agree, every country has rich and poor, you can't call poor the real, cause you've already judges they were real than what real is.

Posted by wy12218 August 8, 08 02:04 PM
33.

stunning

Posted by anthony August 8, 08 02:09 PM
34.

I looked at these with my co-workers and heard some many "WOWS" it was incredible!

Posted by John August 8, 08 02:11 PM
35.

It is mind boggling how fast these pictures got posted up. That last photo is particularly charming!
http://weminedeeper.wordpress.com/

Posted by We Mine Deeper August 8, 08 02:16 PM
36.

opening according to the magnificence of the event!!!!!!

Posted by Francisco Cano August 8, 08 02:38 PM
37.

The opening ceremony is amazing. The way they lit the Olympic cauldron in the air is very original. http://www.sinksusa.com

Posted by Kitchen Sinks August 8, 08 02:40 PM
38.

Amazing pictures. Scrolling down some seemed like optical illusions - the performers were so well choreographed!
The costumes are incredible, too! When I was watching part of it on television I though that they were using dry ice, when in fact it was the costumes. Wow.

http://fiveblondes.com

Posted by Erica August 8, 08 02:49 PM
39.

woooooow, amazing!!!!!!!

Posted by sally August 8, 08 02:55 PM
40.

The best photos I've ever seen!!!!!

Posted by Yana Bukharova August 8, 08 03:02 PM
41.

In picture 16 they look like a bunch of brooms sweeping the floor.

Posted by Adam August 8, 08 03:07 PM
42.

so beautiful, thanks chinese

Posted by Gauss August 8, 08 03:08 PM
43.

the last one is very sweet. charming. it's as if everyone has a little olympic spirit for the day.

Posted by Gary August 8, 08 03:09 PM
44.

Great Show! Simply Amazing!

Posted by James Murry August 8, 08 03:16 PM
45.

"Wow, look at the last one, they are such a great country to live......they treat their people so well." --Mr. Sarcasm

Posted by alskjfa August 8, 08 03:26 PM
46.

If somebody was there, can you tell us.. WAS the cauldron in its place from the start of the ceremony? I just cant place it in the TV Cast.

Posted by Andrew August 8, 08 03:33 PM
47.

Thank god Spielberg quit. This was way better than any of his movies.

Posted by zhan August 8, 08 03:37 PM
48.

This has to be one of the coolest opening ceremonies ever. This was so worth the trip away from Digitalfuntown.com . . . Amazing.

http://www.digitalfuntown.com/showpage.php?showid=4

Posted by Crunchy August 8, 08 03:40 PM
49.

amazing pictures...

Posted by orbit August 8, 08 03:40 PM
50.

Look over here! Russia is not invading Georgia, Chinese do not brutally torture and kill those who dare to speak their mind, they are not occupying and destroying the Tibetan people, they are not involved in Sudan, the US is not in IRAQ, Burma is not Myanmar. "Give them bread and games!"

Posted by Not all that glitters is gold! August 8, 08 03:43 PM
51.

incredible pictures - make you want to be there! Thanks

Posted by Gabriel B August 8, 08 03:48 PM
52.

Wonderful......Magnificient....Lot of uniqueness and originality.....Can't wait to see on T.V. this evening

Posted by KVG in USA August 8, 08 03:48 PM
53.

very nice pictures. thanks

Posted by on August 8, 08 03:50 PM
54.

from the picture i can said THIS IS THE BEST OPENING EVER FOR OLYIMPIC. OMG~!

Posted by AHBOON August 8, 08 03:54 PM
55.

the last one is so sweet. They are really happy for the great event!

Posted by bigbirdwh August 8, 08 04:00 PM
56.

Great£¬so beautiful !

Posted by showphone August 8, 08 04:03 PM
57.

Wonderful performances, the show was amazing, it's will stand out forever, nobody could better that. Fantastic!!

Posted by Pretty August 8, 08 04:10 PM
58.

No doubt about it! This is ABSOLUTELY THE BEST OPENING ever!!!
Great people. Splendid show. The NEW China era began on 8-8-08!

Posted by Jeff August 8, 08 04:13 PM
59.

A billion people -- on billions of puppet strings.

China, you're only impressing us negatively.

We will live free or die.

Posted by Patrick Henry August 8, 08 04:25 PM
60.

antastic selection of images (as usual) but it was the final one that really stood out for me.

Posted by jon m August 8, 08 04:30 PM
61.

Brilliant!

Posted by Steve Garfield August 8, 08 04:30 PM
62.

It's unfair to jump to the conclusion that the last picture shows the living condition of the "real" Chinese. That family is just one of the billions of families in China. Besides, only one child is allowed in a family in China due to the population pressure. How can there be five children in one family?

Posted by Cathy Tongat August 8, 08 04:33 PM
63.

Thank you for all the fantestic pictures.

Posted by moon sati August 8, 08 04:34 PM
64.

Most beautiful, magnificent opening ceremony I've ever see in all my years watching the Olympics.

Can not be touched by anyone!

Posted by Nancy Frank August 8, 08 04:41 PM
65.

amazing pictures!!

Posted by Pooja Kishnani August 8, 08 04:41 PM
66.

those are some AWESOME PICTURES, thanks


http://www.naturesgrasp.com/

Posted by Daniel August 8, 08 04:42 PM
67.

it was really a wonderful show, we should admire it

Posted by piyush August 8, 08 04:45 PM
68.

Minority families (Families that are not of the Han ethnic group) can have more than one child.

Posted by Alex August 8, 08 04:48 PM
69.

Wow. Amazing! I link your photo on my blog..as usual.

http://www.dariosalvelli.com

Posted by Dario Salvelli August 8, 08 04:53 PM
70.

Totally awesome!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by DJ August 8, 08 04:56 PM
71.

very nice... looking for USA to bring more gold medals

Posted by Ameen Mirza August 8, 08 04:57 PM
72.

Absolutely beautiful.....awesome pictures!!!!!

Posted by Iris Davila August 8, 08 04:59 PM
73.

These were awesome photos and truly show how colorful the Chinese are
in art.Thanks for sending them

Posted by Myra M.Bograd August 8, 08 05:04 PM
74.

Wspania³e zdjêcia!

Posted by bohdansw August 8, 08 05:08 PM
75.

Wonderful, Amazing!!!

Posted by David Wang August 8, 08 05:14 PM
76.

"Wow, look at the last one, they are such a great country to live......they treat their people so well." --Mr. Sarcasm

Oh Yes, unlike those Chinese, all of us Americans are well taken care of and living in sparkling clean conditions.

Posted by Proud American August 8, 08 05:17 PM
77.

Not as impressive as I thought. Feel dizzy.

Posted by Hanna August 8, 08 05:19 PM
78.

1) Tolstoy: Try Safari!

It offers resizable text boxes, just drag the lower right corner.

Posted by Ken Burns Effect August 8, 08 05:26 PM
79.

Unbelieveablly beautiful!

Posted by Edward August 8, 08 05:31 PM
80.

These are incredible photos. I watched the whole ceremony live on TV and it was amazing to watch. I wish I was there! The way they lit the cauldron was very creative and original.

Posted by oli August 8, 08 05:33 PM
81.

I fell off my chair.
These are amazing.
I have Olympic fever........

Posted by go team August 8, 08 05:33 PM
82.

Genial, maravilloso. Completamente original.

Posted by Jimmy August 8, 08 05:38 PM
83.

Are those drummers or rows and rows of factory workers putting lead paint on my kids toys?

Posted by Mark in Oregon August 8, 08 05:39 PM
84.

Gracias por permitirme ver estas fotografias de Beijin, estan muy bonitas y muy bien tomadas. Nuevamente Gracias.

Posted by Carolina Bonilla August 8, 08 05:41 PM
85.

Espetacular!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by marcia August 8, 08 05:43 PM
86.

#57 comment sucks! Don't put such a nasty comment about a country...it does not matter which one!

Posted by George August 8, 08 05:57 PM
87.

beautifil pictures....

Posted by Cecilia Toledo August 8, 08 06:03 PM
88.

Thanks you chinese people!!!!, your effort and love in doing things so amazing.
I think it will be very difficult to surpass them. These photos are spectacular, but they could not be pictured if chinese were not there giving the best of them, to the rest of the world, that is what I felt today.
Love you...!!!!
When you feel things with your heart and not with resentment of any kind, then may be, we can have a better world for all. What chinese people gave us today was love.

Posted by Bernardita Bustamante August 8, 08 06:10 PM
89.

So, wait.

Where IS Waldo?

Posted by still looking August 8, 08 06:20 PM
90.

Hopefully the people will rise to the imagery.

Posted by Brian from Boston August 8, 08 06:21 PM
91.

uno de los eventos de esta epoca mas grandiosa de la historia y unas fotografias excelente, maravillosa, felicidades

Posted by RAUL August 8, 08 06:23 PM
92.

Esto ha sido de las cosas lindas que he visto en mi vida, los felicito por su hermosura , disciplina , dedicacion para que todo resultara en mi opinion perfecto

Posted by jeannette August 8, 08 06:25 PM
93.

MARAVILHOOOOOOOOOSO! É LINDO VER O RESULTADO DE UMA DETERMINAÇÃO, DE UMA DISCIPLINA......LINDO DEMAIS.

Posted by ELZA HERMINIA August 8, 08 06:27 PM
94.

Spectacular!!! Very beautiful! The migrant workers in China are similar to migrant workers in the US, they are unfortunately the poorest people in the country and are not a reflection of how the average Chinese lives.

Posted by Dawn August 8, 08 06:32 PM
95.

Wow, that was some awesome pictures.

JT
http;//www.FireMe.to/udi

Posted by Jim McDosh August 8, 08 06:35 PM
96.

i like china,chinese is great!

Posted by Anonymous August 8, 08 06:40 PM
97.

You decide. Which one is worth the price - $40 billion dollars for a game or $500 billion for a war?

Posted by Anonymous August 8, 08 06:44 PM
98.

it is just ,,amazing..

Posted by hanady August 8, 08 06:55 PM
99.

Now China prove that they can make a big event like that. But I still hate the national politics.

Renata, Brasil.

Posted by Renata August 8, 08 06:56 PM
100.

THE PICTURES ARE SO THRILLING TO LOOK AT ,I CAN ONLY IMAGING WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO BE THERE,SO MUCH EXCITEMENT AND ENERGY,THEY SURPASS SO MANY COUNTRIES WITH THEIR UNIQUE PERFORMANCES,A ENTERTAINMENT OF THIS KIND WOULD LEAVE EVERYONE IN AWE.LOVE TO SEE THOSE FIREWORKS IN PERSON.THANKS FOR THE GREAT PICTURES.

Posted by BECKY OLIVER August 8, 08 06:56 PM
101.

Brilliant and colorful...a world class celebration the way it's meant to be...epic.

Posted by Carol August 8, 08 06:59 PM
102.

AMAZING PHOTOS...GREAT JOB!!! Got goose bumps all over after seeing these pics......Peace

Posted by Sonia Fiorelli August 8, 08 06:59 PM
103.

Some really great pictures there

Posted by Ben May August 8, 08 07:00 PM
104.

okay. respect for the show - respect for the work of the photographers.
--
http://frog.me

Posted by Ralph Lemarechal August 8, 08 07:02 PM
105.

Great Pictures...thank you for sharing...Looking forward to see that on NBC tonight.

Posted by MAT August 8, 08 07:05 PM
106.

i like china
i love china

Posted by shervin August 8, 08 07:12 PM
107.

Amazing, that last photo was the perfect end.

Posted by conner August 8, 08 07:15 PM
108.

only one word to suffice......Amazing

Posted by ajay August 8, 08 07:16 PM
109.

Wow amazing pictures! Watching the opening ceremony itself live on TV is one great experience, the show was sheer brilliance.

Posted by em August 8, 08 07:16 PM
110.

Gorgeous displays.
But-
Skip one set of costumes, and give the children in the last photo a bigger,
more reasonable space

Posted by Ed August 8, 08 07:17 PM
111.

eh, they're ok.

Posted by John August 8, 08 07:18 PM
112.

To Patrick Henry:
Only a puppet sees everyone else also as a puppet. I pity your well washed little granite brain.

Posted by What a SNOB August 8, 08 07:19 PM
113.

Fantastic!

Posted by Mariana Annechino August 8, 08 07:32 PM
114.

Patrick Henry (if that's your real name, aka #57),

From what you wrote, you haven't freed yourself yet.

Go find a tall building and jump.

Posted by HateMorons August 8, 08 07:33 PM
115.

I've been waiting anxiously, since I found out Beijing won the 2008 games, to see their opening ceremony. They may brutalize and repress their people, but, they do put on one hell of a show. Awesome opening ceremony China.

Posted by mikedunn August 8, 08 07:42 PM
116.

Stunning photography work. Many Many thanks.

Posted by veewonwon August 8, 08 07:49 PM
117.

It was a ridiculously expensive, over-the-top show to stage-- but DAMN if it wasn't gorgeous. As beautiful as these pictures are, they really don't capture a lot of the motion and more importantly the spirit I felt when I was watching the games.

Watching the opening for the Olympic games in Beijing showed me a nation fiercely proud of its people and its history. The smiles on a lot of those performer's faces wasn't just for showmanship's sake. (The moving boxes thing was amazing, if only for the coordination involved.)

The only thing that made for headscratching was Sarah Brightman, at least for me.

Posted by felicity August 8, 08 07:51 PM
118.

As one Chinese, happen to see this link....Just went through all the comments here. Thanks these photographers, you record the real China. The ceremony is true, the last one about the worker family is true. For the ceremony, it is execting though with regret. For the last one, yeah, in China, we still have many families like this. In the remote country, and some worker families in city. Just like when I traveled to Atlanta at 2003, what I saw in the downtown, not far away from CNN. But can you say this is real American? I think the answer is yes, this is the real world, but only pat of it. You can understand what I way to say... Chinese people contribute to the world, meanwhile, learn from the world, and develop the country. Hope you can enjoy the games in the coming days.

Posted by Lily Zhao August 8, 08 07:53 PM
119.

The colors are spectacular!!!

Posted by Willie Moreland August 8, 08 07:55 PM
120.

Hey, I'm Chinese and I watched the Openning Ceremony last night. It surely was fantastic and impressive.
But guess what, none of my friends who watched the ceremony thought this so-called unprecedented pageant really brought out the best of our civilization and we blamed ZhangYimou for that because he produced too many hollywoodized movies. Foreign friends should have been familiar with his MO already. In a word, he would not suprise the world.
Belive me, we have a lot more than the splashes of shapes and colors showcased in such a single occasion to offer you. And we welcome you, not only to Beijing, but to the resurgent China with proud and joy to share!
p.s. I was also deeply moved by the last picture. They clearly are not from the same family. You guys can't tell one Chinese from another, just as we Chinese can't tell one African or Caucasian from another. They may share shelter together or may just get together for fun.

Posted by Betty Chen August 8, 08 07:59 PM
121.

I wonder if any of these guys has a choice in performing.

But I should not talk too much, as China is becoming more Capitalistic, we here in the US are socializing our major banks... oh.. and shredding the constitution.

Posted by CCM August 8, 08 08:03 PM
122.

amazing tessellations.

Posted by martyr August 8, 08 08:08 PM
123.

Amazing photos!!! Impressive Opening indeed!! Thanx for post'em

Posted by betoloco August 8, 08 08:10 PM
124.

Awesome, I just watched the final fireworks about three minutes ago and you've got the goods. Well done...

Posted by ben August 8, 08 08:12 PM
125.

as for Patrick Henry (aka #57)
I belived the original version of the real Patrick Henry's motto began with:
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, Give me liberty, or ¡­
He would die for liberty at the his premises of respect for courses others may take.
We Chinese chose our way to forge forward. Please respect that first, and die.

Posted by Betty Chen August 8, 08 08:14 PM
126.

INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by MAU August 8, 08 08:15 PM
127.

One of the most stunning visual displays I've ever seen.

Great way to start off the Olympics, congrats to the Chinese performers!

Posted by kk August 8, 08 08:15 PM
128.

Awesome, I just watched the final fireworks about three minutes ago and you've got the goods. Well done...

Posted by ben August 8, 08 08:16 PM
129.

I think this is my favorite photoset so far.

Posted by tim August 8, 08 08:17 PM
130.

very nice, i look forward to seeing it tonight as well

Posted by Anonymous August 8, 08 08:19 PM
131.

I love the structure and patterns to every thing.

Posted by anonymous August 8, 08 08:19 PM
132.

For better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in good times and in bad, this is my homeland China!

Welcome to Beijing!

Thanks everyone for watching the show and leaving your comments!

Posted by yip August 8, 08 08:20 PM
133.

Re: "cloudy air"

That looks more like noise from the camera's sensor in very low light conditions than cloudy air.

Posted by ben August 8, 08 08:20 PM
134.

Amazing what you can do with a few million extra people lying around.

Posted by Joe August 8, 08 08:23 PM
135.

The last picture is just... a pleasure!

Posted by matthieu August 8, 08 08:26 PM
136.

Thank you Glen Beck! You and I have many things in common. We are older white men born and raised in this great country. We have very similar backgrounds, education and similar desires to see this great country succeed.
I am glad the conservative message is alive and well! While I was studying for my undergraduate in Political Science, I too had the opportunity to develop an appreciation for the conservative philosophy. Thanks to countless nights studying great works such as Hobbes’ Leviathan and the classical conservative positions of Edmund Burke I too developed a firm appreciation for these values. But as for a balance, I also studied the works of John Locke, in particular his Two Treatises on Government as well as the works of Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson. And it was during this time in my life I made what some would consider a radical decision. I made a conscious decision to carefully consider my personal decisions and not to follow any particular philosophical line. Sounds too simple to be true, but given the opportunity to study the conservative system, or given the choice to research and understand new concepts and ideas I must admit, it is not a talent most people have. And let's be honest, most people probably need a helping hand when it comes to making decisions for themselves. For example, choosing what kind of cereal to buy, or what kind of Oldsmobuick to buy can often times be an anxiety ridden decision. Much praise goes to Beck for making this message available. Less than 25% of our population completes college, so statistically there is much demand for our pundits to be dedicated to the message.
Unfortunately, I now embark in becoming member of even a smaller group of citizens since I am starting graduate school this fall. Please forgive me if I break even further from conservative tradition to consider other options and ideas. My grade and conscience depend on it.

Posted by scott liles August 8, 08 08:28 PM
137.

a marvellous set of pictures from one of the greatest events ever. great work!!

Posted by flawijn August 8, 08 08:34 PM
138.

Epic Photos

Posted by Jason Muniz August 8, 08 08:36 PM
139.

a marvellous set of pictures from one of the greatest events ever. great work!!

Posted by flawijn August 8, 08 08:36 PM
140.

Thanks for the great photographs! It was a grand ceremony.

Posted by ravi karandeekar August 8, 08 08:44 PM
141.

Fantastic! Just watched the ceremony over here in the uk and you have captured some very special moments - beautifully. What equipment did you use?
Tony

Posted by Tony Porter August 8, 08 08:44 PM
142.

Muto bonito.
Beautiful.

Posted by Thiago August 8, 08 08:47 PM
143.

that was quick!

the wonders of digital technology!

Posted by almostinfamous August 8, 08 08:48 PM
144.

A.M.A.Z.I..N.G!
SO BEAUTIFULL!

Posted by zion August 8, 08 08:50 PM
145.

Woww. Very good Pictures.

Posted by volkansoyyigit August 8, 08 08:53 PM
146.

Unbelieveablly beautiful:)

Posted by Patrick August 8, 08 08:55 PM
147.

Hey i didnt watch it but it would have been great im doin a project on the olympics and love it

LoVe u mOoDy

Posted by Ashlyn August 8, 08 08:57 PM
148.

The quality of these pictures is astonishing...and this blog is faster than ever!
China invented most of our "Day to day" tools and this ceremony reminded it: fireworks, matches, paper, paper-money, printing, gunpowder, silk, and much more... even the so called "italian pasta" is derivated from the chinese culinar knowledge!
Welcome to the 21st century China! I hope you will develop not only your economy...

Posted by Zed Lepplin August 8, 08 08:58 PM
149.

simply fantastic!
go China! Go Beijing!

Posted by zhuang August 8, 08 08:58 PM
150.

So beautiful, I couldn't beleive my eyes!

Posted by Nguyen Viet Cuong August 8, 08 08:59 PM
151.


I just knew China would come up with something to "Wow" us but this....Amazing!

These pictures are truly stunning!!!! This must be the most spectacular opening ever!

Posted by Karen, Florida August 8, 08 08:59 PM
152.

Marvelous l can say

Posted by Norman August 8, 08 08:59 PM
153.

Great Pics

Posted by angol August 8, 08 08:59 PM
154.

Amazing pictures! Keep them coming!!

www.photodunski.com

Posted by Steven August 8, 08 09:01 PM
155.

I am proud of being a Chinese ! I believe people from worldwide are all touched.

Posted by julia August 8, 08 09:04 PM
156.

Terrific photos

Posted by john August 8, 08 09:10 PM
157.

Stunning!

Posted by Kay August 8, 08 09:13 PM
158.

Outstanding pictures! Love the close ups of performers and the clincher picture bringing this story to a personal level.

Posted by Roger Penguino August 8, 08 09:14 PM
159.

How do you say in Chinese......

B O R I N G..!!!!!

Posted by Buddy Stein August 8, 08 09:14 PM
160.

Absolutely amazing. Thank you for bringing out the beauty of this ceremony in the perfect medium of photography.

Posted by Jimmy N. August 8, 08 09:14 PM
161.

Homer Simpson would like to have his suit back now.

Posted by Drew August 8, 08 09:16 PM
162.

The orchestration of the performers is amazing! Great photos, Drummers are my favorite.

Posted by DJ Smirk August 8, 08 09:20 PM
163.

Gregamell's comment rephrased:

"I'm so glad you eventually reinforced my narrow view of China as a dirty country filled with poor people!"

But yeah, as wy12218 said, just because they're poor doesn't make them any more real than the richest Chinese. That's the most often repeated red-herring I hear visitors to foreign countries repeat. "Shanghai isn't the real China, you need to go to X little town to see real Chinese!"

Is China smoggy and filled with "poor people"? Yes, but it is much more as well. Let's not limit ourselves here.

Posted by itsalljustaride August 8, 08 09:27 PM
164.

Fantastic photos. Never seen an opening ceremony like this. The Chinese showed the rest of the world how to organize and the true meaning of the word PERFECTION.

Posted by John Pisani August 8, 08 09:30 PM
165.

Love the fireworks photo with the Aquatic Center and the Birdsnest. The second photo of the drummers reminds me of Escher and his tessalations

Posted by JPY August 8, 08 09:33 PM
166.

I am a Canadian girl who has been living in china for 8 years. I lived in the suburbs when they announced the games to be held and when I heard the continuing fireworks outside celebrating their victory cried my tears of joy along with them. It has been an amazing buildup here in china waiting for the magic of the opening of the games, and we will all remember the huge clocks scattered around the city counting down to the minute of the opening ceremonies. The biggest dream has come true for all Chinese, to offer the world a show that is truly spectacular, one to be proud of and remember for generations to come. This is china, diverse and beautiful. On behalf of the Chinese people I would like to thank you all for your heartfelt appreciation and love.

Posted by summer willes August 8, 08 09:34 PM
167.

Great showIGreat Olympics! Seeing is believing. Want to know the real China?! Come and See!(unbiased, with your natural eyes not a per-determined mind-set--that sucks!)

Posted by sk August 8, 08 09:35 PM
168.

very nice! great opening ceremony!

Posted by richard August 8, 08 09:36 PM
169.

Amazing Images! Kudos to the photographers who took these!
The Images of the 1936 German Olympics are just as stunning and beautiful.
It's amazing that these same people slaughtered 51 Million of their own in the 1950's and rule over their own people now with a sledge hammer.
Free Tibet!

Posted by rich August 8, 08 09:37 PM
170.

The show was amazing. They did a great job. I wish I had TiVo.

Posted by Xico August 8, 08 09:37 PM
171.

Slave labor can work miracles. Just look at the pyramids.

Posted by rich August 8, 08 09:41 PM
172.

This are the most beautiful pictures I have see in my entire life! More better than the pictures of my wedding day and of my newborn child! I can die now after I saw this pictures.

Posted by Galo Gimbal August 8, 08 09:42 PM
173.

Looks like 1936.

Posted by Yikes August 8, 08 09:44 PM
174.

Las fotos estan increibles.

Saludos,

Amazing pictures!

Posted by Macarena Carreño (Stgo, Chile) August 8, 08 09:49 PM
175.

damn! no chance to get some camera data? at least the ISO....

Posted by revan August 8, 08 09:55 PM
176.

I'm speechless. The pictures are jaw dropping great!!

Posted by Olympics Fan August 8, 08 10:00 PM
177.

WOW! Impressive Shots! I saved some for wallpaper!
Let The Games Begin!!!
Take Home The Gold America!!!

Posted by BatMax August 8, 08 10:01 PM
178.

"We Chinese chose our way to forge forward. Please respect that first, and die."

Well said£¡

CHINA IS NOT IRAQ

Posted by WE ARE NOT IRAQIS August 8, 08 10:01 PM
179.

it's amzing! i watched all the opening process and thanks to all who take it to me!

hope all the best!

Posted by ichor August 8, 08 10:02 PM
180.

Best opening ceremony ever!! Awesome!!!

Posted by GA August 8, 08 10:07 PM
181.

Spectacular!

I'm sorry, but there ARE uninformed and misguided people out there who write comments with words like "slaughter" and "slave labor". Fortunately, there are far more people -- say, about 4 billion humans -- who are not only amazed, but without a political stance on the Games. Just take the opening ceremony as an example -- there was no mention of Mao Zedong or the Communist Party, or indeed, of any political matter.

http://www.frederickding.com/posts/2008/08/a-spectacular-opening-ceremony-08109/

Posted by Frederick August 8, 08 10:10 PM
182.

wonderfull

Posted by Ralph Conway August 8, 08 10:11 PM
183.

amazing

Posted by Michael August 8, 08 10:12 PM
184.

As a photographer i am in awe of these....each one could probably make the front page of Explore on Flickr...incredible work!!!!

Posted by Nathan August 8, 08 10:16 PM
185.

Brilliant!

Posted by Steve Garfield August 8, 08 10:17 PM
186.

Who can tell me what's the mean of 132# comment:
#Amazing what you can do with a few million extra people lying around.
Posted by Joe August 8, 08 08:23 PM

Welcome to Beijing!

General Family existing all over the world
Every Country has poverty or underdeveloped person or area
China is a developing country, Welcome to developing China!
We Chinese people are kindly, diligence, and nice, We love peace forever.

Posted by Ginger August 8, 08 10:18 PM
187.

AWESOME photos!!
The opening ceremony was superb!!

Posted by anna August 8, 08 10:19 PM
188.

i think that the prefomance was great and your pictures are the best that i have ever seen i wouuld like to congatulate you on your sucsesse with your pictures !!!!!!!

Posted by Emily August 8, 08 10:19 PM
189.

WOWOOWOWOWOWOWO

Posted by Mimo August 8, 08 10:20 PM
190.

im never gonna here the end of it from my cousin
his familly was there
AMAZING

Posted by Ben Nielsen August 8, 08 10:21 PM
191.

Astonishing

Posted by ben_ August 8, 08 10:21 PM
192.

wow i have never been bought to tears by pictures before! I LOVE CHINA!

Posted by victoria August 8, 08 10:23 PM
193.

Most beautiful, magnificent opening ceremony I've ever see in all my years watching the Olympics.

Can not be touched by anyone!

Posted by NAncy Frank August 8, 08 10:23 PM
194.

GREAT photos!! Fantastic ceremony!! Did you get a shot of the finished srcoll after the athletes had walked across it? Would love to see the finished product!

Posted by Carmel Gerdsen August 8, 08 10:25 PM
195.

Epic!!!

Posted by Eric Renz August 8, 08 10:26 PM
196.

this is our countury!

Posted by tracy August 8, 08 10:27 PM
197.

I'm speechless. The pictures are jaw dropping great!!

Posted by Olympics Fan August 8, 08 10:27 PM
198.

All these were probably shot with the Nikon D3

Posted by Johnny August 8, 08 10:28 PM
199.

i have never been bought to tears by pictures!! this is beyond beautiful, this is jgdfghdfghfdj GODLY!! china is GREAT! CHINA IS THE FUTURE!

Posted by Vix August 8, 08 10:30 PM
200.

"Wow, look at the last one, they are such a great country to live......they treat their people so well." --Mr. Sarcasm

Oh Yes, unlike those Chinese, all of us Americans are well taken care of and living in sparkling clean conditions.

Posted by Proud American August 8, 08 10:32 PM
201.

wow.. impressive!
Thanks for sharing!

Posted by sharon August 8, 08 10:33 PM
202.

The last picture is the best.

Posted by Cbeek04 August 8, 08 10:33 PM
203.

Those 5 kids may not be from the same family - they may gather at one place and watch the show together.

Posted by Sunnia August 8, 08 10:36 PM
204.

They spent $100M on this? I say totally worth it. That's the budget of a second-grade Hollywood movie.

How can London match that in 2012?

Posted by John August 8, 08 10:38 PM
205.

Impressive! Beautiful!

Posted by georgia August 8, 08 10:39 PM
206.

"Wow, look at the last one, they are such a great country to live......they treat their people so well." --Mr. Sarcasm

Oh Yes, unlike those Chinese, all of us Americans are well taken care of and living in sparkling clean conditions.

Posted by Proud American August 8, 08 10:39 PM
207.

Wow, I'm breath-taken!

Posted by Keehun Nam August 8, 08 10:40 PM
208.

This is so scary. Nice looking face of disgusting police state.

Posted by Leo August 8, 08 10:40 PM
209.

I LOVE THIS PICTURES , IN MY LIFE I NEVER SEEN LIKE THIS SUCH A WONDERFULL I LOVE SO MUCH THANK SO MUCH YA .

Posted by A. BALAJI August 8, 08 10:40 PM
210.

so.. where's all the weapons of mass destruction, sweat shops, underage prostitution, 3rd world country jails and over-populated homosexuality due to the fact they let too many daughters float downstream as babies?

Posted by AJ August 8, 08 10:42 PM
211.

I feel very proud of these outstanding performance as a chinese! And i don't know how to express my heart words, only exciting, moving....when the dream came ture!

Posted by snow lee August 8, 08 10:44 PM
212.

These photos are wonderful. Don't forget the dark side, too. Remember the Chinese woman whom the government just sent to one year of labor camp for posting photos of earthquake damage.

Posted by Dave August 8, 08 10:44 PM
213.

THE BIGGEST DISGUSTING "WORLD POLICE" COUNTRY IS.....everyone knows that...

Posted by WMD in iraq August 8, 08 10:49 PM
214.

Great photos. That last one does stand out. People in a moment of pride and happiness.

Posted by Justin Buckland August 8, 08 10:50 PM
215.

this is the best opening ceremony i've ever seen...

Posted by Ojat August 8, 08 10:51 PM
216.

u know, what i m going to say
amizing,impressive,and great pictures. i never seen beautiful pictures like this.
thanks for sharing

Posted by ayub khan August 8, 08 10:53 PM
217.

Wonderful photos.
Thanks you so much
Will check into this site more often

Posted by Margaret[Australia] August 8, 08 10:53 PM
218.

i did not watch the opening ceremony... only viewed these pictures. where there no large group performances by women?

Posted by donna August 8, 08 10:56 PM
219.

Just wonder what lenses they used to get those images.

Posted by Joseph Philbert August 8, 08 10:57 PM
220.

uno de los eventos de esta epoca mas grandiosa de la historia y unas fotografias excelente, maravillosa, felicidades

Posted by RAUL August 8, 08 10:58 PM
221.

Is there a way to contact the artist in the last picture. I like this girl and I wish i could meet her somewhere, probably in Beijing. She's so lovely that I can't help staring at this pic for a long time... How can I find her?

Posted by Galano August 8, 08 10:58 PM
222.

Perhaps the greatest show in the history of mankind.

Great synchronisation of technology and human excellence. Little known about China - this, at least, proves the country inspires its fellow citizens to unleash their talents and surpass their expertise. It would boost every individual to try and implement the Impossible.

Rightly said by someone - 'The Games gave a chance to the world to know what China really is'.

Posted by Mrinal Ghosh August 8, 08 11:00 PM
223.

About the last picture:

There are 1.3 billion people in China. 0.3 billion of them live in cities, others live in countries. In fact, many lives fairly good, many still poor. And how do you define "many"? The last picture is focused on a poor family, I can say, there are still 10% of people still live like that, but the other 90% are much better.

Posted by Anbang Li August 8, 08 11:01 PM
224.

Greece's 2004 Olympics Opening Ceremony was WAYYYYYYYYYY Better!!
Nice try China :)

Posted by Elizabeth August 8, 08 11:01 PM
225.

Hey A.J, you can find them all in the U.S. lol

Posted by cg August 8, 08 11:05 PM
226.

Definitely it is a service to make people witness which they couldn't

Posted by veerabaghu August 8, 08 11:06 PM
227.

The pictures are spectacular and real.

Posted by George Lai August 8, 08 11:06 PM
228.

THE PICTURES ARE SO THRILLING TO LOOK AT ,I CAN ONLY IMAGING WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO BE THERE,SO MUCH EXCITEMENT AND ENERGY,THEY SURPASS SO MANY COUNTRIES WITH THEIR UNIQUE PERFORMANCES,A ENTERTAINMENT OF THIS KIND WOULD LEAVE EVERYONE IN AWE.LOVE TO SEE THOSE FIREWORKS IN PERSON.THANKS FOR THE GREAT PICTURES.

Posted by BECKY OLIVER August 8, 08 11:07 PM
229.

Nice pictures, Thanks a lot.

Posted by Peter August 8, 08 11:07 PM
230.

Screw the stupid nationalism. Every face in that picture is a person, just like you or me.

Posted by Mark Blacknell August 8, 08 11:08 PM
231.

amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
love is all around...

Posted by earlykiwibird August 8, 08 11:09 PM
232.

The pics are awful. I wish I had a chance to look at it with my eyes

Posted by naked eyes August 8, 08 11:10 PM
233.

Fantastic Photos!!!

Posted by David A. August 8, 08 11:11 PM
234.

The opening ceremony was soooooooooooooooooooooo Beautiful!

Picture 7 is soooooooooooooooooooooo Wonderful, as if in a dream.

Posted by tom August 8, 08 11:13 PM
235.

it's unforgettably awesome!

Posted by Piggy August 8, 08 11:14 PM
236.

viimo se :)

Posted by sho August 8, 08 11:18 PM
237.

Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing :) xoxo-pm

Posted by Posh Mama August 8, 08 11:19 PM
238.

Beautiful images from possibly the best host of the games yet. Tremendous pressure for London in 2012.

http://www.popwuping.com

Posted by kelake August 8, 08 11:19 PM
239.

awsome pictures, go China!

Posted by Jack August 8, 08 11:21 PM
240.

The last picture doesn't do Chinese justice. This is not how Chinese live!
Awesome show though. :)

Posted by Alicia August 8, 08 11:26 PM
241.

it was great, a great ceremony to all our Chinese people, no matter we are in a shelter or apartment. hopefully for you too!!
Thanks for the Olympic games! the day Aug.8 2008 is our holiday, lol I can smell spring festival in our cities our streets and houses There. look over and have fun.
IT IS EVERYBODY¡¯S OLYMPIC GAMES

Posted by Peggy August 8, 08 11:26 PM
242.

You do such an honor to the beauty of the pagentry and the artists. I was dismayed by NBC commentators yammering through the whole thing, like it was Monday night football.

Gorgeous images as a photographer, I absolutely adore this site!

http://www.heatherbarrphoto.com

Posted by Heather August 8, 08 11:28 PM
243.

Beautifullllllllllll

Posted by Zulekha August 8, 08 11:31 PM
244.

It was really the most spectacular opening ceremony in all ones I've ever seen, It conveyed Chinese Culture perfectly to worldwide people, I hope in the following games, it will be more wonderful and more interesting, I wish everyone will enjoy the Games more......... and more foreigners will understand China, like China and trust China, I expect the day is coming soon.

If anyone would like to know more about China Culture, please contact with me by following information,
Skype No.: gr-brian1009
Tele No.: 00886-752-355-2226(or 2678) extention 125

Best Regards,
Brian

Posted by Mr. Brian August 8, 08 11:33 PM
245.

So beautiful

Posted by Nguyen Viet Cuong August 8, 08 11:34 PM
246.

I wasn't going to watch the Opening Ceremony, but this has changed my mind.

Posted by Michelle August 8, 08 11:36 PM
247.

Glen Beck does have good views.. and as for keeping america afloat with its rich wealthy and independant people in order to sustain jobs needed for our "lower" classes to survive i think alot of those people came from all backgrounds and even the impression instilled in our young people to take the initative to go to college was an idea given to them by older people who chose their cereal for them anyway.. . basically your all high and mighty cause of your "college status"
and hes not just promoting that ... self employed people contribute massively to this country and its future investments. sorry i am biased

Posted by J rizal August 8, 08 11:36 PM
248.

I believe after the Olympics I believe "THE WORLD" will have a new found respect for the Chinese people and their Culture. An amazing and rich culture!

Posted by Robert Daniels August 8, 08 11:37 PM
249.

These are fantastic pictures.

One world, one dream.

Posted by Susan August 8, 08 11:37 PM
250.

It was amazing. So many lights; when you watch it at night, it is like stars in the sky. by Amy (8 years)

Posted by Amy August 8, 08 11:37 PM
251.

It's really great!Proud of Beijing!

Posted by tomato August 8, 08 11:42 PM
252.

great! wonderful!awesome!fantastic

Posted by zfmtalent August 8, 08 11:43 PM
253.

lol, ive read all of the comments above, thank you all for enjoying the pics of the opeing ceremony in beijing last nite.ya, its a real nice performing ,i ve watched it
from starting to end. just a little regret, a little bit lack of passion.

Posted by Vincent August 8, 08 11:44 PM
254.

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING IMAGES! Great job. I see why you love your job!

Posted by Stuke August 8, 08 11:45 PM
255.

"We Chinese chose our way to forge forward. Please respect that first, and die."

well said, betty chen

Posted by Yannie Chen August 8, 08 11:46 PM
256.

very good!!!!!!!

Posted by zjf44262 August 8, 08 11:49 PM
257.

simply Superb

Posted by Arun August 8, 08 11:52 PM
258.

SO HELLA AMAZING

Posted by LISA August 8, 08 11:53 PM
259.

Great picture it shows How china is Now a global super power.I like all the picture above.Thanks for the post.

Posted by Ajit Ray August 8, 08 11:55 PM
260.

Wow!! A great opening ceremony ! Amazing!

Posted by Mian August 8, 08 11:55 PM
261.

i think that the prefomance was great and your pictures are the best that i have ever seen i wouuld like to congatulate you on your sucsesse with your pictures !!!!!!!

Posted by Emily August 8, 08 11:56 PM
262.

I love the picture, and also the people in the picture, they did great work for the Olympics, for the world, for their country. Thanks, all the people.
To watch the photo with eyes, you can see a beautiful picuture.
With heart, you can see great people

Posted by Loa Sun August 8, 08 11:57 PM
263.

JAW DROPPING and Amazing

Posted by Timothy J. Caldwell August 8, 08 11:57 PM
264.

Wow, how professional the reporter was, he worked till so late (he couldn't find any weaknesses in the opening ceremony, so he had to go to outskirts of Beijing to continue his work). Why some reporters are so good at capturing the developing countries' so-called real lives? If your heart is full of darkness, you will never feel the beautiful things. Just try to think if America is also a developing country with a great of population, how the government feed each person. To get the final benefits from other country battlefields?! Come on! To think about where the government was when New Orleans fell into the difficult position...in Iraq, right?Some of you may never understand the meaning of Chinese character "ºÍ", which appeared in the opening ceremony!

Posted by Baganna from China August 8, 08 11:58 PM
265.

Are those drummers or rows and rows of factory workers putting lead paint on my kids toys?
Posted by Mark in Oregon August 8, 08 05:39 PM

--------you have the right to keep yourself away from any Made-in-China goods and I strongly encourage you to do so. If you can't do that, just shut your mouth up.

Posted by David August 8, 08 11:58 PM
266.

I feel very proud of these outstanding performance as a chinese! And i don't know how to express my heart words, only exciting, moving....when the dream came ture!

Posted by Snow Lee August 8, 08 11:58 PM
267.

surely... great ceremoney

Posted by Shahzad August 9, 08 12:00 AM
268.

Welcome to Beijing~~!!!!
Welcome to China.!!!! (*^__^*)

Posted by Zhang. August 9, 08 12:03 AM
269.

fantastic pictures, great moment

Posted by suhaimi August 9, 08 12:04 AM
270.

I was very impressed and love to see all Nations come together.
We are all here on Planet Earth - I hope and pray that we can
live in Harmony, Order and Balance and respect each others
points of view.
Love to all of the Olympics and Blessings - Have a Safe
and Wonderful Time.
P E A C E

Posted by Susan PEACOCK August 9, 08 12:05 AM
271.

A collage of more images: http://i34.tinypic.com/mcbxoi.jpg

Posted by dave August 9, 08 12:05 AM
272.


A billion drones in formation. A scheme mandated by a few old despots with a profound inferiority complex, desperate to prove a negative. "We are not backwards!" A pathetic plea for respect, the request itself is worthy of ridicule.

Order does not make humanity great. Not numbers, not wealth, not force, not power.

It is the human spirit, the free mind, empathy, soul, and love.

The ideas, heart, passion, and devotion of a single man can be greater than all that is on display here.

This the Chinese fail to understand.

Free yourselves.

Posted by Patrick Henry August 9, 08 12:06 AM
273.

grate pictures! omg, beautifull, congrats to the photographers!

Posted by sakura August 9, 08 12:06 AM
274.

Amazing photo shooting.

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 12:07 AM
275.

Since you know China better£¬you may love it better. People there are really kind and sincere .
Love will find a way£¬and understanding will make the world a better place.

Wonderful ceremony£¬wonderful China.

My best wishes .

Posted by summer tree August 9, 08 12:07 AM
276.

It was an awesome show!! The best in Olympic history. Thanks so much for the fabulous pictures!!!

Posted by Sandy Kamhoot August 9, 08 12:11 AM
277.

i think not only richmen pay attention to olympics,but also some poorer look forward to this thing.every society have this two kinds of people.but we can't think all of the chinese are humble.if you walk down the street in china,i believe you will get surprized for this country's progress!

Posted by seven August 9, 08 12:11 AM
278.

It's so happy to read the comments above. And I'm really pround of being a Chinese.

Posted by E.Y August 9, 08 12:12 AM
279.

Absolutely gorgeous photos....as a serious photographer myself, I can really appreciate the photographic expertise that went into capturing these images. That's above and beyond, the cermonies themselves, which look fabulous.

Posted by Harry Lavo August 9, 08 12:15 AM
280.

We're watching it now, but these pictures really tell a beautiful story.

Posted by Brock August 9, 08 12:15 AM
281.

INPRECIONANTES NO ENCUENTRO OTRA PALABRA PARA CALIFICAR TANTO LA CALIDAD DE LAS FOTOS Y LO HERMOSAS QUE SON EN ESPECIAL LA Q SE TOMO AFUERA DEL NIDO DEL PAJARO.

Posted by MARCO ANTONIO August 9, 08 12:17 AM
282.

free tibet!

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 12:18 AM
283.

These photos are wonderful. Don't forget the dark side, too. Remember the Chinese woman whom the government just sent to one year of labor camp for posting photos of earthquake damage.

-----------this is the most ridiculous rumor I had ever heard! I am a Chinese and I posted earthquake damage photos posted in the Chinese BBS for a dozen times and never got into trouble! and I never heard of anyone got into jail just by posting earthquake photos!
Next time, try to be a smart lier, otherwise I will be forced to regard you as a retard, which is genetically inherited.

Posted by Thomas Wong August 9, 08 12:20 AM
284.

picture 8 is very wanderful

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 12:20 AM
285.

These pictures are as wonderful as the ceremony itself. Thank you very much!
We are not rich, like the kids in the last picture; but we have love for our counry and the world peace.

Posted by NL August 9, 08 12:22 AM
286.

wow!!!!!!! amazing, Fantastic, marvelous.......

Posted by MKumar August 9, 08 12:23 AM
287.

this are some grate pics! omg, beautifull!

Posted by sakura August 9, 08 12:23 AM
288.

IT WAS FABULOUS!!!

Posted by Jack August 9, 08 12:25 AM
289.

Wow, the first picture is just amazing! Great photography overall!

Posted by jon August 9, 08 12:25 AM
290.

Awsome shoots... Regards from Venezuela

Posted by Javier August 9, 08 12:26 AM
291.

this is the first time that the chinese character could be found in Olympics
i m thrilling when i watched the ceremony.
i love my motherland,china.
we chinese love the whole world.
welcome to china!

Posted by hersstring August 9, 08 12:29 AM
292.

Amazing ! i love it !
I couldn´t see the opening because i were in school !
I love it !
With so much problens in the country, they have did a really amazing show !
xxx
( Brazil )

Posted by August 9, 08 12:30 AM
293.

A great reminder that China is coming back to its glory. Can't wait to see the next superpower.

Posted by rahma August 9, 08 12:30 AM
294.

THANKS FOR THIS FANTASTIC PICTURES FROM SUCH A HISTORIC OPENING OF THE GAMES. IT IS AMAZINGLY OVERWHELMING.
THIS IS THE TRUE SPIRIT OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES, I HOPE THE GAMES TURN OUT AS SUPER AS THIS OPENING.
IT WILL TAKE A MASSIVE EFFORT BY ANY FUTURE HOST TO BEAT THIS.
YOUR PICTUES HAVE THEREFORE MADE HISTORY AND WILL REMAIN SO FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. FABULOUSLY NICE.

Posted by RODDY August 9, 08 12:32 AM
295.

AMAZING!

You guys should setup Pic Lens ( http://piclens.com/ ) on here, such a great site for it!

http://www.1plus0.com

Posted by James E. August 9, 08 12:33 AM
296.

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Posted by ivy August 9, 08 12:38 AM
297.

i am very proud to be a chinese girl right now ,before,and forever!!!

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Posted by tina feng August 9, 08 12:40 AM
298.

INPRECIONANTES NO ENCUENTRO OTRA PALABRA PARA CALIFICAR TANTO LA CALIDAD DE LAS FOTOS Y LO HERMOSAS QUE SON EN ESPECIAL LA Q SE TOMO AFUERA DEL NIDO DEL PAJARO.

Posted by MARCO ANTONIO August 9, 08 12:43 AM
299.

I am a Chinese student in Beijing.

The 169 th comment said "Slave labor can work miracles." As I know, the performers are all volunteers. None of them are forced to do such thing for money or any other reason. Those girls who held the umbrellas in the ceremony practiced in our campus for about 3 months. Some of my classmates also spend lots of time to take part in the training for voluteers. All of those are just for the one night amzing ceremony? At first I also felt it ridiculous,but after watching the whole ceremony and seeing the worldwide news it seems worthy. No one would consider work as volunteer to take care of vulnerable groups as meaningless because some people can benefit from it. It is the same that the voluteers work for the ceremony is admirable because our country benefit from it, if you view it impartially.

Well, to take about the last picture, migrant workers really live in poor condition comparing with normal family. But the situation is changing, they live better every day. The income of mirgrant worker family can afford one child to entering college beside their cost of living by now. What is the most IMPORTANT: the simle on the faces of the children is true.

Certainly there are also some unsatisfying problems, but not that serious. We are not in the dilemma "live free or die". We are not that free, we have so more thing to concerne than you have. But we are the same rational and dignity as you are.

Posted by Deexter August 9, 08 12:43 AM
300.

Awesome--we are all one people when the Olympics occur

Posted by Debbie Hall August 9, 08 12:46 AM
301.

thinks a lot (beijing)

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 12:47 AM
302.

beautiful photos
amazing / over-the-top production
epic repression of Tibet
marvelous hypocrisy

Oh, hello Chinese government shills.

Posted by carlos August 9, 08 12:49 AM
303.

Mesmerising photography .........

Posted by Souvik Sengupta August 9, 08 12:49 AM
304.

We watched it on T.V. Did not get the e-mail until later... The pictures are fabulous, wish we were there. The colors on T.V. were beautiful. The work and dedication that went in to planning and executing the whole thing had to be
fantastic....especially when they said that no duplications of people were used!
UNREAL! The Chinese people must be so very proud... as they should be.Just a pure delight to watch.Let the games begin!

Posted by Pat Majeski August 9, 08 12:49 AM
305.

So awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by dk August 9, 08 12:51 AM
306.

Amazing very super fantastic

opening ceremony olympics 8 8 08 Beautiful
very verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy super

Posted by R Ganesan August 9, 08 01:02 AM
307.

I, a Chinese citizen, now working and living overseas, yesterday, was sooooo much relieved and absolutely thrilled by the opening ceremony, as before it started I wasn't sure if China is gonna delivery anything up to our over-too-high expectation and amaze the world...
Now I have to say I'm sooooo proud for the very original scenes like "footprint fireworks of history" across the city, the presentation of Chinese characters and printing, as well as the way the olympic cauldron was lit up by the famous gymnast Li Ning running up high at the rim of birds nest...with all the unveilled scroll and musical effects along....
It was fantastic...like dream...I'm also touched by the truly heartfelt comments and appreciation...thanks to Olympics, brings us all together~~

Posted by Lisa Wang August 9, 08 01:02 AM
308.

Great show^_^
Fabulous!!!
Amzaing!!!!
Brilliant!!!!!!

Posted by cindy August 9, 08 01:03 AM
309.

I'm a Chinese and I'm really proud of my country. There is no doubt that these are still a lot of poor people in China, but every country has poor people. We are trying our best to make our country better, and the Olympic game is a big opportunity. Maybe someone thought the ceremony is amazing, maybe someone thought it's boring, that's okay, because we know we can't make everyone satisfied. The most important thing is the game began, so enjoy yourself.

Posted by Bill Lee August 9, 08 01:05 AM
310.

I REALLY SURPRISED TO SEE THE CEREMONY, HOW U CHINESE PEOPLE SPENT US$1.400 BILLION IN ONLY 1 DAY AS THE WORLD IS IN WORST FOOD CRISES.

Posted by ISM August 9, 08 01:06 AM
311.

very interesting

Posted by hamed August 9, 08 01:07 AM
312.

Stunning! China - living up to it's name!! What a stellar performance by the artistes!!
Wish I were there to see it live... :(
Astonishingly beautiful costumes of the performers -- breathtaking!!

Would any of you know where I can view the pictures of the various contingents in their National attire? I understand the colors and attires were fabulous...

Posted by Lakshmi August 9, 08 01:08 AM
313.

thanks a lot£¡£¡ thanks Beijing£¬thanks all the Chinese£¡

Posted by Jewel August 9, 08 01:11 AM
314.

As a Chinese, I want to say something.
1. We Chinese sufferred a lot in 2008, but we still try the best to offer the world an excellent opening ceremony. That is our respect to the Olympic Games and to the world. Is it wrong? I understand that some may dislike it because of the cultural gap or otherwise, but please respect the artists' efforts.
2. In addition, there are definitely the poor in every country, including the USA, but the poor cannot stand for a "real" country.
3. There is something unreasonable across the world, not only in China. If everything is good, how can the Iraqi soldiers be abused in 2003?
I hope somebody can judge China more fairly.

Posted by a Chinese August 9, 08 01:14 AM
315.

Amazing. It look great on TV but your photos are outstanding!!!
Great Job!

Posted by Tammy August 9, 08 01:17 AM
316.

Fabulous pictures. I really wish we had live broad cast of the ceremony. May be we are the only country in the world who did not watch it live!

Posted by Eunice Thomas August 9, 08 01:20 AM
317.

WOW, Very Beautifull Seen at Beijing. Veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Thanks For Beijing.

Posted by Anuruddha August 9, 08 01:23 AM
318.

Breathtaking!

Posted by arcus August 9, 08 01:23 AM
319.

China showed the World how talented they really are. The opening ceremonys of the 2008 Olympics is like the 8th wonder of the 21st Century.

Posted by John Milek August 9, 08 01:24 AM
320.

Wow!!!....I only wish the Tibeten people could see this without oppression.

Boycott these Olympics.

Posted by Travis A. August 9, 08 01:26 AM
321.

I, a Chinese citizen, now working and living overseas, yesterday, was sooooo much relieved and absolutely thrilled by the opening ceremony, as before it started I wasn't sure if China is gonna delivery anything up to our over-too-high expectation and amaze the world...
Now I have to say I'm sooooo proud for the very original scenes like "footprint fireworks of history" across the city, the presentation of Chinese characters and printing, as well as the way the olympic cauldron was lit up by the famous gymnast Li Ning running up high at the rim of birds nest...with all the unveilled scroll and musical effects along....
It was fantastic...like dream...I'm also touched by the truly heartfelt comments and appreciation...thanks to Olympics, brings us all together~~

Posted by Lisa Wang August 9, 08 01:27 AM
322.

to 312
hanks a lot£¡£¡ thanks Beijing£¬thanks all the Chinese£¡

Thank you too£¡ welcome to beijing and welcome to china

------À´×ÔÖйú(from china)

Posted by perfect August 9, 08 01:28 AM
323.

Very Beautifull Seen In Beijing. Very Thanks For China.

Posted by Anuruddha August 9, 08 01:28 AM
324.

re 298...i believe...all people in the game are willing to make this awesome opening in the history!!!! every single person helped would get the credit!

This opening really shows off the creative minds combined with rich culture resources in China!!!!!!!
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jor August 9, 08 01:29 AM
325.

I love China! And I am very proud to be a chinese.

The Ceremony will be wonderful memory in my heart forever.

Posted by Emily August 9, 08 01:30 AM
326.

This must have been the first Olympics ceremony that touched me. Excellent!!Great to see that only ~1% of the posters demonstrate some sort of hate for China. Maybe they've noticed that their country would never be able to pull such a phenomenon off. Keep hating as China continues to grow and develop, it'll one day come back to bite you in the rear.

Posted by Kevin K. August 9, 08 01:31 AM
327.

Its amazing...amazing to find several great snobs here,who cant stop strugglling against the fact that they would never change any history,thus actively screaming with some fashinable noises,like"free tibet'.
Dear Sir,i just make a beautiful wish for all of you.
Please,please free your mind and soul first,before free such a remote land.And i know,you guys must witness a lot-----in movies and reports,interestingly.

Posted by AkinZou August 9, 08 01:33 AM
328.

The quality of the pictures...superb. Magnificient Opening. I stay in China for my last 8 years and I am pretty sure Chinese greatly awakening and with this, they will inspire to strive for better future of themselves, congragulations.

Posted by BJ August 9, 08 01:37 AM
329.

fabulous, i was looking for these pictures coz i watched the opening live but i had no record of these at all. my children and grand children will have to see this.
these photos are great indeed

Posted by ssali martin August 9, 08 01:38 AM
330.

Chinese showed their CIVILIZATION, HUGE WILLPOWER, TALENT, ART & INITIATIVE in this Olympic ceremony.
I congratulation to photographer ! I really enjoyed.

Posted by Reza Jamalpour August 9, 08 01:42 AM
331.

I like how someone commented that the last picture was of "real" chinese people. Should I remind you of how "real" americans are? No, not the hollywood version. I'm talking about going to walmart, the mall, or supermarket and taking a look at fat overweight unattractive people who are the overwhelming majority.

Posted by David August 9, 08 01:42 AM
332.

nice photos!
I'm a Chinese. Acutually, I had not a lot of hope for Yimou Zhang who 's the director of the opening ceremony . But I think that he has done a really good job! I got up on 4:00 am in order to watch the opening. That's amazing~(except CBC's endless and boring ad:)

Posted by nana August 9, 08 01:42 AM
333.

What the real China is:

Some one rich, some one poor, some one in the middle. I come from a family in the middle.

Hum...As a Chinese, indeed I'm glad to hear so many "awesome" here. Thanks! :)

And some talks about the last picture, that IS a shabby room to live, dim light, humble furnitures, 5 kids in not-so-good shirts...I can't imagine me being there... But fact is, China's trying hard to solve the imbalance of economic development and because China's too big a country the task is by no means easy. Maybe it'll be decades for China to solve that problem, maybe even longer.

As a well-informed Chinese,(yes,we young generation are well-informed,believe or not) we get the opinions and comments from friends in the other parts of the world so that we know the contry's condition well, and we are trying hard to help the nation develop faster and better. But, it needs time. And also, it needs the support from you all :D

Welcome to China and have a visit with an open heart and an open mind. Because China is not exactly what's shown in the Hollywood movies, big photo shots or the reports of the newreels.

And finally, hope everything goes well with the great Olympics. And may the spirit of the Olympic game last long and forever. :)

Posted by mobile_zhou August 9, 08 01:44 AM
334.

I'm Chinese; i love my country very much!!!

come on beijing!!!

Posted by Li MingQing August 9, 08 01:45 AM
335.

Great pics...
thanx china for beautiful memories....

Posted by sachin bhilware August 9, 08 01:46 AM
336.

brethtaking!!!!!
Great performance........
Greetings from India...

Posted by narayankumar August 9, 08 01:50 AM
337.

thanks
thanks

Posted by azy August 9, 08 01:51 AM
338.

great show!
I watched it tonight on NBC
really amazing!!!

Posted by nnutsu August 9, 08 01:52 AM
339.

Great job for the posted photo as well as the ceremony.Have seen them from start to finish and can't stop it..No politics,bias or prejudice and have fun!

Posted by Joe August 9, 08 02:00 AM
340.

"Below are some highlights of the nearly 4-hour performance. (24 photos total)"

Is the last pictures taken in the stadium too? What is the point to post it here then?

Anyway thanks for the kind reminder, China is a developing country, he is far from perfect, we all know that.

Every great nation has his rise and fall, China has been one of the leading power in most part of the time, if you do know history, let us see who laughs last.


To those who wanted to "free to bed", please pack up and go back to where your colonial ancestors came from, leave the free land to native Indian first. "The Only Good Indian is a Dead Indian" - brilliant wisdom!

Or just come "free" it from us, grow up be a man, do not just mumbling, as you did in Afghanistan and Iraq. They trade their lives and their oil for self-invited "freedom", what a humane generous almsgiving!


Let me tell you what, Xizang Chinese are treated well, much better than Han Chinese. You know nothing about this, or you dare not to face the fact. You idi*ts even worship the most barbarous serf master in human history LMAO. The most ridiculous thing is to hear such words as "freedom" "human rights" come out of this master's mouth.

Posted by WMD in iraq August 9, 08 02:00 AM
341.

All of you people criticizing "the Chinese" - the problem is the government, not the people. (Not all that different from what is going on here in the U.S., I might add.) The Chinese people have a right to be proud of this art as it is presented to the world. Regardless whether they are rich or poor. Americans complaining about the cost- again, look in your own backyard first. Change takes time, and China, even the government, is changing. How about lets lighten up a little, huh? (Oh, and one more thing - #219 - keep your pants on - the girl is probably only 14.)

Posted by Rick M August 9, 08 02:01 AM
342.

the greatest show ever maybe. good job.

Posted by jack August 9, 08 02:03 AM
343.

"I hope somebody can judge China more fairly. "

we Chinese don not need a judge, be strong, be ourself, that's it.

Posted by WMD in iraq August 9, 08 02:04 AM
344.

Amazing pictures. Much better than seen on TV

Posted by Christina August 9, 08 02:08 AM
345.

Fabulous fotos! Interesting comments. For they didn't fail our expectations at the ceremony.
Fully appreciation to the photographer. I like the last one best beside the other outstanding works!

Greeting from a Chinese student.

Posted by BlowPhish August 9, 08 02:11 AM
346.

good job

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 02:13 AM
347.

nice

Posted by fred August 9, 08 02:17 AM
348.

I hope people in this world can know much about China through this big event. Welcome to China.

Posted by Daiqng from China August 9, 08 02:18 AM
349.

nice

Posted by fred August 9, 08 02:20 AM
350.

Praise and abuse are always together.
no matter what bad words some of you said about China, i feel proud of my great country forever!

Welcome to China
Welcome to Beijing
and see for yourself about the great changes in CHINA!

Posted by 1stpKlosr August 9, 08 02:22 AM
351.

Great Show and brilliant performance. That was the grand opening ceremony in the history of Olympics. Chinese are very determined to show the west countries that Asian countries are able to host the games despite of various criticisms. They put their efforts in each and all factors like infrastructure, Hospitality and even in Language. This is a great answer by game spirit. Congratulation! China for organizing such amazing event with the brilliant efforts. You made all the Asian countries proud and boost the hope that they can and able to host these games.

Posted by Kishu August 9, 08 02:31 AM
352.

fantastico!!!! Que guay!!!!! ‘¾–_—¹IIIThe best of the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Virginia from China. August 9, 08 02:32 AM
353.

cheen is king no one can beat them

Posted by hitesh August 9, 08 02:32 AM
354.

m having goosebumps..... gosh...it was damn amazing though i miss the live telecast.....
fab piks.....

Posted by lalit sengar August 9, 08 02:34 AM
355.

I'M PROUD OF MY COUNTRY! I LOVE CHINA!

Posted by HANNCY ZHENG August 9, 08 02:36 AM
356.

it really really good!! and the last photo was so funny :D

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 02:41 AM
357.

thanks of your astonishing programs. we really enjoyed.

Posted by Afshin Faryadi August 9, 08 02:44 AM
358.

As a common Chinese people, I am very proud of my homeland for this
fantastic opening ceremony tonight.

Posted by jorbin August 9, 08 02:45 AM
359.

It was an indeed very amazing opening ceremony. Zhang Yimo - the director did it very well.
As a Chinese person, I know what a family can actually mean, one definition is parents and children, the other definition can be the whole country - China. So please do not misunderstand this.

Posted by Angel Ji August 9, 08 02:46 AM
360.

PICS R SO BEAUTIFUL

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361.

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Posted by ¶¡³¿êÍ August 9, 08 02:48 AM
362.

Awesome pics!!!!
I believe that was and will be the best opening Ceremony in my life

Posted by Syd Chase August 9, 08 02:53 AM
363.

Marvellous! Never think it comes that way! What a great idea of performance!

Posted by Marco Yip August 9, 08 02:53 AM
364.

If you have not been to China and see Chinese people in person, don't say what is "real".
Somebody just likes to criticise everything they don't really know, and this can only show their superficiality

Posted by Angela August 9, 08 02:54 AM
365.

China£¬I love you.

Posted by John August 9, 08 02:57 AM
366.

Believe me, Dalailama is a big cheater..

Posted by Dollar August 9, 08 02:58 AM
367.

Spectacular! One of the most amazing spectacles I've ever seen! Congratulations, China!

Posted by Mike Lewis August 9, 08 03:05 AM
368.

i 'm very proud of my country........allways!!!!!!!
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Posted by yanyan August 9, 08 03:08 AM
369.

Thanks for the Big Picture. Will visit more often!

Here are some wide angle shots, not as high quality, but show different perspectives. enjoy.
http://pic.2008.china.com/html/2008-08-09/109147.htm#t

Posted by Jay August 9, 08 03:11 AM
370.

YOUR PICTURES ARE AMAZING!!!! mail me your photographic eye - lol
how comes you didn't post pictures of the teams as they walked through?

shauna,
Beijing, 2008

Posted by Shauna Taylor August 9, 08 03:11 AM
371.

Tibet belongs to China!

Tibet belongs to China!

Tibet belongs to China!

Posted by whu August 9, 08 03:13 AM
372.

its fabulous ,,,,,,,,outsanding ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;amazing and lastly no words to say only i cant hats off to china...........

Posted by ranjit mullick August 9, 08 03:16 AM
373.

I'm a Chinese and I watched the ceremony live in a bar with my friends last night. It was an exciting night indeed. However, I still don't think that the ceremony is good enough because it's tooooooo Zhang Yimou. I don't like his style for he always distorts Chinese people's image just to get attention from western couttries and make his movies popular among you.

China now is a country mixed with historical and mordern elements. It's much richer and colorful than what you can see from Zhang's products. Just come to China and take a look. We have poor people just as you do in your countries, as what you can see from the picture. But just use your logic to think, if everyone lives in such acondition, then who lives in the tall buildings or the in

Posted by Sera August 9, 08 03:16 AM
374.

This ceremony was the most amazing ceremony which has been held for olympic.i really enjoid.

sara from Iran

Posted by SARA August 9, 08 03:18 AM
375.

Welcome to China,Welcome to Beijing

Posted by sandy August 9, 08 03:19 AM
376.

As a foreigner living in China for the past 2 years, I must say to all of you that left some racist comments about China. If you live in the "western country", then you do not know freedom, unless you are over 80 years old. Today western countries are not all the they were designed to be.

China is the freest place that I have ever been. They do not have army's of police generating revenue to hire more police. They do not have excessive taxes to fund wars in other parts of the globe for oil. In fact they do not care what you do here as long as you do not harm others. Is that not the definition of freedom?

Now thats real freedom. If you think that driving your SUV, paying crazy amounts of tax, and subjecting yourself to random searches is freedom. then I would advise you to look up the meaning of the word. After 9-11 in the USA is more like a communist country than China in many aspects.

China has come a long way, you may not agree with some of the policies on Tibet, and Taiwan. However it is not affecting you in anyway. Many people are quick to criticize what they do not understand. I only wish that half of the "China Haters" would feel half as passionate about your own countries invading foreign countries for oil. If that happened we would have a better world.

China has earned their moment in the spotlight. In earning this right they thought that they would show the world their gratitude for the honor. Please give them the chance to have that honor and appreciate it for what it is. The Olympics are supposed to be a NON-POLITICAL event, lets leave it just as that...athletes competing for medals. It is nothing more just that.


Posted by Expat in China August 9, 08 03:20 AM
377.

Tibet belongs to China

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 03:20 AM
378.

it just couldnt get better..wish i was a part of it..

Posted by lakshmi August 9, 08 03:21 AM
379.

Simply Fabulous , No Words can express the feelings ............

Posted by ashish August 9, 08 03:22 AM
380.

As a Chinese American, I am proud to be both Chinese and American. I love both countries, for better or worse. I'd really love to be a person from all countries! Each place has so much to offer, it'd be great to have the best of all worlds. It's not a Dream. Make it real. That takes all kinds of folks, even the "nay-sayers." I enjoy the beauty, and look not at only the ugly side of people.

For those who posted sarcastic, mean, or barbed remarks, I'd say, "Get a life. Look around you, and what are YOU doing to make it better?" Making comments is easy - building a village is not. Get your hands dirty if you pity the poor folks who are proud of their country and their culture. Bring in what you think are "better" conditions - by living amongst them and learning what can be done.

Best to leave judgment out of the comments. That's personal, isn't it?

Action - not words.

But for the Opening Ceremony - I'd take another look anytime! It was BEAUTIFUL. Amazing people.

Posted by Jeannie August 9, 08 03:23 AM
381.

thanks for the photos

Posted by yan August 9, 08 03:23 AM
382.

Extraordinary. Thank you for posting!

Posted by Greta August 9, 08 03:24 AM
383.

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE 4 HOUR SPECTACLE LAST NIGHT!!! UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE! LET THE GAMES BEGIN...

I recently relocated to Shanghai China for work last year from the US and I can now say that have truly experienced 2 amazing life changing events! The Memorial Day after the Sichuan Earthquake and now the Grand Olympic Opening!

"One World One Dream" If only the world now could reflect the essence and the universal values of the Olympic spirit -- Unity, Friendship, Progress, Harmony, Participation and Dream!

Enj

Posted by Chopsocky August 9, 08 03:29 AM
384.

It was a mega-production by the Chinese government to cover up the real issues. I don’t think this will benefit anyone but help fuel false nationalism in China. Just as Hitler tired to prove his might and evoke nationalism by hosting the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. I have nothing against Chinese citizens. There are more than 300 million Chinese in abject poverty. The government blew more than 44 billion dollars for two weeks of sports. The human rights issue is now worse than before. Thousands of the spies and informers checking on everyone during these events will probably remain after the games, becoming a state of Gestapo. I look at these pictures and I get scared.

Posted by Tea Master August 9, 08 03:35 AM
385.

Really enjoy the show & the photos taken.
I can't wait for the games & the closing at 24 Aug 2008.

From - Hong Kong, China.

Posted by Rossi Kwanç‹Ò“c August 9, 08 03:37 AM
386.

so, from what i gather - there were a lot of people playing drums at the same time.

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Posted by dave wright photo August 9, 08 03:38 AM
387.

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Posted by wahyu eka prasetya August 9, 08 03:38 AM
388.

A great advancing nation show her power

Posted by Denero August 9, 08 03:39 AM
389.

Amazing pictures!!! Thanks for posting them.

Posted by Bili August 9, 08 03:40 AM
390.

Fabulous....

Posted by Judy August 9, 08 03:42 AM
391.

Bravo !

Posted by Mry August 9, 08 03:49 AM
392.

Comment #298 - well said! i'm an american living in china for the last 5 years.
the chinese people are wonderful. there are several comments that above are obviously from people that have NEVER been to china - indeed ignorant individuals listening to the media to influence their opinions. if that is the case, who is the puppet? visit china and experience for yourself - then make your comments (let's keep the ol' olympic spirit) chinese people are amazing. they are focused on economic growth and doing well. as an american living here - i love china - a great place to be. at this time the people are excited and proud the show china to the world. i hope to live here another 5 years +, thank you china for ALL the wonderful experiences over the last five years and more to come! oxoxo :)

Posted by lady k August 9, 08 03:50 AM
393.

CCTV-5 sucks!!

Posted by fly2never August 9, 08 03:52 AM
394.

The people of Beijing and China period are something special, the creativity and personality it took to create such a fabulous ceremony is unbelievable.
It was truly one of the best things i have ever seen, and they have by far past any expectation and set the bar for the next 2 decades for opening ceremony events.
WAY TO GO!!!!!

Posted by JD August 9, 08 03:54 AM
395.

so beautiful!!!!i regret didn't buy the ticket!!!! i wanna be in beijing now!!

Posted by wingwing August 9, 08 03:55 AM
396.

Realy it was an amazing and fantastic .....
and these pictures wowwwwwwww what a wonderful job
Tx 4 sharing these awesome pics.

Posted by Mes August 9, 08 03:55 AM
397.

It is vey great, and i am very very proud of a chinese citizen. I was touched by the seccessful opening ceremony. I believe our country will make another progress.

Posted by haixia August 9, 08 03:58 AM
398.

i am a chinese girl who grew up in nyc and i thought the photos are beautiful.

As for some comment about the poor in china, i see alot of americans who can't afford a sandwich in the city and so are the american sooo rich.

thank you for reading

Posted by piece of mind August 9, 08 03:59 AM
399.

I watched the entire thing I Was ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, I was so amazing. Best opening ceremony ever

Posted by adam dohner August 9, 08 04:00 AM
400.

The sheer beauty off the images still fail to erase the repression of the Chinese nation on Tibet and dissidents. Boycott the show.

Posted by popo August 9, 08 04:01 AM
401.

so great

Posted by xuxu August 9, 08 04:03 AM
402.

It is an awesome Olympics Opening Ceremony.........Fabulous creative works.....I loved it........Thanks for Beijing

Posted by Senthil Raja August 9, 08 04:04 AM
403.

chinese people really done the great job , great photography.

Posted by Cooko China August 9, 08 04:10 AM
404.

To 309

I am afraid you should understand that every country will try its best to hold the Olympic Games coz it's a world wide feast . China, as the main host, has already done a great job.

The large sum of money has been settled in a proper way. And as u know, China has suffered a lot during the year of 2008. After coming across so many obstacles, we finally made it and I think u should cheer with us .

Also, the spirit of the Olympics is to treat everyone around the world as a member of the big family. Just like what the lyrics of the theme song has expressed. "You and me , from one world , we are family" Hope u will enjoy it .

Thanks for the big pictures, I really like them^^^^^^^

Posted by Casper Wang August 9, 08 04:11 AM
405.

so great

Posted by yukie August 9, 08 04:11 AM
406.

as a chinese, i should say zhangyimou did a good job.though we are familar to his way to direct a film or a drama, we are amazed by his show last night. It surpassed our imagination, believe me .this is our mutural realization beween i and my wife. till this morning ,we were still excited about it.
second i want to say something to some people. have u been to china? how much do u understand china and traditional chinese culture? from where u impression come?
if u say no,and u impression about china was from somewestern mediums,i should say u havent any right to criticize china and u d better shut u mouth.i think its we have the right to talk about chinese liberty, democracy, and so called tibet issue. those who only want to believe the mediums are puppet, u are the puppets of some politicians and slaves,u will never know what liberty really mean in china.

Posted by jilin August 9, 08 04:13 AM
407.

For all you negative americans out there, SHAME ON YOU, i promise you i can take pictures of any big city in this great country and the whole worlds outlook on this country would go down hill the same. Have you been to LA or Detroit lately, what about Atlanta, or even Dallas, all of these cities have some of the worst living conditions in the world. And all you can talk about is a group of 5 people is a less fortunate living area in China, GIVE ME A BREAK. Like we "you" have any room to talk. How about turn your negativity around and make a lame attempt to turn this country around like you do to turn your own life around. So continue on, talk about other coutries and have a negative outlook on life, you do not see these people feeling sorry for them selves. as another blogger put, these people are volunteers and do this for fun. Sorry you hate your life. Your country is not that bad and theirs is far better than ours. So continue to pinch your dollars and let the world leave you in the dust. Dont be affraid to spend money to have a good time. THATS LIFE. Move to the mountains and become bear bait if you think you really have it that bad.

Posted by Whatever you would like to call it August 9, 08 04:17 AM
408.

For me, this is the best Olympic's opening ceremony.

Posted by K. August 9, 08 04:22 AM
409.

It is no doublt that every country will try its best to hold the Olymipic Games. And u don't have to worry about the large sum of money we have spent coz they have been settled in a proper way. The opening ceremony is fantastic and to reach a great effect like this, we need this large sum of money.

The opening ceremony is just like a big feast and it shows the hospitality of our Chinese people. On the other side, it has occupied the beautiful sides of Chinese Culture. We are here to show u that China is great and we are always welcome u to take a visit.

And as u know, china has suffered a lot during the year of 2008 and we have done our best to hold the Olympic Games. U should try to cheer with us.

May be u have heard the theme song " you and me" and the lyric said," U and me, from one world, we are family". Hope u could understand the lyrics and learn to sing it some day.

Thanks for sharing the big pictures, I really really enjoy them!

Posted by Casper August 9, 08 04:22 AM
410.

Thanks for the photo. You gave us better picture than the TV. Wonderful!

Posted by Maggie August 9, 08 04:23 AM
411.

excellent .
greetings from serbia.
sasha.

Posted by Sasha Radosavljevic August 9, 08 04:27 AM
412.

love these pics!
AWESOME!!!

Posted by kknights August 9, 08 04:29 AM
413.

awesome

Posted by santosh August 9, 08 04:30 AM
414.

Magnifico, increible, perfecto, lo nunca visto, grandioso, unico, inenarrable, 10.

Posted by manolo jimenez gomez August 9, 08 04:30 AM
415.

#118 good answer becaouse it is true that chinese people look a like one onather and it's amazing how you guys look same I would never tell one chinese from another. I am from Africa and I know they mostly have dark skin but no matter what if one of them is from Kenya and said i am from South Africa I will say no you r from Kenya.

So Don't lett this crazy people but your country down
Chinese made fabulous cermony tonight
China is the best host ever!

Posted by Ayan August 9, 08 04:33 AM
416.

wow...!!! I didn't like anything here at all...with exception of the last picture...

Posted by Mahabub August 9, 08 04:33 AM
417.

Type your comment here...

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 04:34 AM
418.

Ditto to everything above. I LOVED these photos -- they're spectacular!!

Posted by Katy August 9, 08 04:34 AM
419.

HEY GUYS, I AM SO PRIDED TO BE A CHINESE PEOPLE

Posted by Òþ August 9, 08 04:34 AM
420.

Wow! Fantastic Photos. Make me ashamed to picked up my D3. I should just go back to P&S.

Posted by Peter Alan August 9, 08 04:42 AM
421.

thanks boston team for this fabulous gift, wrapped in vivid colours......
I think. it isn't just money power that China showcased to the world. as some commented.. look into the faces of those awesome men & women, I'm sure it's their aspirations & success that was overflown as never before .. Cudos

Posted by ramesh August 9, 08 04:42 AM
422.

I am so proud to be one of Chinese peoples ~!
thx for all fair comments of our country ~!
welcome to China , we are ready ~!~!~!

Posted by Òþ August 9, 08 04:44 AM
423.

great picture! great Olympiccs! great China!

Posted by Nick Zhang August 9, 08 04:46 AM
424.

As a chinese, I am proud of the show.
and thank for these great photos.

Posted by shining sun August 9, 08 04:46 AM
425.

MARVELLOUS PICTURES THANKS 4 SHARING SUCHA BEAUTIFUL PICS WITH US.

Posted by KAPIL August 9, 08 04:48 AM
426.

wow!!!, amzing chinese, great pics!

Posted by tobgay August 9, 08 04:49 AM
427.

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Posted by sand August 9, 08 04:53 AM
428.

thanks U

i am ploud of our chinese

Posted by punk August 9, 08 04:53 AM
429.

verry nice.... baquette...>

Posted by noinguyenquang August 9, 08 04:54 AM
430.

A ceremony that exceeded all superlatives !!!

Posted by sheena August 9, 08 04:58 AM
431.

Rings of Blood....

Blood of freedom....

Scary perfection of the masse....

Political oppression covert in masse beauty....

Masse....

Masse....

Brrrrrrrrrrrr....

Posted by Harrie August 9, 08 05:01 AM
432.

empire

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 05:02 AM
433.

Come on everyone , Open your eyes now. The chinese have shown their supremacy and might in the sporting arena. Go see the newly constructed special economic zones and you will state of the art infrastructure too.

And too add to these the wetsernised way of dressing the lovely roads and cars, the lighting, proper civic amenities are all a message to foolish people in this world that the communist legends mean real business. Hats off to one and all behind the olympics especially Mr.He, who is the head of the Olympic committee of china.

Great show, great country and especially great people.

Posted by Krish Harikrishnan August 9, 08 05:12 AM
434.

superb awesome.....beautiful

Posted by Mohsin August 9, 08 05:13 AM
435.

so beautiful !the pictures are so clear!

Posted by Elle August 9, 08 05:13 AM
436.

" I REALLY SURPRISED TO SEE THE CEREMONY, HOW U CHINESE PEOPLE SPENT US$1.400 BILLION IN ONLY 1 DAY AS THE WORLD IS IN WORST FOOD CRISES."
Posted by ISM August 9, 08 01:06 AM
re 309:
you konw how much Uncle Sam spend in IRAQ and Afghanistan a day?

Posted by jwlee August 9, 08 05:16 AM
437.

now no words for chaina.

Posted by sandip sheta August 9, 08 05:16 AM
438.

a great boredom

Posted by ngjaun August 9, 08 05:19 AM
439.

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Posted by IBC August 9, 08 05:20 AM
440.

Welcome to China ,Welcome to Beijing

To answer the doubters: China will never become super power ,for we Chinese people know that once a person become the strongest, he will soon be weak for he can't go beyond his limit,and fall down to the ground. Rome,Uk and so on, are examples.

Thats the philosophy of Chinese

Posted by Laocius August 9, 08 05:21 AM
441.

Fantastic!!!!!!! I love u China.........I hope i can get the DVD/VCD for this amazing ceremony>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> anybody can help me >>>>>(addyhyunwoo@yahoo.co.uk)

Posted by addy August 9, 08 05:22 AM
442.

Great Job! Greetings from Beijing!!!

Posted by Awflasher August 9, 08 05:23 AM
443.

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I bet i can find 1,000,000 military guys and admirers on internet! join us and show your respect to Militarysoulmate.com
Show your support for our Troops wearing their uniforms in public places. They are should be well-beloved since your safety is safeguard by them!
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Posted by chloe August 9, 08 05:23 AM
444.

Great pictures, thanks.

#81, those toys were ordered & imported by your respective distributor with unbelievable low price & now the distributor gets the money but put on blame to China, great!

Thanks to the distributor for importing such a harmful products to sell in your country.

Posted by Way August 9, 08 05:27 AM
445.

yes
last night i saw it
it is really amazing and unbelievable
and it is much more beautiful than the pictures showing here .
if you have a chance
go and see it by yourself
you will know china and discover the mystery of china .

Posted by ody August 9, 08 05:31 AM
446.

very cute.................................................! thx Boston! we love ur galeries!

Posted by sara August 9, 08 05:32 AM
447.

Olympics stand for peace.
I hope there will never be a forth world war ,Now we are all members of the earth.Let's unite and fight against outer space lives,;=)
I hope Georgia and Russia put down there weapons right now.And you americans please do not support Georgia at the back.I'm not a Russian but i'm a super fans of Puking,he is no wrong and i know he is sensible.

Posted by callmejc August 9, 08 05:38 AM
448.

All of us must Thanks to Zhang yi mo He's the greatest director of ceremony opening of Olympic 8.8.08 awesome !! I, enjoyed the great photos

Posted by edwin yang August 9, 08 05:38 AM
449.

It's so amazing and great.

Posted by Mr.Phyo August 9, 08 05:41 AM
450.

Amazing Olympic opening, Spectacular. but i was offended by the commentary more than once, at moments i thought they would be better suited commenting on wrestling than the beautiful meaningful spectacle that was taking place. Just kind of embarrassed for them. One would have hoped they would have had more knowledge to impart than just good old homeboy comments and inappropriate jokes or stupid texas humor i guess. Finally had to turn the sound off so i could enjoy it.

but the photos here are absolutely beautiful.

Posted by Laurie August 9, 08 05:45 AM
451.

Hat's of to chaina

Posted by Laxman August 9, 08 05:49 AM
452.

the last picture is real, but not stand for the real china! 90 percents of the chinese people live better that that. about the opening ceremony, i think it's totally great, simple but fantasty! the chinese people just trying our best to bring a wonderful olympic game to the whole world, we are not the best now, but we are better and better and very quickly.
i do like the photos, it even better than what i saw from the TV. perfect!

Posted by tom chan from beijing August 9, 08 05:54 AM
453.

to Patrick Henry(#57) and carlos(#301):

Have you ever been to China?
I welcome you to China to have a look very much and perhaps you will have new viewpoint.
:-)

170086654@qq.com

Posted by ÖйúÈË August 9, 08 05:55 AM
454.

It is amazing!!!!

This is the best opening ceremony I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great Chinese!!!!

Posted by Alice August 9, 08 05:57 AM
455.

to Patrick Henry(#57) and carlos(#301):

Have you ever been to China?
I welcome you to China to have a look very much and perhaps you will have new viewpoint.
:-)

170086654@qq.com

Posted by ZhongGuoRen August 9, 08 05:59 AM
456.

As one of Chinese, i did have the concern that the openning ceremony could not do it in justice to give the rest of the world an enjoyment.But after viewing all of the commments I feel myself relived. thank you for all kind word, may you enjoy the game.
It is very true that there are huge population who live on my motherland still suffers in great poor which even me could not imagining. However the situation is changing and the direction we choose is a bright future.Poor people are decreasing, democracy is developing. Just compare to 1988 the incident of Tianmen, people's living standard and the civil rights have been improved and granteed a lot. What we do now is try to let the rest of the world accept us and the process is a very time consuming. Besides, there are always assholes and stupid asses living in this world.
I feel happy to see that there is very unfriendly and many misunderstanding of our oversea friends, it is the inperfection of our nation keeps us to work hard to improve ourselves. And I think the decent way to be a person is tell the turth with courages and express opinions with evidences.

Posted by Yi, Tianchi August 9, 08 05:59 AM
457.

super amazing excellent

Posted by balaji August 9, 08 06:04 AM
458.

Every country has her poors, but what makes a great country
great is just like what makes a great man great:

"A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men"
(wrote by 18th century Scottish essayist and historian Thomas
Carlyle}

Likewise,

A GREAT COUNTRY SHOWS HER GREATNESS BY THE WAY SHE
TREATS LITTLE COUNTRY.

The greatness of a people is no more determined by their
number than the greatness of a man is determined by
his height.¨ Victor Hugo, A French playwright and
essayist in the 18th century

The true greatness of a nation is not measured by
the vastness of its territory, or by the multitude of
its people, or by the profusion of its exports and
imports; but by the extent to which it has contributed
to the life and thought and progress of the world.¨
L.E. Blaze, Lecture at the D. B. U. Hall, November 26,
1926

A great nation is not one which, like Russia, has an
enormous territory, or, like China, has an enormous
population. It is the nation which gives mankind new
modes of thought, new ideals of life, new hopes, new
aspirations; which lifts the world out of the rut, and
sets it going on a cleaner and brighter road.

Posted by Jim August 9, 08 06:04 AM
459.

No words to say about CHINES people...... becoz i'm always thinking about their knowledge of creativity...... they doen their job very well in every movement.....
They face up to all in the next olympic nobody ( any one country ) can do the same......


Realy Chines are exalent people.... i salute to every one.......

Posted by Subha August 9, 08 06:05 AM
460.

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Posted by redbridge August 9, 08 06:05 AM
461.

Iraqi's soldiers get abused, the US government has to deal with it publicly and fix things...
Dissidents in China get abused, and no one knows....

US government tries to assure oil flow for economy, the world cries foul and blames US for trying to impose their democratic views on others...
China provides arms to Zimbabwe and Sudan for oil, and does not care about their human rights issues, nor does it ever get publicized within China...

That's the difference...

I support the Chinese people, especially the persecuted ones who no one seems to cry for...It's a wonderful country with wonderful people with a wonderful culture...but really, the Government controls what they know and sucks...

Posted by VVV August 9, 08 06:07 AM
462.

I saw the one of the best pictures in my lifes. Tks.

Quote:

"Wow, look at the last one, they are such a great country to live......they treat their people so well." --Mr. Sarcasm

Oh Yes, unlike those Chinese, all of us Americans are well taken care of and living in sparkling clean conditions.

Mr.Sarcasm is a billionare, so he said this. All of US people get money from him. So.... Sir, you forgot to give me money to rent a clean house....

Posted by Michael August 9, 08 06:13 AM
463.

so beautifull!

Posted by hongqiang August 9, 08 06:14 AM
464.

Re:#271: yea yea, so there must be another 10000 soldiers somewhere forcing these drones to perform at gun point...or holding their families at ransom..what a load of crap u r spewing..too much drugs up ur arse?

Posted by c August 9, 08 06:14 AM
465.

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Posted by ƤƤ August 9, 08 06:17 AM
466.

Truly amazing. Great Photos!

Posted by myzizi August 9, 08 06:17 AM
467.

Patrick Henry #271-

You are the one who fails to understand anything. You have no idea how much this event means to Chinese people everywhere. Billions of drones? Most of the performers would`ve given their eyeteeth to perform in the ceremony and they are rightfully proud that they were accepted.

Also, get your facts straight. The ceremony was designed by Zhang Yimou, who is clearly not `a couple of old despots`. Think before you write.

If you could not feel or see the human spirit in the ceremony, you are clearly blind. Or dead.

Finally, China does not need a `plea` for respect. We have confidence in our country, our culture, and our people; we have never and never will need the `respect` of other nations to respect ourselves.

You are the one who needs freedom from racism and outdated biases.

Posted by Lily August 9, 08 06:18 AM
468.

The pictures are marvellous and a demonstration of how the Peoples Republic of China are serious in supporting sportsmanship embrace unity and posterity.
This is going to be the Olympic ever to staged on this beautiful planet of ours.
We should support sports and cultivate harmony with our neighbours.

Posted by Karanja Boniface from Kenya August 9, 08 06:21 AM
469.

wonderful

Posted by xxa August 9, 08 06:23 AM
470.

I look forward to every Olympic games especially for the grand opening show. With this 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics I have to say I have truly been blown away by the synchronism of every scene. I am sure that the next host country surely has a immensely high standard to try and live up to. Well Done China.

Posted by Mark August 9, 08 06:27 AM
471.

I am so proud of being a Chinese...
As it known to all, many chinese people got a very bad living conditions, some of them maybe even can not feed themselves, but the conditions is changing...
Maybe we chinese can really say something about our country, what you've got from your country about China,such as CNN may not be correct and impersonal. Our goverment did a really good job of changing china to a stranger country, and most of us really support our goverment. Just enjoy the games without any political views.

Posted by otouch August 9, 08 06:28 AM
472.

Type your comment here...China is a rising country, as the Chinese people, I do not allow anyone to my mother's criticisms, please Caliangyanjing to see a true! I live in China, I know that China's current situation and its true face.
The opening is very beautiful and I hope that my motherland toward prosperity!… …

Posted by YQ August 9, 08 06:28 AM
473.

Wow that's really outstanding pictures, makes me want to pay more attention to the opening ceremony again.

Anyways, there is a great bunch of links to the Olympic Games here:
http://www.tiphub.com/92_Best_ways_to_watch_the_Beijing_Olympics_from_your_home.html

Posted by Kara August 9, 08 06:29 AM
474.

This list goes on and on! 315 before me; and I agree with it all. The Boston Globe Deserves an award of some sort for its effort.

Posted by Alan B Steele August 9, 08 06:42 AM
475.

amasing, i wish there ere photos of the paraid of countries.

Posted by letseatlunch August 9, 08 06:43 AM
476.

It is just beautiful,no words can express

Posted by satish August 9, 08 06:43 AM
477.

many thank for all your attempt in plympics 2008

Posted by hesam August 9, 08 06:44 AM
478.

Awesome! BEIJING 2008

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 06:49 AM
479.

to all those who only see and point out the negative side of china, you do not know what you are missing here. these pictures and the ceremony itself DOES show true chinese culture (i'm chinese myself and have been raised in much of the arts and traditions, though in america). what they show is not a mask, but the truth; and if some of you prefer, the brighter side to a country also filled with darker truths. if anything, i think comment #313 sums it up.

on another note, was it mentioned where the dancer with the ribbons is from, like which dance school? i missed a very big portion of the ceremony. the taichi/martial arts group also made me wonder why can't a 100+ band i know be like that.

Posted by J.A.L. August 9, 08 06:49 AM
480.

Fantastic to see from someone who is out of TV coverage area but can get internet.

Posted by no names on the internet August 9, 08 06:51 AM
481.

to Patrick Henry: Remember the Motto: One World, One Game. It wasn't One idiot , one Game. Do this, from now on when beauty is being created for those of us who enjoy that kind of thing, you hold your breath and leave the oxygen to be use by those who of us who has positive statement, especially , when only POSITIVE comments should be stated regarding these people creativity, and dedication to Olympic ceremony being at their homeland. All hate aside, enjoy these 17 days like it was meant to be enjoyed - WITH OPEN HEARTS.

Posted by optimism August 9, 08 06:54 AM
482.

it's ...........just fantastic!
how i wish i was there

Posted by nought August 9, 08 06:56 AM
483.

Brilliant pictures! Fabulous ceremony!
I really welcome all people with various background to visit China, visit both urban and rural sites, to experience what is a real China! Maybe China is not the place fullfil of love and "free", but it absolutely not the one with slaught and poor! You have no right to speak if you have not experienced!

Posted by Jianchao Li August 9, 08 06:58 AM
484.

wow !!! really beautiful !! Amazing !! MAgnificent !!
:D

Posted by Louloune August 9, 08 07:00 AM
485.

Welcome to Beijing~~!!!!
Welcome to China.!!!! (*^__^*)

Posted by hot072 August 9, 08 07:01 AM
486.

CHAK DE INDIA !.............................ONLY GOLD FOR INDIA....!


ABHISHEK HIREMATH,
MIRAJ , SANGLI DISTRICT,
MAHARASHTRA STATE,
INDIA.

Posted by ABHISHEK HIREMATH August 9, 08 07:01 AM
487.

Excellent Arrangement by China....
Great Stuffff......

Regards,
Mahesh
http://seohelppune.wordpress.com/

Posted by Mahesh August 9, 08 07:03 AM
488.

Is the real american a New-Yorker or a Quaker or an Amish?
Is the real american black, latino, white or native american?
Is the real american a fat male on a Harley Davidson or starving woman on a bench in the suburbs of Los Angeles?
Is the real american pro-Bush, pro-RedSocks, pro-War, pro-CheapOil, pro-Chevrolet or pro-Guns?
Does a real US-citizen like corn syrop instead of real sugar? does he like his fa(s)t-food? does he like the confederate flag? does he like nuclear power plants? does he remember bad things from his own history? does he prefer sunbathing on caribbean beaches or hunting and fishing?
Arnold Schwarzenegger or Paris Hilton? Martin Luther King or Walt Disney? Forrest Gump or Michael Jackson? Geek or Prom'Queen?

All the chinese people are as different from each other as you are different from your neighbor... Olympics is enjoying sports, achievement, reaching what's the best, blowing the limits, trying to live peacefully in a city despite our differences, discovering an another culture...
Nobody has THE KNOWLEDGE, THE RELIGION, THE POLITICAL SYSTEM, or THE WAY TO BE REALLY HAPPY... Nobody!
We are equally right or wrong, but we are all trying to do our best, as the athletes in the Olympic Games.

PS: I'm from Waterloo (the original one) near Brussels, Belgium, Europe, One World, One Dream...

Posted by Zed Lepplin August 9, 08 07:03 AM
489.

very very good.thanks

Posted by mohamad August 9, 08 07:07 AM
490.

Maravillosas fotografías. ¡Enhorabuena!
Es un estupendo recuerdo de la Olimpiada del 2008, que guardaré bien. ¡Muchas gracias!

Posted by Felicidad Rodríguez August 9, 08 07:12 AM
491.

wonderful piks.

Posted by ranjith mathew August 9, 08 07:13 AM
492.

I'm a chinese,i'm moved by the ceremony,and those who support china.But i saw some rumours among those comments.I really want to explain,but i feel i'm so weak,i cannot change your ideas about China,but i have to try my best.
China is now developing very quickly,our lives are changing very greatly,as a chinese i feel very proud,the governs take care of us,they pay educational money for our children,they give allowance to the farmers to buy agricultural machines,etc.Somebody said that our rights cannot be guaranteed,that is because of the govern's ability,they've tried and they're always trying their best to guarantee our rights,including national minorities.Please don't belive those tendentious reports about China.Because we are very satisfied about our
lives,our country,our authorities.Then,as foreigners,you don't have to blame the policies and chinese authorities,just pay close attention to our great developing and our happy lives!Maybe five years later,maybe two years later,people in the last picture will be wealthier than me and you!Afterall they're a little part of chinese people,they don't represent all chinese!And do you know China is one of the countries that has least wealth gap.I hope you can support China!You and me,stand together,to make the world more beautiful!We are a family!One world,One dream!Just share the happiness of the Olympics!China welcomes you!
Beijing welcomes you!

Posted by Lorne Chang August 9, 08 07:14 AM
493.

Well my camera is going in the bin now. They are awesome pics.

Posted by Matt Booth August 9, 08 07:17 AM
494.

WHAT THE HECK ARE lONDON GOING TO DO IN 4 YEARS TIME!!
ARE THERE GOING TO BE CHAVS PERFORMING OR WHAT!! LOL!!!
ABSALUTELY BRILLIANT WORK FOR CHINA EVEN THOUGH I AM FROM JAPAN! LOL

Posted by Miyako Akyama August 9, 08 07:19 AM
495.

To Carlos (#301)
Epic repression of Tibet????
Come on, give me a break!!!
If you chose to believe the bullshit on your media, I can't blame you, because it is perhaps all you have access to. I pity you to have to live your life hating the wrong people. You have no idea what Free Tibet is all about. It is not about freedom, but turning Tibet into the next Iraq, and making China the slave nation that the West Supremists always wanted. The irony is that the West does not realise that breaking China will break itself, because we are everywhere now, and we are proud of what China was, is and will be always. And that does not make us stupid brain washed patriots, in fact we chose to defend China because we know more than you do in your little place surrounded by negative media reporting about China every day. This is insane. You should free yourself from this toxicity. I am a buddist, and I don't have to agree to the Dalai Lama. This is what I call freedom. Find yourself, find your own buddha nature inherent. You don't need Dalia Lama to enlighten you, or free the Tibetan people.

Posted by Yi Ping Wang August 9, 08 07:20 AM
496.

srutututu gacie z drutu :P

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 07:21 AM
497.

its very nice to see that images.I need some more pictures related with 2008 olympic opening ceremony and i m very thankfull to the provider who provide me this evening.
THANKS

Posted by jaya r shah August 9, 08 07:22 AM
498.

Some of the comments( negative) posted here, obviously stems from a deep sense of envy, of their inability to achieve what was acieved by China. Hats off to a nation that has worked so hard, despite the tragedy of Sichaun, that occured a couple of months back.
There is thing or two for the western world, to learn that things have changed and the focus will now shift to the countries in Asia- China. Japan and India!! My hearty congratulations to China.

Posted by An Indian living in Shanghai August 9, 08 07:23 AM
499.

Amzaing!!!!

Posted by sean August 9, 08 07:27 AM
500.

Great photos. What equipment were you using?

Posted by Cedric August 9, 08 07:28 AM
501.

Excellent no words

Posted by Murtuza August 9, 08 07:33 AM
502.

Breathtaking!

Posted by MAKEDA August 9, 08 07:37 AM
503.

so great

Posted by RiKo August 9, 08 07:38 AM
504.

ÎÒ°®Öйú£¡I love China!

Posted by Effy August 9, 08 07:43 AM
505.

Amazing. The last picture shows even poor people are excited about the ceremony. They just love their country.

Posted by Johnson August 9, 08 07:47 AM
506.

I expected a good show from China. I got a great show. Be proud China!
To the student in comment 298. Well stated. If you ever get to America, you are welcome in my home.

Posted by Thomas Brown August 9, 08 07:49 AM
507.

Colorful pictures of the "hollow man"...exquisite as the descending scent of gardenia's from your mind. Thank you.

Posted by whatever August 9, 08 08:00 AM
508.

Unbelivable,
shocking were really.
ultra earth entertainments!

Posted by Ali August 9, 08 08:02 AM
509.

I watched the opening ceremony live from my appartment in Beijing. And I must say I was not disappointed. That is saying much, since I have seen many wonderful Chinese productions, and have high expectations.

I am a little disappointed by the last photo, however, and feel it to be out of place.
Perhaps it was placed there to capture the hope and excitement of China's less fortunate. More likely, however, it was placed there to provide negative context, as is the norm in all articles regarding China.

Posted by Nef August 9, 08 08:06 AM
510.

It's an amazing show. I'm proud as a Chinese

Posted by Maggie Penn August 9, 08 08:10 AM
511.

SO COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SEELINME August 9, 08 08:13 AM
512.

Pround of being a chinese who can be fortunate to witness this great and fabulous
opening ceremony! It was such a fascinating showcase of chinese ancient culture and heritage,

Most of the openinging ceremonies were boring, not this time. The architect,colour, choreography,sound effects and the firework display made this the most beautiful and exciting opening ever. And I am proud. We have Zhang Yi Mou who really knows about color, photography, movement and Chinese culture,same to Mr. Cai, the famous firework artist, who demonstrates the almost impossibly beautiful firework effects. Watching this made you forget the shitty words from Bush and other western leaders and media.

Posted by Mark Cheung from Hong Kong August 9, 08 08:14 AM
513.

Stunning photos. Spectacular event.

Posted by supada August 9, 08 08:16 AM
514.

I wonder if any of these guys has a choice in performing.

But I should not talk too much, as China is becoming more Capitalistic, we here in the US are socializing our major banks... oh.. and shredding the constitution.

Posted by CCM August 8, 08 08:03 PM
===============================================================

Your pathetic knowledge of the rest of world outside the States best illustrates your arrogant. Those happy people enjoying their 5000-year history would not bother to see what you are talking about. Go and have a field study by traveling to
China to see how friendly and happy these people are.

more than 2000 years ago, they were already united as one great country. The ancient spirit of unity and national proud is in their blood. Where were your ancestors at that time?

So pls think twice before you jugde others. Are you really entitled to say bad words about other people's life?

so pls shut up if you've never been there. Most Americans don't even know where their country is positioned in the world map. SIGH!

Posted by AmberBerd August 9, 08 08:18 AM
515.

rocking

Posted by Kishu August 9, 08 08:23 AM
516.

the opening ceremony lack of a great uniteness of ancient Chinese soul to all the aspects of it's 5,000 more years culture, for example, Chinese Character share the same spirit with TaiJi, also all the aspects of our other pieces of culture.

Posted by walter.xu August 9, 08 08:24 AM
517.

Amazing resolution.....great pics....

Posted by udai August 9, 08 08:27 AM
518.

very amazing and very nice pictures. i really wish to ur photos ...

Posted by amarjeeth August 9, 08 08:28 AM
519.

more great pictures here
http://cache.tianya.cn/publicforum/content/beijing2008/1/1964.shtml
great! I love china

Posted by holala August 9, 08 08:37 AM
520.

WOW.. what a great Moment....

Posted by Mamoth August 9, 08 08:46 AM
521.

Extraordinary. Thank you for posting!

Posted by Greta August 9, 08 08:46 AM
522.

great pic but bejing still didn't beat sydney

Posted by love August 9, 08 08:48 AM
523.

nossa foi a cerimonia de abertura mais linda q eu ja vi na minha vida

os chineses estaoi de parabens!!!!!

Posted by roseane August 9, 08 08:52 AM
524.

Amazing very super fantastic

opening ceremony olympics 8 8 08 Beautiful
very verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy super

Amazing. It look great on TV but your photos are outstanding!!!
I am a Indian citizen living at ERODE DISTRICT at PALAKKATOOR with
my Family Members G BANUMATHI, G USHANANTHI, BE, G.SARANYABANU
are Thanks to China Government to our Heariest Congralatuions ....
very harmfull grate so much to all participants ur Technicians all of U
Jai Hind to ur Country

Posted by R GANESAN August 9, 08 08:54 AM
525.

amazing . congrats china ! i will be happy if u provide total pic .thanks for providing his facility where we cant come and see that memorable occation.

Posted by hanumath kumar(india) August 9, 08 08:58 AM
526.
Posted by doris August 9, 08 08:59 AM
527.

Does anyone know where I can see the ceremony on line? (or another
source?). Our DVR decided to act up last night and did not record
the event. Thanks!

Posted by Charlotte DeGreen August 9, 08 08:59 AM
528.

Excellent photography....of fabulous work!!!

Posted by Pratiksha August 9, 08 09:01 AM
529.

Amazing pictures

Posted by shanmugam August 9, 08 09:02 AM
530.

We're so amazed!
Best performance...
Great opening of olympic ceremony i've ever seen.
Nice shots!
Congratulations.

Posted by odette rubio makino August 9, 08 09:02 AM
531.

Picture in details impressed me in different way, it is also well worth seeing the live ceremony... Welcome to China, let's share the same time~

Posted by Osman in China August 9, 08 09:03 AM
532.

What an awsome opportunity to capture such beautiful images. Thank you for sharing!

Posted by Dawn August 9, 08 09:05 AM
533.

hii chines guys you are tremendous opening ceremoeny is so nice

Posted by subash chandra nahak August 9, 08 09:06 AM
534.

I watched the opening ceremony (including the ceremony rehearsals) three times, it is much better that we watched the ceremony in the national stadium. My Mum even joined the ceremony performance. Most of my families are working for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. I just want to say, as a traditional and typical Chinese family, we all love China more than before and are feeling the harmony the Olympic gives us. And thank you all who are caring and loving China. We live on one earth, one peaceful earth. That is the most important.

Posted by king August 9, 08 09:09 AM
535.

History in the making! Thank you for sharing these extraordinary photos with the world.

Posted by Irene August 9, 08 09:09 AM
536.

thank all of you
from China(À´×ÔÖйú)

Posted by phoenix August 9, 08 09:11 AM
537.

Wow it's so nice to see all the Americans on this board supporting a communist country like China.Just because they put on a big flashy show at the expense of thier poverish people doesn't mean that it makes up for the 100 years of political control of their nation & people.Keep up the support & God bless America

Posted by Reality August 9, 08 09:16 AM
538.

The Ceremony was great. What China needs to do now is to keep the Olympic spirit high.

Posted by Tran Duc Truong August 9, 08 09:18 AM
539.

Great picture,Great ceremony.

Posted by glen August 9, 08 09:18 AM
540.

Hello China
very nice to grateful hard work to my heatest Congralatuions
MARVELLOUS PICTURES THANKS 4 U
I Love China Peoples
I Convey my Blessings to Olympic Peoples

Posted by R GANESAN August 9, 08 09:20 AM
541.

my god! i was moved deeply !

Posted by a girl August 9, 08 09:22 AM
542.

Very good shots! I think this has been one of the most amazing shows.

Posted by Jeffrey from London August 9, 08 09:23 AM
543.

Minus the unneccessary humongous herd of people and the high-tech. stuffs, and you have a meaningless "trip" through China's history. A hugh letdown really.

Posted by Mr. Duhhh August 9, 08 09:26 AM
544.

ÓÐÅó×ÔÔ¶·½À´£¬²»ÒàÔúõ~

Posted by Big Things Popin' August 9, 08 09:27 AM
545.

amazing~

Posted by keast August 9, 08 09:29 AM
546.

Hello China
very nice to grateful hard work to my heatest Congralatuions
MARVELLOUS PICTURES THANKS 4 U
I Love China Peoples All athalatic persons to my best Wishes
I Convey my Blessings to Olympic Peoples
Thanks a Lot

Posted by G.NANTHINI BE August 9, 08 09:33 AM
547.

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Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 09:34 AM
548.

ÎÒ°®Öйú!

Posted by abie August 9, 08 09:34 AM
549.

I think this Olympics opening ceremony is wounderful!!!!!!!!
It shows the broad culture of China.
Masterpiece!

Posted by Bernice August 9, 08 09:35 AM
550.

Oh My F'in God. It's the olympics, to showcase an athletes talents for the world to see and for that athlete to perform for/and represent his/her country. GET OVER IT. Celebrate the fact that these are the best athletes the world has to offer. Enjoy the games and enjoy the performances.

I'd like to see some of you all on here run a country as big as China, with as many people. I'm pretty sure you'd probably do worse.

Great pictures, can't wait to see what the rest of the olympics has to offer.

Posted by david August 9, 08 09:36 AM
551.

I am so proud of being a Chinese!
Hope we all can enjoy the games without any political views.
Medias seldom tell the truth~everyone knows it~
If you want know what the real China is,just come to China next time.
Welcome to China!
ÎÒ°®Öйú£¡

Posted by Wing August 9, 08 09:41 AM
552.

Hey, KIDS in the last pic!!! The Olympic rings do no overlap on the top row! GET IT RIGHT!!!

Posted by Lloyd August 9, 08 09:42 AM
553.

it is jus brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by abhishek August 9, 08 09:43 AM
554.

haha in the end i see haw the foreigner talk about the china which we dare to see before,but we see now is just a little late.china had many problems now but he has tye his best to solve that and he is geting better all the time.what you and me have to do is bless and gave some saggestion for he.
welcom to beijing and china.
i am pround to be as a chinese

Posted by hurong August 9, 08 09:44 AM
555.

THAT'S GREAT! HAHA!

Posted by ALISON August 9, 08 09:46 AM
556.

Only people of an old and deep rooted culture and tradition can put up such a creative perfomance with all the art in the instruments and costumes....I hope this will make some people in the western countries understand that its not necessarily money and good living standards that deepens the human soul....as seen in the last picture.When one is not cultured its hard to think up some things.
Those who respect traditions and culture pass them on to their children so that they become true persons.
Mock all you want,and hate all you want,but the fact still remains that some people will never live to experience the deep pleasures that lie deep within a cultivated and culturally refined spirit ,which no amount of money and good living standards can buy.
Thanks to the chinese for that spectacular show that most of the wealthy could not have envisioned,it was truelly a hambling experience.HATS OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by humphrey August 9, 08 09:47 AM
557.

I have been waiting six years for this Olympics and never thought I would live long enough to see it. What China did was show the world "can do". What a wonderful opening. Beats them all.

Posted by John August 9, 08 09:51 AM
558.

"As a Chinese, I want to say something.
1. We Chinese sufferred a lot in 2008, but we still try the best to offer the world an excellent opening ceremony. "Posted by a Chinese August 9, 08 01:14 AM
well i'd like to clearify sth here, yes we do suffered alot in 2008 but mostly from natural disasters, not due to any other reason.China is, as i feel, a geat country

Posted by lee August 9, 08 09:52 AM
559.

Fantastic...my thoughts of China have changed. Very happy to see such time, money and talent being used on something other than building bombs and invading sovereign counties.

Posted by chris w. August 9, 08 09:52 AM
560.

While the opening show was very well executed, but people should remember that what really makes a great country great is just like what makes a great man great: "A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men." Likewise,
A GREAT COUNTRY SHOWS HER GREATNESS BY THE WAY SHE
TREATS LITTLE COUNTRY.

In the mean time the world should enjoy the game and the Chinese still has a lot work to do themselves to make their country really great. That's to treat others kindly.

Posted by Jim August 9, 08 09:53 AM
561.

Öйú¼ÓÓÍ,°ÂÔ˼ÓÓÍ!

Posted by vicb August 9, 08 09:55 AM
562.

it was really fantastic and eye catching and i really liked it. no any country would have done such a fantastic job

Posted by Sameer Shrestha August 9, 08 09:56 AM
563.

amazing.....
So great.....

Posted by Nathanlam August 9, 08 09:57 AM
564.

The Ceremony was just a starting point. Obviously, China took this opportunity to show off as an emerging super power. The very first impression to the world will remain great only when China can manage all the contests in a pure and highly sportsmanship manner. The world still expects more improvements from China on other politic issues (Tibet, territory disputes, etc.) as well as to eliminate the concerns about human rights and environmental pollution after this Olympic Games.

Posted by Tran Duc Truong August 9, 08 09:58 AM
565.

Proud of China

ÎÒ°®Öйú£¡£¡

Posted by calvin August 9, 08 10:05 AM
566.

Amazing. i am pround to be a Chinese.

Posted by allen August 9, 08 10:05 AM
567.

Are there more of these photos coming? I did not get to see the ceremony and would like to see the rest of it.

Posted by Dorothy Foglia August 9, 08 10:06 AM
568.

Majestuoso!

Posted by fresquete August 9, 08 10:14 AM
569.

welcome to China.
»¶Ó­µ½ÖйúÀ´.
¼ÓÓÍ Öйú!

Posted by Wong YieNine August 9, 08 10:16 AM
570.

I Cant belive it this work are MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ankit Patel August 9, 08 10:19 AM
571.

¾¡ÊÇЩ ´í±ð×Ö!!!

Posted by ÖÜá· David Zhou August 9, 08 10:24 AM
572.

¡°ÓÐÅó×ÔÔ¶·½À´£¬²»ÒàÔúõ~ ¡± ------ "It is always a pleasure to greet a friend from afar "


a haha !!!

Posted by Lac (china) August 9, 08 10:25 AM
573.

that iz awesome

Posted by Bimal J Gurung August 9, 08 10:28 AM
574.

Simply, most amazing, out the world, awesome, beautiful, georgious , the best all the superlatives seem too small to express the real feel.

Seerat ,
Srinagar, J&K, INDIA

Posted by Seerat ul ann August 9, 08 10:33 AM
575.

Very nice! Go Czech Republic! Get a lot of gold- more than the USA : )

Posted by Pete August 9, 08 10:34 AM
576.

that was AWESOME!im so proud of being a chinese.no words can desciribe my feeling now .its fantastic.and our country is getting better n better ,wiz all the kind chinese.

PS:i also lyk the last pic.the children's smile r so sweet though they r not living in a good condition. but the happiness is real.they understand the spirit .all the poor and rich mans can have the same happiness.its love.

Posted by capucine August 9, 08 10:34 AM
577.

I am a chinese. I am so proud of my country. Maybe not all of you think the opening ceremony is brilliant .Because differert people have different feelings especially on arts, I understand that. But please do not judge any country just by your own knowledge. You do not have the right to comment anything if you never experience it. It is not a mature action.Every country has beggers, common people as well as billionaires no matter China or US.And there is no absolute liberty and democracy in any country. We are all on the path of perfecting our social systems and developing our living conditions. We use different methods and principles, of course, you choose capitalism we choose socialism. But these two "--lism" s are not our final goals. They are just methodologies.I think the only difference is the time .And the time gap between us is getting smaller and smaller.Welcome to China to see the goods and bads.I believe after that you will be touched deeply and greatly.

Posted by Lin Liu August 9, 08 10:35 AM
578.

AWESOME

Posted by zeebin August 9, 08 10:35 AM
579.

China is stronger and stronger.
to be a chinese,we love her just like anyone of you like your mother country.
i think the olympic games is a big world party.and these 16 days can shows
you a different China .
one world one dream .
we love you and wo wish your love too.

Posted by elsie August 9, 08 10:36 AM
580.

nice pics and opening ceremony too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by kiriti August 9, 08 10:38 AM
581.

China is stronger and stronger.
to be a chinese,we love her just like anyone of you like your mother country.
i think the olympic games is a big world party.and these 16 days can shows
you a different China .
one world one dream .
we love you and wo wish your love too.

Posted by elsie August 9, 08 10:40 AM
582.

I'm disappointed that the last picture didn't come through for me on my computer.
Spectacular photography otherwise!
I'm curious about something-I heard that the Chinese language doesn't have an alphabet. (Apparenty they use characters/symbols for the names of countries.) Does anyone know if this is true? If so, how was it decided what order would be used for the athlete parade/march?

Posted by Donna August 9, 08 10:40 AM
583.

amazing ceremony.even thought it can't show out all the fantanstic culture of my country, it is still attractive and opens a window to the world to understand us better!

Posted by cathy August 9, 08 10:42 AM
584.

i just cannot help joining the list ... from Iskandar Malaysia.

ABC, BBC, CBC, DBC, EBC, FBC, GBC, HBC, IBC, JBC, KBC, LBC, MBC, NBC, OBC, PBC, QBC, RBC, SBC, TBC, UBC, VBC, WBC, XBC, YBC, ZBC, ...

Cheers,
Malaysian Born Chinese

Posted by Jet Ng August 9, 08 10:47 AM
585.

¹þ¹þ

Posted by elvis presly August 9, 08 10:49 AM
586.

your picz are amazing!
I can't felt shocked when I watched the opening ceremony by TV in China.
I think it is BOB's fault!
thank you for bringing me a eye feast!

Posted by Letisha August 9, 08 10:53 AM
587.

THANKS A LOT!

Posted by LINJIE August 9, 08 10:55 AM
588.

the live one didn't look like this~
and these photos exactlly shocked me!

the opening ceremony is totally a perfect one!!!

Posted by Tina@china chongqing August 9, 08 10:57 AM
589.

Notice one thing - hardly any individualistic performance, all group acts just like to rest of the society. Do not get fooled by the beauty of the pictures - this is a backward, communist , closed country flooding us with their cheap and inferior products.

Posted by Mark Conrad August 9, 08 11:00 AM
590.

It was perhaps one of the most astonishing and remarkable performances I have ever seen in my life. I am so happy I lived to see this; I just wish so many people I know who would have loved seeing this, but have since passed away, did not.

BRAVO to China!!!! I am humbled by your dedication to precision, aesthetic beauty, and philosophical mixture of the ying and yang.

I don't think anyone will ever be able to surpass this.

Posted by Maddy Rice August 9, 08 11:00 AM
591.

I really enjoyed the last picture the most. Spectacular photography!
I'm curious about something-I heard that the Chinese language doesn't have an alphabet. (Apparently the Chinese language uses smbols/characters for the names of countries.) Does anyone know if this is true? If so, how was the order decided for the athlete march/parade?

Posted by Donna August 9, 08 11:02 AM
592.

Welcome to Beijing~~~~Welcome to China~~~
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Posted by Wang August 9, 08 11:04 AM
593.

welcome to china !sincerely!

from china hefei city anhui province!

Posted by sl! August 9, 08 11:07 AM
594.

welcome to china !sincerely!

from china hefei city anhui province!

Posted by sl! August 9, 08 11:10 AM
595.

The Perfect Olympic Opening Ceremony that I have ever seen.Good lucj

Posted by lahiru August 9, 08 11:10 AM
596.

Welcome to China!

Posted by christina August 9, 08 11:14 AM
597.

wish you can see a TRUE China in person , not only the games or opening ceremony.
I am so proud of China !
Öйú»¶Ó­ÄãÃÇ£¡

Posted by Wenjia Li £¨Dalian£¬CHN£© August 9, 08 11:16 AM
598.

amazing.....
So great.....

Posted by bijin August 9, 08 11:16 AM
599.

All praises to to the Chinese people!. I know your politicians can be idiots and make the wrong decisions on the various political issues such as Darfur and Tibet. But in my heart of hearts, I believe that the Chinese people are fundamentally filled pride and desire to do the right thing.
To all the 10 - 20 thousand performers, organizers and directors...you have brought great honor to your people and exemplified the best of who you are. China's recent political history means nothing when I witness the great contributions the Chinese culture has made to humanity for the past 2000 years. You have found yourselves by reaching into your past to restore your pride and dignity. Thank you! I enjoyed the show...

Posted by Gracie Jibril USA & Kenya August 9, 08 11:18 AM
600.

`Thanks for your picture sharing~!
Aug 8th, It's one of the amazing night in my life.
Because I m proud of my greatest mainland China! The Ceremony which shown the dream of everything Chinese.
Again & again, My greatest mainland China~! I love u~!!!!!!!!!!!!

U R the One ~! U r NO. 1~!

Posted by Frankie Fong So (Shenzhen China) August 9, 08 11:18 AM
601.

Wonderful Pictures I did not see the opening ceremony but will definitly on rebroadcast. Many Chinese wrote their comments which I enjoyed greatly. I think if there were more communication between cultures there would be more harmony. once you get to know someone it is difficult to hate them. God Bless us all

Posted by Daryl Chase August 9, 08 11:20 AM
602.

wish you can see a TRUE China in person , not only the games or opening ceremony.
I am so proud of China !
WELCOME TO CHINAI

Posted by Wenjia Li Dalian CHN August 9, 08 11:20 AM
603.

no words to describe!!!

Posted by shreyas.v August 9, 08 11:21 AM
604.

honestly, as a Chinese, it's such a great pleasure to see words like "amazing" here. As host, there is nothing more exciting than seeing good comments from our guests.
BTW, i just want to say, i don't know where comes words like "brutally kill" or "slaughter" or "mistreat"...such a pitty...why comment so easily before u see something true...
only when u know how much favorable policies the govt has granted ethnic groups, including those who live in poverty,
only when u know how much work the gov has done to raise living standards
only when u have pics of China of 20 years ago
u would take a more tolerant attitude towards this country which expienced so much hardship and now expects more development...

Posted by Cynthia August 9, 08 11:21 AM
605.

HOW MANY 'GREAT WONDERS' OF THE WORLD ------- WELL, ADD ONE MORE TO THAT NUMBER.

Posted by HERB NICKENS August 9, 08 11:22 AM
606.

Oh,my god. I watch TV,but not so amazing like these pictures.

Posted by Victor August 9, 08 11:24 AM
607.

wow, i like the ones in black and white robes....they looked like feather dusters

Posted by purple August 9, 08 11:26 AM
608.

welcome to China.
Öйú¼ÓÓÍ,°ÂÔ˼ÓÓÍ!

Posted by manli August 9, 08 11:27 AM
609.

Plusieurs Grands mercis pour cette magnifique série de photos !

Posted by zulunation August 9, 08 11:28 AM
610.

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!

Posted by Patrick Henry August 9, 08 11:29 AM
611.

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Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 11:29 AM
612.

China welcome people from all over the World to visit Peking, to know what a real China is, to share the chinese traditional culture. I am in Peking, hope to be your friend. Peking is a booming city with almost one thousand years history, we are proud of our goverment, proud of the beauty of the city, proud of the developing of economy. We pay great effforts to hold the Olympic Games, because we hope you come here to know what a real China is. Friends, welcome you to Peking.

Posted by Jimmy August 9, 08 11:30 AM
613.

Nice pictures. I can't wait until the whole ceremony is available on DVD. This is a must have for the home library. I could have watched that all night. Beautiful job China!!

Posted by Yolanda August 9, 08 11:30 AM
614.

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Posted by noventh August 9, 08 11:33 AM
615.

To confuse Chines government with the Chinese people would be like confusing our American ruling regime with our average American. Both have allowed the rulers to govern however horribly in their name.

Posted by Mark Stadsklev August 9, 08 11:34 AM
616.

I know your politicians can be idiots and make the wrong decisions on the various political issues such as Darfur and Tibet.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Then what is the "right" decisions? Don't consider yourself always right man, sometimes you are just being cheated. You west people are so self-serving.

Posted by Sunca August 9, 08 11:35 AM
617.

I'm Filipino but came from a Chinese Lineage. My mom is half-Chinese. And I'm proud of the rich culture of China. Long-live the Olympics 2008!

from: http://obnoxiusqueer.com

Posted by Xerendipity August 9, 08 11:35 AM
618.

Great pictures, keep them coming... Perfect ceremony, Preises to the Chinese people.

Thank you for sharing your pictires.

Posted by Elsa M Manjarres August 9, 08 11:37 AM
619.

good job n excellent ...

Posted by irene lew August 9, 08 11:37 AM
620.

wonderful china..

Posted by ivan August 9, 08 11:40 AM
621.

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Posted by Feagle August 9, 08 11:41 AM
622.

to 611

ha-ha, typical brainwashed retarded you know nothing about China and we Chinese do NOT want your imposed so called "liberty"!


if respect others is so hard to you, at least keep your mouth shut,


and die

Posted by freeiraq August 9, 08 11:41 AM
623.

Great Show! Simply Amazing!

Posted by zhangt August 9, 08 11:42 AM
624.

welcome to China.

Posted by 16 August 9, 08 11:44 AM
625.

One World, One Dream
Welcome to China, we have not only the Olympics......

Posted by Zhixiong Sun from Shanghai, China August 9, 08 11:46 AM
626.

great show,thanks zhang

from
www.szbing.com

Posted by emma August 9, 08 11:48 AM
627.

±±¾©»¶Ó­Äã Öйú»¶Ó­Äã
welcome to beijing welcome to China
ÎÒÃÇ°®ºÃºÍƽ
we love peace
ÎÒ°®Öлª
I love my motherland

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 11:48 AM
628.

amazing.......

Posted by Kym August 9, 08 11:50 AM
629.

the photos is fantastic!!!!

Posted by evonne August 9, 08 11:52 AM
630.

very good

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 11:52 AM
631.

Awesome #298!

Let's all take the Olympic Spirit, let the whole world united as one, using each of our talent to achieve the highest gold medal for the sake of mankind. We are the lucky generation, whatever in the history is passed, let us learn what the mistake human can make and move forward for a better generation in the future!

Posted by Annie August 9, 08 11:53 AM
632.

Mechanical people of dictatorship - it's amazingly,but very dangerous!

Posted by alex August 9, 08 11:53 AM
633.

Welcome to Beijing¡£

Posted by mikey chou August 9, 08 11:54 AM
634.

out of my expectation! well done china.

Posted by from HK August 9, 08 11:55 AM
635.

AMAZING - THE BEST OLYMPICS CEREMONY I HAVE EVER SEEN!! CHINA IS A COUNTRY THAT HAS SO MUCH CULTURE -HISTORY AND BEAUTY TO OFFER AND SHARE WITH THE WORLD. THEY TRULY DID AN EXCELLENT JOB.
CONGRATULATIONS CHINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ana - COLOMBIA S.A. August 9, 08 11:55 AM
636.

really cool...

Posted by yvoune August 9, 08 11:57 AM
637.

"why comment so easily before u see something true"

How can we see something true when the Chinese government does not support a free and open press to show us the true things?

When all that comes out of China is what the government wants us to see, I become skeptical and cynical of it all. Even the nice stuff that is probably honest and true.

Posted by E. P. August 9, 08 11:57 AM
638.

I don't understand why people use all of the beautiful pictures to contrast the last photo, what's the intention? It's funny because it is only an olympic opening ceremony! Not a debate about what should be the real china.
No country in the world dare to say it only has rich people
Let's see how much debt people suffer in those so-called most developed countries!
May be for many chinese, still they live in poor condition, but they are rich in mind.

Posted by Janessa August 9, 08 11:58 AM
639.

Yes! It is fabulous!
As a Chinese, I welcome everyone to China.
And thx for all the positive comments. While, to the people who give the negative words, even the "slave labor" speaker, I just want to say you r so narrow minded, and I hope you could earn enough money one day to get a trip to China to see what is going on in China in person. Though you would not get the essence of Chinese philosophy, as the country has so long history, so large territory, and so many people and races, I believe you will say sth objectively after the trip.

Bless Beijing, bless the 29th Olympic Games, bless China, and BLESS ALL.
×£¸£

Posted by Hui August 9, 08 11:59 AM
640.

this is great historical event orgainesd by the chinese...

i cant express it in the words...

if i am the richest person in the world i will surely get off from my asset and get settle in china....

every chinese to be proud .....

all my wish is the games to be continue as it is and i pray god that no evil things to interrupt(terrosrits) it..

all the best to all participants...

by
INDIAN.

Posted by dinesh August 9, 08 12:01 PM
641.

Superb setup and amazing photography! went speechless. well done China.

Posted by Shubhro August 9, 08 12:04 PM
642.

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Posted by ¶¹¶¹ August 9, 08 12:05 PM
643.

to 633

plea your president to free people of Saudi Arabia, a dictatorship

well, to tell you the truth, all your presients are friends of the saudi emperors

oh, dont forget your old friend ben laden, who was well trained by cia

it's amazing for us to learn how biased, arrogant some americans are!

Posted by freeiraq August 9, 08 12:09 PM
644.

I am sitting in the North Sea,on a Ship doing some R.O.V. work for the oil industry.All very boring,when i decided to look at some photographs of the opening ceremony .I must admit what a fantastic job u have done of the pictures,You really have captured the moment's.You have really got me wishing i was there,Thanks for cheering me up.

A bored Marne engineer

Posted by J.Lennie August 9, 08 12:11 PM
645.

note to good humans; thank you for your passion regarding irrelevant politic.
note to critical soul damaged; go mow the lawn, it may distract from the sad.

Posted by canadian jeff, people lover August 9, 08 12:12 PM
646.

thanks for the photographer, It's really amazing!

next for some guys:
if you guys want to know a real China, it's better to come here and look at the great country by yourself . I feel strange that, why some of you alway trust some anti- China report instead by you own judgement. Tibet is not as what you imagined. And it's still strange that, when I saw the last pic, I saw 5 happy and creative kids; but what did you say? Do you know a real China?

Posted by Frank wu - shanghai China August 9, 08 12:12 PM
647.

It was not raining, it was a peaceful night. The performance was magnificent. Beijingers were relieved and proud, appreciating for the hard preparation done.


Posted by Jingisthere August 9, 08 12:15 PM
648.

Welcome to China!
2010, Welcome to Shanghai!!!

Poor people?Of course we have.
(Did you do think everyone in your counry is rich and happy?)
But they are not our dishonor,
they are our brothers and sisiters,
they are why we are here,keep studying,keep developing.

Welcome to China to know a real China~~~*^ï^*

Posted by Jasmine Chang(Shanghai,China) August 9, 08 12:17 PM
649.

"How can we see something true when the Chinese government does not support a free and open press to show us the true things?"

if you believe your media tell you everything true, you are regrettably wrong.

here you can see how deep biased western media can go:
http://www.anti-cnn.com/


come visit China, use your own eyes judge by yourself!

i've been the states for 5yrs, to be frank, your americans are much more brainwashed by media then Chinese do.

Posted by freeiraq August 9, 08 12:21 PM
650.

tibet is part of china,thank you

Posted by cjer August 9, 08 12:21 PM
651.
652.

Come on, China, you can make it!!!!!

Posted by shein August 9, 08 12:26 PM
653.

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Posted by KDS TF August 9, 08 12:27 PM
654.

Spectacular!!

Posted by kleanchap August 9, 08 12:31 PM
655.

dese r really marvolous pics with gr8 quality....................


thanx

Posted by navin prasad August 9, 08 12:31 PM
656.

OK,Great Show,I Like China and Chinese people.

Posted by Jacky Cheung August 9, 08 12:32 PM
657.

Welcome to Beijing!!!
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Posted by 115 August 9, 08 12:35 PM
658.

MY GOD!

Posted by Eric August 9, 08 12:38 PM
659.

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Posted by china August 9, 08 12:41 PM
660.

here are more pictures, enjoy Beijing Olypmpics~
http://cache.tianya.cn/publicforum/content/funinfo/1/1228448.shtml

Posted by flydove August 9, 08 12:41 PM
661.

Realy very very nice.

Posted by jeevarathinam August 9, 08 12:43 PM
662.

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welcome to beijing!

Posted by ÎâÉÆèº August 9, 08 12:43 PM
663.

world found Beijing.
welcome to china.

Posted by Cloud -Chengdu China August 9, 08 12:43 PM
664.

Thank you very much...its very , very nice pictures
I saw on TV last night

Posted by Ketutski August 9, 08 12:44 PM
665.

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Thank you very, very

Posted by 32 August 9, 08 12:46 PM
666.

One World One Dream

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Posted by Mao August 9, 08 12:46 PM
667.

Superb Compilation - worthy to be copied to remember the fabulous
opening Chinese ceremony of the 2008 Olympics

Posted by F.C.Miranda August 9, 08 12:48 PM
668.

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Posted by zipzhang August 9, 08 12:50 PM
669.

it's fantastic ,fabulous
for some part,it's just like a magic journey
and also the best Olympic Opening Ceremony

Posted by Amy August 9, 08 12:52 PM
670.

Thank you very, very

Posted by china_32 August 9, 08 12:53 PM
671.

for thoese who believe in your "free" media, please google:

DieterHennig

Stefan Niggemeier

JensWeinreich

Posted by freeiraq August 9, 08 12:54 PM
672.

Wonderful pictures! Amazing event!

I am a Chinese who is studying in New York. I hope to let the whole world knew that China is a peaceful nation. Our people have been working hard trying to change our living condition as well as the views of other nations' thought of us. We are on the way to wealth, to success, to be united, to be powerful, and to be peaceful.

PS: Tibet is a part of china for thousands of years. Don't try to separate Tibet from China. If you don't know the history, please don't be fool by your own politicians.

Posted by Weiwei August 9, 08 12:55 PM
673.

Welcome to China!!! I Love the world!!!

Posted by world August 9, 08 12:55 PM
674.

Amazing photos, I dont think any country can do what China has done. Spending 43 Billion for the Olympics wow. No way UK can do anything close to this.

Posted by Sarah August 9, 08 12:56 PM
675.

Terrific work!!!!!!!

Posted by Anoop Muraly August 9, 08 12:57 PM
676.

go on china.

Posted by Kyaw Zaw Han August 9, 08 12:57 PM
677.

thx a lot!

Posted by Aurélio Reis August 9, 08 01:01 PM
678.

this is great historical event orgainesd by the chinese...

i cant express it in the words...

if i am the richest person in the world i will surely get off from my asset and get settle in china....

======
hehe, practically very few (only a few hundreds) foreigners have settled in China (become a Chinese Permernant Resident). Actually, EVERY Chinese people need a visa from Chinese government to come to Planet EARTH (one couple one child policy, and even for this one child, parents-to-be need applie for such a paper called "certificate to give birth" some months after the pregnency).

Posted by armor August 9, 08 01:02 PM
679.

Excellent photos.

The opening was stunning technologically, however, the music that they chose were very monotonous. The music was like a massage parlor music. I wish they mix with more upbeat music. Most of the dancings were too slow, though beautiful. Bottom line, I wish everything should be much more fast moving to wow people more. Los Angeles opening ceremory had more spirit. John Williamns music rules.

Posted by Ron August 9, 08 01:03 PM
680.

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Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 01:06 PM
681.

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Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 01:07 PM
682.

Absolutely Beautiful! Breathtaking, in fact. Thank you for delighting our eyes with the eye candy!

Posted by Diane August 9, 08 01:09 PM
683.

Welcome to China to know a real China£¡


You know we are many problems,but we are changing!

Posted by runnerup shi August 9, 08 01:11 PM
684.

GREAT!

Thx so much*

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 01:11 PM
685.

This is amazing. Is the DVD out yet? Can anyone tell me where I can get the CD/DVD???

Posted by lao August 9, 08 01:12 PM
686.

Why is this Patrick Henry always stick to those few false claims he set up himself?
Sounds like he really believes that if anything beautiful comes from China, it's got to be some lavish disguise to hide it's evil nature.

How pathetic is this ideological paranoia! It's so close to the various kinds of fever that started most wars in human history.

That chinese character at the statium center, ºÍ(harmony/peace) is exactly what your kind lacks.

Posted by Oceanian August 9, 08 01:14 PM
687.

wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by rosalyn August 9, 08 01:18 PM
688.

Awesome ceremony

Posted by NIKHIL August 9, 08 01:20 PM
689.

i particularly love the song sang by the beloved & talent little girl

Posted by stanley August 9, 08 01:21 PM
690.

One of a kind..........the best ever. Would like to tape for posperity, when will opening ceremony be repeated on TV.

Posted by Alice Mahan August 9, 08 01:21 PM
691.

We are one home!
Welcome to beijing!
I love you very much!

Posted by runnerupshi August 9, 08 01:23 PM
692.

Really excellent photographs of a remarkable visual event.

Posted by Prof. Michael Connors August 9, 08 01:24 PM
693.

excellent performance.
excellent photography.

i was inundated with awe for the whole time.

Posted by CT August 9, 08 01:26 PM
694.

Very well photographed indeed...... got the actual presented image of the ceremony. Must have been a dream comming true taking those pictures.
As of china perfect way to welcome the world to this slendid event.......reconciling the their past deeds. Let the games leds to ones best deserved expectations.................good luck.

Posted by Pratyush August 9, 08 01:27 PM
695.

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Posted by 200 August 9, 08 01:27 PM
696.

China is a amazing country..

Posted by Mooncake August 9, 08 01:29 PM
697.

Welcome come to BeiJing.Welcome come to China!
What you hear about may be false; what you see is true.
long live the friendship£¡
understanding is the best thing£¡

Posted by runnerupshi August 9, 08 01:29 PM
698.

guys.. its great.. one of a kind in a life time..

Posted by sriram August 9, 08 01:30 PM
699.

Öйú¼ÓÓÍ! china good! i love you!

Posted by liaopengju August 9, 08 01:30 PM
700.

an amazing opening ceremony. I am a college student that lived in Beijing for the past nine months, but am now at Stanford university for continuing studies. The Chinese simply put on an incredible show, for anyone to criticize the ceremony or the people of China in any way after that ceremony is simply being arrogant. The Chinese deserve all the praise that they get and more. They have been under the world view for quite a while now. Furthermore, they have been taking criticism from every angle. I think that it is time for the people of the world to stop judging people and cultures that they simply don't understand. I'm not saying that China doesn'
t have any problems, but the whole point of the Olympics is for everyone to come together in harmony. It is a time of openness, not gross arrogance.Congrats China

Posted by 田英雄 August 9, 08 01:33 PM
701.

Amazing pictures. This is China today,

Tibet is part of China, Tibetian is Chinese. They just want to divoice a famliy. Dilalama is a Landlord/warlord in the past. Most of the Tibetian in the past (1949)were farm labour of the Lama

Posted by chris August 9, 08 01:34 PM
702.

You guys should pay much more attention to the Olympic Game iteself, it is no need to talk about the politics. Could you help to solve the problems in China? If not, just shut up, pls! The last photo only show the happiness of the ordinary person in China feel about Olympic Games hold in Beijing. I believe the photographer took it not for satirize the poor situation of some Chinese people lived. It can't reflect the living situation of the whole society. In fact, I believe most of your American have the ability to judge a country not only depends on some single photos or words. Everything has two sides. Even in America, there still something unfair, right? But we can't say America is not a fallacious country only due to the negative side. So just enjoy the game, and appreciate the show China supplied. Thank you!

Posted by A Chinese girl August 9, 08 01:34 PM
703.

awesome~

Posted by hay August 9, 08 01:38 PM
704.

great

Posted by Staci Thacker August 9, 08 01:40 PM
705.

Welcome to China!
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Posted by Shinyang August 9, 08 01:44 PM
706.

I m really dumbfound by seeing the pics....hope i wud ve been there...

Posted by bikram August 9, 08 01:44 PM
707.

The photography is superb..

Posted by Stephen Hamilton August 9, 08 01:45 PM
708.

the last pic is a part of the reality in China, but look at the face of these children. they were smiling. By making the five rings, they were trying to express their supportatino to the Olympics. they are poor, but they still feel proud of the great event hosted by Beijing.
Please don't forget the often neglected side that China is a developing country with a population of over 1.3 billion, 0.8 peasants included ....giving to that, any tiny problem would be really hard to deal with when multiplied 1.3 billion times...we still have got many poor people and many problems, but we are trying to be better. Welcome to Beijing and welcome to China. you will see a real China.

Welcome to Beijing , Welcome to China to find the real China.

Posted by A Sichuanese. August 9, 08 01:47 PM
709.

I love the idea of fireworks of giant footprints...together with the Chinese drawings

Overall a stunning show!

Posted by Forrest August 9, 08 01:47 PM
710.

I am a Filipino working here in Dubai, though I am in a modern place (Dubai) and things here are also stunning. I was still amazed with the structures that China built for the Olympics...great architectures, great design.. I envy you guys that you were able to experience the opening, the spectacular Olympics opening.. It was indeed the best of all openings ever, all are original which showcases the true culture of China, the world is puting China down bec its booming I guess. But I am so proud they made the world proud for the Olympic sponsorship this year.. to our friend and neighbor country China..Condratulations, keep up and Kudos! -my commendation to the writer and the photographer of these pics, great one!

Posted by Randy Boco August 9, 08 01:48 PM
711.

the ceremony is nothing but a feast to the viewers.

Look at the face of these children in the last pic. they were smiling. By making the five rings, they were trying to express their supportatino to the Olympics. they are poor, but they still feel proud of the great event hosted by Beijing.
Please don't forget the often neglected side that China is a developing country with a population of over 1.3 billion, 0.8 billion peasants included ....giving to that, any tiny problem would be really hard to deal with when multiplied 1.3 billion times...we still have got many poor people and many problems, but we are trying to be better. Welcome to Beijing and welcome to China to check your knowledge about this ancient country.

a ordinary Chinese from Sichuan province in southwest China.

Posted by Forrest.Young August 9, 08 01:52 PM
712.

S0 Lovely...
Wish we could see more pictures

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 01:53 PM
713.

Thank you so much. Keep up the good wok.

Posted by jim August 9, 08 01:54 PM
714.

Just amazing! Thank you Mr. Zhang brought us a spectacular opening ceremony! Awesome!! LOVE THE SCROLL! AND KUN DRAMA AS WELL!

Posted by Jessie August 9, 08 01:55 PM
715.

SO great show!!
Amazing Chinese people!

Posted by Arthur August 9, 08 02:00 PM
716.

Wonderful pictures but the live show on 50" HDTV was better. Nothing like the synchronized, fluid movements of the 1000's of performers.

Posted by Ron Smith August 9, 08 02:00 PM
717.

all of those moves and dances show that china really is a very nice country.

Posted by august August 9, 08 02:01 PM
718.

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Posted by J¡¤Q¡¤Ye August 9, 08 02:03 PM
719.

Welcome to Beijing,Welcome to China, Sincerely!
We will give you more suprise than the opening ceremony!!!
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Posted by Ferric August 9, 08 02:03 PM
720.

to 633:

dangerous? where? r u saying the sky dancing performancers in the opening ceremony in Athens Olympics??

super photos, super olympics, supper Beijing, supper country

thanks for all the hard works of the great contributions from China to the world

Posted by gary August 9, 08 02:04 PM
721.

SO great show!!
Amazing Chinese people!

Posted by Arthur August 9, 08 02:04 PM
722.

amazing!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing!!
Alison
Bolivia

Posted by alison August 9, 08 02:06 PM
723.

you bullsheeeet! Patrick Herry. you know nothing about China!Her history, the peceverence of the people and their spirit of love which was reflected in the whole perfomance ? I guess you did not really read the meaning of the whole ceremony, surely not the meaning of the Chinese character in the performance, just speaking some empty words here to make yourself stupid. have you been China? you have to accept you are ignorant and arrogant.

Posted by Rita in Beijing August 9, 08 02:11 PM
724.

Really great work for Chinese ..... I am really impress of its opening ceremony ... keep it on.

and,

all the best to Malaysian player ..... haha

Posted by Little_Malaysian August 9, 08 02:11 PM
725.

Great pictures. . . :D Oversea chinese here. . . still proud that I'm Chinese even though it's not my country of birth. . . I'm proud of the culture that spanned over 5,000 years in the making. . . Yes China was united many aeons ago. . . through blood and sweat, through rebellion and civil war. . . It is because of 2 characters, TIAN XIA (天下), which means 'ALL UNDER HEAVEN'. . . because of this, Qin Emperor decided to unify China. . . now bringing this back to modern context, we as a species 'ARE UNDER HEAVEN' Let the olympic games and the torch reach the hope that we can live peacefully and with good will towards each other, all under heaven. . .

Posted by Mervin Lee (KL, Msia) August 9, 08 02:13 PM
726.

Absolutely amazing. I am astonished!

Posted by Tony August 9, 08 02:16 PM
727.

Regarding the five people in the last picture. You should compare them to the low income people living in rent controlled apartments in NYC. Do they ever smile like the kids in the picture? Or they just hold guns asking for money or begging in the subway? The happiness is from the hope that their lives are getting better by hardworking; the bitterness in the above comments just show how negative and lazy you are not to try a little harder to understand the world better and turn your lives around. It's China, not America, and the rules are not set by you.

Posted by Jane August 9, 08 02:19 PM
728.

The most amazing live presentation EVER! Nothing else comes near to this spectacle, deep in meaning and beauty. Will be the benchmark in which all others will be measured! The Chinese people should be very proud, as well as all other people of the world are in awe of the wondrous of what the human mind can accomplish.

Posted by C. Santoyo August 9, 08 02:19 PM
729.

ÎÒ°®Ä㣬Öйú£¡
I love you, China!

Posted by Tommy August 9, 08 02:24 PM
730.

Inacredfitável! A abertura foi de ficar de queixo caído! Maravilhosas as fotos.

Posted by Daniela Donadio August 9, 08 02:26 PM
731.

FAntaostic

Posted by JUstine August 9, 08 02:27 PM
732.

Many Chinese people were deeply moved by the little girl's song at the beginning of the ceremony. Maybe the majority part of the ceremony is for the wold (introducing the 5000 years old Chinese culture), but the song is for every ordinary people in China, including the kids in the last picture. It is the ordinary people who made the miracle in the last 50 years. And it is the ordinary people who were and are pushing the country ahead.

Welcome everyone to China! Not only big cities like Beijing/Shanghai, but also other places.

Posted by myzdj August 9, 08 02:28 PM
733.

Didn't any of you read the books about the Olympics Committee and how corrupt the members of them are? The reports about how they failed to control censorship towards journalists by the Chinese government? Doesn't all this matter to you guys, because it's the games, not politics? Sure the Chinese are nice people, no doubt about that. But their government is not, and they are the ones in control, right? The Chinese themselves could actually start being less nice and doing something against all that, finally! One article I read in advance closed with the statement "sure China will come up with a sparkling show that will divert everyone from the problems they are having". Reading the comments here this is exactly what seems to be happening. I'm from Europe, by the way.

Someone wrote here: 'The Games gave a chance to the world to know what China really is' - what is it? A country that knows how to create illusions for people? I knew that before. I can't separate politics here, nobody should, this is happening in the real world, not in some fairytale. Free journalism is one of the most important things there is, and as long as that's not given, I will not watch any of this "spectacle" on TV.

Posted by Concerned August 9, 08 02:29 PM
734.

This is by far the best olympic opening ceremony I have ever seen!!!!! absolutely amazing! I want to continue watching it over and over...it was a beautiful display and demonstration of the history and beauty of China.

Posted by Shaina Vella August 9, 08 02:33 PM
735.

The Chinese have always amazed me their culture is truly inspiring...now do you see why ?

Thank you China for a truly amazing show !!!

America loves you

Posted by Robert Russo August 9, 08 02:36 PM
736.

As a Chinese in Beijing, I'm proud of myself, not only for the open ceremony, but also as I have read all the comments above, exactly, 734 in all, haha : )
I'm glad most of you enjoy it, though personally, I think there were still something unperfect. Maybe the director Zhang wanted to highlight the connotation of peace and friendship, so the elements of passion or something like that become a little weaker. However, it can be considered as what made this open ceremony specific.

The night of 8/8 would be an impressive one in my life. I spent it with many native and foreign friends, in front of a large TV screen in the open air, because we don't want to miss any details of the beautiful firework on the sky. The foreign friends around come from differnet countries, America, Pakistan, German an so on. If the sports delegacy team from any country of them came out, all of us would cheered. A novel night! One world, one dream!

BTW, now you could know how to write the Chinese character of 'peace',which is "ºÍ" (To display it correctly, you may need modify some settings of explorer in your computer; Or just look back at the video of open ceremony). In chinese traditional culture, "ºÍ" means discarding rage and hate, absorbing different opinions, and making enemies into friends. China is a country with diverse ethnic groups and civilizations, that is why "ºÍ" is important(ÒÔºÍΪ¹ó). So it is as to the whole world, isn't it?

Now I have knocked down so many English words£¬wishing any foreigners may be drawn by me in the wonderful Chinese culture, take a visit in our country, and learn Chinese language, just as I learn your English so painfully:) Otherwise, I will know you western better than you know me:) To be honest, many western media often mix bias into their version on China. That's what make me a little disappointed. But I don't misunderstood the last pic posted here. It moved me very much and I have also experienced the feeling and spirits that sleepless night. In fact, there were more impressive things happenning here. Some farmers, old or young, from the other sides in China, rode bicycle or walked towards Bird Nest in Beijing, to show their passions and blesses for the Olympics. Some of them brought there the poems created by themselves.

Posted by RunFish August 9, 08 02:39 PM
737.

Since those suckers who haven't been to China, their words is sucked, too.

Be proud of China.

Posted by Ghose Dragon August 9, 08 02:40 PM
738.

fireworks in the gunpowder country

Posted by Anonymous Coward August 9, 08 02:41 PM
739.

I've watched the opening ceremonies for as long as can remember, yet i was awe struck with the beauty, precision and ingenuity of this years opening. It was absolutely spectacular. I don't know much about what it looks like outside of the "Bird's Nest", but the show they put on was stunning.

Posted by joy August 9, 08 02:41 PM
740.

#734, forgive your parent(s) for the burden they left you.
less talk, more thought.
don't should me. i see all.
back away from the microphone, little muffin.

Posted by JEFF-CANADA August 9, 08 02:46 PM
741.

That was boring, and I even sleeped while this.

Posted by rbk17 August 9, 08 02:54 PM
742.

Speechless !!!

Posted by Khalid AlHaqqan August 9, 08 02:56 PM
743.

The greatest show on earth---ever

Posted by Dennis Byrnes August 9, 08 03:07 PM
744.

it's really rather bizarre one species fighting and killing itself.
my dear friends abroad, you needn't defend yourselves, we who see without pain know the truth. we are one.

Posted by jeff canada August 9, 08 03:11 PM
745.

NI HAO

Posted by Dinkha Ashoor August 9, 08 03:13 PM
746.

I expected a good opening ceremony, but watching it has left me speechless and awestruck. Just unbelievable how well it was choreographed and executed.

I think this opening ceremony has inspired a lot of people. It also generated so much more buzz, talks and thrills than any other ceremonies.

...WOW....
http://www.go2moon.com/

Posted by Louis August 9, 08 03:21 PM
747.

Fantastic Beijing
Do u know ?
U will make a wonderful Olympics Games
Thank for this Games
As a Indian I will congrats to Beijing

Posted by Ilamparithi_dilmv August 9, 08 03:22 PM
748.

no more judgement, people implied.
we're not listening.
you know nothing.

Posted by peacemonger wins August 9, 08 03:25 PM
749.

There has been a bit of negativity posted by mostly American people. You have many negative comments to make about a nation that as a whole is peaceful and loving, people who do things beautifully, people who have passion and are energetic about life and there country.

You seem to forget that America is rotting, you are an uneducated, overweight, lazy, arrogant nation.

You talk about a waste of money, you are more that $7 trillion in debt. When you run out of money you just print more....

You talk about oppression in Tibet. There is no other country that has more blood on there hands, war is a national sport for you!

You are a nation of takers, you give nothing back to the world.

It kills you to see others doing so well and scares you to think that you had it all and have now fu$k*d it all up. Unfortunately for you the world is changing and soon China will be the world super power, then the world will be able to change our mind sets from the fear, war and hate you install, to love and compassion.

This was a beautiful event, which no other country (including America) could ever match. It was breathtaking and was a great depiction of what China has become, something beautiful and ever evolving!!!!

Posted by Marc August 9, 08 03:26 PM
750.

Whooooo..... i really miss it!

Posted by shami vishal radhika UK August 9, 08 03:33 PM
751.

what a wonderful performance., the best of all I ever have come across over the last 67 years. Obviously a lot of preparation,planning, artmenship hard work and indepth technical capability have been reflected in this speticular event. I enjoy it very much.
Well done China.
Congulations.

Ronald and Peggy from Canada

Posted by Ronald Macdonald August 9, 08 03:33 PM
752.

Bagus sekali....menakjubkan wouwwwww!!!!!!!!

Posted by J Souisa August 9, 08 03:35 PM
753.

TOTALLY AWESOME! MAGNIFICENT! UNSURPASSED!

What a beaufitul Opening Olympic Ceremony that China presented to the World. There is sometimes a memorable occurrence that happens only once in a lifetime - and I think China marked it's place as a gold medal winner as the host Country to the 2008 Olympics.

Posted by wanda August 9, 08 03:40 PM
754.

hmm...Did anyone see Jackie Chan?

Posted by Wailing Will August 9, 08 03:41 PM
755.

Very Impressive. Enjoyable as entertainment. Not much talent of the masses. Great production and visuals.

Without knowing all the details, I wonder how many of the 15K people that were in the show had a choice to not want to be a part of this.

I thought the takeover by the military in raising their flag and the Olympic flag was an insult to the Olympic movement.

Now, if China really wanted to impress the world, they have a perfect opportunity during the next two weeks to declare a pure and honest non-aggression policy on all the peoples they are oppressing. They would set the example of leadership that other countries are lacking. And I would have to include the USA in this lack of leadership when it comes to aggressiveness towards other countries.

Posted by Bob S - USA August 9, 08 03:47 PM
756.

Un espectaculo realmente asombroso, el mejor de todos.

Posted by Andres August 9, 08 03:50 PM
757.

I missed watching the ceremony but would like to know if it will be reaired at some time in the future.

Posted by J Niles August 9, 08 03:52 PM
758.

to 734

sometimes hope is ignited with an illusion of what could be, instead of concentrating on the worse, focusing on what could be give people the spirit to live on. Sure, you say politics shouldn't be interfereing with the games, but the games are what the people want, and only those handling politics can make it happen.

Europe is different from China, the chinese government has the population, the poverty, and the economical pace that need to be set. They're doing the best they can, thinking of many things that oversea onlookers will never understand.

I know there are corruption, and there are inperfection in many ways in the way china is. However, i believe that China is on a path to a brighter future for all its citizens. This isn't dreaming, this isn't hope for utopia... this is believing and working for a brighter future. It's not an illusion, it's only a painted portrait of whats better to give incentive to fight for reality!

Posted by Raera August 9, 08 04:00 PM
759.

Amazing photos from an amazing event!

Posted by Karlyn August 9, 08 04:06 PM
760.

Excellent photos...
A Truly Amzaing Show....Be proud of China...!!!

"One World, One Dream"...

Posted by Joyce August 9, 08 04:11 PM
761.

So much beautiful makeup on such an ugly pig.

Posted by Jay Hale August 9, 08 04:11 PM
762.

It was superb ! Are they going to "replay" it OR will copies of it be for sale in the
future? I know several people who would purchase a copy. WOW

Posted by Shar August 9, 08 04:11 PM
763.

The comment on the last picture clearly said that the kids are children of migrant workers from outlying provinces. I do not understand why some of the English speaking readers do not fully understand what migrant means. Or they just simply lack of imagination.
Those migrant workers left their hometowns and came to the cities. They are the growth engine for the Chinese economy. They make money and save it so that they will live a good life when they decided to go home.
Migrant workers live in temporary housing where only basic necessities are needed. While the living condition in the temporary housing shown in the picture may not be ideal; you have to look beyond what you see in the picture. The truth is that Chinese are so enduring, long-term-minded, and long-term goal oriented (I understand that this is very hard for Americans to understand because Americans are so short-sighted, biased, and ignorant).
Unlike most Americans who love to live beyond their means, Chinese people can live a modest life with a plenty of money saved in their banks. You are a complete fool if you think that picture reflects how Chinese people live. The reality is that those people may have lavish houses back home (all paid for, of course, without a penny in debt).
How long will it take for you to really own your home?

Posted by Sue Yu August 9, 08 04:16 PM
764.

Wow nice beautiful pictures. The most beautiful I have even seen!! Indeed the politics are dirty, but we all to take in account that all the performers did a perfect job, and they deserve great admiration from all of us!!!!

Posted by Damaris LAX August 9, 08 04:21 PM
765.

Jeff-Canada, I didn't get personal with anyone, but I forgive you anyway.

Posted by Concerned August 9, 08 04:25 PM
766.

hi, very good. i coud not to see the ceremony but these pics helped me.

i am from iran. hope to be seccessful in olympic 2008.

my dream is peace for world people.

bye

Posted by Iran- world lover August 9, 08 04:26 PM
767.

Raera, that sounds beautiful, and I so wish you and your people the best to make all that happen. Whoever has reacted to my post with insults didn't understand it, but you did. Thanks. BTW, I do think of course that the photos are very well-made.

Posted by Concerned August 9, 08 04:30 PM
768.

100 years ago, China was invaded by civilized countries because China is"barbaric".

100 years later, China is criticized because "you guys develop too fast and you are using our resources"

don't call me brainwashed. I am rational and I don't lack sense of judgement just as you do.

I feel proud of my Country and I feel pround of being a Chinese.

Posted by Leon August 9, 08 04:52 PM
769.

A beautiful illusion somewhat spoilt when the goose-stepping military hoisted the Olympic flag.

Posted by Duncan August 9, 08 04:58 PM
770.

Great!!! Wonderful pictures Thanks for sharing.

:))))))))))

Posted by fabio August 9, 08 04:59 PM
771.

Wow, amazing compilation!!

The doors were opened to the world on 08/08/08: http://elbelbelb2000.blogtog.com/archives/6297_1579073640/304497

Posted by Eugene August 9, 08 05:05 PM
772.

Crazy! Amazing Project Management skill.... Grade A

I am going to look at this from a different point of views. We all know by now how beautiful this is. So i am gonna go straight to another point. AMAZINGGGGGG Project, Team, Management skills. GOOD Lord, just think about the amount of work each performer puts in, the idea behind each scenes. The tools, the timing, the microphone in each of their ear peace.

ONLY If O'hare/JFK/LAX can learn a thing of two about this type of pin point communicate method perhaps we can have a shorter delay.

Just think of the amount of technology goes behind this.
The LED Light, the Light Team, the Dance team, the Firework team, the open/close door team, the director for this is not just Zhang Yi M. think about how they manage to come up with this show in such short time. The Decisions making is spot on. If GM is using the same decisions making process perhaps we should have Volt on the road running by now at 35 grand a piece.

Thumbs up for the Engineer!!!!!

Bird Nest/Water Cube is desgined by the westerner, but the building, the planning just think about the type of work that is being offer in China today, maybe they don't pay as well, but Good god... they can LEARN A LOT

Posted by Ien August 9, 08 05:07 PM
773.

to 582:
I'm curious about something-I heard that the Chinese language doesn't have an alphabet. (Apparenty they use characters/symbols for the names of countries.) Does anyone know if this is true? If so, how was it decided what order would be used for the athlete parade/march?
======================
Chinese language doesn't have alphabets.(Chinese Pinyin, which is used to mark the sound of a character, is introduced into Chinese language, but not original part of it).
Each character is composed by strokes, e.g. character ÈËhas two strokes, one from the top to bottom left and other one from top to the bottom right.
The march order in Olymic is by the country's chinese name's strokes number. That is why Yemen, which is Ò²ÃÅ in Chinese, got the first (except the previous Olympic hoster, Greek) position since it has the least stroke number 3.

Posted by Deborah August 9, 08 05:10 PM
774.

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Posted by sdhsdfghsg August 9, 08 05:11 PM
775.

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776.

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Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 05:16 PM
777.

To: #761 Jay Hale,
"So much beautiful makeup on such an ugly pig"

It is your arrogant, condescending, ignorant and inflammatory attitude that transforms such a beautiful world into an ugly one. I do hope you have words like "tolerance", "hope" in your vocabulary and "respect" and "love" in your heart.

Posted by Joseph from Canada August 9, 08 05:17 PM
778.

WOW!!!!! What beautiful artists they are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Go for the Gold Team USA! August 9, 08 05:20 PM
779.

good pictures.

It's a shame the chinese government is supporting the genocide in Dar-fur (Sudan).

If the chinese people support their government they also support the genocide.

"Genocide Olympics"


Posted by Andres August 9, 08 05:21 PM
780.

Welcome to Beijing!
Welcome to China!

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Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 05:22 PM
781.

A once in the history of civilization moment, superbly captured by these pics. Thanks from Brussels

Posted by Truthyness August 9, 08 05:26 PM
782.

For all those close minded folks who declare that China is repressed, everyone is living in poverty, yada yada...

Why, then, is every single Chinese person on this website standing up for their country? Why don't we hate our government, just as so many of you foreigners seem to do? We love our country, and all it's doing to try and improve the working and living conditions of all our citizens. Of course we have people living in poverty, but we also have those who lead great, great lives, with conditions better than you could possibly imagine. Sound familiar?

Of course. Because every country is like that, including America. Stop and think about what rubbish you're typing next time, please, and maybe you won't get ambushed by the proud Chinese, citizens of a "opressive country".

Posted by China Lover August 9, 08 05:28 PM
783.

I know the Chinese people are trying hard and we know what is true. There is a huge population which nowhere else has. We are doing things according to our own pace, we are living a free life in our own way. Please, be logical, be realistic and be understanding to this great land of culture and life. When you have no idea what happened on this land in the past 5000 years, when you have not lived in China for any time in your life. When all you can see is the negative portrait of the China's image in the so call free land. I've live in the States for couple years now and I'm fine with it. But I love China to a greatest point. I do know one thing, Chinese people are genuine, and we really just want our dignity and the justice served right.
Bravo! The opening ceremony is the greatest show ever! SO PROUD! congratulations!

Posted by Echo K August 9, 08 05:31 PM
784.

"It's a shame the chinese government is supporting the genocide in Dar-fur "

Wow, good job. Bashing the Chinese on buying oil from one of the only oil sources left in the world, while your own President [I'm assuming you're from the US, but if you're not, I apologize...kinda.] is killing innocent people to secure oil.

The Chinese buy oil, the Americans kill. Which one would you prefer?

Posted by Me August 9, 08 05:42 PM
785.

The photographs are absolutley breathtaking....brings tears to your eyes..

Posted by Toni Butler August 9, 08 05:44 PM
786.

Thank you very much!! These are the most spectacular photos of the opening ceremonies that I have seen.

Posted by pavid August 9, 08 05:48 PM
787.

"How do you say in Chinese...... B O R I N G..!!!!!"
No one's making you sit through those hours, buddy.

"It's amazing that these same people slaughtered 51 Million of their own in the 1950's and rule over their own people now with a sledge hammer.
Free Tibet!"
WHY are we talking about politics?! It's the Olympics, man! One WORLD, one dream. Why can't you people just leave out political crap for just one night? It's also amazing that these same people who are criticizing the world is now killing masses of innocents in Iraq and around the world. Good job.

Posted by Disgusted August 9, 08 05:56 PM
788.

We are one world. China means it and has proven it!

Posted by Helen Ng August 9, 08 05:57 PM
789.

China as issues, just as every other nation out there. But that's not what the Games are about. Just enjoy it for what it is, people from all over the world, trying to reach that potential that each and every one of us has. The smiles of the performers, the competitors, the people watching the opening, whatever the colour of their skin, really says it all.

Great show!

Posted by Somewhere out there August 9, 08 06:01 PM
790.

Amazing!

Congratulations China!

Posted by Frik - South Africa August 9, 08 06:02 PM
791.

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Posted by Ë®»ÃÉñâù August 9, 08 06:05 PM
792.

hermoso, sin palabras

Posted by juan Movis duran August 9, 08 06:06 PM
793.

Does onyone have a CD of the opening ceremony. I missed it due to other obligations and would love to see it all.
Everyone says it was absolutly extraordinaire.
Congratulation for a well done job

Posted by JJPorret August 9, 08 06:15 PM
794.

What magnificent pictures!!! Wonderful! Thank you.

Posted by Annemarie - Netherlands August 9, 08 06:17 PM
795.

I see the last photo as an affirmation of unity amongst Chinese social economic classes. I suppose there are those Chinese who dispute that and God bless them, but I will take the attitude represented in that photo as the "average".

Who is America to criticize this? What do "we" offer our lower classes? Instead of a national identity defined by sharing, we offer our lower classes a national identify defined by selfishness. "We" offer the poor a ladder up to higher economic advantages through Death and Destruction for Hire. All of us know what happens to the failures of our educational system. They go off to kill people who didn't need killing, as we have done to Iraq. Un-regulated, so-called free market Capitalism IS slavery and "Christianity" is a propaganda business. Thus "we" create millions of disadvantaged ignorant people who have few choices for how to pay the bills and have health care if they need it. Hence "our" popular support for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Anyone who criticizes the Chinese for how they treat their poor is a hypocrit.

Posted by eye August 9, 08 06:18 PM
796.

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Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 06:21 PM
797.

I am China. Thank you for great comments. I have nest for bird to fly. Please enjoy China, Thank you

Posted by Wun Lo August 9, 08 06:22 PM
798.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was the greatest Olympics I have ever seens, also the only one I have seen it is great. This olympics I will never forget ever.

Posted by mary lou August 9, 08 06:26 PM
799.

Reading posts from people who 'screams' "Live Free or Die!"... "You are Oppressors! You Suck! Die!"... it's like watching cartoon-mobs screaming slogans just for the sake of screaming. Probably so they'll have an excuse to go chug another beer afterwards.

Before you scream out your judgment base on "facts" from CNN and Hollywood 'stars', actually looking into the history of said events (no, looking at that one column excerpt in the local tabloid doesn't count as research) and understand how things come to be.

Freedom of expression? In a country with a population of 13 BILLION, and majority of them (the last 2 generations) with mainly grade-school level education due to 'recent' historical events? Have you envision what kind chaos and internal warfare it would cause?

Some were shouting "Free Tibet!"... WTF... do you even know or understand how Tibet came to be part of China in the first place? Should foreigners start helping and promoting the separation of New Mexico or Texas from within the U.S. just because there are people living there hates the U.S. government?

There are major problems within China at this time that still needs to be resolved, and only an idiot would say there is problem at all. Same thing for the States or any other First World nations. It takes time and steps... instant gratification does not apply to national growth or changes; it would only cause chaos.

It took the U.S. over 200 years to get to where it is today, and only about 100 years ago did China started to change from an Imperial state to a "people's country", and only about 50 years ago the country had been in constant war (WW2, internal wars). So all in all, only in about the past 50 years has China really been stable and starting to embrace "modern time".

As a Chinese, I'd love to see a day when we can express our thoughts on political issues freely, and can have more than 1 political party in power. I may not see it in my life time, but it's fine as long as I see things are slowly improving that perhaps it will happen when my child grew up, or when my grandchildren comes to age. I don't need to see it happen NOW NOW NOW!

All in all, before you shout out the next easy slogan, research and understand what you are about to get involved in first.

Oh, and great pictures, by the way ;)

Posted by Larry August 9, 08 06:27 PM
800.

wow i wanted to be there so bad

Posted by Jewel Bynum August 9, 08 06:33 PM
801.

This is a wounderful experiance for the world to undertake. I think the communist part of China could be done away with. Take Russia for example. Communism isnt good for the people. Jim Watson.

Posted by Jim Watson August 9, 08 06:47 PM
802.

China is a great country... I was there in March. The growth is staggering. Watching Bush during the opening, he appeared to look very worried. One thing that happens to most Americans when they travel to China is they realize that there is a nation on the planet that does things differently and can certainly compete on the same level. This ceremony (as well as current economic problems and the falling dollar) has shown that American hegemony is over. This is what Bush was thinking as he watched the spectacle. America is still strong militarily, but they are no longer the only kid on the block that has muscles.

Posted by DShabazz - USA August 9, 08 06:48 PM
803.

Fantastic pics. Thx.

www.themicetrap.com

Posted by super mouse August 9, 08 06:52 PM
804.

"the best" opening ceremony. "amazing" photography. Thanks a lot

Posted by rock sample August 9, 08 06:57 PM
805.

Has to be the greatest man made spectacle of all time and probably for a long time to come.

Posted by Neville Dukes August 9, 08 07:04 PM
806.

awesome, the pics are great! makes me feel as if i'm there, thank you, plus i can keep them for many great memories. watching it all day, can't wait until tonight, go usa and japan. GOD bless all athletes and spectators during this blessed occasion. thanks again!

Posted by carol iowa August 9, 08 07:07 PM
807.

the opening was great!!!! How i wish i was there personally... You took a picture perfectly.

Posted by Mae August 9, 08 07:08 PM
808.

If this is a history lesson (as stage show) did they include anything at the end regarding the genocide they are funding in Darfur? 400,000 dead bodies lit with LEDs would make a lovely platform for the mass rape reenactment. Cap it off with modern dance interpretation of being burned alive and it would be quite a show.

Posted by larue August 9, 08 07:22 PM
809.

it's absolutely stunning, both the photos that you've posted the the live telecast that i caught!
Director Zhang Yi Mou is really awesome!
all of the performances left me gaping..

Posted by jayne k August 9, 08 07:24 PM
810.

Love it! One world! One dream! So dreamy! Those murmuring about "human right", "freedom", could you let them go for a second and enjoy life? Thank chinese!

Posted by Nancy August 9, 08 07:24 PM
811.

Hiiiiiiiiiiii very niceIT WAS VERY AMAZING PICTURE & SHOW INCREDIBLE AND GREAT CHINA

Posted by vamiq August 9, 08 07:30 PM
812.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...

Posted by Liv August 9, 08 07:37 PM
813.

these incredible photographs and the ceremony itself have me yearning for unity on our planet. hope that peace may find each of us through hard work, common ground, respect for earth our and fellowship with one another.

Posted by Reese August 9, 08 07:43 PM
814.

Best opening ever in history
next year london is going to do the olympics there opening wont measure up to beijing ps they rocked

Posted by george August 9, 08 07:48 PM
815.

It was a good a good opening ceremony,and watching it has left me speechless and awestruck. Just unbelievable how well it was choreographed and executed.
TOM@premo.com } http://tom.premo.com

Posted by TOM Premo August 9, 08 07:49 PM
816.

From Hawaii in the middle of the pacific, and as a Hawaiian/Chinese decendent...im so proud of my Chinese heritage. It was so perfectly showcased at the open ceremonies....something that all other hosting countries should follow when hosting the games....it was SPECTACULAR! As amazing as this was..i can only imagine what the closing games will be like.

aloha

Posted by G August 9, 08 07:54 PM
817.

I am a Chinese in US. I am proud of China. The great Opening ceremony!!!!!!!
I got up at 6am that day for watch it on live. But because of NBC. I can;t even watch it on internet. My classmates, they sent the picture for me. I was really excited! It was a dream of our Chinese for many years. That night was the night of China.
Let China goes to world, let world knows China.
Xie Xie (Thank you)
Forgive my bad English. I am learning English. If you want to help me
This is my e-mail address: azasaaa@163.com
ÎÒ°®Öйú£¡£¨I love China!)

Posted by Xiaohe Li August 9, 08 08:02 PM
818.

This is the best.

Posted by Florence P. Wong August 9, 08 08:04 PM
819.

Beautiful. Educational. Brilliant. Such talent. China's greatest resource is clearly its people. 15,000 hard working showmen. $40 billion dollars spent to get ready for this event. 'Couldn't take my eyes off the tv screen. Impressionable.

Posted by Sandra August 9, 08 08:04 PM
820.

China did not win the bid to host this year's Olympic for no reason, the world did

not applaud for the pageantry and prodigy of the opening ceremony for no reason.

Let's just open our eyes and enjoy the fun of the games, let's just open our mind

and accept a brand new China and share with it the very One World, One Dream.

Either way, you've captured the very essence of the spirit of the Olympics!

Posted by Betty Chen August 9, 08 08:11 PM
821.

To the people who shout "free Tibet".
Before the chinese arrived all the people of tibet was slaves of monks and a bunch of rich aristocracy.
Ask the Dalai Lama if you don't belive me.

Posted by H3lt3rsk3lt3r August 9, 08 08:14 PM
822.

Regarding to 734's comment...

Usually when I read the negative comments of others, I do not bother to argue because they do not have any viable input or explanation to why they feel negatively towards anything. However, I think 734's argument has a good point and has legit reasoning. Before making any judgments, we should think what is the purpose? Like most people in here say, every country has their problems. There's an appropriate time and place to address political issues and these issues shouldn't be addressed in the Olympics, especially at a country that is hosting the event. To put down a country for hosting the 2008 Olympics because of political issues is just plain ridiculous. The Olympics is a time where nations come together and represent unity. We should not get in between that. I think the Chinese did an excellent job showing nations their culture and creativity. To say that I did not like the spectacle because of the political issues would be stupid. Again, there is a time and place for this, not during the Olympics. I believe people should make comments based on the ceremony itself and not turn it into a political issue.

Posted by William Tran August 9, 08 08:17 PM
823.

China is the last country on Earth (barring Myanmar) that deserved to be selected to host the Olympics. Shame the IOC didn't wait until the Chinese authorities learned to behave in a civilized fashion towards *all* of their people.

Spectacular display however albeit the soulless regimentation comes over as a bit creepy. I wonder how many WalMart sweatshop workers got to see it?

Posted by Nik Green August 9, 08 08:24 PM
824.

Awesome photos!

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 08:26 PM
825.

Mechanisms of a Communist society. I bet those people would LOVE a little freedom. they be even better.

Posted by Nasa Brain August 9, 08 08:50 PM
826.

Re: 823

You, sir, sound like a complete ignorant red-neck.

"...behave in civilized fashion towards *all* of their people." Oh such grand vision of Utopia. Perhaps, pray tell which nation on this planet fits such description of yours to host this sporting event?

You wonder about sweatshop workers? Well, maybe you should call the Walmart hot-line and ask when they placed orders to these 'sweatshops', did they (really) give a care on holidays / rest time (and not just covering their butts from lawyers)? Or no, because they are a capitalistic entity, and their customers, oh, that's you?, will only buy things at $0.99 instead of paying for the absurd price of $1.50. So ub in order to keep their profit margin of a few mills a quarter, they can't pay more to these 'sweatshops'... yeah, a bit creepy to hear someone complaining a government regime has to do with 'sweatshops' playing to the rules of capitalism.

Great reasoning and understanding of the world, of China, and even what Olympic is about... *sarcasm*

ie. FYI, modern Olympic being a gathering of sports competition, in spirits of sportsmanship and hoping to promote gathering and understanding between nations. So, understand before you make yourself sound like a hill-billy.

Posted by Larry August 9, 08 09:00 PM
827.

it's wonderful ...

Posted by birfazla.com August 9, 08 09:01 PM
828.

to 734's comment...

then just dont watch, who cares
it`s reallt funny to see someone who hardly knows China makes such comments when I as a Chinese think the government is doing fine

Posted by Haowen August 9, 08 09:03 PM
829.

The opening ceremony was spectacular. The Chinese people really have something to be proud of. Also, the rise in standard of living for the average Chinese over the past decade has been impressive as well... although not as impressive as the improvements that should be made in the coming decade. Hopefully foreign powers do not work too hard to undermine the livelihoods of Chinese citizens.

Posted by SColbert August 9, 08 09:05 PM
830.

I love all the pictures shown.. Congratulation to the photographer!!

I agree with William Tran on posting no 822.

Posted by Fariz Ramli August 9, 08 09:08 PM
831.

Pictures cannot possibly have done these ceremonies justice. Even the television could not have possibly expressed just how awe inspiring these performances were. I wish I could have been there. The entire thing was breath takingly beautiful to watch. Absolutely amazing.

Posted by Rebekah Taylor August 9, 08 09:13 PM
832.

where can we view the full opening of the Olympics in Bejing?

Posted by Santa Barbara Cam August 9, 08 09:14 PM
833.

Thank you for the photo's... I was looking for a video and found you first..I am sad to read some of the trash posted to this site. A tribute to a beautiful event.. and such ugly talk .. Shame on those , and Thank you # 820 and # 822

Posted by Florida Sue August 9, 08 09:18 PM
834.

Regarding 734's comment...

Since the author agree Olympics is no related with politics, you should not blame any polical issue here. Anymore, since the author hasn't visited China personally, how can the author make sure that f the news you read is the whole picture of China or not. I'm curious that why the author would like to relate the Olympics with politics without any investigation in advance.

Posted by Huaming August 9, 08 09:18 PM
835.

watched it here in massachusetts hope the will be a video available to purchase of the 2008 olympics and ceremony would love to watch it again and again it was spectacular

Posted by theresa August 9, 08 09:23 PM
836.

Wow, not a single Latino, White or Black face in the ceremony. Is diversity a strength, as so many pandering politicians parrot as often as possible? Or is it a neutral? Ask the Chinese. Would the opening ceremony in Beijing have been better if every single performer didn't look just like every other?

Posted by Tom Mannis August 9, 08 09:24 PM
837.

Espectacular...! Gran Inauguración. Hermosas Fotografias.

Todas las fotos estan bien logradas realmente son hermosas !
Desde Colombia muy feliz por la belleza e impecable desempeño de los actos de inauguración de los juegos Olimpicos 2008 en Beijing.

Thank you.

Posted by JChimento August 9, 08 09:24 PM
838.

Five thousand years history and culture...

Posted by Jane Zheng August 9, 08 09:29 PM
839.

China is the last country on Earth (barring Myanmar) that deserved to be selected to host the Olympics. Shame the IOC didn't wait until the Chinese authorities learned to behave in a civilized fashion towards *all* of their people.

Spectacular display however albeit the soulless regimentation comes over as a bit creepy. I wonder how many WalMart sweatshop workers got to see it?
Posted by Nik Green August 9, 08 08:24 PM

Your words shows that you are still one of those brain-washed. Do you still live in the cold war Era? What is "civilized fashion", Cannot a country that has been lasting for over 1000 years chose it's own way? Shut your mouth if you don't know how to think rationaly.

Posted by Eric August 9, 08 09:30 PM
840.

holy moly!
it was great!

Posted by bill August 9, 08 09:32 PM
841.

You are BRILLIANT! Beautiful pictures! Absolutely gorgeous!

Posted by Albert R² August 9, 08 09:36 PM
842.

I am an ordinary Chinese, I do not understand English, saw simply through the translation software your commentary, please correct comprehensively regard China, including ours birth control policy.

Posted by ¶­ÈºÎ° August 9, 08 09:39 PM
843.

Thanks for showing these amazing photographies to the people all around the world!!! I am from China and now studying in Japan. After living abroad for one year
I am so happy and enjoy life there in Japan where the Chinese and Japanese students being friends studying and living together.
Isn't it an new era of harmony
Thanks for the wonderful photographies again and also Congratulation to China!!!!

Posted by Feng Chencen August 9, 08 09:45 PM
844.

dun know what to says...................

so great!

Posted by ungumuda August 9, 08 09:46 PM
845.

No words, speechless, pitch perfect critical acclaim captures. brilliant work :)
the best olympic opening ceremony ever and will be. stunning.

Posted by Deborah August 9, 08 09:48 PM
846.

Thank you for the photos,
and thank you for the true China.

WE LOVE OUR MOTHER COUNTRY - CHINA FOREVER.

Posted by Lora.BiT August 9, 08 09:50 PM
847.

I hope all you people will remember the love you gave this host nation when their pollution changes your climate melts the caps up north, floods your lowland and make your farmland arid. Those 16 of the world top 20 polluted cities are also changing the world right now. While enjoying the great show China put forth, pressuring their people to change their government is also necessary. Hopefully, their middle class will appreciate human rights and clean air when more of the outside world is open to them.

Posted by gregory August 9, 08 10:01 PM
848.

You know that Chinese government spent 400 Bilion $ on Olympic 2008, because the communist party wanted to use Olympic as a tool to show off their political success over China. The governemt can spend the people's tax at their own will without any tax payer's permission. Of couse, no body has the right to express their dissastisfaction since they don't have voting rights at all.

Posted by John August 9, 08 10:01 PM
849.

What a spectacular show!!!!!!!!!!!!The GREATEST olympic opening EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I watched it, I enjoyed it, my pores rose, I cried. The Chinese people are really innovative. Those structures...WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Incredible. (I'm still in awe.)

Posted by yanie August 9, 08 10:02 PM
850.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. BEAUTIFUL AND MOST INTERESTING.

Posted by FLO PALMER August 9, 08 10:05 PM
851.

I'm impressed with the unity and showmanship demonstrated by the performers. Regardless of the conditions of the general population of China at this time, the sense of pride and professionalism individually and as a group with the whole world in audience is remarkable. Wonder how many other countries could pull it off in that magnitude. This shows the Chinese wish to be recognized on international level. This small step will open doors for future generations. History in the making. Only wish I could have been there!

Posted by Paula August 9, 08 10:06 PM
852.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. BEAUTIFUL AND MOST INTERESTING.

Posted by FLO PALMER August 9, 08 10:09 PM
853.

As a Chinese, I do think that there has been an evil force on the Earth that tries to make people to hate each other. but what is shown here, by the great effort of Chinese, is to promote peace. Westerners and orientals should be good friends and never believe those warmongering propaganda. In a modern society like we currently have, all humen beings should have no fear of hunger, war and shortage of resources. Even there is 'dictatorship'. The word 'dictatorship is all man-made word to make people hate each other. This supposed to be the best era of himan being but sadly, there is stil war going on.

I do not believer that most westerners are rich. i think that small portions of Westerners are getting richer and most of them are become poorer. this has nothing to do with Chinese.
Regarding Tibet, if Westerners try to make others believe that you love Tibetans better than the Chinese do, you made the best joke.
As a Chinese, let me say, welcome friends. Welcome to Beijing. We love you.

Posted by inadena August 9, 08 10:09 PM
854.

Story from Reuters:

Rights group Amnesty International slammed China for failing to honor its Olympic human rights pledges in a report summarizing Beijing's "deteriorating" record over the past seven years.

With just over a week to go before the Games kick off in Beijing's bird's nest stadium on August 8, Amnesty on Tuesday gave a scathing assessment of China's track record since 2001, when it won the right to host the 2008 Olympics amid pledges to improve its human rights performance in line with Olympic ideals.

"There has been no progress towards fulfilling these promises, only continued deterioration," said Amnesty in the report, titled "The Olympics countdown - broken promises."

"The authorities have used the Olympic Games as pretext to continue, and in some respects, intensify existing policies and practices which have led to serious and widespread violations of human rights," it said in the report released in Hong Kong.

Related
Beijing Cites Numerous Olympic ThreatsGizmos to Make It up Close and Personal at GamesWATCH: 'Gray-jing' Smog Covers China's Capital Amnesty said Chinese authorities had targeted human rights defenders, journalists and lawyers to "silence dissent" ahead of the Games, jailing the likes of Hu Jia, Ye Guozhu and Yang Chunlin and often intimidating their families.

"China really needs to be releasing human rights activists, in order to be showing it's following through with its promises," said Mark Allison, a China researcher for Amnesty in Hong Kong.


The International Olympic Committee was also blamed for failing to put more pressure on China and for "sending a message that it is acceptable for a government to host the Olympic Games in an atmosphere characterized by repression and persecution."

The spring unrest in Tibet and subsequent crackdown was highlighted as an instance of China overstepping its bounds in persecuting people without charge, and of shutting out foreign reporters in violation of its promise to grant full media freedoms for foreign journalists in the run-up to the Games.

Sichuan's earthquake was also cited as a lost opportunity, with the initial climate of media openness later strangled off amid tightened controls as reporters probed official corruption.

Posted by Jay Hale August 9, 08 10:10 PM
855.

Come to China and you will know what real China is.

Seeing is believing.

I'm proud of my country.

Posted by Fazi Lv, from China August 9, 08 10:10 PM
856.

It's awesome!

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 10:10 PM
857.

A twisted dictatorship....

Posted by eric sampson August 9, 08 10:12 PM
858.

i was completely awed by the maginificance of the opening ceremony. I lived in china and the chinese are not the people potrayed by the western media. I think china did a maginificent job and they have the right to take pride in the hardwork, sacrifice and dedication they put into it. I believe that people do not have the right to critisize them . Their culture, history and contribution in terms of science and inventions should be acknowledged and i beleve it should not be destroyed or misconceived by the media. They've come a long way and are still in the progress of getting better.
congrats to china

Posted by brenda August 9, 08 10:13 PM
859.


Absolutely stunning pics of an absolutely stunning event. Thanks to the photographers and the paper and to the person who sent me the link, here in Melbourne, Australia.

Posted by Patricia Morley-Brown August 9, 08 10:17 PM
860.

I search for big photo a long time.
Thanks for share
they're very beautiful.
This Olympic opening is great

Posted by lanhuong August 9, 08 10:20 PM
861.

John: Not every country is democratic. In fact, only 50-60~ of them are. To each their own regime.

The show looks spectacular! That's some wonderful culture and heritage! Beautiful photography/captions as well!

Posted by SR August 9, 08 10:26 PM
862.

Unfortunately I had to work while this was going on, but first thing I checked was 'the Big Picture' I will check 'youtube' next, amazing photos here like always, anti american sentiment like always, lets give credit where credit is due, they did a great job, who cares how they did it, they did it 10 times better than any country ever has done before, human atrocities happen everywhere and we can't all afford to have our clothes made in Italy or in any well faring country so get off your high bloody horse and look around. This isn't about politics, this is the game and we have all been ousted, Ow!

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 10:27 PM
863.

China once led the world for 4000 years.

There is no need for China to explain to those who are brainwashed by western media.
China is now soaring fast. From now, it will take less than 40 years for China to be at the top again.

Wait and see.

Posted by michael August 9, 08 10:29 PM
864.

india and china host more than 2 billion people ......... though the west looks us in different angle, forgetting all the best things, remember India's middle class populaiton is more than Americas total population, their standard of living is equal or more than way the american people lives. We are working hard towards to fillup the gap between the rich and poor, it takes time.......... we have poverty even in richy rich countries like america............ be always open minded when you critcize others... thinking abt the way the people live in another corner of the world, without looking at the guys live in next door is something that west has to change...............guys your next door guy may need your assistance......................... just take care of them.......thanks.:)

Posted by sumesh August 9, 08 10:36 PM
865.

Oh come, on lets not spoil the party with those nasty comments.

Awesome display!

Well done China!

Posted by tch August 9, 08 10:48 PM
866.

Yes, spectacular.
Yes, amazing artistry and skill,
And yes, I still agree with #48, and ponder if probably #849 is true.
The last photo was a very meaningful inclusion.
May we all wake up,
See, tell, and demand the truth,
and Love.

Posted by WakeUpPlease August 9, 08 10:50 PM
867.

You know that Chinese government spent 400 Bilion $ on Olympic 2008, because the communist party wanted to use Olympic as a tool to show off their political success over China. The governemt can spend the people's tax at their own will without any tax payer's permission. Of couse, no body has the right to express their dissastisfaction since they don't have voting rights at all.

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I can`t agree with your comment

Posted by Sandy August 9, 08 10:57 PM
868.

Awesome! These images are wonderful. Any chance you can post what cameras/lenses were used by the photographers?
Thanks for sharing! :)

Posted by Jane in CA August 9, 08 10:59 PM
869.

These are the most fantastic emotional photography I have come across. These should be entered into the Times, National Photo Contests.

Posted by Beverly Barteau August 9, 08 11:03 PM
870.

Welcome to Beijing ad welcome to China!
You will see the truth!
I like to live in China,and proud to be a Chinese£¡
I hope one day eveyone on earth can heart to heart in peace and harmony£¡

Posted by Zmy From China August 9, 08 11:05 PM
871.

Am I the only one who finds the hundreds of one line comments here from obviously phony names a little dubious?

Posted by Hadley Rille August 9, 08 11:14 PM
872.

Eric sampson: First, Chinese People have finished a great achievement towards the World and they have put great efforts on it to approve they are not the one which the western media proclaim.

then, Eric sampson is masked with the eyepatch. You do not know China indeed and I suggest you'd better go to China once time.

Posted by Anonymous August 9, 08 11:29 PM
873.

Amazing, Stunning pictures

Posted by Vikas Gupta August 9, 08 11:36 PM
874.

#871 - yes

Posted by Conner August 9, 08 11:37 PM
875.

The images are great, no doubt about it.. but no matter how great a picture China makes the Olympics look like, they still screw Tibet around each and every day..

Posted by mark August 9, 08 11:41 PM
876.

For those of you who NEVER been to China before, I just wanna say, stop being so arrogant and judgemental. Slowly but surely, the country is rising to greatness.
Come to China and see for yourself. You'll find out there's so much more to see, and I don't mean just about the amazing show last night.

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Posted by Audrey August 9, 08 11:43 PM
877.

so many snobs here
how much do you know about the politics??
Not only god will laugh when snobs "think",i will do the same

Posted by Adams Pros August 9, 08 11:47 PM
878.

You know that Chinese government spent 400 Bilion $ on Olympic 2008, because the communist party wanted to use Olympic as a tool to show off their political success over China. The governemt can spend the people's tax at their own will without any tax payer's permission. Of couse, no body has the right to express their dissastisfaction since they don't have voting rights at all.
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The US government can waste their people's tax in Iraqi War....Now, most of the people in US are against the Iraqi War, but did your government withdraw the troops?
99% Chinese people support the Beijing Olympics and are willing to spend tax on Olympics

Posted by Cherish August 9, 08 11:52 PM
879.

"China is the last country on Earth (barring Myanmar) that deserved to be selected to host the Olympics. Shame the IOC didn't wait until the Chinese authorities learned to behave in a civilized fashion towards *all* of their people.

Spectacular display however albeit the soulless regimentation comes over as a bit creepy. I wonder how many WalMart sweatshop workers got to see it?"

Just wondered whether "Nik Green" has ever been to China and seen for him/herself? If all the Chinese people standing for their country is understandable, how about the expats from the West living in China also supporting China?

The argument of sweatshop is all so out of date, if I remember correctly, that was already in use many years ago - which was more generated by people who lived well in the West and considered all people living in developing countries, who obviously would have been below them and working in less conditions as sweatshop (so to show their supremacy), totally ignoring that country's average living standard and working conditions.

The latest one seems to be Tibet, not surprisingly seeing some here. Just like "larry"/800 said, did any of these commentors know anything about how long and why Tibet became part of China? Did they know in what conditions and cruel rule (still in slavery) the Tibetan people lived under the Dalai Lama?

And for those so called Hollywood big stars also supporting Tibetan causes, I would not only ask them to look at the history of Tibet and its horrid rule under the Dalai Lama, but also to just take a look at Hawaii and see when and how Hawaii, an island with natives more Pacific than anything American, became part of America? Sort out your own country first before lunging at others.

Posted by Hope the world a better place August 10, 08 12:04 AM
880.

So cool ~

Posted by eA7Y August 10, 08 12:07 AM
881.

the last photo is not true. it's show a poor china
I like to live in China,and proud to be a Chinese

Posted by yyl china August 10, 08 12:10 AM
882.

so nice, thanks a lot

Posted by Saghar August 10, 08 12:11 AM
883.

BOMBASTIC! AWESOME pix! Spectacular! can i post these pix on my page? ;-)) T.Y.

Posted by kim August 10, 08 12:12 AM
884.

SO Proud to be Chinese. I currently lives in Toronto Canada, thank god Beijing won 2008 olympic game hosting city, Toronto can't afford to offer a manificent show like this in Beijing. This show should win 2009 Oscar Award the "Show of the Year 2008" award if they consider to add a special recongition for this. Best Wishes to Everyone....

Posted by a Canadian Chinese August 10, 08 12:13 AM
885.

outstanding job beijing -- be proud!!!!
peace and love to all participants and their families
regardless of their nationalities, religious beliefs, or political views

Posted by unconditional luv from california August 10, 08 12:14 AM
886.

nice pictures! rockkkkkkkkkkk onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by sophia lopez August 10, 08 12:17 AM
887.

i am a neighour of china and proud of the great patriotic chinese

Posted by rishi kumar mittal August 10, 08 12:26 AM
888.

good job!

Posted by Sun August 10, 08 12:26 AM
889.

Spectacular photos collection from Getty Image. Awesome jobs from these photographers. Excellent jobs form the performers. Good job. China!!!

Posted by zp August 10, 08 12:26 AM
890.

very good photos ,thank you.

Posted by danny August 10, 08 12:34 AM
891.

#263 "--------you have the right to keep yourself away from any Made-in-China goods and I strongly encourage you to do so. If you can't do that, just shut your mouth up."

hear hear!

I don't understand why some people are SO NARROW MINDED. You look at all the faults of China and point them out, but you never mention the good things about that country. Why don't you examine your own faults before accusing someone else? Everyone/every country always has a few problems. China's still developing. It'll get better.
Plus, China put a huge effort into making this opening ceremony spectacular. Why not just appreciate it? Don't try to tell me that it wasn't impressive. IT WAS, and you know it.
And who the hell cares if China`s communist or not? The people who live there are proud of their country.

I totally agree with #853 (Look how proud he/she is!) and #823. Why mix politics into the Olympics, an event that brings the entire world together? The Olympics is all about the whole "one world, one dream" concept!

Posted by Angela August 10, 08 12:36 AM
892.

I am a chinese and a member of the new generation born after 1980's. I was born
in Guizhou province that is in the west of China and now working and location in Beijing.

Thanks for all of you that focus on Olypic-games in Beijing and China no matter your
comment is nice or some criticism. I think anything is better than nothing.

For the new generation of China, we don't expericence any wars , we grow up in a very peaceful enviroment.
We learn the chinese culture and the English at the same time. I like to have the fried chichen in the MCdonald
and KFC. I like American film very much and the "Mitrix" "Transformers" "Ture lies" "Spider man" "Super man",
"back to future", "x-series" and many many films give me much joy.

As a young people, I think I don't have a totaly right-view on the whole world, but I want to explain my own points
and expect some American can understand China better because I think American and China are two of the most greate countries in the world

China has at least 3000 years history that recorded in books. And acient China is very powerful and strong as you
known. But is comedown 200 hundreds years ago when the first&second industry revolution is coming.
So not like America, a country set up on a new land by peoples come from many countries. Chinese live in this land
with longer time.

So , like the architect of anything others, America is a brand new country in the world, people came from many many
countries and there is no local power before, they need to help others to get the self security. That is the
MayFlowerCompact that the basis of the American spirit. So the American set up a new architecture of America even
different from the Britain, Japan and many other most powerful contry in the world.

But to do this is something difficult for China, Why, I think it has something with the history inertia. Every thing has the inertia proved by Newton and in my
opition, so is the history. Chinese has its own problems and it's very very complex to explain all of them for
you. Yes, We need the total democracy (say truely, we already have many many human rights here, but maybe we don't
have the totally free right on the political-selection and free speech) but it's better to do it step-by-step,
basis on the ecnomic and improvement in the democracy conception. And I think it's better to develop it by the
ourself, by Chinese-self.

I think everything need even it's better even need some time to get, for example, there is no state to setup the national medical care at the same time
the state is set up. I am not sure, but I remember that Amercan have it in 1932 and in recent years Chinese have the
national medical care system. I want to say that we are devloping in the human-rights and we need time to complete
it and so is American.

My english is not good and I hardly to explain all my points in English. But I have experienced some events when I was overseas.

My friends and me have a french friend coming from Paris. We invite him to have many dishes in China and all of us
enjoy it including the french friend and he love china very much and now he is in a travel in Xi'an , Da'Tong, Luo'yang
, Dun'Huang that are very famouse acient cities in China.

Last month, I go to Paris , to say my friend's hometown. But some bad things frustrated me.

When I running around the Cergy's Mecurre Hotel, a young whilte people abuse at me with his middle finger. When I
ask a poliman in the street where can I found the metro, he indicate a path but when I get into the path, there is
no metro but a big parking lot with 6 floors around the paris opera . When I shopping and ask the man wether it can be cheaper, he said"
it's not made in China, why cheaper?".

Say truely, most french I meet are friendly especially the old-man, the young-girl and the black french. But I feel bad
when I meet the cases. In china, my friends and I always show kind to the people come from the other contries.

So I think there is much thing to do to improve the relation between different cultures and states. And the new generation have more responsibility for it because we have much more education than our parents.

For China's future, I have the confident that china will be better because most of young guys like me expected it, as the old-lay said in the
end of "matrix", we are not sure, but we believe it.

The last, welcome to China, a total different country from the western world.

Posted by liu wei August 10, 08 12:42 AM
893.

Great pictures! Wish i was there to see it live..... the ceremony was spectacular! One of the best i've ever seen! Now the pressure is on the next host-country! How do you surpass that? Goodluck!

Posted by Melvin of Dubai, UAE August 10, 08 12:43 AM
894.

It's astounding that this post got 876 comments. This has more feedbacks than i any other posts I have seen. Amazing. Outstanding pictures. I think the people in this site are catching the Spirit of the Olympics really well.

Yes, Free Tibet!

The PLA free Tibetans from slavery in the 1950's, but their minds are not still free. They are still slave to Tibetan Lamaism masquerade as Buddhism.

Free Tibet! Save the Tibetan!

I have never been more proud as a Chinese.

Posted by mike August 10, 08 12:53 AM
895.

I missed seeing it on television and forgot to tape it. Will the opening ceremony be re -broad cast?

Posted by sandy ferguson August 10, 08 12:54 AM
896.

Woooow! spectacular!

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 12:57 AM
897.

Yes, the last photo is real, but if you think this shows the living condition of the "real" Chinese,that's your problem, not Chinese guys.

400 billion for a game? It's not held in Mars. For seven-year's construction in such a big city, this is just a beginning.

Most important, I see the hope from the children's smiling faces.

Thanks for the photos.

Posted by Tom August 10, 08 01:01 AM
898.

Spectacular opening ceremony! I was completely blown away by the whole performance, and one of the highlights for me were all the performances on-around the scroll. The costumes were so gorgeous, the performers so brilliantly synchronised, just wow!

Thank you very much for sharing such amazing shots of the ceremony in this article! Definitely saving them!

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Posted by Flick August 10, 08 01:12 AM
899.

amazing clips...............we wish all the best to INDIA

Posted by NISHTHA.GARIMA ,ARPITA August 10, 08 01:18 AM
900.

Most of the feedback are appreciative and the eulogy are top grade. However, I wonder how many viewers do know the cultural heritage of the opening ceremony which used basic traditions of the four treasures of the brush studio, ink, paper, slade, and brush and also the painting scroll format which used live human performers to illustrative the Chinese art as well as mixing drumming with percussions and thousand of human forms to make the matrix of patterns and illustrating classical ceremonies and bring into the astronaught concept of the modern era, allowing humans to float outside the globe as well as to fly and ignite the Olympic torch and also the use of hands to signify the peace symbol of flying piegons for the world. The graphic should be recorded as another creative epic.

Posted by K F CHOY from Hong Kong August 10, 08 01:37 AM
901.

to 494:

How do you know what I know and what I don't know?

looks like I hit a nerve there.

Posted by carlos August 10, 08 01:40 AM
902.

I'm Chinese and I just wanna say that the ceremony sucks! Zhang isn't very good at capturing the essence of our great culture to present to the world, but he surely finds a good way to squander our money. Just think about it, the Sichuan people are still suffering but they seems very happy to show how much we concern about the Olympic and how China really is different from the past. There are still many people who live in poverty, if they could spend more money on them and less money on the opening, that would make a more impressive Olympic. When I watched the ceremony, I feeled violated by Zhang's portray!

Posted by aceilete August 10, 08 01:46 AM
903.

Reminds me of the famous "Achievement" poster:

"You can do anything you set your mind to when you have vision, determination, and an endless supply of expendable labor."

Posted by Jon August 10, 08 01:47 AM
904.

the photos are AWSOME! i think one of the contries that have a very interesting history and culture i this one of the top 5 is China!!!
Love 4m E=.3

Posted by Nikki August 10, 08 01:47 AM
905.

My dearest friends,

No matter who you are, not matter where you are ,no matter what kind of attitude you hold for or against China. I sincerely welcome you to China. Take a look by yourself , but not through the media. It may not be as great as you thought, and it also may not be as terrible as you though. Don't mind what regime it is now, just come to take a look at the people, the way they live, their culture and their smile. Maybe you will find they are just the same as the person next door.

Thanks for the comments from Amerians, Indians, Spanishes..... I hope I can tell where you are from from your name, but I can't, about the opening ceremony. Frankly, as a Chinese I am also deeply touched by it, it is gorgeous. I hope it open a window to you, my foreign friends, and you may like to see more about this ancient country, then pls do come to China. You are welcome here!

Posted by Jianfeng August 10, 08 01:49 AM
906.

man, from where did you get such photos? could u please show us more? thx.

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 01:56 AM
907.

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Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 02:04 AM
908.

nice very nice
Great pictures!
unbelivable, unforgetable moment,
Thanks for the photos

I missed seeing it on television and forgot to tape it. Will the opening ceremony be re -broad cast?

Posted by sachin August 10, 08 02:07 AM
909.

one world one dream~~
everyone should know this~~
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Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 02:13 AM
910.

The most life affirming TV viewing since the moonshot.

Posted by Barry Behrstock MD August 10, 08 02:14 AM
911.

snoicbbs visitor.thank u,my friend.

Posted by À¶É«Ëæ·ç August 10, 08 02:14 AM
912.

Wonderful photos!Thanks for the thotographer!

Posted by R.Lee August 10, 08 02:16 AM
913.

one world one dream~~
everyone should know this~~
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Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 02:17 AM
914.

thanks for the pics
and those who have negative feelings about China should come to experience it by yourselves but not through the media

Posted by Terri August 10, 08 02:20 AM
915.

OMGSH these pictures are amazing... I would have stayed up for the opening ceremony if it wasnt on so late -.-' and so long lol ooh pwedi lights...
:D go all olympians!!! woot and cheer for your country everyone XD
woot woot!

Have a good rest of the year everyone ^.^

Posted by Casey August 10, 08 02:22 AM
916.

I am an oversea US Chinese student from Hong Kong. Just to say, I am really proud of China, and is very happy that she finally have a chance to show the world the history, knowledge and culture behind every single Chinese. Usually, a lot of people judge China and her people badly just because of communism. Also spread rumors that are so not true. They choose not to hear Chinese defending themselves. But this time, it is us who make the first move, and took the opportunity wisely. Even though the event was expensive, but I am sure it changed the image of China and its citizen in lots of people around the world. Finally, we proven that we are not so behind in technology that we can't do anything nearly as good as the US. We proved that we are not so poor that we can't host such a big event.

In the US, I faced a lot of discrimination from Americans. Some call me commie, some attack China opening in front of me without respect. I always try to defend and correct their misunderstanding. But they never really listen. During Tibet protest, one of my classmate insist that Tibet should be free because it is separated from China. He thought Tibet is somewhere in the middle of the Pacific ocean... one of my classmate is even worse. He say I will never be successful because Chinese are poor. Working for a couple cents an hour, not even earning enough to feed themselves... yeah, look where I am living right now. Even my friends from the mainland is not that poor. Most people in China are actually pretty decent in living, but of course, not rich. Sometimes, I feel hopeless for defending my country, for I am just like fighting a battle alone with no one supporting me. But this opening ceremony, it really make me feel that all those time I was defending, it's worth it.

Posted by Billwaa August 10, 08 02:25 AM
917.

Thanks for sharing. Very touching images.

-The Green Girls
http://www.thegreengirls.com/

Posted by TheGreenGirls August 10, 08 02:31 AM
918.

I watched the entire opening ceremony with my eyes popping out and goosebumps all over my arms! Zhang Yimou definitely did a wonderful, wonderful job! The visuals were jaw dropping, technology amazing, but what made it really outstanding for me was the very deep cultural and historical roots the entire thing stemmed from. Very uniquely China! I have to admit that they have one of the richest cultures in the world.

The pictures are a wonderful tribute to an awesome spectacle!

I am not Chinese, but I do love China ... and the rest of the world! Now, let's just all play games! Isn't that what Olympics is for? Peace to all!

Posted by deanne August 10, 08 02:31 AM
919.

pleas send picture of olympic for me

Posted by ebrahim August 10, 08 02:36 AM
920.

The greatest and ever seen photos of the Olympics opening ceremony and the clarity of the picture was so high Over all it was amazing

Posted by Fawaz786 August 10, 08 02:43 AM
921.

Seeing is believing.

Go to China and use your own judgement.

No one can deny the development of China.

I'm proud of China.

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 02:44 AM
922.

Amazing!!! Extraordinary. Thank you for posting!
more great pictures here
http://www.palungdham.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=4137
great! I love china


Posted by Wiroj August 10, 08 02:56 AM
923.

WELL WE HATE OLYMPICS AND WE DON'T CARE ABOUT THAT CRAP FAKE GAMES!

Posted by Michel John Allones August 10, 08 02:57 AM
924.

VISUALLY CAPTIVATING.

and for all you haters out there. SHUT IT.
This is not about human rights and all that other crap you idiots complain about.
This is about the OLYMPIC GAMES and promoting unity and sportsmanship.

you guys are just a bunch of rednecks. Like serious, how much do you REALLY know about the Chinese government and Human Rights record... so what if they spent billions of dollars on the games?.. the people are proud.
Look at how we spent TRILLIONS on the so-called war on terrorism. pfffttt.

Posted by BeeEn August 10, 08 03:04 AM
925.

it was amazing!!! thank you China for such a beautiful show.

Posted by L August 10, 08 03:20 AM
926.

v. good

Posted by PAVAN August 10, 08 03:20 AM
927.

great pictures,

but this is all a big big show off from china to the world. these large huge stadiums used to be homes for thousands of poor chinese people who are being kicked out n god knows where and in what conditions those people are living right now. the govt who is more concerned about it's image to the outside world than welfare of it's own people.

i am glad i am not a chinese citizen.

Posted by outlandish August 10, 08 03:21 AM
928.

it was amazing!!! thank you China for such a beautiful show.

Posted by L August 10, 08 03:22 AM
929.

That was fantastic! I just love it!

Posted by Ervin John R. Ortiz August 10, 08 03:31 AM
930.

the best of photo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by shery August 10, 08 03:39 AM
931.

Fantastic unbelivable, great

Posted by avivabora August 10, 08 03:40 AM
932.

´ó¼ÒºÃ,as a chinese, I'm so proud of the amazing opening ceremony. It really reflects the ancient culture and history of china. In the show ,I saw the four great inventions of ancient china, the chinese calligraphy, the core sprit of Confucius---harmony, the traditional opreas---Peking oprea and Kunqu oprea and traditional instrument---Guqin. This Guqin is called Dasheng Yiyin,it is an instrument from Tang dynasty. Every chinese enjoy the moment. Hope you,my frienfs,cheer with us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 03:41 AM
933.

My god !!
My eyes feeling big~I beleve this is just a begining!!

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 03:43 AM
934.

yeah! It´s a shame mankind takes 4 years to do something so beutifull and never learn to do beauty everyday!
While everybody celebrates this images lots of people still dies of hungry!

Go China, becomes a great country and spread more seakness around the world! More polution, children exploration and mass consume!

Let´s celebrate the beggining of the end!

Posted by soma August 10, 08 03:54 AM
935.

I'm proud of China for putting on something like this..but they could've tried using the billions of dollars they spent on this on the poor and starving insteand...

Posted by Linda August 10, 08 03:54 AM
936.

Words fails me to say how much I love the opening ceremony. It is wonderful, amazing, fantastic, historic, awesome, unforgettable, and much more. There has never been and there will never be a better one. That is how good it is.

Posted by Charles Martel August 10, 08 03:55 AM
937.

Pictures from proximity should be preserved for posterity.
Really great pictures. Kudos!

Posted by Natarajan.K. August 10, 08 04:02 AM
938.

Great China, great pictures!

Posted by Peter Chan August 10, 08 04:08 AM
939.

Well,as a Chinese,I want to tell you ,China is not as good as what the goverment say,but much better than some of you think

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 04:09 AM
940.

Words fail me to say how much I love the opening ceremony. It is wonderful, amazing, fantastic, historic, awesome, unforgettable, and much more. There has never been and there will never be a better one. That is how good it is.

Posted by Charles Martel August 10, 08 04:11 AM
941.

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Posted by shankarbabu August 10, 08 04:14 AM
942.

cool....... very beautiful and spectacular !!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by sasi August 10, 08 04:21 AM
943.

thank you, to the photographers and this site for showing the world china enjoying the fruit of its labours. it is what the entire world needs to see.

Posted by jj August 10, 08 04:25 AM
944.

I am a chinese,the beijing olympics openning ceremony is so great, we have created the new history of olympics!

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 04:32 AM
945.

I like it so much.I have no words for this great ceremony.
IT'S A..W........E......S.....O.........M...........................E.
THANKS FOR THESE PHOTOS

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946.

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Posted by bear August 10, 08 04:37 AM
947.

60 years ago China was almost ruined by war, and It wasted 30 years because of government¡¯s wrong move. 30 years from nothing to this, just imagine how hard it would be ok? What more do we want? Of course china has many problems and will be facing more of them, but all they need is time. Don¡¯t be so mean to others, if u don¡¯t other people treat you in the same way.

Posted by rach August 10, 08 04:43 AM
948.

Amazing photos

Posted by Fabio Santos August 10, 08 04:43 AM
949.

Yup, gotta have something pretty spectacular to distract the world from the human rights atrocities going on... still it was spectactular, and these photos capture it superbly as expected from this site. thanks

Posted by loz f August 10, 08 04:46 AM
950.

Such an advanced performers. Kenya would take 50 years to prepare for such an event. I dont despise Kenya but that is the truth. Bravo Beijing !!!

Posted by Job August 10, 08 04:47 AM
951.

The Opening Ceremony was the BEST ever. I enjoyed every minute of it :)

Posted by Thomas Walton August 10, 08 04:48 AM
952.

Words fail me to say how much I love the opening ceremony. It is wonderful, amazing, fantastic, historic, awesome, unforgettable, and much more. There has never been and there will never be a better one. That is how good it is.

Posted by Charles Martel August 10, 08 04:50 AM
953.

great i watched on tv but this is much better

Posted by bob August 10, 08 04:50 AM
954.

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Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 05:04 AM
955.

beautiful

Posted by D.Sandhu August 10, 08 05:06 AM
956.

wonderful marvelous 4excelent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by tanveer August 10, 08 05:07 AM
957.

thanks you very much for posting these. they were so useful for the ones who didn't see the opening. thank you!

Posted by ishan August 10, 08 05:20 AM
958.

beautiful

Posted by D.Sandhu August 10, 08 05:33 AM
959.

#894 is really so suck!!! Not a single Chinese will feel any presure of the sprit in China. We are free. free to live ,free to think. Only TRAITOR and ROGUE would say these words
Hi ,guys.I am telling you the true in China ,You are treated by medias. In China every Minority people will benifit more from the politics than people of Han.

Posted by Pround to be Chinese August 10, 08 05:47 AM
960.

To theresa
"Wow, not a single Latino, White or Black face in the ceremony. Is diversity a strength, as so many pandering politicians parrot as often as possible? Or is it a neutral? Ask the Chinese. Would the opening ceremony in Beijing have been better if every single performer didn't look just like every other?"
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this isn't Canada or Us, etc.The country has THOUSANDs of years of history where the more diverse countries are less than 300 years old. The purpoe of the ceremony was to show the CHINESE culture.Thats why in the middle, they had the diversity, ther were mongolians, koreans, and europeans. And saying that all performers look alike is a very insensitive thing to say. I can tell them apart. ts just that you are not of that ethnicity so they appear similar. When I look at non asian ethnicities, I think all of them look alike.

Posted by April August 10, 08 05:51 AM
961.

wooooowh.....exellent pics.......fatastic,nd cool.....CNGRT CHINAAAAA...

Posted by rahman chemnad August 10, 08 05:53 AM
962.

I hope the billions of audience know how many tens of thousands of people suffered because of these Olympics? Because of the coming out party that benefit mainly the social elite? Better enjoy it I say.

The Chinese ppl are awesome and nationalism is the opium that drives their pride in their system. So happy to see the pride on their faces as they perform. The government and the means to achieve this spectacle is nothing to applaud though. I am chinese...and I hope for a better future for the Chinese people. Good to see posts like 892.

Posted by gregory August 10, 08 05:54 AM
963.

Welldone Chinese !

Proud of what you guys contributed to the world's civilization..

come on guys, lets enjoy the olympic games..no politic comiment needed unless barrack obama himself want to give a comment.

Posted by john - Indonesia August 10, 08 06:01 AM
964.

Indeed The most ever seen Olympic Show.. Art, Innovations...Thanks Chinese.. I hope those are opposing China policy understand the privacy of 1 Billion population Country. Those who are caring about freedom, its there moving slowly in GREAT CHINA.

Posted by Mohamed Siddeeq- From SUDAN August 10, 08 06:08 AM
965.

it is stuning, mindblowing,superb

Posted by malati paswan August 10, 08 06:11 AM
966.

fantastic!
come to China! I'm sure you will find out more fantastic things.
and you would like the people there and they surely like you.

Posted by venihall August 10, 08 06:18 AM
967.

It's just been wonderful to see the Olympic designed in this nature as never before.

Posted by henry etuk August 10, 08 06:37 AM
968.

I am so proud to be one of Chinese peoples ~!
thx for all fair comments of our country ~!
welcome to China , we are ready ~!~!~!

Posted by ˜a August 10, 08 06:44 AM
969.

Incredible! How are we going to match that in four years to come!!??

Posted by Clare August 10, 08 06:47 AM
970.

Re: 894

1950s???? Try the Tang Dynasty (about 1000 years ago)... then changes due to issues within China, until recent times.

No, not 50~60 years.

Posted by Larry August 10, 08 06:53 AM
971.

Type your comment here...

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 06:57 AM
972.

Thats so great and it shows asian potential ofcourse
thanx so much.

Posted by Mohammad August 10, 08 07:01 AM
973.

Must've been shot by Canon Camera : )

Posted by Rem August 10, 08 07:06 AM
974.

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Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 07:19 AM
975.

Amzing pictures.

Posted by Ice Bing August 10, 08 07:22 AM
976.

Spectacular pictures.

Even if the last picture is showing a typical family in China, what I can see is the spirit in the children's eyes, their joy and pride after watching such an impressive ceremony hosted by their own country.

Only negative people see negative things out of such a beautiful picture.

Posted by osmond from Hong Kong August 10, 08 07:27 AM
977.

I'm chinese. Thank you very much for your appraise. ^_^ Though i'm not good at enlish, i'd like to tell you some meanings of these pictures. They're more than beautiful.
In the 1st picture, the female dancer is acting an god named Feitia in Buddhism who is good at dancing and singing. And the images of this god were painted in caves around 1600 years ago. And you can find the dress of this god is more like an Indian. Yes, the Chinese Buddhism comes from the Indian Buddhism.

Posted by joyce August 10, 08 07:29 AM
978.

Great pictures.. thanks for all the memories captured.

Posted by Tess August 10, 08 07:43 AM
979.

The photos are amazing. I was serching for the phots on the net but could find the best on this site which are so clear and morever downloadable ones. Congrats to your team. Some more of the fire works would be have been great.

Posted by Shyam Rao Ambati August 10, 08 07:57 AM
980.

FANTASTIC photo's

Posted by Dirk August 10, 08 08:05 AM
981.

so wonderful!!!!

Posted by hyh August 10, 08 08:09 AM
982.

To all who tend to inveigh China all the time:
What are you fraid of?
What you wanna prove?
Let's talk about it and solve your problem in mind.

Posted by ken August 10, 08 08:16 AM
983.

hi i m Dharmesh

Posted by Dharmesh solanki August 10, 08 08:20 AM
984.

"Even if the last picture is showing a typical family in China, what I can see is the spirit in the children's eyes, their joy and pride after watching such an impressive ceremony hosted by their own country.

Only negative people see negative things out of such a beautiful picture. "

Agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done, Chinese!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Holly August 10, 08 08:39 AM
985.

That's amazing! Thank you! Adore CHENESE PEOPLE and what they did! Great!
Thank to a whole COUNTRY!

Posted by Margarita Karki August 10, 08 08:47 AM
986.

man i wish i was there

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 08:59 AM
987.

Free Tibet!!!

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 08:59 AM
988.

Amazing opening..

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 09:04 AM
989.

I'm very proud as a Chinese!!!The opening ceremony is very very perfect!!!!

Posted by Sandy August 10, 08 09:08 AM
990.

happen to be here too....I am a Chinese college student and there are a lot of friends and students around preparing to further their study in USA. I have seen these pictures, surely fantastic. Have seen some comments ,including some prejudices, about China. well, I admit the gap between two countries could make some differences in understanding of some kind of culture,but insulting one culture using lies would just expand that gap. what is lie? Well, if you have never been to China and beijing, you are welcome and go! TO SEE IS TO BELIEVE. There is no realistic illusion in China, not even on the screen. Thanks for the people who are kind to China, you are our respected friends and guests

Posted by jachame August 10, 08 09:14 AM
991.

pls can someone sent me video

Posted by sarah August 10, 08 09:23 AM
992.

napakahusay........................pinoy

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 09:26 AM
993.

Really mind blowing

Posted by Mehrab August 10, 08 09:30 AM
994.

amazing these guys can run on a giamt ball

Posted by pablo poopenstein August 10, 08 09:33 AM
995.

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Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 09:34 AM
996.

so excellent!
welcome to Beijing!

Posted by Jane Zhang August 10, 08 09:41 AM
997.

Great show and wonderful pictures!

Posted by lao liu August 10, 08 09:41 AM
998.

the bestt picturess ive everyyyyyyyyyy seennnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by devika August 10, 08 09:46 AM
999.

so GREAT!!! Thanks for these fantastic photos!!!!!!!!!!!!!

www.liuhuan.com

Posted by Liuhuan August 10, 08 09:52 AM
1000.

hello.im from iran im not in china but i saw the cerminy at tv it was the best opening cermoney that i saw .it was very wonderful .and i hope the bests for my athlets in the olympic .THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE BIAUTIFUL PICTURS

Posted by Arman August 10, 08 09:58 AM
1001.

magnificiant pictures

Posted by vidhey August 10, 08 09:59 AM
1002.

#837 - You're obviously American. Could you try looking at things from a different perspective for once? Maybe China isn't America. Maybe China has a lot of Chinese people. What a concept!

Posted by Conner August 10, 08 10:13 AM
1003.

Hey it's really a wonderful show. I have seen the whole show from the beginning till the end in NBC channel. Every bit of the show is awesome.
U CHINESE HAVE REALLY ROCKED

Posted by Anusha Davuluri August 10, 08 10:13 AM
1004.

Chinese women are hot.

Posted by MIchael August 10, 08 10:17 AM
1005.

The opening of the games were the best the world has ever seen. Very organized and the timing was perfect. Congratulation China. Well done. The pictures are beautiful, I am very impressed.

Posted by Ingo V Mewes August 10, 08 10:17 AM
1006.

simply amazing picutres, great job!

http://doorway123.blogspot.com

Posted by long islander August 10, 08 10:19 AM
1007.

Dear Billwaa,

I read your post, and I just want to tell that you are not alone- never was, and never will be, as long as there are Chinese people in this world ;)

Don`t let people bad-mouth us for no reason; don`t be afraid to defend yourself and your nation when you feel you`ve been wronged. I know I will as long as I live.

Just some notes: to people who complained about lack of diversity/individuality in the performance: UM, HELLO? This ceremony was about CHINESE culture. If you can`t stand some culture, it`s your own fault. Also, China has always been more about groups working together than individuals anyway. It`s just how we are.

Also, to people complaining about Darfur- this one just makes me laugh. The ones at fault are those committing the atrocities (corrupt African politicians, soldiers). NOT the Chinese. Scapegoating other nations will do nothing to stop the disaster. Yeah, go ahead and blame China - and what will happen? Nothing. It is up to the government of Darfur to take responsibility for their own actions (not to mention the soldiers who are doing the murdering).

Posted by Lily August 10, 08 10:20 AM
1008.

I'm very proud to be Chinese !
Have missed the whole ceremony on TV, but just viewing the pictures and reading comments. I know it's full of AWESOMENESS !!!

Living in the US for a while, I have seen and heard enough comments from people who have not been to China and not know the real China and the people. I hope people can in general learn and see the real China instead of just seeing it through the media before they start judging others for their lives / act.

There's always lots of room for improvements and as a Chinese, I'll work hard on my part. :)

Posted by Yin August 10, 08 10:25 AM
1009.

fabulous!!!!tremendous!!!!!

Posted by bao August 10, 08 10:29 AM
1010.

BRAVO!!!!

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Posted by ²¦ÀË¹Ä August 10, 08 10:32 AM
1012.

Amazing work of art, tech and imagination...

Posted by Dana August 10, 08 10:38 AM
1013.

Thank you for sharing the lovely pics. The olympics are so important to promote global unity.

Posted by Shirley goodness and mercy in Canada August 10, 08 10:41 AM
1014.

What a BRILLIANT Opening Ceremony!!
I'm a CHINESE and I'm VERY happy.I'm proud of my motherland!!!
Thank you who took these photos!!!

And I can see,there are some FLIES in comments.
If you understand what I say,you will know how ANGRY we are.

I don't like to do like this,but..,

To the FILES:
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Posted by Rai Bian August 10, 08 10:46 AM
1015.

great

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 10:51 AM
1016.

Great!

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 10:51 AM
1017.

china ,you are my honor !!

Posted by zhouting August 10, 08 10:51 AM
1018.

j'aim la Chine, tres bonne!!!
well done

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 10:57 AM
1019.

Any more pictures, I want to see pictures of the small girl singing traditional ballad and where are the pictures of the Chinese opera, that's my favourite.

Posted by ispeakmymind August 10, 08 11:08 AM
1020.

These Photographs are truly AMAZING. Your work captures the true feeling of what it's like in the US to actually be there. Thank You for your dedication and your passion for such beautiful "art".

Boston, MA U.S.A

Posted by Jay August 10, 08 11:21 AM
1021.

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Posted by zohreh August 10, 08 11:23 AM
1022.

It's A Fantastic Historical Event !

Posted by John Leung August 10, 08 11:32 AM
1023.

Liu Wei, Comment 892. You did a wonderful job explaining your viewpoint of China. I've lived in a bicultural situation all of my life (60 years) and have known the bigotry that abounds even in the Western World which many consider "civilized". I'm an American Citizen by birth, even though I was born in Venezuela, of American parents of mixed backgrounds. My father's father was an American of Scottish descent married to a Mexican woman from Guadalajara (by the way, he had four children from a previous marriage with a Brittish woman, my aunts and uncles, and their children my first cousins). My mother was an American Citizen (born in the US of Mexican Parents from Guadalajara who were fleeing from the 1910 Mexican Revolution). Her family: my aunts and uncle and their childrenare also my close family). Both famiies had very different backgrounds. Both of my parents chose to be American Citizens.
We lived in the US, in Venezuela and in Mexico. My brothers, sister and I (the oldest child) lived the contrasts: when we were in Mexico or Venezuela we were "güeritos", blondies, americans, yankees-go-home. When we were in the US or when I studied in Canada with mostly-american classmates, we were called (albeit affectionatly, at times) "spics" , wetbacks, or simply latins.
When I presented my wife-to-be to my Mexican grandmother (mother's side), she made the remark: "She is a little dark, don't you think?" My wife of 36 years is Mexican, from the Gulf Coast of Mexico.
I remember in the late 50s, the first time we lived in the United States (mother and children as Dad was working in Mexico), in Houston....my brother Nick and I would rush to the water fountains (new devices to us) and each would take one of the two fountains, only to be scolded by authorities on hand, a cop, the store manager, whatever: "Hey kids, can't you read? This one is for colored, that's for white only. That's the one you should use." Mother could not explain to us at the laundromat why she would place colored clothes in the "white only" washer machines.
I went through high school in the US in the 60s and became involved in civil rights and integration. I come from a traditional Catholic family and grew in the middle of the changing times. To us, as we learned from our Mexican Catholic upbringing, we were the only ones going to heaven...not even our Baptist grandfaher of cousins would enter eternal bliss.(My Baptist great grandmother would tell my father the same thing about Catholics, by the way). Fortunately, the Catholic Church changed, and so did we, with John XXIII. Some of us decided, eventually that all religious zeal produces bigotry. I firmly believe that race, language, religion, education, wealth, political views, are all secondary. The primary issue: we are all men or women.
I was in Mexico City, freshman and sophomore years of college during the 1967 and 68 student uprisings which climaxed right before the Mexico City Olympics with the massacre in Tlaltelolco. That was bigotry against young people, which also happened in France, and in Kent State, and other places in the world, like in Russia or China (Tien an men), or the German olympics.
I felt like a US citizen,at that time, and unlike my brothers who were Mexican citizens, I joined the US Army, more out of a feeling of complying with the law (I was IA), than anything else. I was in Vietnam for one year, fortunately not in the front like action. I was in logistics. I dealt with local vietnamese workers at the base, went to Taiwan, on two trips and still correspond with Chinese friends from that time. I had the position of being able to make friends with the latins (my Spanish language, and mexican and latin american songs helped a lot), with the americans of african descent, with most of the whites, except the radical rednecks. I've lived in Mexico since the 70s, worked here and raised my family here. I've had the opportunity to work in companies of American, Mexican, Japanese capital. I've had customers from different parts of the world. Now I teach at a Mexican university network and have the luck of running part of the international exchange program (I deal with students from the Far East, from Europe, from Canada, from Mexico, from Brazil, from Colombia, from Venezuela).
Diversity is real. You are what you are...and your personal identity comes from many sources, your origin. But we are all men....mankind....and that is what we should respect and defend. Let there continue to be Olympic games: opportunities for young women and men of different cultures, languages, educational backgrounds, religions, and countries,competing in sports, not in war. Let's look at all of the good aspects of any Olympic event, no matter where it takes place or who organizes it. That is totally out of focus. Let's look at the cake and not at the icing. My six decades of life have taught me to respect diversity, that bigotry is totally out of place, That others speak different languages, eat different foods, dance to different tunes, have different colors of skin, of eyes, of hair. Let's not forget that there are kings, there are presidents, there are premiers, or whatever. Some governments are chosen by the people, others are not. Let's face our reality, live with it and make the best of it. ENJOY THESE GAMES!!! The competitors have made a great effort for four years of training (perhaps more). The organizers have done a great deal to make these games happen. So have the sponsors, the travelers, the families of the athletes. Let's back them up by cheering them on, even though we are not there physically.

Posted by Blas D. Gibler August 10, 08 11:33 AM
1024.

Good pic's 0-:)

Posted by InuYasha August 10, 08 11:35 AM
1025.

ÖйúºÜÅ£!!!
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thanks my friends
welcome my friends

Posted by Desen&Cherry August 10, 08 11:41 AM
1026.

Amazing,

Chinese did an excelent job, there is no way to hide this.
Lets start to see what is wrong in our country before made negative comments agains others.

Posted by pao August 10, 08 11:48 AM
1027.

vary nice

Posted by chamara August 10, 08 11:51 AM
1028.

Excellent !!!!

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 11:54 AM
1029.

INCREDIBLE,EXCELLENT,FANTASTIC

Posted by Sara August 10, 08 12:02 PM
1030.

if I missed the opening ceremony, DOes anyone know where I can view it after the fact?

Posted by Mich August 10, 08 12:05 PM
1031.


What an impressive, amazing, and excellent opening ceremony !
It was pretty cool!
All our Chinese people worked hard and were very meticulous,

All cultural things Taichi, Kunqu, and Confucious presented brilliant history
and tradition, and also presented ideal of harmony, harmony between human
and nature, among people from different countries.

The theme song "you and me" simple and touching
i was deeply moved

Thanks, my country, thanks, my dear leader President Hu Jintao
and thanks, my friends
welcome to China

Posted by ÖÜÐû August 10, 08 12:07 PM
1032.

welcome to Canton China 2010, for a Asia Games.
welcome all friends from the world.
for a great meeting.

(Canton/China)

Posted by MACPO August 10, 08 12:17 PM
1033.

Boykott OG in Nations like China! Its a dictatorship! No real human rights!

Posted by free August 10, 08 12:18 PM
1034.

Billwaa, you are not alone!

Posted by ichina August 10, 08 12:21 PM
1035.

wonderful.well done beijing .

Posted by kwwkmm August 10, 08 12:27 PM
1036.

thank you all

welcome my friends

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 12:29 PM
1037.

Fantastic photography. More so for the choreography for the performances.
I love the drummers and percussionists!

Posted by Ur August 10, 08 12:31 PM
1038.

wonderful.well done beijing .

Posted by kwwkmm August 10, 08 12:34 PM
1039.

splendid just splendid.Boy I don't know how long it took you but these are great shots.kudos

Posted by Charles August 10, 08 12:43 PM
1040.

Thanks for the editor. You bring the awesome to me, whereas i'm a chinese.

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 12:44 PM
1041.

Oh Joy!

Posted by anu August 10, 08 12:46 PM
1042.

×æ¹úÍòËê

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 12:46 PM
1043.

Just great!!!

Posted by Peter August 10, 08 12:48 PM
1044.

i come from guangdong China
as a Chinese,i am very sorry about the last pic.
but,even there still are people live in poor houses ,most people in China live better than that
and we are trying....
welcome

Posted by grace August 10, 08 12:52 PM
1045.

"Boykott OG in Nations like China! Its a dictatorship! No real human rights!

your presidents and ministors are currently in beijing boycottiing it, you loser, ha-ha

Posted by ichina August 10, 08 12:53 PM
1046.

Amazing photos of an amazing show. Well done to Chang Yimou and all those performers who worked under his direction.

For those of you who can't focus on the opening ceremony and the pictures that have come from that, and insist on using this blog to promote hatred and negativity, you can take your narrowmindedness and your insular view of the world and just shove it up your ass. You don't have a clue as to what's going on in China.

Posted by David August 10, 08 12:55 PM
1047.

Abolutely awsome

Posted by Jose Villavicencio August 10, 08 01:00 PM
1048.

Some people here just simply don't want to believe other people do something better than them. Poor Guys.

Posted by Jun August 10, 08 01:14 PM
1049.

Great photos and a wonderful show.
I've read some comments in this post, It's right for people to concern about living conditions of the Chinese, it is such a big country I think it's doing a great job at change the standards of living for it's people.
There are also alot of comments on the poor living conditions, well, unlike the states if you go to Bronx,NY you will expecting to run into the projects.... but if you just look at a picture of Chinese/a Chinese family, how can you say that's how the living condition is like in China? 1) you don't know where they took the pictures from 2) you don't know who those people are. To be honest ... at this world of job lost, a job is better than none, and to think how much people they have there in China I bet the job competition is pretty big

Posted by Dannie August 10, 08 01:19 PM
1050.

nice one that i not seen before

Posted by sandy August 10, 08 01:20 PM
1051.

welcome to beijing
welcome to China
welcome my friends

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 01:20 PM
1052.

REALLY AWESOME PICS! I agree with #116. We contribute, we learn, and we keep developing our country. We welcome all friends and are willing to share our success and lessons with all of you!!!

And about the last pic, there are lots of comments on that pics. positive or negative. One thing I want to say is that I don't denied there are some poor families and people in China, still quite a lot, to be frankly. And their living condition is just as what you saw in this picture. But note this: they are friendly, educated and not angry. All Chinese people want to welcome friends from all over the world to share our proud on this 2008 Olympics. We know we still have lots of work to do. We will change this step by step! Those people know this and we all know this!

Posted by Harry from Carlson August 10, 08 01:29 PM
1053.

love sports love the world wish for bejing

Posted by tr.bala August 10, 08 01:34 PM
1054.

Friends, if you have any questions or doubts about China, please come and see and experience by your own self.

As the 1st chapter in the ceremony shows the words from Confucious "ÓÐÅó×ÔÔ¶·½À´£¬²»ÒàÀÖºõ¡° £¨It's a pleasure to welcome friends from far away). We Chinese ppl welcome all friends from all over the world to come visit China.

I am not trying to explain anything here, but just a warm welcome from the bottom of my heart. Because there is an old saying in China: "Seeing is believing".

A Chinese charecter was shown 3 times in the show, "ºÍ". It has 2 main meanings: harmonious, and peace. This is the words we want to express to all the friends who live with us in the same Earth villige.

If any of you would like to visit China, I am pleased to show you around my city.

--A Cantonese who lives in Guangzhou, South China.

Posted by Michael Su August 10, 08 01:35 PM
1055.

±±¾©»¶Ó­Ä㣡Welcome to China!

Posted by leeyou August 10, 08 01:39 PM
1056.

ÎÞÓëÂױȵĿªÄ»Ê½~

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 01:44 PM
1057.

Hoi....I was surfing for some photos and came to this site. Boston really have good big photos for many things. This is the umpteen times I stumbled onto Boston when googling for pictures.

Hm...I felt such a great sense of joy and happiness. I watched it twice, the live show and the immediate repeat. I anticipated some stuff in my mind because I was familar with Zhang Yimou films like 'Hero' and 'Curse of Golden Flower'. If you have time, you can search them on YouTube, several Olympic segments closely resemble his movies style. I like the ceremony very much.
Chinese in the world welcome you, my friends.

Posted by Ambassador August 10, 08 01:44 PM
1058.

I have seen these pictures, . well, I am very happay and enjoy that photos

Posted by M.Siva,Dibba veedhi, Anakapalli August 10, 08 01:52 PM
1059.

Stop watching OG! China is violating human rights every day, no freedom of speech or press, death sentence for minor crimes and poiltic oposition! Boycot it!

Posted by free August 10, 08 01:56 PM
1060.

I was at the ceremony.. Yes, it was thrilled!! and No, nobody noticed the cauldron was there until they light it up before LiNing flew...

So proud of being Chinese!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 01:57 PM
1061.

Attention! This blog is beeing censored! No free discussion alloewd, but i bet this post will be censored too. How sad!

Posted by Peter Parker August 10, 08 01:58 PM
1062.

Hooray for our country! I'm from Hong Kong ( It had been handovered to China already)! So, welcome Home! I reckon these photos're better than what I've seen on HDTV! I never believed my eyes until I see em right now! I appreciate the photos above!
It's mighty great... and astounding!

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 02:00 PM
1063.

what a great and colourful openings. Awesome.......wish I could see that live.....

Posted by Sravan Kumar August 10, 08 02:02 PM
1064.

simply fantastic.....a well prepare nation.

Posted by Ginboi Khongsai August 10, 08 02:02 PM
1065.

wonderful

Posted by M.Siva,Dibba veedhi, Anakapalli August 10, 08 02:03 PM
1066.

È«ÊÀ½ç¶¼À´ÂîCCTV°É

Gou Ri De CCTV

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 02:03 PM
1067.

Absolutely Breath-taking!! Go China!!!

Posted by Bill August 10, 08 02:14 PM
1068.

I was at the Ceremony.. Yes! It was thrilled!!! No! Nobody noticed the cauldron until it was lighten up before LiNing flew...

So proud of being Chinese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Hsiehpei August 10, 08 02:16 PM
1069.

absolutely excellent picture. Can we have more?

Posted by Steve August 10, 08 02:18 PM
1070.

out standing

Posted by subho August 10, 08 02:21 PM
1071.

GOOD GOOD STUDY
DAY DAY UP
£º£©

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 02:22 PM
1072.

Absolutely Breath-taking!! Go China!!

Posted by Bill August 10, 08 02:27 PM
1073.

The Opening Ceremony was the most magnificent, awsome, spectacular show ever put on anywhere. God bless all connected to this brilliant effort which am sure brought many to appreciate all humankind.

Posted by Georgina van Woudenberg August 10, 08 02:31 PM
1074.

Amazing CHINA
CHINA showing to the world all of its best
CHINA the great natopn that has been, is and will be
Congrats CHINA

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 02:31 PM
1075.

169# Slave labor can work miracles. Just look at the pyramids.


Slave labor?? Do you really know about China of nowadays?

I am chinese, and if we lives under a Slave Labor,how can I now be able to say these word to you?

Slave labor is only a history ,a long long ago pastaway period.Now we are free to live,free to love,free to do everything but hurt our lovely country and people.But there's No absolute freedom ok? It's the same to your country.

Every country has it disadvantages,ours are too much population and closed history.our country has to find an appropriate way to revive from the damage made many years ago. Thanks to the government, our economy situation has been changed greatly day by day.

English is not universal in China,so we can't tell the world what we really think about our lifes. That's one of the reasons why you misunderstood China,I think.Writing these words,I have to dig into the dictionary from time to time,hehe....^_^

Besides,don't put any Politics on Olympic Games.Just enjoy it,OK? I care about The Olympics,So searched on the internet and launched here by chance,thanks to people who likes the openning ceremony for our efforts isn't wasted.and must confess the ceremony isn't as perfect as i imagine,but i still like it ~~

Posted by Zhang August 10, 08 02:32 PM
1076.

Free Trivishtapa (Tibet)!!

Posted by Anon August 10, 08 02:35 PM
1077.

good

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 02:50 PM
1078.

So amazing...!

Posted by Angela August 10, 08 02:52 PM
1079.

I am a Chinese and I translated about 100 comments, positive and negative, into Chinese today and posted them to some Chinese BBS.

communication should be done mutually. contact and communication is the best way to avoid misunderstanding . generallying speaking, we know a lot about you, so how much do you know about China?

most educated Chinese, especially the young generation know many things about Amercia and respect this great country. (yes, most of chinese students start to learn English from junior middle school or seventh grade) you guys have advanced technology and you are creactive. as a student of english and like many of my friends, I enjoy watching hollywood blockbusters and i enjoy reading those books about america's history, literature and arts. We appreciate the spirit of the declaration of independence, we admire those great minds who founded amercia . I can recite and still inspired by those brilliant sentences like--we hold these truth to be self-evident....I even enjoy reading TOM CLANCY's books (although some of his ideas are still stayed at cold-war era ).

Most ordinary americans are kind . and some of you are "simple minded"(I'm sorry to use this word, what i'm trying to say is, you guys some times believe that this world only has two colors, black and white, Western countries are of cause white i.e. good, pure and angel-like,spread civilization and human rights to other countries. so as a contrast, communist countries such as China is totally bad and evil).

but this world is never that simple. when you are trying to teach us that our country is so bad, why not just spare one minute and listen to our opinion about our own country? China is a country with a long history--more than 5,000 years. we have our time-honored traditions, thinking patterns,our own culture as well as many problems. but we have our way of life just as you do. we have the right to choose. why not spend a minute to take a look at the real China before becoming so prejudiced and biased?

Why China spent so much money and energy on hosting the Olmpics, on this ceremony? because for us, it is nearly an once-and-for-all oppertunity to tell those blindfold people that----this is China, this is a country which is different from what you heard from your TV or News.

Why we tried so hard? because you never listen and naver want to know about China, never want to know what the chinese people are thinking about.

and now, there's the chance. at least these more than 800 people who got to see this post are a little bit more interested in China now. maybe some of these people willl try to find out the neglected side of China....

that's why I'm here, that's why many chinese people are here. that's why we are trying hard to make our country better.

SO why not explore a little bit farther? don't just rely on the TV and nagative reports about China. just think by yourself. look by yourself, come to China and you will find an open, civilized and friendly country with friendly people--just like the people next door.

As a chinese, I really enjoy the spectacular show. as a oridinary chinese. I welcome you to Beijing, to my country and to meet Chinese people in person.

As is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John, "Let us love one another, for love is God. And every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love."

WELCOME TO CHINA.

WE LOVE YOU.

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS CHINA.

Posted by Forrest.Young August 10, 08 02:55 PM
1080.

the most fantastic opening ceremony of olympics was this one no douth amazing magnificent event of 2008 u chinese people r really very great wow supurb thanks your the nice snaps lovely GOD bless u all thanks

Posted by raheela August 10, 08 02:58 PM
1082.

Comment #309 - I can try to understand why you say this. Indeed the evening cost a great deal of money. However, ask yourself - why would some people (especially those who aren't rich) are willing to spend months and months savings just for a beautiful wedding? I think the answer is more or less the same. I, as many others, fully acknowledge that there are millions in the world who are in desperate need of help. However, beside that we all should do what we can to help them, we all have our own lives to live. You just cannot expect everyone on this planet stop enjoying the life because some others aren't.

Posted by Xuan August 10, 08 03:04 PM
1083.

±±¾©»¶Ó­Ä㣡 Thanks to all of you.

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 03:17 PM
1084.


Welcome to China, an imaginative and creative country !

Posted by ideapak August 10, 08 03:17 PM
1085.

TO Billwaa - You are not alone fightling the battle that is. I do the same often. At the beginning of my 7 year living in UK, I occasionally felt the same, hopeless. However, gradually, I see people around me changing their views, especially after they have been to China. So I see there is hope and while I am still battling through from time to time, I can always keep my chin up. Carry on and be proud.

Posted by Xuan August 10, 08 03:21 PM
1086.

Congratulations for the photos, perfect.. :-)

Posted by marcos romualdo dos santos August 10, 08 03:40 PM
1087.

they can throw the most lavish party, but they cant change the fact that China is a TERRORIST STATE!

Posted by MashiMaro August 10, 08 03:41 PM
1088.

the performance and colors on open ceremony is absolutely fantastic, they have done great, but what make us disapointed is the male singer LIU HUAN, he has given bad presentation, how can dress so casual in such important event, he has been reminded that he is presenting some part of the nation.

Congratulations!!!

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 03:45 PM
1089.

Congratulations for the photos, perfect.. :-)

Posted by marcos romualdo dos santos August 10, 08 03:51 PM
1090.

just amazing, better combination of colour

Posted by avdesh pratap singh gautam August 10, 08 03:55 PM
1091.

these pictures were so amazeing. It is incredible how they could think of it let anolne persue it, and the culture is so unique and i think that is what was the true most incredible thing. i am lerning chinese and this is exactaly what is is no ifs ands or buts about it . hopefully that will be me in the next few years ( in the olympics, volleyball)

Posted by kati August 10, 08 04:03 PM
1092.

Beautiful pictures!

Alex
http://www.recentnews.co.uk

Posted by Alex August 10, 08 04:14 PM
1093.

my name is ickret and i am 8 years old and i watched the olympics with my mom for the first time and it was amazing. I hope to oneday to compete in the olympics to see myself among the other countries and shake hands and oneday wish the world could come together as one.

Posted by ickret bennett August 10, 08 04:24 PM
1094.

The Opening Ceremony was the most magnificent, awsome, spectacular show ever put on anywhere. God bless all connected to this brilliant effort which am sure brought many to appreciate all humankind.

Posted by Georgina van Woudenberg August 10, 08 04:35 PM
1095.

Humen right? go ask those dead flosting black body in new orlean's water what is Humen right.

do you know what american given to world?

WAR!

go learn some real history before judge other country

Posted by joey August 10, 08 04:37 PM
1096.

áåñïîäîáíî êðàñèâî!

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 04:43 PM
1097.

tolle Bilder!!!

Posted by Deutschmann August 10, 08 04:59 PM
1098.

truly impressive sight. this is what the Olympics are about, the greatness of mankind, all of us. My boyfriend and I watched together in awe.

Posted by Douglas August 10, 08 05:04 PM
1099.

I am grateful I lived long enough to see such a polished and creative show , if only on T.V.
The coordination of so many to create the illusion of one line is fantastic esymbol and explanation of the chinese success.
It was full of joy and hope and lavish in its conception and enthusiastic performance.

Posted by anne-marie godfrey August 10, 08 05:16 PM
1100.

#1087 - Get a blog, geez.

Posted by Conner August 10, 08 05:20 PM
1101.

It was the greatest opening ceremony ever and that shocked my eyes and I'm proud of as a Chinese.

Posted by Liza August 10, 08 05:38 PM
1102.

China should never host the Olympics with their record of human rights abuse - It's like Guantanamo Bay for an entire nation.

Posted by Dennis Smith August 10, 08 05:51 PM
1103.

Heard that the ceremony is awesome! I am going to watch it later - there will be DVD/VCD for sure - see ya!

Posted by Arthur August 10, 08 06:12 PM
1104.

Amazing pics.

Posted by Mike August 10, 08 06:19 PM
1105.

There are amazing photos :):)

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 06:20 PM
1106.

Wonderful! Wish I could be there :>

Posted by lamixy@gmail.com August 10, 08 06:32 PM
1107.

The pictures are gorgeous, just too good to be true, thanks !

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 06:48 PM
1108.

Breath taking!!!!!!

Thank you

Posted by WOZNIAK August 10, 08 07:03 PM
1109.

Brilliant photography of an absolutely fantastic opening ceremony.

Posted by CjB August 10, 08 07:31 PM
1110.

Your choice of images here are just exquisite. The incredible patterns are shown to perfection. What a show! What a treat these pictures are and will remain as reminders of the great creativity shown by the China.

Posted by abunny August 10, 08 07:55 PM
1111.

What a spectacular opening ceremony show! Congratulations to China!

All those China-bashing propaganda and smearing campaign that the Western media has been engaging in the past year were decimated in just 50 minutes flat. All those so-called ¡°freedom¡± and ¡°human rights¡± hypocritical geo-political brainwashing attempts, totally pales in the spotlights of the rich history and cultural heritage that only a 5,000-year civilization can show.

Those idiotic political slandering and distortions played by the Western media ever since the Olympics torch relay started, often based on political and religious ideology, cold war mentality, and racial hatred, so eager to create ethnic division and confrontations around the world, are so pathetic and disgusting in front of this grandeur show of a magnificent culture and history that values harmony, peace, and mutual respect.

Go China! Go, the true human spirit reflected by the Olympic!

Posted by Blue L August 10, 08 07:57 PM
1112.

Olympic fire lights up the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing
Chariot of fire cheers up Aussie athletes in com-peting
You will hear the dressage bell goes ding dong in Hong Kong
China is going to claim the title: King Kong of Ping Pong.

Four great inventions of China are Compass, press, paper and gun powders
Beijing Olympial Opening Ceremony reveils Chinese historical wonders
Four areas for China to improve are freedom of believe, press, speech and human right
The Oriental Dragon is now having the eyes clean and bright.

Posted by Christopher Pang August 10, 08 08:02 PM
1113.

very sick as ceremony i say. Just wonder how much bribary went into getting the olympic games to be held in an extremely polluted city. Nothing against China really but holy god the poor athletes will be breathing in air like soup!

Posted by Aussie oy August 10, 08 08:26 PM
1114.

i love all your pictures
your grand opening ceremony was the best!!!!!!!!

Posted by jenny frank August 10, 08 08:40 PM
1115.

Great Job!

Posted by Rattanaporn August 10, 08 08:42 PM
1116.

Opening Ceremony was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Cassey August 10, 08 08:43 PM
1117.

Hi!
I loved your ceremony it was the best!
Good-luck all Australians
well done to Stephenie rice

Go aUstralia

Posted by Jenny Frank August 10, 08 08:47 PM
1118.

Funny how some of us can see a 1000+ people beating on a drum+ as slave labors and police state factory workers, while other of us see it as the power of unity and harmony.

Posted by Vin August 10, 08 08:47 PM
1119.

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Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 08:49 PM
1120.

These are incredible! Thank you for posting such large gorgeous beautiful photos of this amazing event in Beijing!

I feel like I was there :-)

Teena
currently in Sydney, Australia
http://A-Night-in-Paris.com

Posted by Teena Hughes August 10, 08 08:51 PM
1121.

wowwwwwwwwwwwww very spectaculer, china cia you!!

Posted by Rudy August 10, 08 08:55 PM
1122.

Opening is very good. Also a fine lesson to barbarian countries in Europe and America, all barbarian civilization cannot last more than 100 years. China, while lost its greatest country title from 1840s will get it back soon and all your barbarians would have to live in the shadow for another 2000 years. Regarding the human rights, I did live in china for about 27 years, the country provides free and high quality education and the education system is fair to anyone. There are some corruption in the education system but not wide spread and the rich kids even can get into good school for paying extras are not proud of it, that is the major difference between china and the states, where the poor people have no chance while the rich kids not need so here we are! Free media, your IQ must be under 50 to say that.

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 09:00 PM
1123.

Read through all the praises, comments, psitive and negative remarks.
I just say as fellow beings (human? and humane?), we need to learn this true meaning of FREEDOM & RIGHTS in their true meaning and context, ie
Freedom to think and opine differently
Freedom to choose our baseline differently
So we need to accept that some of us do really feel good on their own sets of rules and lifestyles, systems, etc.
And we must accept also that some of us cannot or are unable to accept others who are different, for this will make those who are not able to accept others feel much at ease (for at least they are also being accepted to have their kind of FREEDOM).
ONE WORLD ONE DREAM
There is a famous Chinese proverb saying
SAME BED DIFFERENT DREAM meaning nobody is able to dream the same even if you sleep on the same bed.
BUT if WE ALL aspire to DREAM the SAME, the the resulted DREAMS would not differ too much., as we will normally dream (at NIGHT during sleep) of what we think of or wish for during the DAY.
So let us all give us this FREEDOM to exchange our opinions; this chance to share our dreams, so that we can continue to sleep on the same bed, and have dreams getting closer to each others.
I'm a Chinese descedent boorn and grown up in Malaysia, had my tertiary education in foreign country, travelled a bit around few of the West and East, worked with both of them too.
We have a mixture of three major ethic descendents (Malay, Chinese and Indian) here. There are 56 ethic groups in China, and it would not be easy to meet every ones need of different sets of FREEDOM. The Chinese government has in fact set out rules and laws with priorities and preferences favouring towards to the minorities ethnic groups.

Posted by Jueheng August 10, 08 09:01 PM
1124.

To the FLIES:

If you haven't lived in China,you'd better shut up.Or I will think you're a LUNATIC.

To the Friends:

Welcome to China!And we're happy for your come!

And most of Chinese students can speak English.In Beijing,we always start English when we're the 3rd Grade(And there are some children start English when they are in kindergarten ).So you can talk with us ^ ^
I'm a student of the 7th Grade.I can't speak English very well.But...I will try to be better!
In a word, WELCOME TO BEIJING!

A girl in Beijing

Posted by Rai Bian August 10, 08 09:04 PM
1125.

From Olympic show prove that China is the future leader of the world....great show

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 09:05 PM
1126.

Wish i was there!

Posted by William Cortez August 10, 08 09:10 PM
1127.

it's so cool.
̫˧ÁË

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 09:13 PM
1128.

although awesome and breathtaking, the show only lasted hours...why couldn't they have spent the hundreds of millions on a worthwhile cause such as poverty, disease, hunger, peace...

Posted by Nicole August 10, 08 09:14 PM
1129.

NO!!!!

Posted by Jeeves August 10, 08 09:14 PM
1130.

Fatastic, also the photograph has done a great work!

Posted by Jakie August 10, 08 09:15 PM
1131.

wow, hello this opening ceremony was wicked i love the drums and i especially love the costumes but most of all i love the olympics itself


love from two girls at charthouse primary school,
in rockingham
KAYLEE GRIGSBY AND JASMIN TURNOCK

Posted by jasmin turnock August 10, 08 09:28 PM
1132.

Wow !!! Spctacular, I've never seen such a wonderful performances. Could you please offer us also pictures on how these acts came to reality. Thank you.

From Alex (Philippines)

Posted by Alexandr L. Bocanog August 10, 08 09:29 PM
1133.

i love my country

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 09:38 PM
1134.

Incredible photos...amazing colours and composition. I didn't watch the opening ceremony...any one got links to videos?

http://www.emigrestudio.com

Posted by emigrestudio August 10, 08 09:39 PM
1135.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! QUE BELLEZA DE FOTOS MUCHAS FELICIDADES

Posted by Chelo Calvo Oaxaca Mexico August 10, 08 09:40 PM
1136.

THAT IS AWSOME

Posted by COOPER August 10, 08 09:41 PM
1137.

GO CHINA GO !

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 09:46 PM
1138.

It's a Great performs.

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 09:48 PM
1139.

Incredibly beautiful photos!

http://www.landbridgetoys.com

Posted by Melissa August 10, 08 09:52 PM
1140.

I am from singapore. I feel very proud of China. The display was awesome - the ability of turning something very traditional and conservative into a Steven Speilberg output.

Posted by tania ong August 10, 08 09:58 PM
1141.

Muito impressionante a direção de fotográfia. e qualidade das imagens...
parabens a todos os fotográfos, belas imagens...

Posted by thiago ceara August 10, 08 10:00 PM
1142.

I am a Chinese guy and I was really moved and proud at the night. The opening ceremony was gorgeous. More than 16000artists performed at during the night and more than 80 leaders attended the ceremony.
Beijing, china have done a lot to the international event. All the Chinese people love sports, love peace and spirit of humanity.
At the beginning the aretists recited the poem of confucius, "there are friends come from faf place, how pleasan it is". The the performance showed the Peking opera, martial arts, calligragh,music and dancing to show the history. The whole program loaded a theme of "He", meaning "friendship, homony, peace".
Welcome to China, China's development will not threaten other contries. we are on one earth and we are friends forever. Our aim is to erase poverty and ignorance.

Posted by Edison Fan August 10, 08 10:01 PM
1143.

Brilliant~~hoping The Great Britan can do a better job (if possible).

In the last pic their're children of "migrant workers from outlying provinces".We should care more about them.They come from rural area.Even brought to the city,they live in such bad condition~~They can get better lives with hear hands.

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 10:01 PM
1144.

Sensacional.

Posted by bruno August 10, 08 10:02 PM
1145.

Behind the briliants, there are always someone will pay. But in this incident, it has bring all of us proud as a nation.

Posted by Lam August 10, 08 10:08 PM
1146.

GREAT !!!!

Posted by fang August 10, 08 10:09 PM
1147.

i Love it... amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this please post more! many thanks for sharing these pictures!

Posted by Djoy August 10, 08 10:15 PM
1148.

you did not see the most amazing picture because of the foreign BOB, Go to this address.

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 10:19 PM
1149.

excellent work mate, cheers

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 10:28 PM
1150.

This is absolutely amazing! Great visual enjoyment! I wish I was there!

China, great job! This also shows a great spirit of TEAMWORK!

Posted by Ashley August 10, 08 10:28 PM
1151.

Welcome to Beijing!
Welcome to China!!!

Posted by Sophia August 10, 08 10:33 PM
1152.

i love china

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 10:42 PM
1153.

great photos!!

Posted by pleng August 10, 08 10:43 PM
1154.

Maravillosa presentación que bueno que está en las mejores manos. No se esperaba menos

Posted by Bernal Masis August 10, 08 10:46 PM
1155.

This is a dream come true for China. Chinese is a proud nation, but last 100 year of history had brought nothing but humiliation and true terror to China. Needless to say, we had suffered a lot from the western and Japanese's hands.

We were once called "the eastern sick people", this is why Olympics is so important to us. We want to show we are strong, we are healthy, we are free.

The show was designed to show case china's rich history and culture. Yimou Zhang had done a great job to let the world see China's beauty, reviewed our history, our ancestor's contribution to the whole world.

I love the sow. I love china, I am a proud Chinese.

Posted by Jasmine August 10, 08 10:49 PM
1156.

Amazing pictures!

Posted by Annie August 10, 08 10:51 PM
1157.

great great photographs!!!!
its an illustration of how chinese people are there to conquer the world of arts and everything!!!
keep the olympics firing

Posted by Winston L. Balwang August 10, 08 10:56 PM
1158.

There are too many people speaks as the shining god~~!Haha~ That's really funny!

Many thanks to the kindly and justic American people, and disregard the swaggers

China is far from perfect, just like America and every country in the world. No matter what you say or think, we are always delevoping step by step. So, save your slobber, they are indeed boring and make no sense. Pay attention to your own business, frankly speaking, I think there are more countries hate you than us~

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 10:57 PM
1159.

Amazing pictures!!

Posted by EVo August 10, 08 11:01 PM
1160.

awesome and spectacular! but i hope there will true friendship , humanity, and peace after this Olympics. Godbless all mankind.

Posted by ver August 10, 08 11:02 PM
1161.

Welcome to Beijing!
Welcome to China!!!
i love my country!

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 11:04 PM
1162.

this is so cool

Posted by tamlyn August 10, 08 11:10 PM
1163.

Öйú£¬¼ÓÓÍ!

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 11:32 PM
1164.

Great China!!!!Great Chinese people~~~~~~~~~~


Posted by YOYO August 10, 08 11:37 PM
1165.

I love China!

Posted by romamor August 10, 08 11:42 PM
1166.

I'm a girl living in southern part of China.
I'm so proud of my country! :-)

Some of the previous comments mention that it's not the real China.
As a developing country,hunger and poverty do exsit in some parts of the country,but people here are enjoying fast improment.

Medias give our foreign friends the impression that our country is lack of democracy.But I have to say it's NOT TRUE.Along with the fast development, criminal cases emeges.Gonvernment punish mobs in order to guarantee public security.It's necessary and common in every country.

Chinese philosophy regards harmony as the final aim.We love peace.We wanna make friends with people all over the world ^_^

Really love my country.
Welcome to China.

Posted by Wong August 10, 08 11:43 PM
1167.

Wicked!!!!!

I didnt get tu watch it.... : (

lmao

Posted by BuNDaBaNg August 10, 08 11:44 PM
1168.

I MISSED THE CEREMONIES. WHERE CAN I SEE THEM AGAIN????????????????????????

Posted by DIANNE August 10, 08 11:52 PM
1169.

Truly Amazing, Thank You for posting!

Posted by J.Walsh, NY August 10, 08 11:54 PM
1170.

Glorious start, up up China.
Sivakumar ,London

Posted by Sivakumar August 10, 08 11:55 PM
1171.

The greatest show on earth.....love the photos..

Posted by RONALD ANG August 10, 08 11:57 PM
1172.

Let's see England do better in 2012 Olympics. They are talking about making a temporary stadium, they can't even get their logo right. Why not be gracious and offer some compliments for a spectacular show. China has its faults, who doesn't, do the United States have clean hands, they invaded Iraq when everybody was against it, The British were thieves, stole what didn't belong to them, and let's not talk about the Germans and Hiter. Let's just enjoy the Olympics and the show and stop bashing China.

Posted by Susie August 10, 08 11:57 PM
1173.

thatz wat they show them to the world!
they are amazing!!!!!
u guyz should go there to have a look ~ they all so friendly

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 08 11:59 PM
1174.

Muchisisimas Gracias por las Imagenes..., seran de GRAN Ayuda para mi Album de facebook.

Gracias.

Posted by Mario Enrique - Vega August 11, 08 12:00 AM
1175.

is there a dvd copy of the opening nite? it would be nice 2 add it in your collection.

Posted by mina santiago August 11, 08 12:04 AM
1176.

an awesome open ceremony which ever had for the past... WELL DONE to the Beijing and also not to forget the man behind the show Mr ZHANG with his greatest director skills which bring out the greatest proud of the Chinese...

Again, congratulations to the good work and bringing the best memorable night to the 40 billion people around the world.

Posted by MAO August 11, 08 12:09 AM
1177.

it rules

Posted by cookie monster August 11, 08 12:29 AM
1178.

Awesome and spectular display of skills, technology and coordination. Thank you china for the greatest performance ever displayed at any olympics

Posted by Vishnu Sharma- Fiji August 11, 08 12:30 AM
1179.

they are not amazing!!! They are ASININITY
Is it such a shock to everyone that we are now being told that the Olympics are going to cost the UK taxpayer much more than originally thought. The original estimate quoted was 4bn but unfortunately, the government and olympic committee did not take into account the effects of ‘inflation’ and VAT and this budget has now risen to more than double to 9bn!Now we are only in 2008 and we still have 4 more years of ‘forgetful’ budgeting to go … who knows how much higher this Olympic budget will go? Especially as nobody seems to be held accountable for ‘unrealistic’ budgets.

How much money is being wasted every day on the 2012 olympics? Did they forget the effects of inflation because they do not really record ‘inflation’ properly. Let’s face it this government has been telling us that we only have 3% inflation ….. do me a favour everything in our lives has gone up … except our wages! So the only thing that I am certain about is that 9bn is just the beginning of the increases............

Posted by maryam August 11, 08 12:31 AM
1180.

The best opening show I have ever saw, simpily amazing, gooooooo CHINA.

Posted by farshid August 11, 08 12:32 AM
1181.

Amazing, absolutely beautiful, awesome pictures!
Thank You for posting!

Posted by Lucky inLife August 11, 08 12:35 AM
1182.

Awesome! I wish I was there to see it in person

Posted by Zach August 11, 08 12:42 AM
1183.

Eh....I am the one who made the 298th comment. Sorry I made some mistake.
Not all of the performers are volunteers. Lots of them are soldiers, and this is why the perform was amazing orderly¡ª¡ªsoldiers are so good at it-_-!

Posted by Deexter August 11, 08 12:47 AM
1184.

absolutely awesome......please tell me we can purchase a DVD of this program a must have.
Thank you

Posted by Len August 11, 08 12:59 AM
1185.

AWESOME

Posted by CHNDYCAZ August 11, 08 01:03 AM
1186.

Yes, really cute

Posted by Mark August 11, 08 01:09 AM
1187.

where can see olympics opening again??:(...

Posted by christine August 11, 08 01:19 AM
1188.

Just FANTASTIC. I would like to put my sincere thanks for hard and sincere work behind that made this show perfect....YOU R THE BEST.....

Posted by Mrinal August 11, 08 01:20 AM
1189.

Perfect ceremony
Wonderful pictures
Thanks for sharing
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* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Now that we are talking about great pictures taken from The greatest openning of The greatest sport event
Stop gossipping politics, human rights, blah blah blah
Who said this Olympics has too much politics with it?
Those thinking of Tibet, poverty, ... whenever there's a topic of China
Those who forget they are only the big mouth and throat of some politicians
They have their agenda and don't let you know
Remember, when you are blindly and biased talking about something
Those politicians are laughing...at YOU too
Stupid minds are always politicians' cheap tools

Posted by laugh@morons August 11, 08 01:30 AM
1190.

hey it was so superb one...

Posted by prashanth venkataswamy August 11, 08 01:31 AM
1191.

Maybe not everyone in China is rich and living in good housing condition, but they know they will get better tomorrow. That's why children in the last picture are smiling!

As to the motto "one wold, one dream", I really think it's meaningful! we hold the same dream of spirit of Olympics, everyone likes the competition and equality in sport games. Why can't people from different background communicate in this dream? Hopefully one day, everyone in the world will be treated and respected equally, just like athletes in the great game!

Posted by Douglass August 11, 08 01:34 AM
1192.

chinese is good country,

Posted by rooney August 11, 08 01:36 AM
1193.

best ever olympics opening ceremont! well done china!

Posted by akimoto suzuki August 11, 08 01:41 AM
1194.

hi, Picture of Beijing olympics

Posted by Mohammad August 11, 08 01:43 AM
1195.

i love china

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 01:44 AM
1196.

Re:

You know that Chinese government spent 400 Bilion $ on Olympic 2008, because the communist party wanted to use Olympic as a tool to show off their political success over China. The governemt can spend the people's tax at their own will without any tax payer's permission. Of couse, no body has the right to express their dissastisfaction since they don't have voting rights at all.

=======================================================

Although all US tax payers have the rights to express their dissastisfaction and the voting rights, the US government still paying much more than $400 billion in Iraq

Posted by blu August 11, 08 01:48 AM
1197.

I LOVE THIS COUNTRY!
CHINA!
COME ON!
CHINA!
WELL DONE!

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 01:51 AM
1198.

Brilliant and colorful...a world class celebration the way it's meant to be........... It is really amazing................. which cannot be expressed in words

Posted by Rajeswari Alajangi August 11, 08 01:56 AM
1199.

If you are a Believer there may not even be a 2012.
In the meantime be Thankful for what you have and pray for peace...EVERYWHERE.
Quit criticizing and judging. That's God's job.

Posted by DAJ in PA USA August 11, 08 02:09 AM
1200.

I am so happy to see the these events
and like to send this mail to every body
specially girls of china they perform very
good and my kiss for all chines Girls

Posted by Muhammad Dawood August 11, 08 02:11 AM
1201.

China In Chinese Eyes¡¯

China is developing very quickly in Economy; China needs more time to make people live in the same standard as the developed countries; It is not a day or two to make the 1/4 global population to live the same rich as noble western developed countries, but China is trying the correct way.
We are free, Tibet people are also free to live and free to speak anything they would like to, they are living a much better life than they were. China government is supporting them much more than other provinces just for the peace and development of this region. We can speak freely our mind. If you did hear a lot of negative news about the human rights in China, you are welcome to visit China and have some direct communication with the poor and the rich, you will find out what is the truth. If you had never been to China, please just hold on your comment until you are in China and have an understanding of the current China. You will not regret for your China trip. China is a big and beautiful country and we are also a friend to every people who love peace and harmony.

China is developing not in balance at the moment, that is why China government is trying to improve the middle and the west; it is the truth, you can find very rich in the east and very poor in the west of China. In China now, nobody will be hungry if he can work and not lazybone; in rural area, every farmer has his own land, he can live a food enough life if he would like to plant; in City, if the man is active and not lazybone, he can live a better life than a farmer. China farmer does not need to pay taxes for the land, but the city people has to pay tax if he works and has a normal salary , the city people can get a support from government if he is living in the poverty under the normal standard.

China has some history that makes every international eye feel not comfortable, even evil, but it is the past, it is at least 30 years ago. We also won¡¯t forgive the wrongdoers, we honor and respect the ones who sacrificed for the new China.

China has a lot to learn from the great international countries in every aspects, also there is a lot needs to be improved for the government to highlight their image before the Chinese people and the international world. China needs to improve its insurance system for their people. We have poor family, it is the truth, they are free and they are just a small part, they are not slave labor. They are expecting China¡¯s further improving on insurance to make them live a better life.

Please come to China when you are free. If you need any help in China, please just take me as a friend. I am always would like to help : suzannecai@hotmail.com

May God bless you and China.

Best regards,

Suzanne

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 02:18 AM
1202.

Amazing! Fantastic!
Can't express in words~~~

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 02:20 AM
1203.

I am so happy to see the these events
and like to send this mail to every body
specially girls of china they perform very
good and my kiss for all chines Girls china
is good friend of pakistan

Posted by Muhammad Dawood August 11, 08 02:20 AM
1204.

hello , evey guys , my name is roy mao from china , and i am glad to see many comments for the openning ceremony about the game for china , and i am glad to provide more videos photoes links for you :
http://www.cctv.com/special/C21048/49/05/

Posted by hedward August 11, 08 02:21 AM
1205.

Hi,

Posted by Dilip Shakya August 11, 08 02:22 AM
1206.

great show from a great country

Posted by Jayaram August 11, 08 02:24 AM
1207.

I'm a citizen from Beijing,I feel the last picture which shows the living condition is not real.none of the people I known live like that,even 20 years ago. that is too terrible to see. :(

Posted by Carlos August 11, 08 02:28 AM
1208.

So glad to see all these amazing comments here
It's really STUNNING£¡
I'm soooooooooooo proud to be a Chinese.

ÖxÖx£¡

Posted by Virginia Qiu August 11, 08 02:36 AM
1209.

only one word can describe! AMAZING!!!!!!! nice image...! Thx for sharing

Posted by Sophia LSS August 11, 08 02:36 AM
1210.

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Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 02:38 AM
1211.

welcome to China

Posted by fish August 11, 08 02:39 AM
1212.

hello , guys , many thanks for your good comment for the olympic game and china . i am from china , and glad to provide the videos links the openning ceremony for the games for each countries , you can login the offical site ( CCTV =china center TV ) to find the video:
http://www.cctv.com/english/20080806/106217.shtml

THANS

Posted by MAO August 11, 08 02:39 AM
1213.

THAT'S WAT I'M TALKIN ABT!!!!
WE ARE THE WORLD !!
WELCOME BEIJING
WELCOME CHINA
I

Posted by CANDY LI August 11, 08 02:41 AM
1214.

i am proud to be chinese.

Posted by Audrey August 11, 08 02:42 AM
1215.

the drum screen is terrific!

Posted by baldong August 11, 08 02:50 AM
1216.

superb,excellent nd amazing pictures

Posted by priya August 11, 08 02:50 AM
1217.

breathtaking!
thank you for the photos

spectacular work, chinese people!

Posted by helen August 11, 08 02:55 AM
1218.

It is like the best magic in the world!!!!!!

Posted by Viktoriya August 11, 08 02:56 AM
1219.

That was extravagantly magnificent..... you captured the best views.... you guys are awesome too....

Posted by ella August 11, 08 02:57 AM
1220.

i love china

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 02:58 AM
1221.

awseome

Posted by Mohan August 11, 08 02:59 AM
1222.

Awesome opening....

Its the best opening cermony so far I have seen....

Posted by Sasidhar - INDIA August 11, 08 03:06 AM
1223.

tHE wORLD bEST oPENING cEEREMONY pRESENTATION & pERFORMING .

wORD wAIT lAST 4 yEARS.

Posted by Vipul Amrutlal Chauahn August 11, 08 03:07 AM
1224.

It is really amazing, I am loving it.

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 03:09 AM
1225.

these pictures are flat out astonishing. Thank you for sharing, be sure to root for our great nation the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

http://www.cruelbreed.com

Posted by Cruality August 11, 08 03:13 AM
1226.

I am left without words after watching the pictures !!!!!!!!

Posted by Rajeswari Amarnath August 11, 08 03:16 AM
1227.

amazing pictures....!!! Great effort!!!!

Posted by neyam August 11, 08 03:19 AM
1228.

it was fantastic especially the 1st part of it, i love it. but in terms of Visual effect, i think athens did a slightly better job.

Posted by CKG, CHN August 11, 08 03:22 AM
1229.

NBC seems to be more concerned about blocking broadcasts from other countries, not because of their right, but to avoid Americans seeing the editing that NBC took the liberty of doing to the Opening Ceremony.

After comparing with the BBC broadcast, it is clear NBC discarded certain images of the artistic presentation of the event. At least one of those images was clearly political. The delayed broadcast on Friday night, a blatant act of commercialism, outraged thousands of Americans. However, should this broadcasting company be made to answer about the censorship it imposed on 260 million Americans?
The Olympics are a legitimate news event. Should we expect the same altering of the Closing Ceremonies?

Posted by Lightbulb August 11, 08 03:23 AM
1230.

very good picture clarity and quality.

Posted by Sarabjit Singh Aulakh August 11, 08 03:24 AM
1231.

I just read a piece news from Yahoo that says that some of the fireworks people watched from TV were fake.

The passage failed to tell us where the news came from and author took so much trouble to put it on the homepage.

What made me puzzled is not the news itself but the strange attitiue of the author behide the news. Is he just jealous of the amazing performance or afraid that China is becoming stronger?

Posted by ivy August 11, 08 03:24 AM
1232.

Wonderful, goregous, ................... good job done.

Posted by angeline August 11, 08 03:32 AM
1233.

Great! Thank you~~

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 03:38 AM
1234.

there are many greatful photos in chinese web,such as http://
www.163.com and so on

welcome to China!

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 03:39 AM
1235.

It's a miracle. This miracle cannot repeat by anybody it is possible only by chinese.

Posted by kumara, India August 11, 08 03:39 AM
1236.

For so many Chinese can use English to express their ideas, I think those who always criticize the china for it's freedom should think for a while. It is not the cold war time that we are seperated. We chinese can understand you but It seems few westerners can understand us. :-)

Posted by william August 11, 08 03:44 AM
1237.

gorgeous images !!!

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 03:45 AM
1238.

It makes me feel proud to be a chinese!

Posted by chewsiewyeng August 11, 08 03:50 AM
1239.

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Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 03:51 AM
1240.

The Chinese government spent $40 billion, not $400 billion, on the Olympic. The U.S. government has spent more than $600 billion on the war in Iraq.

Posted by anonymous August 11, 08 03:52 AM
1241.

Wonderful....love it.. tks for sharing...yeahh.. I love China too....

Posted by Jeanne E, August 11, 08 03:58 AM
1242.

china is diktator

Posted by Iran August 11, 08 04:01 AM
1243.

AWESOME & STUNNING!!!!
the best olympics opening ceremony i've watched!

Posted by Lawrence August 11, 08 04:14 AM
1244.

that was amazing...i am so excited with your photos..congratulation! keep going with what you do !!

Posted by maria August 11, 08 04:20 AM
1245.

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Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 04:24 AM
1246.

wonderful,its amazing. the world will together at olympic.

Posted by tkparmar August 11, 08 04:36 AM
1247.

hi ,i'm a chinese boy, if you want know more about chinese Olympic Games opening ceremony,you can go to my website:http://jiangnan.2008.163.com/v2
welcome ,

my english is poor,

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 04:38 AM
1248.

Dont believe all this "China is a great country" posters. Its the chinese secret police writing this, most chinese dont have free access to the internet and blogs like this, they are indoctrinating the world.

Boycot the OG in china! Its a dictatorship with no freedom of speech or press and hundreds of violations of human rights every day! Also free the people of tibet!

Posted by Peter Parker August 11, 08 04:40 AM
1249.

I love you£¡ China£¡

Posted by David Gong August 11, 08 04:42 AM
1250.

The world will know now the power and ability of the Chinese people. Reporters who come here to report about the Olympics should only do that and it well with out trying to report about other matters. We media should highlight what goes on in there countries before looking at China.

Sheva
From Sri Lanka ( Based in China)

Posted by sheva August 11, 08 04:43 AM
1251.

OMG!!!!! my jaw is still on the floor...
bravo China!! and bravo the photographers!!!!!

Posted by Supriya Rao August 11, 08 04:46 AM
1252.

very beautifull and unbeavable

Posted by rizwan August 11, 08 04:49 AM
1253.

wow,my god

Posted by pooneh August 11, 08 04:53 AM
1254.

LUV China!!!

Posted by Sinosphere August 11, 08 04:58 AM
1255.

The Olypic passed soon, Please come to China when expo 2010 china Shanghai.
and you will find what you see is diffirent with CNN.
Now in China, don"t be CNN mean don"t be a lyer.

Posted by LL464 August 11, 08 04:59 AM
1256.

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Posted by Justin August 11, 08 05:01 AM
1257.

China is great !!!!! I love china........

Posted by july August 11, 08 05:07 AM
1258.

China rocked the world... Hmmm.. But I hate china

Posted by Doni August 11, 08 05:09 AM
1259.

Some one has to introduce a new superlative for the opening ceremony of Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Chinese Nation has thrown a challenge to the world by organizing such an entertaining event on International level. To keep 16,000 performers in Rhythm for such a long period was not an easy task. Chinese Nationals have shown the world that how the Discipline, Education, Practice, Dedication & most importantly National Pride is important to achieve such goals.

Very well done CHINA!

Posted by Mohammad A. Wali August 11, 08 05:20 AM
1260.

Superb and classic photos... These photos will keep the ceremony memorable.

Posted by Maliq August 11, 08 05:22 AM
1261.

Cong Kuo Wan Sui ... Wan Wan Sui..
I'm Proud as Chinese..

Posted by KONARJO August 11, 08 05:29 AM
1262.

Wow…marvelous! It's incredible & spectacular; so brilliant & ingenious! I am so proud of China & so proud of being Chinese! I watched the recording 5 times again & again, what a show....!!! I really enjoy the Drums, Printings & the Olympic Fire (fly-running a circle to light up the Olympic Fire at the end). So cute that Yau Ming walking out with the little Chinese HERO, he is so cute & smart when he said "Thank you, thank you very much" in English to the NBC reporters.

Posted by Susanna L August 11, 08 05:30 AM
1263.

Excellent moment... superb pictures!!!

Posted by Soundari August 11, 08 05:36 AM
1264.

I love China

Posted by kevin August 11, 08 05:38 AM
1265.

As a chinese,I say "welcome friends,welcomt to beijing".

Posted by natacy August 11, 08 05:40 AM
1266.

nEED TO GET A dvd TO SEE IT ALL OVER AGAIN

Posted by KOOS VORSTER August 11, 08 05:57 AM
1267.

No doubt. China was, is and will be a great country...

Posted by Hill August 11, 08 05:59 AM
1268.

Amazing!!!

Posted by zafia August 11, 08 06:08 AM
1269.

Like many of other Chinese, I don't want to touch politics, as we are concentrated to make our motherland better.

Nevertheless, please believe many Chinese will always thanks for the States' help against Japanese invaders during the 2nd World War. Thousands of kind American pilots died on their voyages of bringing foods and gasoline but, another thousand came - They are angells! This is the holy basis of our friendships. The both countries cherish love, justice, faith and thanks.

Thanks for most of the comments above with fair angle. For those misread or even deride China and Chinese, you are inculpable but just wrong. I suggest you come to China and you will be touched. You think you are working quick and effective already in the States? No, Chinese are quicker, as we know we have to be quick to catch up. You can never see such a huge population of people working in ardour and for honor and dream. Believe me we can absolutely realize our own dreams now in China as long as we work hard!

In China, skipping the officers, you may talk with clerks, workers or farmers, with youth or wrinkly. It's up to you but, you will find we have proude and hope. We have many shortcomings now and some of us may be in unsatisfied living condition but 99.9% of people are getting better than last year, last month and even last week! We never hide our shortcomings, we welcome the suggestive comments and criticizes, as long as you are trying to be helpful and we can identify your intention from your eyes.

Like my brethren said above "our smile is true" and could not be faked. we are not shills of Chinese government. Our current leaders also came from us. You may see their working photos in 1960's when they were young. According to their experiences, they know exactly what we need urgently, that is not the fictive but concrete life.

Some above says Beijing paid too much while the world is in lack of food. I tell you, by our efforts, China is not in lack of food this year, so we are helping some other poor countries like we always do. Some day in future they also help us back. This is far better than criticize but doing nothing there. Further more, that was how we contributed to Olympic - the holy dream of human being (not only for Beijing's), you want less or what? You are not Yankee who is open-minded.

Tibets for China is like New Mexico to the States. Will you also accept we criticize on your internal disputes issues? Dalailama is nothing but a cheating clown. If somebody like this fellow who forgot his father and grandpa, please go ahead to feed him like a dog but please don't make noise! Tibet is a part of China, it is ilegal to discuss it internationally - Full Stop! Chinese are kind but never kind in this trend!

Some countries and some foreigners worries about China's rebound, as they did something criminal before or now, or they are trying to build their superpower. If then, just keep on trembling. China has never been a risk of the world, although we had 2000 years of chance to conquer the whole world. And now we are the strong power to prevent some dangrous-aspirant! The peaceful persons should join us and welcome China's rebound.

You should be happy to see a poor neighbor is getting better life, otherwise you are illy. The Beijing Olympic Opening had the world enjoyed, if you are as kind as we are, please be paitient, we have more to show you. 1/4 of human being is getting better and is happy tonight, what else could be better than this? Please join us to enlarge the happy people group and leave those ill-minded fewness along in self-conflictions and sadness.


Posted by Morton Hou August 11, 08 06:08 AM
1270.

Can U tell me what are the essential difference and common ground between us ?
Yes, maybe u are American or European or Asian ,African or anyone from a corner in this world;Or maybe u have ur own religion,history , culture or value system... But can u give an answer to this question which suits everywhere?
Yes, we are quite different and diverse,
Friends, all is nothing but the fact that WE are living on this same beautiful planet.
Why not try to respect other people and understand the difference and diversity and to make this world better?
One World One Dream, Enjoy Olympic Games!
Viva Olympic Spirit and Great People of This Planet!

Posted by Liu August 11, 08 06:10 AM
1271.

superb photos!~

The opening ceremony was what I thought the best show ever. Congrats China!

I think you've well demonstrated the message you want the whole world to know,
from the theme song you picked, from the 2008 drummers saying 'Friends have come from afar, how happy we are', from the amazing 'harmony' Chinese character formed by thousands, that Chinese people love peace and offer your friendship to every nation.

Thanks China! I'm truly touched and impressed!

Posted by Vicky August 11, 08 06:11 AM
1272.

I'm a Chinese.I saw the opening ceremany in TV.Both of us thougt that was a fantastic night,especialy that we can saw the fair works from my window.
I need to thanks this pictures cause this pics are amazing even than what we saw in the TV,maybe just because the degree of author's vision is different.But I still think the "BIG FOOTS FAIRWORKS"and the begining are most fantastic~!!!!

Posted by Amber Peng August 11, 08 06:13 AM
1273.


lovely picturec and beautiful views!
This opening was the best.:)
Zakopane kwatery

Posted by Zakopane August 11, 08 06:15 AM
1274.

CHINA DID A FANTASTIC JOB WITH THE OPENING CEREMONY I WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY THAT THE OLYMPICS ARE HELD IN CHINA BECAUSE THEY DID A FANTASTIC JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO EFENCE BUT

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 06:27 AM
1275.

Fantastic pictures! how do you take them?? the show seems more beautiful than i saw from TV.

To Western people, China and chinese people are more open than you think. we like to study from other countries, cos we know we have slowed on recent 200 years, so we need more ideas and knowlage to learn from different cultures and nations. Chinese people are willing to contact with foreigners. we also complaint about our government, but if you know chinese culture you will know, nomatter what happened in China it's our own fair, we don't like others jump out and say something.

BTW, Tibet is one part of China since thousand years ago. For the Chinese people, we are wondering why western people are so interesting about Tibet, i belive most of the guys who shout about free tibet even don't know where tibet is and what its history is. Independent is not always right. if it is, why hawaii can't be free, and Alaska, and North Island

Posted by Xue August 11, 08 06:39 AM
1276.

i have never and ever see such amizing figure .
LONG LIVE CHINES PEOPLE.

Posted by ADDIS August 11, 08 06:43 AM
1277.

Superb...!!!! Pictures...

Posted by Aravind Devarajan August 11, 08 06:47 AM
1278.

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Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 06:48 AM
1279.

amazing & fantastic shots!!! well done!!

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 06:58 AM
1280.

maganda

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 06:59 AM
1281.

best olympics opening ceremont!
well done china!

AND I love your photos,
well done

Posted by Steve August 11, 08 07:11 AM
1282.

This is so cool. Proud to be chinese.

1 World 1 Dream

Posted by Jeff August 11, 08 07:14 AM
1283.

Hi,SALAM,
I laove such a amasing modern design .WOW
welldown CHINA

Posted by Farzaneh Parsi August 11, 08 07:16 AM
1284.

excellent

Posted by anoop August 11, 08 07:18 AM
1285.

very stunning photo shots!!! amazing!
hey, do you have a link where i can watch the entire full version of the 2008 olympics opening ceremony???

Posted by banghole August 11, 08 07:19 AM
1286.

can you feel it....can you feelit.. can you feel it coming down..can you feel it in your bones..can you feel it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Christine Le August 11, 08 07:20 AM
1287.

Nice 1

Posted by Vinay August 11, 08 07:20 AM
1288.

Londen....i feel....so hard...

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 07:22 AM
1289.

I am so happy to see the these events
and like to send this mail to every body
specially girls of china they perform very
good and my kiss for all chines Girls china
is good friend of BANGLORE

Posted by G.S.B Agnihothri August 11, 08 07:27 AM
1290.

Beijing 's Olympic is truly Amazing !
It's still fresh in people memory ! Right ?
It's very well done !!

Posted by Someone who like b - O August 11, 08 07:28 AM
1291.

Bienvenu ¨¤ Pekin!
Welcome to Beijing!
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Posted by jo_jo August 11, 08 07:33 AM
1292.

Great!
So pity that can't see all the details from TV.

A big film these years.

Posted by Jason August 11, 08 07:35 AM
1293.

It's no surprise that America's redneck subpopulation is repulsed by this spectacle. These ceremonies represent a level of dedication and humility that our increasingly pigheaded, self-absorbed nation can never hope to equal.

So of course China is seen as a threat, but only by those already conditioned to see everything different or foreign as bad.

Posted by Mark99 August 11, 08 07:36 AM
1294.

is beaautiful

Posted by anna cruz August 11, 08 07:37 AM
1295.

They can flash, bang and boom all they want. They're still commies, and we (the USA) will eventually have to fight them.

Posted by MarketGarden August 11, 08 07:40 AM
1296.

Goooooooooooo China !
We r proud of u

Posted by Leon August 11, 08 07:42 AM
1297.

this photos wiil be very beautiful thnkyou very much,

Posted by satish August 11, 08 07:47 AM
1298.

I love china~~ so great!

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 07:51 AM
1299.

First of all, as a Chinese I'd like to thank the photographer from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful shooting and sharing. You've done it GREAT!!

Secondly, I would like to thank ALL those people who had given positive comments to the opening ceremony. You are great people following your hearts. I am deeply touched. Thanks a million!

As for the last photo that caused arguements, I believe the photographer's initial idea is to show how inspired and united Chinese people are for the Beijing Olympics Games...regardless the not-so-satisfying living conditions, you can see PASSION in the children's eyes and SMILES on their faces. Only out of LOVE and HOPE could they form such a CREATIVE Olympics symbol. And don't forget that they are children of the migrant workers who are taking the cities as a temp stop to see the world, be educated and earn money. Most of them will eventually go back to their hometowns with all the money they made/saved in cities to build spacious houses and live an above-the-local-standard life going forward.

Maybe China has been doing too good overall economically in recent years, some narrow-minded people have forgotten the fact that it is STILL a developing country. The Chinese people have already proven to the world that we can make a difference...I am not simply talking about the Olympics. The dignity and perseverance are born in our blood from centuries ago. This great nation and its people are mapping their own future regardless any negative/ignorant murmurs. We have never said that we are perfect but I believe that anyone with an open mind can see that we are always getting better!!

I have never been soooooooo proud of being a Chinese. 2008 tested us with natrual disasters (snow storm, earthquake, flood, etc) but also honored us with the glory of the Olympics!! I simply don't understand why there are still snobs shouting ignorant noices over the sincere efforts that China devoted in hosting the Olympics. Some comments are really rediculous and groundless with stupid fever and illusion of a barbarian country of stone-aged political system in their minds. Hey, WAKE UP AND GIVE ME A BREAK!! Move your ass down to the earth of China and see the truth with your own eyes before shooting out bullshit!

And I've had enough about the "Free Tibet" nonsenses from those who needs to make up primary-school-level education on history. Tibet WAS, IS and WILL ALWAYS BE part of China. It is funny that some geeks who could only track down a human history to a bit more than 200 years are trying to make indiscreet criticisms over a nation of over 5000 years of history.

Ooops...am making this far longer than I had planned to do.

At last but not least, only the Chinese people are entitled to comment China and the Chinese government. I am proud of my country and I think the government is doing its best to make China a better place for its people. I don't give a DAMN to those who shouting out groundless noices...just take a try to even thinking about taking care of over 1.3 billion people...hope you won't get fainted!!

Thanks again for the AMAZING photos and all the warm congratulations and fair hearts!!

I LOVE CHINA!!

Posted by Jennifer WYZ LOVES CHINA August 11, 08 07:56 AM
1300.

i am chinese,i am not sutisfy with this opening,i can see just so many people,but a single one is not important in their mind.single ones still dont have the right to vote .to speak out a opssit word is dangrous in my country,people are not allowed to visit prisdents for problem in peikin during olimpic game....i am sad to say that,i wish i havent knew those bad things happened in china ,as most others.wish chinese a beeter future! please help us!
my email for comunication:wuqing771@126.com

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 08:02 AM
1301.

Awesome ceremony...really fantastic and superb.. What a gift to the eyes.. its a real treat for all the viewers and the spectators.. it depicts their culture and heritage..

Posted by Bharani August 11, 08 08:02 AM
1302.

Woow Superb... GR8... Keep up good work CHINA

Posted by Chetan August 11, 08 08:09 AM
1303.

ya It's really good...........

Posted by Shiek August 11, 08 08:25 AM
1304.

amazing - Very Very Very nice

Posted by Krishan August 11, 08 08:26 AM
1305.

Fantastic! May I use the pictures to compose a clip to put on Internet. I will give the credits. Thak you.
LCDias

Posted by LCDias August 11, 08 08:27 AM
1306.

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Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 08:44 AM
1307.

super great pictures!!! extra great!! i love all of them!!
it was a great olympics opening by beijing!
congrats to china for an amazing opening ceremony. i couldnt keep my eyes off the television!

Posted by jan August 11, 08 08:46 AM
1308.

MSN: liufenkui@hotmail.com

I am a Chinese, I 1989/05/17 20-year-old in China's Fujian Province opened abroad this site, you'll see the comments, your answer, I use a website translation, there might be mistakes, but the second, I hope you will understand! Each country has rich or poor, I think the underlying picture is intentionally or deliberately, 1.3 billion¡­¡­ only part of the poor, you have the opportunity to look at China

Posted by liu August 11, 08 08:48 AM
1309.

Thank you to the photographers for these stunning pictures.

I am an American who lived in China for two years (2005-2007). I currently live in South America. To all of those who complain about dictatorship, communism, human rights violations, and all the other supposedly "Chinese" problems, please wake up! These things happen all over the world; they are not just "Chinese" problems, and are very likely happening in your own backyard if you would take a moment to look around.

When I lived in China I was both welcomed and jeered, and the simple truth is that there are both good and bad people all over the world. Let us thank the Chinese for their hospitality while at the same time we continue hoping for positive change (peace, respect for human dignity, care for the environment) **all over the world**, not just in China.

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Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 08:57 AM
1311.

This is amazing............be it inaugeral ceremony @ China....or the photographs capture................unmatachable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Sweta Ranjan August 11, 08 08:57 AM
1312.

hi im chinese from Malaysia.
that night i watch beijing olympic opening ceremony
really really surprise me especially for li ning that part
im so proud of being a chinese:-)
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Posted by sufenÊç·Ò August 11, 08 09:03 AM
1313.

Congratulations China. The ceremony was an event your country can be truly proud of.
You have set the new benchmark!

Posted by Graeme (from Johannesburg, South Africa) August 11, 08 09:06 AM
1314.

all pics were superb and r so real.
bt last pic was my favourite....
i luv all the pics, hope, i should also b in the part of next olympic games...............
luv u all.

Posted by Harshdeep Singh frm jalandhar August 11, 08 09:08 AM
1315.

those are really wonderful !

Posted by priyono dwijowarastro August 11, 08 09:11 AM
1316.

mind-blowing

Posted by MOhammad August 11, 08 09:13 AM
1317.

Wonderful show.
I cried when the Chinese Anthem was played.
Can't wait to see the closing ceremony.

Posted by peter chao August 11, 08 09:15 AM
1318.

Truly amazing..... even more impressive than Yangshuo's 'Impression on Sanjie Liu'. The pictures are amazing and show the detail and time that went into those costumes, and the performances. As a Londoner I would like to know if anyone has any idea how we can follow this?????!!! all answers on a postcard to Boris Johnson, London City Hall, London, Great Britain....

Posted by Liz Tullett August 11, 08 09:25 AM
1319.

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Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 09:31 AM
1320.

just by reading thru the 1298 comments here, you will know how the world is going to be like in the coming 5 -30 years:-

while the "hate China" continues, Chinese only improve themselves. They never fight back but to explain very patiently with open mind.

May God bless those who are forgiving.

Posted by osmond August 11, 08 09:31 AM
1321.

it is great~!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 09:33 AM
1322.

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Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 09:44 AM
1323.

Totally awesome, great, wonderful, beautiful, terrific....
One world, one dream........yeah!

Posted by Jane August 11, 08 09:45 AM
1324.

Wonderful

Posted by Santhosh August 11, 08 09:46 AM
1325.

Its Really Spectacular

Posted by Gokul August 11, 08 09:48 AM
1326.

Itz really Awesome .......... I am watching it again and again........ Just obeserving the skillfull persons Arts....

Posted by lakshmi August 11, 08 09:49 AM
1327.

Hi,

I am from the chinese opposition party who is threatened with death penalty. Dont believe, what the chinese propagande writes here, these are not ordinary people writing here, these are secret government agents who infiltrate the web in order to make you belief, there are free citizens in china. but the opposit is right and all chinese internet is censored and we have no freedom of speech or a fair justice and political system. boykot this olympic games in a near fascist country!

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1328.

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Posted by JOY August 11, 08 09:54 AM
1329.

China has always been one of my favourite countries to visit,. I knew they would do an amazing job with the Olympics, and especially with the opening and closing ceremonies, and they did!

No other country could do these so well, and I doubt that we will ever see their like again.

I hope someone comes out with a DVD of the Opening Ceremonies.

Karen in Canada
http://www.snapshotjourneys.com/china.html

Posted by Karen August 11, 08 09:57 AM
1330.

Peter Parker: i don't know who you are. i won't say that you are an idiot, i'll just think it, coz saying it aloud doesn’t seem polite. but i confess that there is no free internet access at my place, it charges me about 120 RMB/month. tibet IS free by the way. it's been freed ever since the chinese people liberated themselves more than half a century ago.
sorry to those who do not agree with me. but don't say injustice and preconception. fair play. this is what you go in for. or not?

Posted by nelly August 11, 08 10:09 AM
1331.

To all those China/Chinese bashers - Come on! We are all God's people and we only live once. Let us set aside our prejudice and rhetoric. Let us appreciate the fact that there are other ethic groups, other types of culture and heritage, and other customs in this world. Let us all come together and celebrate humanity and friendship, at least for once.

Posted by NJ August 11, 08 10:10 AM
1332.

Breathtaking !!!!!!

Posted by Gayle Samuels August 11, 08 10:10 AM
1333.

spectracular

Posted by namita sen August 11, 08 10:12 AM
1334.

To all those China/Chinese bashers - Come on! We are all God's people and we only live once. Let us set aside our prejudice and rhetoric. Let us appreciate the fact that there are other ethic groups, other types of culture and heritage, and other customs in this world. Let us all come together and celebrate humanity and friendship, at least for once.

Posted by NJ August 11, 08 10:22 AM
1335.

Breathtaking !!!!!!

Posted by Gayle Samuels August 11, 08 10:22 AM
1336.

I could'nt see the opening on TV, but through these wonderful photographs, I can have an aproximate idea of the show, and as an Olympic athlete (I was in the opening in Atlanta), and I have to say that Beijing wan the gold medal, for creativity, and transformation of ancient culture to modernity. The gold medal for originality still goes to Barcelona.
Congratulations for the photographs from a photofrapher!!

Posted by Fiona August 11, 08 10:23 AM
1337.

Its wonderful....
The situation never comes agian.

Posted by Venkataramana August 11, 08 10:26 AM
1338.

DE FUDER!!!

Posted by Thiago Canario August 11, 08 10:27 AM
1339.

those were so cool!
thanks

Posted by ellie August 11, 08 10:41 AM
1340.

They are just wonderful! Kudos to the photographers!

Posted by Kaushal Modi August 11, 08 10:55 AM
1341.

I for one welcome our new Chinese overlords.

Posted by Pete August 11, 08 10:57 AM
1342.

SPECTACULAIRE!

Posted by him August 11, 08 11:04 AM
1343.

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Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 11:05 AM
1344.

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Posted by ke xu August 11, 08 11:05 AM
1345.

First of all to thank you all for the support of Beijing!
One World, One Dream!
I believe that we can clearly look at the facts!
Lovely China!!
I love you!
Öйú¼ÓÓÍ^0^

Posted by annk'w August 11, 08 11:07 AM
1346.

Wow amazing snaps...

I am so happy to see such type of snaps....

Posted by krishna chaitanya August 11, 08 11:08 AM
1347.

I was not been get a chance to see the show on TV.Post watching on Mail it was just amazing ,mindblowing.The technology and the lighting arrangement and brain behind the show could have been get the appritation from all over the world.Only china could do such miracle in this universe.Thanks the photo graph provider and many many thanks to the brodcast system to fascilitate such asthonish things.

Posted by susmita rout August 11, 08 11:10 AM
1348.

First of all to thank you all for the support of Beijing!
One World, One Dream!
I believe that we can clearly look at the facts!
Lovely China!!
I love you!
Öйú¼ÓÓÍ^0^

Posted by annk'w August 11, 08 11:12 AM
1349.

Amazing

Wounderful

Posted by vishalraj August 11, 08 11:14 AM
1350.

Opening Ceremony was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best ever.
Well done, China.

Posted by Florence August 11, 08 11:18 AM
1351.

Wonderful!!

Posted by sam August 11, 08 11:20 AM
1352.

it was so great i've never been seen such a fabulous ceremony like china did!!!!

Posted by sniperarman (phil) August 11, 08 11:25 AM
1353.

This is the most wonderful event. Bravo China!!!! I do not think we will see another opening ceremony like this in years..

Posted by rene rivera August 11, 08 11:26 AM
1354.

This are spectacular shots !!! Truly amazing...

Posted by Rachel Padilla August 11, 08 11:27 AM
1355.

½Õ×ÐÑëÒÐÕÜÞ!!

Posted by ¼ÐàØÝÞçÚÐ August 11, 08 11:34 AM
1356.

London doesn't stand a chance of topping that in 4 years time.

Posted by Gerb August 11, 08 11:35 AM
1357.

This was a most average performance and they cheated. the german magazin SPIEGEL has discovered, that the chinese manipulated the TV pictures.

Posted by thereisnogod August 11, 08 11:51 AM
1358.

WOW! Awesome!

Posted by Guenther Gehart August 11, 08 11:54 AM
1359.

Brilliant! It's very Zhang Yimou style - the grandness, colours and the amount of people. He showcased the chinese cultures and history very well.
(Zhang Yimou: internationally acclaimed Chinese filmmaker and cinematographer.)

Posted by Sandrasim August 11, 08 11:57 AM
1360.

Fantastic! I was there that night.. A night to remember, probably the best opening ceremony in history.
http://www.chineseathome.com

Posted by Chinesoproud August 11, 08 11:57 AM
1361.

Incredible Pictures. Good work as usual.

Cheers
TheJunction

Posted by TheJunction August 11, 08 11:58 AM
1362.

Wonderful!!

Posted by sam August 11, 08 11:59 AM
1363.

You have the best shots, Boston Globe, such great pictures! Many thanks.
The manipulated TV pictures, as reported by Yahoo quoting London's press, are a minor issue to me as well.
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Posted by VicLam August 11, 08 12:16 PM
1364.

Good.

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Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 12:27 PM
1366.

Incredible and a little scary

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 12:55 PM
1367.

Awesome photography! Wow!

Posted by graciesgram August 11, 08 01:06 PM
1368.

the olympics are the best thing ever

Posted by kimberly blake August 11, 08 01:06 PM
1369.

Thankyou for showing to the world that you are an old civilization

Posted by yazid aliyu August 11, 08 01:06 PM
1370.

for people sitting behind their computers blaming china, do you really know what does real china look like?

I used to think CNN and oversea medias are unbiased, and after 2 years living in US proved that these medias are just narrow minded, they jump into conclusion all the times whenever they get chance, and people just believe in what they see on TV or magazine.

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 01:20 PM
1371.

Really cool pictures...!!
Saw the whole thing on television...! and the photographs are really incredible..!!

"One World One Dream"

Posted by aslam August 11, 08 01:23 PM
1372.

Wonderful photos that reflect some of the best TV scenes of the opening.

Friendly communication between people of various nations helps promote peace. It is too bad that the leaders of all nations can't communicate in the spirit that the Olymics is intended. I think the OLympics creates a great opportunity for people to learn to live together in peace.

Posted by Paul Craig August 11, 08 01:23 PM
1373.

Just..... AMAZING!!!!!
so.... about the pictures... nice work, very nice work.
congratulations.

Posted by Jorge Páez August 11, 08 01:23 PM
1374.

What strength in their cultural stand!!!Beautiful and majestic.

Posted by claudia August 11, 08 01:28 PM
1375.

One world, one dream, one child, one China.

Posted by hung wei low August 11, 08 01:31 PM
1376.

AWESOME

Posted by 123456789 August 11, 08 01:35 PM
1377.

The olympics is beautiful

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Posted by My name is ... is...Muimelanci August 11, 08 01:38 PM
1378.

those were cool pics but i wish they had a video of the opening ceremony you know so you could know how majestic and if it was even cool at all i dont know about you but i like a real life visual you know that would make my day i just want a hd version available on the tv or maybe they could play it again ? i would like it that, but i would also like it if shaun johnson won the gold , who knows they could both prove to be impossible? or totally possible!

Posted by usawomensgymnastics August 11, 08 01:41 PM
1379.

I am a Canadian living in Toronto, we see and work with Jewish, Italians, Chinese, Indians, Africans and many others from different cultural backgrounds everyday of our lives. Just from reading the comments in this forum, I find it sad to see the number of ignorant people out there. Those who have negative impressions of the Chinese in China, have you been to China? Have you ever left your own country, do you even have a passport? Do you speak any other languages other than English?
Go do your own research, use your internet access wisely, take a flight to China, we are in the 21st century. There are more rich Chinese than you think, and there are way more educated Chinese than you think, many of them speaks English fluently. When I was in Beijing, I read newspaper in English and it had world news. When I was in Florida, all I could find was U.S. news and news about the war, there wasn't even news about its neighbour, Canada. Americans utilize "propanganda" to the full extent, news about other countries have to be either big news or bad news. I was in Trump's Taj Mahal in Atlantic City six months ago, I found a bug in my bed on my arrival, I am very picky about cleanliness, the room attendant just handed me a stack of new sheets, didn't even bother to change the bed into the new sheets until I told him to do so, and of course never apologize. I went to Hong Kong in June, the same thing happened, the Manager came to my room personally, apologized, and changed the bed with the room attendant. What this means to me is: the lack of manners/discipline and knowledge are what will cause the downfall of a country.
The chances of me going back to Atlantic City is zero, and the chances of me visiting Hong Kong again is 100%.

Posted by Stephy August 11, 08 01:50 PM
1380.

198 "Wow, look at the last one, they are such a great country to live......they treat their people so well." --Mr. Sarcasm
Oh Yes, unlike those Chinese, all of us Americans are well taken care of and living in sparkling clean conditions.
Posted by Proud American August 8, 08 10:32 PM

Are you sure all Americans are well taken care of? Who are those homeless pan-handlers standing at the side of the street and freeway enterance, holding large cardboard signs waiting for hand-out? If you were correct, then they must be agents from IRS collecting extra $$ for the US government. But I think it's more accurate to say you, your family and friends must be living in a deep well.

Posted by TSQ August 11, 08 01:55 PM
1381.

Fantastic Pictures and Fantastic Show!!!
I Love China!!!

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 01:57 PM
1382.

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Posted by 570 August 11, 08 02:19 PM
1384.

one world one china

Posted by shaggz August 11, 08 02:32 PM
1385.

Even if I was to "visit the real China for myself"...as many Chinese have invited me (as a smug fat arrogant American) to do so...I probably couldn't report on what I see because of the Government censorship. (Or I'd be put in prison)

I don't pretend to know about Tibet, nor do I much care. It is an internal Chinese matter, and for that, I will reserve any sort of comment. As for Darfur, I will go under the assumption that the Communist leaders are not killing villagers...it is the Janjaweed. Although it is a horrible human tragedy, to blame another country and it's people is wrong.

Americans are guilty on this comment section for bashing the Chinese, just as many angry Chinese citizens are equally guilty calling American readers out in an American newspaper's website. (Somewhat ironic). Communism simply does not work, nor will it ever work in the long run because of the sociological and economical issues it creates. Without the desire to become the best person one can be, what motivation is there to strive to help out your fellow man? What is the real purpose of living each day to the best of your ability?

Both countries have their faults and their beauty, and NOBODY reading this comment section have the ability to change the fate of these two nations by themselves.

But for two weeks...as an intelligent and open-minded American, I will give the Chinese their 16 days in the sun, and put our other differences aside. The Olympics are about wolrd harmony and peace...not of petty arguments between nations. The opening ceremony...whether it was constructed on the good-graces of the organizing government or not...was spectacular and should be labeled as such. For that, the Chinese readers of this website should proud. (I know I would be.)

But make no mistake about it...2000 drummers and guys running sideways on a giant ball never changed the world. After the Olympics are over, our problems will still remain, and our differences will remain great. I only hope that this interaction between our cultures...albeit minute and small...will allow us to better understand each other. We are truly one world....even if that one world is scarred with the mistakes and misconceptions of our brothers and sisters.

Congratulations China on a spectacular ceremony and a great Olympic games so far. But you have a long long way to go to surpass we Americans in the one thing the rest of the world holds most dear: The ability to think...say...and do what we want. The great thing is? If you don't agree with me...you can simply say so on this website...and you won't even have to go to prison to do so.

Posted by Fat Lazy American August 11, 08 02:49 PM
1386.

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Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 02:55 PM
1387.

I am a Chinese and have been living in the States for 20 years. I can attest that China, and even the government, have improved a lot over the past 20 years. There are problems and areas for greater improvement. We Chinese know that better than anybody else. But we do not adore rapid changes (besides economics). China is like a big aircraft, any smallest change of direction will involve the precise coordination of many parts.

Posted by Sue August 11, 08 02:55 PM
1388.

I JUST finished watching the opening ceremony (I had recorded it, since I was only able to watch about half on opening day). I can honestly say I've never seen not only a more spectacular opening ceremony, but a more impressive performance of ANY kind anywhere. It was absolutely outstanding. The pictures, while breathtaking, don't do it any real kind of justice. The amount of work that must have gone into the choreography and the amount of practice that everyone must have gone through to get the performances so well-timed and perfect... I simply can't imagine.

To those who write here that they are proud to be Chinese, I say you SHOULD be. Be proud! You come from a glorious country, rich with tradition, elegance, and wonder.

Posted by Neil in America August 11, 08 02:57 PM
1389.

Great and Fantastic

Posted by See Chit August 11, 08 02:59 PM
1390.

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1391.

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Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 03:12 PM
1392.

Dear Americans,

I wish you can be as gracious as the Olympic spectators to cheer for all winners, disregarding of their race or country they represent. We can't see all and we shouldn't judge at all. All I can see here are amazing moments caught by incredible photography. All are beautiful in the eyes of the artists. Sport and art are the two beautiful aspect of life that do not imvolve politics. Why ruin the beautiful scene with nasty comments? "One world, one dream." We all survive and we all should be grateful. I am originally from Hong Kong and live in America now. I often look for good things to appreciate - music, food, fashion, books, movies, sports....Chinese, American, European, Japanese.....all colors, all angles... boy, I feel rich. Hey, my Chinese friends, you can do the same....LIFE is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away. You and I know we have great potential for love and peace. So do you , my American friends.

Posted by Cissy August 11, 08 03:14 PM
1393.

some people who have commented here are hypocrites and ignorants...they think their country is any different as to what they irresponsibly accuse....
they talk of the real life.. but do they know real life?
they talk about negatives of a culture but they have never seen or experience life in that particular culture up close...
they talk about politics but they rely on distorted media and hearsay to conclude....

Here is a suggestion... do not criticize someone else's culture unless the tip of your nose touches the ground where such cultures evolve...

I'm Filipino now living in the USA.... but I am very proud of what Beijing was able to showcase to the world.... i may not have Chinese blood.. but the Filipino culture has long adapted many Chinese philosophies which many of us practice... and more over their food hehehehe....I'm very proud of our neighboring country...

Congratulations Beijing for that wonderful pageantry of history, art, and culture... we truly enjoyed every minute of it....

One World One Dream =)... Terrific Opening Ceremony Beijing....
also... great shots... =)

Posted by terminator August 11, 08 03:18 PM
1394.

I deeply feel sorry for some people who still have some bad things to say on such an extraordinary event. They like to attack China because it gets stronger. The chinese people love their country. I especially love our leader. You do not know the history of Chinese, how it was beaten up in the last 2 centuries by the western invasion and after our social economical reform that gives a lot of people a taste of comfort. We are hard working nation which unite together no matter what. We have virtues and Confucius ideas that hold ourselves strong. We have a very long history of culture and our ancestors has descended a lot of greatness for us. In US, there are so much hatred between the blacks and the whites in some areas that will only hurt the country even more. US has a huge racial problem especially in the south

Being so negative only proves your ignorance and jealousy?

Posted by Ching August 11, 08 03:41 PM
1395.

those images are really amazing, thanks for sharing...

Posted by luisefe August 11, 08 03:41 PM
1396.

To the photographer/s of the most awesome photographs: Your souls are captured in the beauty of your work. I thank you for sharing.

Posted by ReneeBC August 11, 08 03:44 PM
1397.

Amazine photos...it's great to see this country coming out like this. I hope this can be the beginning of something amazing for world peace!!

Posted by JJ August 11, 08 03:52 PM
1398.

China's Got Talent!!

Posted by James August 11, 08 03:57 PM
1399.

maravilloso Muy lejos de lo que se podía esperar de su cultura

Posted by lore August 11, 08 04:00 PM
1400.

Clearly the most spectacular I have ever seen. The Chinese people have every right to be proud of their many talents. Such determination, precision, perfection, fanfare, technological wonder, etc. Assuredly, these people will also perform very well in the games. But I was immediately struck by the many contrasts! The ancient art of calligraphy done in dance form, Tai Chi, etc. all depicting peace and harmony between man and nature performed in a city so polluted that oxygen masks must be utilized The poverty of the people immersed in what has got to be the most expensive undertaking ever. Respect for people conflicts with the lack of respect government has for the sesame people. Too bad politics enter into it, but some cannot ignore the opportunity to condemn oppression . While President Bush attends with Putin, his friend(?) casually informs him that his country has declared war with Georgia. While the games are supposed to be a good thing, the very heavy security reminds me of the potentially volatile nature of the event. This security does nothing to prevent the murder and injuries of family members of a US coach, at the Drum Tower they were visiting only a few hours after the opening celebration.


Posted by Margaret Schwarz August 11, 08 04:01 PM
1401.

chinese people has what we dont even imagine!!!!!!!

Posted by juan manzo August 11, 08 04:09 PM
1402.

wow, that was very awesome, thanks for sharing

Posted by teine samoa August 11, 08 04:17 PM
1403.

it's our turn next - I know our country will put on a spectacular show but the bar has been raised so very very high

Posted by marni August 11, 08 04:23 PM
1404.

THE BEST OPENING CEREMONY IN OLYMPIC HISTORY. WOW!!. WERE CAN I BUY A COPY?

Posted by BRADSHAW August 11, 08 04:29 PM
1405.

Most Americans dont even have a passport

Posted by Ching August 11, 08 04:37 PM
1406.

I`m a chinese . Thanks for USA . We are friends.

Posted by Cv_Classic August 11, 08 04:41 PM
1407.

This is China's way of notifying the world that that they are "in charge". Naturally when an entire country chooses to expend its treasure on something like this rather than helping its people - they can make it very impressive. In the US it's generally left up to the city host to pay for - and a city isn't going to put another 300 million into an opening ceremony. You can buy into China's telling the world that communism is the best system for governing if you want - but I don't care to.

Posted by Craig Montague August 11, 08 04:48 PM
1408.

These are beautiful pictures. I really like these lovely pictures and wish I could have see a pic. of Jamaican Athletes marching in with Veronica Campbell-Brown carrying the Jamaican flag. The opening Ceremony is good to look at.

Posted by Charmaine Bryan August 11, 08 04:50 PM
1409.

Its simply OSSOME...

Thanks 4 such a beautiful view...

Posted by K10 August 11, 08 04:50 PM
1410.

Unbelievable!!!

http://me.nikjam.com

Posted by Nikhil James August 11, 08 04:54 PM
1411.

Free Tibet, Human Rights, Freedom of speech.
Chinese rulers please make everybody happy.

Posted by Nico Groen August 11, 08 04:58 PM
1412.

My husband has been to Bejing through the company he works for. He deals with chinese people everyday on conferance calls, The most sincere, kind, hardworking people you could meet.. Please do not put them down, unless you truly know them through their hearts and souls. They worked very , very hard for the Best Olympic Opening I have ever seen and will probably be ever done, This show was spectacular for the whole world to unite as one during the days of the Olympics and the best athletes around our globe.They could not have done a more wonderful , creative show. Hat's off to the photographer. Exceptional work and captured the performers outstanding performances. You are certainly a professional to be honored by these photographs. THANK-YOU!!!!!

Posted by Sparkles August 11, 08 05:01 PM
1413.

Even though right now, as we speak, athletes around the world is fiercely competing with one another [and with each other in the same nation as well], but for the 2 weeks, I'm just going to enjoy what's being displayed - the uniting of nations and countries, people of all races and colours and creeds - doing something together - as one! To me, that's a pretty good feeling.

Thanks for the excellent photographs. They make the event even more memorable.

Posted by Robert August 11, 08 05:08 PM
1414.

How does a nation please 1.3+ billion people and the rest of the world?

Even though right now, as we speak, athletes around the world is fiercely competing with one another [and with each other in the same nation as well], but for the 2 weeks, I'm just going to enjoy what's being displayed - the uniting of nations and countries, people of all races and colours and creeds - doing something together - as one! To me, that's a pretty good feeling.

Thanks for the excellent photographs. They make the event even more memorable.

Posted by Robert August 11, 08 05:16 PM
1415.

Hi, great images!

Let put the politics away and enjoy the beautiful moments!

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 05:18 PM
1416.

Really amazing.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Congrats to the Chinese people!

Posted by Skeets August 11, 08 05:19 PM
1417.

Absolutely beautiful.
There's nothing else that needs to be said. The pictures say it all

Posted by Colin Darland August 11, 08 05:26 PM
1418.

To 1385, who identified him/herself as "Fat Lazy American",
Your comment is long and well-witted, which means you take the effort to think and write up, instead of just ranting "china is dictatorship",'free Tibet", "blahblah". I appreciate that. It also sets you apart from blindly irrational China haters. That's why I decide to reply you, as you have asked by the end your comment.

I cannot pretend not to be Chinese, because I was born to be a Chinese...although my mindset is more toward a world citizen; I believe in cosmopolitanism; and I dislike the idea of bearing the mark of "nationality" as we walk in this world. But that's the reality.

I also admit that I am posting the comment in the United States, but I had also done this many times and freely when I was in China. I have posted in English and French. I said both good things and bad things about China, but I was never put into prison...I am not a defender of the Chinese govt, and I do not intend argue about all those human rights problems mentioned above, some of which accusations may be true.However, you made me want to reply just because, you,madam/sir, as a self-claiming "intelligent" and "open-minded" American, could jumped to the conclusion that the Chinese do not have the ability to think...Do you realize that it has almost mounted to racism? I am not just trying to put you, a seemingly liberal, back to the track of political correctness, as political correctness if full of contradiction. My intention of posting here is just to contribute to mitigate the bad influence your careless comment could bring. And I just won't do it by pointing out how one can calculate the "independent-thinking" rate in the United States, which you, an open-minded American, might have a good estimate privately.

By saying this, I am not denying that many Chinese do care to think, like many people elsewhere. But I do not want your comment to mislead the uninformed Americans. Personally, I grew up (in Mainland China) with full accessibilty to all Western Classics (not only Marxism, thanks) from Plato to Nietsche to Hayek, from Homer to Dante to Dickens. I can easily find those "subversive" reads like early Solzhenitsyn, Brodsky and so on in public libraries in China. And books are much less expensive in China then in the U.S... In my personal opinion, many Chinese choose not to read and self-educate not because they are forbidden to do so by the govt, but out of the same reason as some people here, livelihood and money come first. There are easy entertainments out there, all hollywood movies and Britney Speares.

I am disappointed by your careless comments on the thinking abillity of the Chinese as a particular people defined by nationality. Yes, there is a context of what you said, but by stating this is simply misleading.

My goodness...how would I have contempted myself by leaving trace in this kind of argument since I realized that the world is too much for one to be not cynical? But I let slip my seriousness today.

Again, I appreciate your appreciation of the opening ceremony. It is not the best to my personal taste. But I respect the effort of all the artists and participants.

regards,
a random Chinese

Posted by Yelabuga August 11, 08 05:26 PM
1419.

Amazing photos
I am sure that Nikon d3 got better shots than others

Posted by Maximo Tejada August 11, 08 05:28 PM
1420.


Helwa Jeddan Jeddan..

In Arabic : Very Very Beautiful.

Thank you.Greeting from Saudi Arabia to you & to China.

Posted by Sami Elyas August 11, 08 05:31 PM
1421.

Amazing photos
I am sure that Nikon d3 got better shots than others

Posted by Maximo Tejada August 11, 08 05:39 PM
1422.

It's not only spectacular show, but also a highly creative one. Nothing short of a miracle! Very good job China.

Posted by John August 11, 08 05:40 PM
1423.

the olymipic is so cool

Posted by kayla August 11, 08 05:47 PM
1424.

inspirador, eleva el espiritu del ser humano y muestra de una manera sublime la capacidad del ser humano de crear y de profundizar en la belleza de su alma y de su corazon.

Posted by tatiana patricia robles mendez August 11, 08 06:02 PM
1425.

@ 1385
Great job expressing your views because you have once again astonished me as to how ignorant some Americans and their politicians can be. These reports of censorship, arrests, torture, etc come in the most extreme of circumstances. So before you accuse the CCP of acting against the wishes of Lady Liberty, remember the USA Patriot Act, Guantanamo Bay, and Bush's Wiretapping scheme.

-an 15 year-resident of the USA, Ivy-educated, Springsteen-loving Chinese-American

Posted by jd August 11, 08 06:03 PM
1426.

the olymipic is so cool

Posted by kayla August 11, 08 06:05 PM
1427.

I was looking for the broadcast credits to see all the people that worked on it- anyone know how I can get this information?

Posted by Evan August 11, 08 06:14 PM
1428.

picture of olympics

Posted by reza August 11, 08 07:18 PM
1429.

Great Performance

Posted by Yana Shakhuntsev August 11, 08 07:25 PM
1430.

what a set of awesome photos, i am speechless
the chinese certainly has put up a sensational show for the opening of the olympics

Posted by michael sutedja August 11, 08 07:45 PM
1431.

Great Performance

Posted by Yana Shakhuntsev August 11, 08 07:51 PM
1432.

Wonderful, try and beat that UK in 2012, highly unlikely.

Posted by Roger August 11, 08 08:26 PM
1433.

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Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 08:27 PM
1434.

espetacular.

Posted by vittorio torchetti August 11, 08 08:50 PM
1435.

CONGRATULATIONS CHINA. Everything the Chinese do is perfection.
Great Opening Ceremony certainly something to be very proud of. Awesome!

Posted by M Blyth - Western Australia August 11, 08 08:59 PM
1436.

So great photoes, and actually, most of them were not shown on the TV I saw in that night, Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Samuel August 11, 08 09:05 PM
1437.

Beautiful pictures. Looks like the 1D Mark III really CAN focus!!! Wow, you won't find great stuff like this from a Nikon!!!

Posted by Dottie Commie August 11, 08 09:15 PM
1438.

Salute to #339 ! He made the point with a number of basic facts on Tibet, Iraq ... that people criticizing China need to know about . It's amazing how the magic word 'freedom' holds on people. It's as if no one cares about its content anymore. ... Ask the Bush administration to define the noun 'freedom' and the verb 'invite', and you will find how drastically his definition might be different from yours and mine.

ill-intentioned powers -- those behind the Bush administration included -- would not have succeeded in their strategies to maximize their power/wealth at the expenses of average people without an ignorant public buying their lies! Wake up, people!

Posted by Sasha August 11, 08 09:15 PM
1439.

Welcome to Beijing

Posted by 6spaces.com.cn August 11, 08 09:23 PM
1440.

That was really amazing £¡

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 09:41 PM
1441.

Zhang Yimou - remember that name everyone. He's the artistic director of the opening. I knew he wouldn't disappoint based on his past movies.

Bring on the closing ceremonies!

Posted by peter August 11, 08 09:44 PM
1442.

Lindo, maravilhoso!!!

Posted by babi August 11, 08 09:45 PM
1443.

THANK YOU FOR YOU IIeM CHINESE GIRLB

Posted by QIN HUAIYU August 11, 08 09:45 PM
1444.

Cannot help admiring the wonderful show that the Chiese put on, BUT how much good can be done to imrove the living standards of their people and other starving nations around the world for a fraction of what it would have cost in fireworks alone

Posted by Joe de Souza August 11, 08 10:00 PM
1445.

China is a giant in many ways, population, intelligence, ambition, history, multitudes of problems, wars, tragedies, and accomplishments that go back eons,and still the list goes on.
China can and probably will give the U.S. and the rest of the world a run for its money.
My congradulations to the Chinese Peoples, they put on a Grand Spectacle with a cast of Millions.

Posted by Buff Oon August 11, 08 10:06 PM
1446.

cuool

Posted by met August 11, 08 10:07 PM
1447.

Great photos! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Scarlet August 11, 08 10:08 PM
1448.

Wow...Great and Fantastic photos @@

Posted by Christine August 11, 08 10:12 PM
1449.


>>> Beautiful pictures. Looks like the 1D Mark III really CAN focus!!! Wow, you won't find great stuff like this from a Nikon!!!
Posted by Dottie Commie August 11, 08 09:15 PM
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What a fan boy!

Posted by jason August 11, 08 10:13 PM
1450.

Other breathtaking, unforgettable images for one to enjoy at:

http://news.wenxuecity.com/messages/200808/news-gb2312-671675.html#

Posted by Louis August 11, 08 10:13 PM
1451.

They have to sell that opening act it was amazing no olimpics games can compare to that.

Posted by Hector PR August 11, 08 10:16 PM
1452.

The most amazing show I've ever seen! Absolutely incredible!

Posted by Penny August 11, 08 10:24 PM
1453.

Wow...Great and Fantastic photos @@

Posted by Christine August 11, 08 10:24 PM
1454.

China cannot be beaten ever. Wonderful. Thanks for these pictures. Worthy of having a special TV showing.

Posted by jyeton August 11, 08 10:26 PM
1455.

espectacular, talves no vuelva a ver algo semejante, pero los chinos se pasaron para el CUSCO, realmente sorpredente felicito a todos los hermanos chinos por habernos mostrado algo asi y realmente es cierto lo que dijo el CIENCIANO cuando creia inalcanzable un objetivo ! SI SE PUEDE !

Posted by JOSE ANTONIO Rivero Fernandez Baca August 11, 08 10:33 PM
1456.

Seeing it once is much better than hearing it hundreds.

Posted by Bill Lun August 11, 08 10:40 PM
1457.

In the picture of martial art dance, the shoes dancers wearing are called Feiyue,

Feiyue shoes was born in Shanghai in the 1920’s. Feiyue became famous during the 30's for its robustness, its flexibility and its comfort, essential requirements for Chinese martial arts. According to Chinese tradition, Feiyue symbolizes the dual elevation of both body and mind.

I am a college student, to spread this Chinese original shoes, I created a blog
http://feiyue-shoes.blogspot.com/

Posted by Steward August 11, 08 10:43 PM
1458.

Wow these photos are absolutely fantastic

Posted by haley August 11, 08 10:49 PM
1459.

Absolutely great photos and I am putting these in my personal blog (quoting your names)

Posted by John Shen August 11, 08 10:54 PM
1460.

#1385: I simply can't believe that you are calling yourself "Chinese"...you don't deserve it!! SHAME ON YOU!! I don't know out of what intention you are throwing out groundless nonsenses but I am sure people from all around the world will see the truth on their own eventually.

#1327: Are you day-walking in a hollywood James Bond film or what? "Secret Agent"?! How rediculous!! Don't you understand that you are challenging the IQ of people all around the world by pretending everybody else is stupid?! I would rather doubt that you are one of the so-called anti-Chinese Secret Agents.

#1357: If you have skills/methods so great enough to get any pictures "manipulated" to a level slightly close to the photos presented here, please show u s!! I just cannot wait to be "treated"!!

#1385: I appreciate your positive comments on the Opening Ceremony. However, I hope you could save your breath by talking with a "God-like" manner and blah-blah...how arrogant and ignorant you are when you are thinking only Americans (no offense here to any other Americans) have "the ability to think...say and do what we want". Give me a break!! Myself is a live example that we Chinese are free to think and speak our minds in front of the whole world. Of course, we can't say we can do whatever we want since there are still laws to obey (don't tell me that Americans are free to break laws...we are no longer living in the Stone Age) and concerns not to hurt other people.

I feel so proud that many Chinese brothers and sisters (in China or overseas) are standing up to speak out the truth and defend for our home country.

I am also deeply touched that many many open minded people from all around the world are helping to tell the world a real picture of China with fair hearts. Salute, my friends!! My special thanks to #1379, 1388 & 1393 :-)

My greatest thanks remain for the photographer for the breath-taking photos!!

I LOVE CHINA, a growing country that is not yet perfect but always getting better!!

Posted by Jennifer WYZ LOVES CHINA August 11, 08 10:54 PM
1461.

I want to tell those who always would like to say bad wors about china as fllows:

"If you have never been to china ,please shut up your mouth.Although it's true that our goverment still has a long way to go ,but people most entitled to critisize it are we chinese,we suppot our government,and we will monitor it ,as well as help it do better in future. Chinese people now is living better and better,that's doubtless truth,we scorn to quarrel whis those arrogant and ignorant people ,before commenting others ,I think you'd better care about your own country first of all."

like one Chinese said above:don't call me brainwashed,I have concept of right and wrong.

sometimes I really wonder when you call some Chinese brainwashed,have you ever thought you've truly brainwashed by your western mass media??

Posted by shirleya seaver August 11, 08 11:08 PM
1462.

It was a very spectacular sight to see. I could not imagine any other culture of people bring such a performance of that magnitude together so perfectly. I understand that there is turmoil concerning the politics of their nation. However, pride is an individual and personal aspect of each person's life no matter what country you have been born in. Whether it is a feeling of being a part of something so epic, having had the opportunity and experience to give their all to participate in something so wonderous and meaningful I would imagine has to be a defining moment in all of the participant's lives. The energy put forth was multiplied by the energy of those who were able to witness the end result. What a lasting vision. An epic moment not only in the history of China, but the history of the world. I have much respect for the people of China who put their sweat and extreme effort forward to provide such a joyous, beautiful and spectacular example of harmony.

Posted by Althea August 11, 08 11:10 PM
1463.

good show

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 11:15 PM
1464.

For those who put their petty religious and political beliefs on here, remember that this is the Olympics. This, as many have pointed out, is not about the lack of civil rights that the Chinese have, but rather the unity of the world's nations to compete in games, a tradition that has been around (unofficially) since 800 B.C.E. Patrick Henry, for what ever reason you are to spend more than 10 minutes thinking about what you want to say here remember this, what you believe and $4 can buy me a gallon of gas. In California. One more thing Patrick, despite your vocabulary what you fail to realize is the central theme to your first post, the Chinese are not puppets, they are not "played" by their government. They live a sheltered life compared to the freedoms that we (are supposed to) have, (minus The Patriot Act, failure to uphold Constitutional rights such as the writ of Haebas Corpus and separation of church and state and more).

Posted by Chris Maurice August 11, 08 11:36 PM
1465.

i've never sean any thing so amazing before, wish i was there
ann in canoga park , california but am birth place is trinidad & tobago

Posted by ann bates August 11, 08 11:41 PM
1466.

Superb....congrats to all the performers and those who had made the whole show.

Posted by Deepti Jose August 11, 08 11:44 PM
1467.

Awesome :-)

Posted by Sugver August 11, 08 11:48 PM
1468.

Uhm.. TSQ from post 1380, I think Proud American was being sarcastic about Mr. Sarcasm's remark.

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 12:03 AM
1469.

Breathtaking photos of an amazing show. Incredible precision and timing!

Posted by Michael, NYC August 12, 08 12:03 AM
1470.

anyone know where I can watch the opening ceremony?

Posted by mojo August 12, 08 12:04 AM
1471.

伟大的祖国,我深爱我的祖国,我愿意为他去死

Posted by Bin August 12, 08 12:11 AM
1472.

As an Asian architect, I feel that the Beijing Olympics Openning Ceremony is the expression of the Chinese traditional and present culture. The ceremony is balanced well with state-of-the-art technology performed in an extreme unique architecture of the stadium. Although it is a symbolic architecture as it expresses the bird-nest shape and form, and although it is 'literal' on the way it has been designed, Herzog (the architect) captured one of the highest value of Chinese 'food for health' that fitted in well with the partial concept of the Olympics.

Posted by Dr. Sombat Thiratrakoolchai August 12, 08 12:12 AM
1473.

It was heaven in beijing.
Hope closing cereony will be fantastic as the opening ceremony.

Posted by ram August 12, 08 12:14 AM
1474.

It was heaven in beijing.
Hope closing cereony will be fantastic as the opening ceremony.

Posted by ram August 12, 08 12:16 AM
1475.

weldone Chineses...great show

Posted by gk August 12, 08 12:17 AM
1476.

to1444

I'm just wondering how much did the americans spent on the war for gas and how much good things can be done by the cost of that.

Posted by lz August 12, 08 12:25 AM
1477.

I just want to say£ºCome to China for a week£¬or just one day,then show your opioions to your friends about people&goverment in CHINA¡£
---------A Chinese Student¡£
Hope there's no grammar mistake.....My English is so ...poor.*_*

Posted by Zhao August 12, 08 12:27 AM
1478.

This is what v call Asian Olympic! look how beautiful and charm ceremony it was simply amazing guys... great work... and full credit to photographer(s).... this is a result of hard works of last few months... no words to describe it further.... thanx for publishing these wonderful pictures....

Posted by Vikasitha August 12, 08 12:27 AM
1479.

AMAZING!!!!!!!

I bought some DVD of it, anyone want to buy from me?

Posted by Betty August 12, 08 12:34 AM
1480.

unbeliveable pictures. i feel sorry for the country which is gong to host next olympics. what else they can do to compare with china

Posted by mina August 12, 08 12:39 AM
1481.

Simplyy Superb..!!

Posted by Cutie August 12, 08 12:50 AM
1482.

So beautiful I missed this on TV Thank You!
MPP

Posted by Marc August 12, 08 12:52 AM
1483.

Good good

Posted by Mr.Silva August 12, 08 12:53 AM
1484.

AWESOME . I LOVE CHINA AND WE CHINESE PEOPLE LOVE PEACE

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 12:54 AM
1485.

Thank you very much!
I come from China!
My name is Shuai qi wei wei !
My QQ:705306362

Posted by Shuai qi wei wei August 12, 08 01:01 AM
1486.

Thank you very much!
I come from China!
My name is Shuai qi wei wei !

Posted by Shuai qi wei wei August 12, 08 01:05 AM
1487.

beaty smukke og flotte kinesk kunstværk levende væsner thanks you

Posted by egon August 12, 08 01:06 AM
1488.

"100 years ago, China was invaded by civilized countries because China is barbaric. 100 years later, China is criticized because "you guys develop too fast and you are using our resources"

Well said, Leon! I'm proud to be Chinese!

For those of you screaming, "Free Tibet," find out what it's really like there. 90% of people in Tibet are basically slaves, and they're not protesting their freedom. It's only wealthy 10% are. DON'T go along with the "let's protest something fad" unless there is something worth protesting about. The US has propaganda too...

Posted by Find the Facts August 12, 08 01:07 AM
1489.

Thank you very much!
I come from China!
My name is Shuai qi wei wei !

Posted by Shuai qi wei wei August 12, 08 01:09 AM
1490.

This is the worlds top beautifull opening ceremony happened in this world. All are very beautiful, China keep it up

Posted by Shama sultana August 12, 08 01:15 AM
1491.

Well done ZhangYimou!
Welcome to Beijing and welcome come to China
especially those guys who misunderstood China

Posted by kyle August 12, 08 01:31 AM
1492.

i was shaked,,,,,,,so great,so so.....,

Posted by BUSH August 12, 08 01:38 AM
1493.

BEAUTIFUL PIX£¡
THIS IS REALLY A WONDERFUL SHOW£¬AND THANKS FOR THE BEAUTIFUL PIX CAUSE YOU SHOWED THE REAL THING TO YOUR PEOPLE¡£
CAUSE THERE ARE MANY LOUSY VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE£¬ THE PIX ARE VAGUE AND NUSTY£¬AND I HATE THOSE PEOPLE WHO SHOW THEIR HOSTILITY TOWARDS CHINA VIA FAKE PICS AND NUSTY SONGS AND WORDS ON THE VIDEO¡£

Posted by ellaguan August 12, 08 01:41 AM
1494.

BRILLIANT!!!

Posted by hazel August 12, 08 01:43 AM
1495.

I missed the opening ceremony. Thanks for posting. It's lively, colorful and look very expensive ceremony. Thank you.

Posted by Khan August 12, 08 01:45 AM
1496.

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Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 01:49 AM
1497.

----July, 11th, 1405£¬a fleet of 240 vessels with 27,000 seamen left China for West Asia and East Africa, bringing with them neither guns nor wars, but hundreds tons of priceless treasures. 87 years later, a much smaller fleet led by Columbus reached America, later on tens of millions indigenous red Indians were eliminated from that continent.

----Amidst the 2nd Modern Olympic Games in Paris between 14th, May and 28th Oct, 1900, the so called ¡°Eight-Power Allied Forces¡± raped Beijing and looted Forbidden City from 16th to 28th of August.

----8th, August, 2008, 108 years later in the same month, Beijing opens her arm to welcome friends from allover the world to a happy party for all, called 29th Beijing Olympic Games!

Posted by Hong Gang August 12, 08 01:54 AM
1498.

Lets give credits where credits are due. It's always easier to be a critic than be a practitioner. When push comes to shove, are we able to rise to the occasion? The chinese has a saying, "when you point a finger at others, your three other fingers are pointing right back at you". The chinese have long been suppressed and to come together and put up a show of this magnitude, takes not only precise planning, foresight, a great camaraderie but also a taste of what the chinese are realy capable of.

For the uninitiated, a smaller scale of such spectacular performance can be seen at Senzhen's Cultural Show at its Cultural Village, boasting a 500-strong cast, with live animals, fire, rain, lightning, thunder, pyrotechnics, flying girls, etc etc in their heart-stopping 3-hours performance. The tickets are sold a year in advance and I strongly suggest you try watching such a breathtaking performance live at least once in your lifetime. It'll bring tears to your eyes.

Clearly, the chinese are ready to take on the world (in more ways than one), but is the world ready for the chinese?

I'm a Malaysian-born chinese and I've never been more proud than now to be a chinese.

Rock on, China!!

Posted by Nicki August 12, 08 01:54 AM
1499.

welcom my friends to China.
We all chinese people will give you a warm friendly treat.

Posted by wang August 12, 08 01:55 AM
1500.

These photos look excellent. The colors, costumes, atmosphere is very fantastic. I am feeling now very bad that I could not watch opening ceremony on TV. Infact these photos made me feel terrible. But I must say China has done wonderful job and we (atleasdt me and my friends) were expecting the same from 'Mighty Big China'. Good work guys. Thanks you posting these photos. Is there any way by which I can see opening ceremony clips? youtubs links?

China ! Bravo !

Posted by Haresh Karkar (India) August 12, 08 01:59 AM
1501.

superb......really so nice

Posted by anandhi August 12, 08 02:14 AM
1502.

the olympics is all about sports, then why the money gulping opening ceremonies ???

Posted by av August 12, 08 02:15 AM
1503.

Great, great and great .................! only who has culture and history can like this event.
please let me know if u come a cross with any place to download whole event !!

Posted by chaminda perera from sri lanka August 12, 08 02:17 AM
1504.

Those images, had just one name: unvealivable and amazing.
Thank You China!!

Posted by Yolanda Loría August 12, 08 02:21 AM
1505.

we made a great ceremony!and we will make a perfect finish!

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 02:33 AM
1506.

To those who has never been to China and knows nothing about China, ÄãѾµÄÄÔ×Ó±»Â¿ÌßÁË°¡£¡

Posted by Jackie August 12, 08 02:38 AM
1507.

iT WAS A BREATHTAKING ONE........ WISH I WAS THERE.....

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 02:40 AM
1508.

Brillant Show!!

Impressive!!

Posted by Ant August 12, 08 02:44 AM
1509.

so great

Posted by balu August 12, 08 02:44 AM
1510.

Life is beautiful.....Enjoy life!!!!!!!!

Posted by Priyanka Banerjee August 12, 08 02:49 AM
1511.

awsome

Posted by bob August 12, 08 02:51 AM
1512.

#1462 I totally agree with you!!! Simply hope that I could organize my wordings as well as you did...

Thanks from a Chinese.

P.S. Really wonderful pictures...cannot help watching them again and again!!

Posted by Jennifer WYZ LOVES CHINA August 12, 08 02:54 AM
1513.

These anti-Chinese don't know any history

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 03:04 AM
1514.

Dear "Jennifer WYZ LOVES CHINA" and other Chinese Brothers and Sisters,

Thanks for your great comments supporting my points. This is Morton Hou who wrote another comments and got your thanks. In fact, no need to thank each other, we are simply telling the truth and eliminate the deceits here.

Well educated, we won't lacerate those cheaters' mouths, but we can crush down their mendacities by telling the truth, by holding together, by working hard everyday, by treating each brethren well, by making good things happen! We can clearly see how weak those cheating clowns are, when Beijing Olympic Game still get a dazzling open, although they have tried all their methods to block.

To kind people, the great images are exciting and beautiful but, to illy fewness, this is perdition of their stupid-wishful-thinking.

Cheers for Beijing, Cheers for China
Yours Faithfully,
Morton Hou
my email: mortonhou@hotmail.com


Posted by Morton Hou August 12, 08 03:05 AM
1515.

Excellent Photos & the colors very sharp and brilliants.

Posted by Pris August 12, 08 03:07 AM
1516.

great!!!splendid work and photography!!

Posted by kishore August 12, 08 03:14 AM
1517.

I would like to buy your DVD, How much is it?
Where are u from?
I'm from Malaysia, KL.

Posted by Rion August 12, 08 03:22 AM
1518.

wow....beautiful!!!!!

Posted by jugnu bijesh August 12, 08 03:23 AM
1519.

woooooooow unbelivable

Posted by mohammad daneshvaran August 12, 08 03:28 AM
1520.

i love the opening ceremony so much>?" the costume very nice all i can say the opening fabulous super >?":

Posted by leo August 12, 08 03:29 AM
1521.

This is absolutely stunning!

Chinese people are super great in delivering such a big show in front of the whole world. They are so creative and full of imagination! And also really intelligent and powerful, with the blended ancient culture and modern development!

Thanks for the excellent photographer in memorizing these beautiful moments. You've done a super good job!

Posted by Chris August 12, 08 03:41 AM
1522.

Breathtaking!!!!

The opening ceremony is the greatest show ever! SO PROUD! congratulations!

Posted by Vivian August 12, 08 03:43 AM
1523.

This is absolutely stunning!

Chinese people are super great in delivering such a big show in front of the whole world. They are so creative and full of imagination! And also really intelligent and powerful, with the blended ancient culture and modern development!

Thanks for the excellent photographer in memorizing these beautiful moments. You've done a super good job!

Posted by Chris August 12, 08 03:46 AM
1524.

we made a great ceremony starting!and we will present a perfect finish too!

Posted by chinese August 12, 08 03:47 AM
1525.

AMAZING PHOTOS

4000 years old and very big culture.
People's Republic of China deserves the loud applause
because of the incredible show.

SHOW MUST GO ON.......

Posted by Tuncay ARIÐ August 12, 08 03:49 AM
1526.

i have many tickets for sale

Posted by langmc August 12, 08 03:50 AM
1527.

Amazing,thanks,as a chinese,I'm proud.

Posted by Meteor August 12, 08 03:51 AM
1528.

Amazing is what i can say, wait for South Africa one in 2010 world cup.

Posted by Sylvester Sinwamali August 12, 08 03:51 AM
1529.

Speechless!! great images! thanks for sharing....

Posted by Nanang August 12, 08 04:03 AM
1530.

Wow, wonderful. Thank you so much

Posted by Yvonne August 12, 08 04:04 AM
1531.

i think chinese did a VERY good job! i was really amazed when i watched the opening. chinese are really good when it comes to these things. i've never seen such an amazing show! i'm not a chinese but i'm very proud of them! thanks for letting us see such a very beautiful ceremony! to all the people who participated, congratulations!

Posted by yim August 12, 08 04:04 AM
1532.

Those pictures are amazing, as was watching the ceremony of television. I was in awe the entire time!

Posted by Holly August 12, 08 04:06 AM
1533.

No words to write...All about to see

Posted by Ramesh August 12, 08 04:06 AM
1534.

What a nice performance. Amazing. China showed a great talent and organising skills.

Posted by Rajeesh August 12, 08 04:06 AM
1535.

What a nice performance. Amazing. China showed a great talent and organising skills.

Posted by Rajeesh August 12, 08 04:11 AM
1536.

Well done to Mark Fisher - the British guy who was chief designer for the ceremony.

Posted by John Swain August 12, 08 04:13 AM
1537.

Amazing performance

Posted by Karthi August 12, 08 04:14 AM
1538.

glamorous......

Posted by cris August 12, 08 04:14 AM
1539.

Well done to Mark Fisher - the British guy who was chief designer for the ceremony.

Posted by John Swain August 12, 08 04:19 AM
1540.

i actually lack the best words to describe the beauty of the pictures but its really wow twas great work keep it up china

Posted by Hellen August 12, 08 04:25 AM
1541.

Simply good and done a great job

Posted by chiranjevulu August 12, 08 04:27 AM
1542.

Well, It was a breathtaking show with many jaw dropping memonts. I am a Chinese and pround to be one:-) After reading through all the comments here, know that there are many people who are still criticizing chinese government, as a normal chinese citizen, I am not interested in political issues of any kind, since most of politicians act like 7-year-old and people criticizing them behave like 5-year-old. But what I know is that my familys life has changed for much much better in the past 20 years, china has changed dramatically and this is the truth no one can deny.

Posted by simplyred August 12, 08 04:29 AM
1543.

wow!!!!!!! its awsome!!!! the opening ceremony is really great.......
keep up the good work!!
perfect!!!!!!
amazing!!!

im sure assignment namin toh sa mapeh hehehehehe

Posted by John Carlo Banaag IV-HONESTY August 12, 08 04:33 AM
1544.

For the Chinese people prouding

Posted by Angie Zhang August 12, 08 04:35 AM
1545.

Wonderful performence!
Very nice pictures!

Posted by Fredde (Sweden) August 12, 08 04:43 AM
1546.

most of the pro-chinese writers here are secret government agents. dont believe what they write, china is an unfree country and does not deserve to hold OG!

Posted by free August 12, 08 04:58 AM
1547.

Amazing clarity !!! Brilliantly captured the moments

Posted by Sudeep August 12, 08 05:06 AM
1548.

wonderful... its amazing performance done by them

Posted by jamal August 12, 08 05:21 AM
1549.

very very good, very very nice

Posted by saeed ziabari August 12, 08 05:26 AM
1550.

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Welcome to Beijing Welcome to China
One World One Dream!

Posted by Jin August 12, 08 05:47 AM
1551.

I love china!

Posted by China Lover August 12, 08 05:59 AM
1552.

Bravura..!!!!!!!!!! i would like to watch this one

Posted by Pinky August 12, 08 06:00 AM
1553.

Beautiful and colourful angels came from Heaven to welcome the World with amazing dance on the Globe at Beijing is Superb.

Posted by P.Rajaravivarma August 12, 08 06:02 AM
1554.

Great job

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 06:04 AM
1555.

kudos to beijing.........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by syed munawar mehdi August 12, 08 06:08 AM
1556.

i'm from china

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 06:10 AM
1557.

Any adjective is understatement! Question is Why the Hong Kong delegation is separated from the China delegation?

Truly,
George T Hung
geohungtk@yahoo.com

Posted by geohungtk@yahoo.com August 12, 08 06:20 AM
1558.

I watched the whole opening ceremony and it was totally stunning and magnificent...

China done a great job and they should be proud of it...

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Posted by Wilson August 12, 08 06:26 AM
1559.

These Olympics remind me of the games in 1936 in Germany.
I´won´t watch this propaganda-bullshit!!!!!
I feel ashamed about all the germans who went there...

Posted by Oposition Bynature August 12, 08 06:32 AM
1560.

We know Africa can do better than this. We will call upon Robert Mugabe to provide War Veterans and Sudan's Omar Al Bashir to supply militia men. Together they will wreck havoc and everyone will be left talking about Africa. How's that for doing it to the Mother land. Viva Africa.

Posted by Tsipa.com August 12, 08 06:34 AM
1561.

Amazing! Great China Proud Asia in the World

Posted by Kuntal Saha August 12, 08 06:59 AM
1562.

An amazing ceremony. It shows us the development of Chinese Culture~

Posted by Sally August 12, 08 07:16 AM
1563.

Excellent Pictures. I wish next time i will be there to see this opening ceremony

Posted by Seema Kesharwani August 12, 08 07:29 AM
1564.

Firstly need to appreciate for their struggle for many months to all the participants of this wonderfull ,marvellous Occasion.The total crerdit goes to all the Organisers and participants...

Hats off to all .....

Posted by Raj August 12, 08 07:32 AM
1565.

so nice if any one agreey with me plz write mail attear_ihad@yahoo.com.i am looking good friend like it i am 19 and i am boy byeeeeeee

Posted by mr dl timilsina August 12, 08 07:35 AM
1566.

why the whole world keeping saying this:
chinese not happy,with thier goverment and their life blah blah.
if we chinese not happy,why we live in this country,why a lot of chinese come back to china from abroad,why a lot of west people come to china,living in china ,wroking in china.
do u think these pepole all crazy?
why can't you guys just think with ur own brain,but not listen some one that even never been to china,

Posted by azzimao August 12, 08 07:38 AM
1567.

Really Supeb..!!!

Posted by nayej barbhuiya August 12, 08 07:47 AM
1568.

Mind blowing..........really amazing..........very hard work.......keep it up.........and all the best...............

Posted by Amit Nemade August 12, 08 07:52 AM
1569.

Great

Posted by Crea August 12, 08 08:22 AM
1570.

mesmerizing event..................

Posted by Mallikarjuna Kuruva August 12, 08 08:26 AM
1571.

really beautiful pictures.. awesome..

excellent work by the photographer(s)

Posted by Ramya(INDIA) August 12, 08 08:33 AM
1572.

The pictures are amazing. To be able to see the uniqueness and beauty of another culture in pictures gives us sight.

Posted by Gail Snow August 12, 08 08:40 AM
1573.

Its brilliant ...........................one of a kind in the world.

Posted by Lhunkholal Lupho, kuki August 12, 08 08:53 AM
1574.

AWESOME!

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 08:55 AM
1575.

Very smart cermony

Posted by uma August 12, 08 09:10 AM
1576.

¡°ÓÐÅó×ÔÔ¶·½À´£¬²»ÒàÔúõ~ ¡± ------ Friends come from afar, How happy we are!

Very happy to view your words about enjoying the beijing olympic ceremony.

It is for you for me for every one in the world!

It is a moment for celebrate the union of all the world, although a not long moment.

------ Friends come from afar, How happy we are!

Welcome to China

A not young chinese

Posted by HP August 12, 08 09:25 AM
1577.

WOW............SO AMAZING............PERFECT...........

Posted by solvic August 12, 08 09:33 AM
1578.

Excellent PHOTOS. .thank you .

Posted by Yenita August 12, 08 09:33 AM
1579.

So superb...................

Posted by purnima August 12, 08 09:36 AM
1580.

Good !

Posted by Ashish Poddar August 12, 08 09:37 AM
1581.

these ceremony show the history of china to the world. it's the best chance that let the wold know more about china.

Posted by aileen August 12, 08 09:40 AM
1582.

лл thanks
it's seen I can't input Chinese .
we need communicatee ,to understand each other

Posted by kenwa August 12, 08 09:42 AM
1583.

Excellent..superb

Posted by Priya August 12, 08 09:46 AM
1584.

Welcome to China £¡

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 09:51 AM
1585.

i pround of you, thank you China Thnak you chinese people, your are the best humen in the world.

Posted by addy9022 August 12, 08 09:53 AM
1586.

proud to be indian

Posted by phanesh kumar.p August 12, 08 09:58 AM
1587.

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh what a show

Posted by skuhildl' August 12, 08 09:59 AM
1588.

I have travelled all over the world and can say this the most fantastic display I have ever seen.
I do not think that anyone will ever see its like again.It will not be beaten in any future opening ceremonies in the next thirty years.
I bet the English officials are sweating on this one?

Posted by T G Holmes August 12, 08 10:03 AM
1589.

SUPERB PHOTOS AMAZING THANKS FOR SHARING ALAN

Posted by SRINATH.S August 12, 08 10:08 AM
1590.

Awesome...great china to do such a grand openning ceremony ever can see in near future......

great china..

Posted by Sridhar August 12, 08 10:13 AM
1591.

Thanks for your hard work as well as theirs.

Posted by Manohar August 12, 08 10:26 AM
1592.

a lot of

Posted by chu ming August 12, 08 10:31 AM
1593.

remarkable!!

Posted by Rose August 12, 08 10:37 AM
1594.

These absolutely beautiful pictures make me wish I had been able to watch the opening ceremonies; I will be looking on the internet for recordings to watch later. As an American who travelled to China briefly 25 years ago, I fell in love with the country, the culture and the people then. As an idealist, one who cherishes the hope that peace and unity might somehow be achievable for the human race, I delight in the theme of "peace for all under heaven" that shines through the performances. May we all be able to appropriately respond to those less lovely aspects of life which cause pain or suffering, and instead continue to work for change which fosters prosperity for all, with peace, love and respect for our selves and each other. We can create a better world than we have known.

Posted by Jane (which means "the creator is gracious") August 12, 08 10:38 AM
1595.

i think the olympics are a good thing for people to express themselves in many ways.

Posted by camille hughes August 12, 08 10:40 AM
1596.

Great Great Excellant,Beyond immegination.

Posted by prakash August 12, 08 10:42 AM
1597.

These photographs were beautifully captured. I wish that I could watch the ceremony all over again.

Thank You

Posted by Sharon August 12, 08 10:43 AM
1598.

i think the olympics are a good thing for people to express themselves in many ways.

Posted by camille hughes August 12, 08 10:44 AM
1599.

The last picture is fabricated. However it read most real through a western glasses. People see what they want to see.

Posted by Panzering August 12, 08 10:51 AM
1600.

Weather or not the opening night at the olimpics was done by slaves or not shows the incredible discipline the chinese people have. This is why more soonER than later they might very well be the greatest nation on earth. It was the best performance I have seen, the custumes was incredible.

The word for that is AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Posted by DESIREE lYNCH August 12, 08 10:53 AM
1601.

the olympic commite must be ashamed of this OG in a dictatorship just like 1936 in nazi germany!

Posted by free August 12, 08 10:53 AM
1602.

Weather or not the opening night at the olimpics was done by slaves or not shows the incredible discipline the chinese people have. This is why more soonER than later they might very well be the greatest nation on earth. It was the best performance I have seen, the custumes was incredible.

The word for that is AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Posted by DESIREE lYNCH August 12, 08 10:57 AM
1603.

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Posted by Jin August 12, 08 10:57 AM
1604.

I am 83 and am so thankful to have lived long enough to experience this remarkable performance along with the technology that enabled it.
Everything seems to have faded in comparison after that.

Posted by Eve, Canada August 12, 08 11:01 AM
1605.

Amazing Pics :). I wish I was there to see it live

Posted by Nisha August 12, 08 11:08 AM
1606.

superb lovely photgraphs and opening ceremony

Posted by m p kulkarni August 12, 08 11:10 AM
1607.

hermosa e inolvidable ceremonia,con gran emocion la disfrutamos y felicitamos a ese gran pais. Gracias por tanta belleza
Raul y flia

Posted by raul crego August 12, 08 11:17 AM
1608.

Aperfeição dos trabalhos da China, não justifica atos como matar recém-nascidos. é um absurdo, tanto investimento e tanta miséria juntos.

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 11:20 AM
1609.

ýt was wonderfull. congrajulations all workers

Posted by damla August 12, 08 11:45 AM
1610.

GREAT TO SEE

REALLY REALLY AWESOME.................

Posted by ammara sana August 12, 08 11:50 AM
1611.

The best!

Posted by w w Chu August 12, 08 11:53 AM
1612.

The best!

Posted by w w Chu August 12, 08 11:59 AM
1613.

Thank you so much for giving us such beautiful pictures, they are unbelivable. Please extend my fillings to the team that gave us that pleasure. It was a wonderful experience.

Posted by Maricarmen Padron August 12, 08 12:09 PM
1614.

I find that the most frequently word used by Chinese are "proud" "thank you"and "welcome"
facing with some unpleasant words Chinese just saying "come to CHINA and see
with your own eyes"
and it's easy to find that almost all the foreigners who has lived in China for have been to China loves China

and

BEING A CHINESE

I want to say that we all have eyes ,we know what is wrong and what is right ,we know more and feel more than the people who haven't gone to China but always saying "chinese government is ...."we love our government, although some small trouble within it.

at last ,I will repeat it "welcome to CHINA"~~^_^

Posted by MEI August 12, 08 12:15 PM
1615.

can't wait for the closing ceremony.

For all those who criticize China. Please save your energy. We are doing well, We don't need some idiots teach us how to live. If you don't know this, your talking of human rights is so hypocritical.

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 12:16 PM
1616.

very nice! This pics work great for desktop bg!
http://www.flacoperro.com.ar

Posted by FeR August 12, 08 12:17 PM
1617.
Posted by k.10 August 12, 08 12:21 PM
1618.

Awesome!

Posted by renaton August 12, 08 12:27 PM
1619.

so beautiful

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 12:38 PM
1620.

truely mind blowin..........................................

Posted by akash August 12, 08 12:42 PM
1621.

Very nice! Love it...

Posted by Caandice August 12, 08 12:58 PM
1622.

This is for #198 (Mr Proud American)

"Wow, look at the last one, they are such a great country to live......they treat their people so well." --Mr. Sarcasm
Oh Yes, unlike those Chinese, all of us Americans are well taken care of and living in sparkling clean conditions.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dear Mr F**K Wit American,

I am assuming you must be undereducated and lack basic common sense. Listen & you might learn something

a) UN report 2008 - China has lifted 300 Million poverty in the last generation alone - The whole F**King entire population of your country..what has your government done for you & your people....economic prosperity..??? Peace or war ???

b) Go to down town Brooklyn in NY - and you get the same thing in the last picture + junkies lying around the street !

Peace on earth !

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 01:00 PM
1623.

i am proud of my country..
i love CHINA!!!!

Posted by ashleyliu August 12, 08 01:10 PM
1624.

Simply wonderful

Posted by regina regina August 12, 08 01:19 PM
1625.

very nice pics...all of them! i salute u mate! -nik- malaysia

Posted by nik August 12, 08 01:24 PM
1626.

I am very proud to be a chinese right now ,before,and forever!!!
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Posted by CAFA August 12, 08 01:26 PM
1627.

This is for #198 (Mr Proud American)

"Wow, look at the last one, they are such a great country to live......they treat their people so well." --Mr. Sarcasm
Oh Yes, unlike those Chinese, all of us Americans are well taken care of and living in sparkling clean conditions.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dear Mr F**K Wit American,

I am assuming you must be undereducated and lack basic common sense. Listen & you might learn something

a) UN report 2008 - China has lifted 300 Million poverty in the last generation alone - The whole F**King entire population of your country..what has your government done for you & your people....economic prosperity..??? Peace or war ???

b) Go to down town Brooklyn in NY - and you get the same thing in the last picture + junkies lying around the street !

Peace on earth !

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 01:30 PM
1628.

TAN TIRRIBLE WENA LAS PICTURES!!!!!!!

Posted by Alejandro August 12, 08 01:38 PM
1629.

amazing!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by adem August 12, 08 01:40 PM
1630.

spectacular.. the precision was amazing ..... WELL DONE CHINA

Posted by Samantha Taylor August 12, 08 02:13 PM
1631.

It's outstanding... Very very thanks for sharing it to all people like me

Posted by Santosh K August 12, 08 02:16 PM
1632.

the most dazzling extravaganza captured beautifully on camera, thank you for bringing these to us

Posted by rakhee poojari August 12, 08 02:19 PM
1633.

I am very proud to be a chinese right now ,before,and forever!!!

Posted by CAFA August 12, 08 02:24 PM
1634.

Marvellous.....had a feel that this was happening in real world..had a feel like came to china to see the Olympics.........Kudos to the photographers!!!!
U deserve the credit for all ur harwork and excellent performance..

Posted by Nandy August 12, 08 02:24 PM
1635.

spectacular.. the precision was amazing ..... WELL DONE CHINA

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 02:41 PM
1636.

This is absolutely stunning!
Chinese people are super great in delivering such a big show in front of the whole world. They are so creative and full of imagination! And also really intelligent and powerful, with the blended ancient culture and modern development!
Thanks for the excellent photographer in memorizing these beautiful moments. You've done a super good job!

Posted by Chris Zhang August 12, 08 02:42 PM
1637.

I think what made the beijing olympics opening ceromies breathtaking are not the effects, the flying performers, the patterns, the colors, the movements, the rhythms, not even the fireworks. What made it unforgettable is the fact that THE CHINESE PEOPLE HAVE PRESERVED, RESPECTED, SHARED, AND SPREAD THEIR TRADITION, CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION ALL OVER THE WORLD OVER THE AGES! This is the truth that zhang yimou had perfected in the grand opening ceremonies. And to that, the least we could offer is a standing ovation! Bravoooooooo Tsina!

Posted by lyn August 12, 08 02:52 PM
1638.

i'm simply in awe :)

Posted by johnny olsen August 12, 08 02:55 PM
1639.

First time to see such a great Olympics Opening Ceremony. I like the count down and lighting the Olympics Caldron.

Posted by comtaler August 12, 08 02:57 PM
1640.

to those who said we chinese has no freedom, if your words are true , do you guys think we 1.4 billion people are all insane??? I cannot deny sometimes our goverment do stupid things, but that's what politics does all the time.

Posted by glamourous c August 12, 08 03:01 PM
1641.

Fantastic events .. great direction .. memorable indeed... Of course we saw these in TV live programme.. it was interesting that day.. B U T..... these photographs are WONDERFUL INDEED !!!!!!!!!!! man/ men behind the cameras have great artistic eyes apart from technical expertise & equipments.......the Unity, vaitality, integrity, balance, repose, impact through beatiful lighting & composition...WOHHH lovely.. CONGRATULATIONS to all athose WORLD CLAS PHOTO ARTISTS and many thanks too.. being a pictorial photographer, my self,, k s rajaram will like to see these pics very very often and show to all my friends as a SOUVENIR.....

Posted by K S Rajaram August 12, 08 03:10 PM
1642.

Just Amazing Thanks a lot for the photos.

Posted by greven August 12, 08 03:21 PM
1643.

to those who said we chinese have no freedom, if your words are true , do you guys think we 1.4 billion people are all insane??? I cannot deny sometimes our goverment do stupid things, but that's what politics does all the time.

I refused to be a CCP member, I joke on our leaders, I complain the goverment in public when it's not that good. and i'm still free and never be sent into the prison.

There's no perfection. I was born in 1980s and since 1990 .when i had memories of what I had experienced, my life is getting better and better . I don't care whether our country is communistic or capitalistic. I'm an ordinary person, and i have no idea of Marxism or something else like that. The only thing I know is our goverment do change our lives and it is getting better. Though it's not as good as i wished,it's not that bad as " chinese people have no freedom" or we live a miserable life.

Posted by whatever August 12, 08 03:30 PM
1644.

EXTRAORDINARIAS!!!!
MEXICO

Posted by HECTOR August 12, 08 04:15 PM
1645.

i watched the ceremony on NBC, it was so awesome! made me *almost* cry! ohhh i've never been that proud to be chinese!
and OMG...these fotos are A-MAZING! much better and clear than on TV! thanks for the pictures, Mr.Taylor!
i wish i had the lenses and skills u got... lol

and um.. i thought we chinese are close-minded, small-town enough but wow look at all the hate talks flying... haa ha - they got me speechless.

ok, chinese gov spent big bucks on the summer games... well i think they *have* to do it, don't they? all the $$ stuff should be laid out in their proposal to the Council 8 years ago. otherwise i don't think they could win the project (and they did it awesome!).

for the "sensitive" issues like the political and human rights stuff, yea they do handle those issues poorly. but at least they are trying to improve and i dare to say they are far way open than 10 years ago. and yes, there're still lots to do to be perfect but, one baby-step at a time - like quiting drugs and smoking.

and for the poor living condition.. well i was from a middle-income home in HK so i can't say too much b/c i don't even know what it's like. but please do keep in mind that most of the chinese families are still doing (lo-tech) farming stuff for living, not many farmers live in big nice condos with big giant TV, right?

if u have money, go take a look and experience china yourself (cities like HK, Bejing... - you'll be amazed by all the high-tech stuff; or farms and little villages - those people are the nicest people in the world!) .. might totally change your view.

and guys, it's olympic time! please not let the other issues steal the show from the athletes shall we? they are working their ass off for our nation - for us!

just my 2 cents. and please forgive my bad english.

Posted by Shiny-happy-people-holding-hands August 12, 08 04:21 PM
1646.

incredible show and confidence, congratulations to china!!!

Posted by al August 12, 08 04:41 PM
1647.

very nice I really loved

Posted by Jeffsilva August 12, 08 05:40 PM
1648.

incredible show and confidence, congratulations to china!!!

Posted by al August 12, 08 06:43 PM
1649.

GOOOOOOOOOOOO China

Posted by justin August 12, 08 07:24 PM
1650.

Fantastic..

Posted by Finny Samuel August 12, 08 07:28 PM
1651.

Once in a lifetime spectacle. I sat watching and was just beside-myself wondering what could be next? Mitch Album was THERE! Lucky Dog!!

Posted by Dave-in-Detroit August 12, 08 07:50 PM
1652.

wow!!

Posted by Narbonne August 12, 08 08:00 PM
1653.

FANTASTICO !!! ...

BRASIL.

Posted by SANDRA August 12, 08 08:10 PM
1654.

Epic Thread is Epic.

Posted by Wayah August 12, 08 08:24 PM
1655.

Unfortunately, I was not able to watch the opening ceremony (much to my GREAT dismay!). I thank my friend, Diane, who sent these to me... a "taste" of what it must have been like. I will be sure that I have no out of town guests who do not want to watch the Olympic ceremonies on the closing night!!! FOR SURE!!

Posted by luluandbo August 12, 08 08:28 PM
1656.

Bravo! Mr. Zhang

even u've disgusted me alot... at least this time you did a fabulous job

Posted by towhomitmayconcern August 12, 08 08:35 PM
1657.

¢¾¢¾WOW............
BUT IVE ONLY GOT ONE THING TO SAY.
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Posted by todd jeffries August 12, 08 08:52 PM
1658.

Fantastic; i've not see it as yet as I was flying there when it was going on. I had a fantastic time there though, you can see my pictures at http://www.cruisinaltitude.com/gallery/index.php?cat=3. Although it was pouring rain for the Hockey game I saw, it was worth it! I met people from all over the world all in one place.

The Global Wanderer

Posted by The Global Wanderer August 12, 08 09:30 PM
1659.

Good show!!

Posted by Chinese August 12, 08 09:50 PM
1660.

wow that was greate

Posted by lorla August 12, 08 10:06 PM
1661.

Powerful, words just cannot explain how awesome the whole affair was. Amazing. Truely a demonstration of the meaning of the 5 circles and you have done just that China.

Posted by Esther Armstrong August 12, 08 10:12 PM
1662.

WOOOOOW!!!!

IT'S AMAZING!!!!
GREAT!!!
I LOVE IT!!!
I WISH I COULD HAVE A COPY OF THESE PICTURES...

Posted by KRISSELLE DELA CRUZ August 12, 08 10:25 PM
1663.

Awesome.All the pictures are beyond description. The last picture sends us the message that they are very happy and proud.

Go,China!!! You deserve all the praises for your beautiful work.

Posted by Belen August 12, 08 10:26 PM
1664.

Very Great! It is so touching and we are crying for China is growing Strong.....Stronger.........Stongest.......!

Posted by Wong Siu Han August 12, 08 10:29 PM
1665.

Your great China

Posted by Rapala August 12, 08 10:34 PM
1666.

Nice nice nice nice....
It costed traffic jam in my country during the open ceremory, because all of us wanted to rush back home to watch it. And, luckily, all of us didn't dissapointed by the Chinese performance.
And one father who is seldom talking to his child, but call up on that night and asked :"Did you watch the open ceremory just now?"
It bring out so many good things in life.
Thanks China.

Posted by Shu August 12, 08 10:45 PM
1667.

Great, Powerful, best emotional

Posted by luffy August 12, 08 10:49 PM
1668.

Its Really Amazing.........

Posted by shiva August 12, 08 10:57 PM
1669.

Wow Wow Wow!

I watched the whole shew -- whatashew! Especially those Fou drummers! Not to mention more fireworks than I have ever seen at any time on TV!

Posted by merry mac August 12, 08 11:02 PM
1670.

I love these images, they are as incredible as the opening ceremonies. Thank you so much for sharing

Posted by Paul Blankenship August 12, 08 11:08 PM
1671.

Fantastic Photo... Nice to see

Posted by Gigolo Ganteng August 12, 08 11:15 PM
1672.

FANTASTIC !!! ...

Posted by SANDRA August 12, 08 11:19 PM
1673.

FANTASTICO !!! ...

BRASIL.

Posted by SANDRA August 12, 08 11:23 PM
1674.

Unfortunately, I was not able to watch the opening ceremony (much to my GREAT dismay!). I thank my friend, Diane, who sent these to me... a "taste" of what it must have been like. I will be sure that I have no out of town guests who do not want to watch the Olympic ceremonies on the closing night!!! FOR SURE!!

Posted by luluandbo August 12, 08 11:36 PM
1675.

shock the world

Posted by mon August 12, 08 11:36 PM
1676.

I Love China

Posted by Thailand August 12, 08 11:49 PM
1677.

Well...what can I say. In all my life, I have never seen such an opening ceremony. I was in UK when they had the Olympics in another country, but the opening was not like this. Wow...well done, China, you have shown the world what organisation can be like.

UK's turn next...4 years from now.

As for those who shout Human Rights...you do not know what you are talking about; I have a son in America, a nephew in UK and cousins in Australia. They are all Asians. Look at your own door step first, before you talk about Human Rights in China.

The opening was fantastic, and I applaud Zhang Zimou for the planning for 3 years. Shame that Spielberg was pressurized from participating because human rights activists pressure.

Well done, China, for your planning, organising and execution of the events. Proud of you, although I stay in another country.

Posted by THChan August 12, 08 11:56 PM
1678.

wow...what stunning visuals..would love to see the opening again on video as i missed it working in las vegas...is it available online anywhere?

Posted by michael August 13, 08 12:08 AM
1679.

Fantastic; i've not see it as yet as I was flying there when it was going on. I had a fantastic time there though, you can see my pictures at http://www.cruisinaltitude.com/gallery/index.php?cat=3. Although it was pouring rain for the Hockey game I saw, it was worth it! I met people from all over the world all in one place.

The Global Wanderer

Posted by The Global Wanderer August 13, 08 12:10 AM
1680.

TOO MANY COMMENTS. I COULD NOT READ THEM ALL!

Posted by Wicksy August 13, 08 12:36 AM
1681.

Good show!!

Posted by Anonymous August 13, 08 12:38 AM
1682.

Good show!!

Posted by Chinese August 13, 08 12:45 AM
1683.

WOW MAN!!!

Posted by sajesh August 13, 08 12:54 AM
1684.

THE OPENING CEROMONY IS LIKE A 8 WONDER OF THE WORLD, WHO EVER MISS IT,

MISS EVERY THING.

Posted by RAJAT BANSAL August 13, 08 01:10 AM
1685.

IT'S A..W........E......S.....O.........M...........................E.
like it so SO SOSOSSOSO MUCH

Posted by Sudatta August 13, 08 01:17 AM
1686.

WOOOOOW!!!!

IT'S AMAZING!!!!
GREAT!!!
I LOVE IT!!!
I WISH I COULD HAVE A COPY OF THESE PICTURES...

Posted by KRISSELLE DELA CRUZ August 13, 08 01:22 AM
1687.

Awesome.All the pictures are beyond description. The last picture sends us the message that they are very happy and proud.

Go,China!!! You deserve all the praises for your beautiful work.

Posted by Belen August 13, 08 01:26 AM
1688.

amazing

Posted by Karunakar M August 13, 08 01:28 AM
1689.

TO #5

Gregamell
Want to see the "real" Chinese people?
Come to China

Posted by Duan August 13, 08 01:30 AM
1690.

VERY NICE I LOVE IT.

Posted by Nelson Rogers. w August 13, 08 01:34 AM
1691.

IT WAS A MOMENTUS start for the games. The chineese have arich colture and history, we are gratfull for what we saw. I hope the games gives the oportunity fo this nation to become a true democracy and influense the world in justice and peace

Posted by Dimitrios August 13, 08 01:50 AM
1692.

amazing

Posted by sandeep August 13, 08 01:51 AM
1693.

Interesting to read all the repeat comments - and how they're all anti-truth/pro-china. I wonder if they're being ordered to do that by their government or they're living elsewhere and just brainwashed by communist propaganda. If it's so wonderful in china and so awful in the US, then why don't you move to beautiful, clean, free china and leave the horrible US? Anyway, nice show...but the money would have been better spent on bettering the lives of the country's people. Then maybe they wouldn't have to breathe in that polluted soot they call air, would allow their people to voice opinions without being sanctioned/tortured, and would stop literally tossing baby girls into the streets to die. Ending crimes against humanity would be much more impressive than any gaudy show.

Posted by The truth hurts, brainwashed puppets August 13, 08 02:02 AM
1694.

Spectacular.... awesome .........

Posted by saurabh August 13, 08 02:03 AM
1695.

The great ceremony

Posted by Thetmon August 13, 08 02:10 AM
1696.

Don't be scared by beautiful and wonderful things like this Beijing Olympic Ceremony. If you are scared then you are afraid of the Truth. And the Truth is that it was, no doubt, one of the best opening olympic ceremony. And also the Truth about the Last Picture is that it is one of the most creatively and artistically posed picture. One with filled up mind will be very hard to understand the believe and love reflected in those smiles from the lovely faces of the Last Picture. For me, it is the most mesmerising Picture as that of the Opening Ceremony.

Posted by longjam August 13, 08 02:13 AM
1697.

I'm so proud of being Chinese especially after seeing what they can do in the Olympics and I'm so disappointed that there are such jerks in the world who would come to look at these beautiful pictures and just go out of their way to leave a comment in order to CRITICIZE. To all those jerks out there, is that all you live for? To just show the ugliest side of yourself to the world? To attempt to mess up everyone's joy of witnessing something so beautiful and amazing?I just want to comment on "Rich" aka #169. do you really think that it was slave labor that made the Chinese perform for the Beijing Olympics Ceremony?! Well, you are so wrong because any Chinese person in this world will be more than willing and would be most honored to do ANYTHING for CHINA. you're an idiot.

Posted by Alice Lai August 13, 08 02:14 AM
1698.

Muito Bom !!!

Brasil.

Posted by marcelo August 13, 08 02:15 AM
1699.

Well...what can I say. In all my life, I have never seen such an opening ceremony. I was in UK when they had the Olympics in another country, but the opening was not like this. Wow...well done, China, you have shown the world what organisation can be like.

UK's turn next...4 years from now.

As for those who shout Human Rights...you do not know what you are talking about; I have a son in America, a nephew in UK and cousins in Australia. They are all Asians. Look at your own door step first, before you talk about Human Rights in China.

The opening was fantastic, and I applaud Zhang Zimou for the planning for 3 years. Shame that Spielberg was pressurized from participating because human rights activists pressure.

Well done, China, for your planning, organising and execution of the events. Proud of you, although I stay in another country.

Posted by THChan August 13, 08 02:17 AM
1700.

What a fantastic photos . Great Job & Many Thanks to China.
No words to comment.

From Sri Lanka.

Posted by Venura August 13, 08 02:19 AM
1701.

nice~~~~~~~~~~

Posted by Anonymous August 13, 08 02:21 AM
1702.

woooooooooow its realy beautiful....

Posted by Riya Mohammed August 13, 08 02:22 AM
1703.

It was an Excellent Opening cermony,
and too we r proud to get the silver madel in shooting

Posted by kumar August 13, 08 02:26 AM
1704.

How nice a ceremony of Beijing Olympic 2008

Posted by MILAN PATRA August 13, 08 02:27 AM
1705.

ESPECTACULAR, QUE BELLEZA

Posted by JOSE LUIS August 13, 08 02:29 AM
1706.

ESPECTACULAR, QUE BELLEZA

Posted by JOSE LUIS August 13, 08 02:36 AM
1707.

Excellent...
used billions of money .. I think they don't know many people in the world are living without food for one time a day.. but we are celebrating the opening ceremony with billions for a single day..

Posted by Giri August 13, 08 02:40 AM
1708.

Wow!! Yaara Wow!! Dum mast!!

Some pics look like painting, so realistically perfect!!

Posted by Rahul August 13, 08 02:41 AM
1709.

To the photographer/s of the most beautiful photographs, i pround of you, thank you China Thnak you chinese people,

Posted by firoz August 13, 08 02:43 AM
1710.

wow!.. It is realy amazing, fantastic photos

Posted by ashok August 13, 08 02:44 AM
1711.

Very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very nice...

Posted by Keith Woo August 13, 08 02:55 AM
1712.

amazing

Posted by Karunakar M August 13, 08 03:00 AM
1713.

pictures womens beatifull

Posted by women August 13, 08 03:03 AM
1714.

keeekaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Posted by Anonymous August 13, 08 03:03 AM
1715.

wooooooooowwwwwwwwwww............superb...thanks for sharing these....

i gotta download the video of the cermony

Posted by srinivas August 13, 08 03:08 AM
1716.

namasthe

Posted by kamal August 13, 08 03:09 AM
1717.

beautiful pictures.amazing

Posted by maellen August 13, 08 03:15 AM
1718.

Beautiful, amazing photographs. It was a grand occassion on earth..Simply fantabulous!!!!!!!!! Good job with camera too.

Posted by Gloria August 13, 08 03:18 AM
1719.

CONGRATULATIONS CHINA FOR GIVING US ONE GREAT SHOW!!!

BEFORE THE OPENING, I HEARD IT WAS GOING TO BE SPECTACULAR . SO I HAD TO RUSH HOME ON THAT DAY TO SEE FOR MYSELF! INDEED IT WAS! AND NOW, SEEING THIS PICTURES MADE IT EVEN MORE THAT WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE!

Posted by DEARIE August 13, 08 03:22 AM
1720.

Superb performance!!!

Posted by Jagadeesha.M August 13, 08 03:23 AM
1721.

very entertaining and really fantastic!!!

Posted by mel merza August 13, 08 03:24 AM
1722.

extraordinary, varvelous ceremony

Posted by MILAN PATRA August 13, 08 03:29 AM
1723.

China has done a Great Job! for more information about China and Beijing Olympics, please take a look at http://www.chinatravel.com/focus/2008-olympic-cities/

Posted by David Deng August 13, 08 03:34 AM
1724.

Go CHINA goooooooo!!!!!!!

Posted by Duan August 13, 08 03:38 AM
1725.

The last one is so special. a picture in a good color, like decades ago

Posted by Lain August 13, 08 03:40 AM
1726.

Thank you, China!!! You proved to the rest of the world that you are the greatest country in every sense of the word. Greetings from Serbia!!!

Posted by Vesna Belgrade August 13, 08 03:41 AM
1727.

Really Wonderful job

Posted by vijaybaskar S August 13, 08 03:52 AM
1728.

Beautiful and Fantastic.This cannot be beaten in coming Olympics too I believe.

Posted by Swararaag August 13, 08 04:08 AM
1729.

the gr8

Posted by sam August 13, 08 04:10 AM
1730.

Very nice and great!

Posted by Haikeu August 13, 08 04:11 AM
1731.

WOW !! VERY INSPIRED ....

Posted by Frilenz Gallery August 13, 08 04:14 AM
1732.

Awesome!!!!

Posted by Josiah August 13, 08 04:16 AM
1733.

Beautiful, amazing photographs. It was a grand occassion on earth..Simply fatabulous!!!!!!!!! Good job with camera too.

Posted by Gloria August 13, 08 04:24 AM
1734.

fantastic

Posted by lavanya August 13, 08 04:29 AM
1735.

very entertaining and really fantastic!!!

Posted by mel merza August 13, 08 04:31 AM
1736.

One word says it all "SPECTACULAR". Although I'm sad to say that I missed the opening ceremony on 8/8/08.

Posted by Zhou Zi Yu August 13, 08 04:52 AM
1737.

Such is Chinese Culture!

Posted by Helen August 13, 08 04:53 AM
1738.

The OG are a waste of time! Nearly all the athlets are doping, especially eastern europe, USA and china! Furthermore the opening was so boring, made with slave laborors and the tv pictures were manipulated! Most of the so called chinese on this board are just government agents with propaganda, most chinese dont have free internet access and cant see this board!

Posted by free August 13, 08 04:56 AM
1739.

What a great performance.............when is the next one?

Posted by Lei August 13, 08 05:00 AM
1740.

Wow, what a brilliant moments you have captured, Marvellous please keep on sending such type of pictures. we are enjoying these pictures as a live moment of opening ceremony.

Posted by Kalpak August 13, 08 05:01 AM
1741.

What a great performance.............when is the next one?

Posted by Lei August 13, 08 05:01 AM
1742.

It makes a dream come true, it is miracle. Thanks my friend Ding for this.

Posted by liang August 13, 08 05:14 AM
1743.

Thanx alot for these great pictures

Posted by sally August 13, 08 05:15 AM
1744.

The opening ceremony has a work of Caliber its Awesome ........Andy....Gauteng RSA.....

Posted by andrew August 13, 08 05:21 AM
1745.

superb snaps!!!!

Posted by Anonymous August 13, 08 05:24 AM
1746.

Les photos sont magnifiques, merci à la Chine pour ce beau spectacle et merci au photographe qui a su parfaitement capturer la cérémonie!

Posted by Perrine August 13, 08 05:33 AM
1747.

Great !

Posted by Abdul August 13, 08 05:33 AM
1748.

Again events and emotions amaizling captured !!!!

Posted by vanessa August 13, 08 05:42 AM
1749.

Wow, what a brilliant moments you have captured, Marvellous please keep on sending such type of pictures. we are enjoying these pictures as a live moment of opening ceremony.

Posted by Kalpak August 13, 08 05:43 AM
1750.

One thousand six hundred and seventy three comments... phew.

I think the Boston.com's Big Picture is going to be receiving some heavy duty awards in the future..

Congratulations to you guys and gals.


Posted by Jon T August 13, 08 05:48 AM
1751.

Amazing! NO WORDS

Posted by Roberto Carlos Pecino August 13, 08 06:00 AM
1752.

the eight wonder of the world.

Posted by thompson wong August 13, 08 06:06 AM
1753.

Again events and emotions amaizling captured !!!!

Posted by vanessa August 13, 08 06:10 AM
1754.

So great!

Posted by Saul Green August 13, 08 06:17 AM
1755.

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Fantastic!!!

Posted by Wilson Ho August 13, 08 06:17 AM
1756.

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Fantastic!!!

Posted by Wilson Ho August 13, 08 06:18 AM
1757.

Excellent Photos

Posted by kousalya August 13, 08 06:24 AM
1758.

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Fantastic!!!

Posted by Wilson Ho August 13, 08 06:33 AM
1759.

It's really... wonderful!

Posted by swank August 13, 08 06:36 AM
1760.

awesome !!!!

Posted by Anonymous August 13, 08 06:42 AM
1761.

PRETTY AWESOME .....

MAY BE TWO EYE ARE NOT ENOUGH TO THESE PICTURES...

Posted by Krishna Chaitanya.G August 13, 08 06:43 AM
1762.

WOWWWWWW !!!!!! SUPERB !!!!!!

Posted by Neelima August 13, 08 06:54 AM
1763.

nice pictures.......................n very fantastic..................i love it.......thank's for sharing

gooooooo chinaa................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by yoga widyanto August 13, 08 06:58 AM
1764.

i am soo cool

Posted by Anonymous August 13, 08 07:04 AM
1765.

Outstanding shots. Impressive performance and impressive capture. Thanks for sharing !

Posted by Caveman Lee August 13, 08 07:38 AM
1766.

Thank YOU!!!

Posted by rochambeau August 13, 08 07:45 AM
1767.

fantastic..

Posted by michan August 13, 08 07:52 AM
1768.

Parabéns pela escolha das fotos.
Congratulation for the selection!!!

Posted by Diego Reigoto (polaroidescriticas.blogspot.com) August 13, 08 08:28 AM
1769.

I love CHINA

welcome to BEIJING

Posted by Allison August 13, 08 08:35 AM
1770.

Fantastisc pics.
Can you post the exif's?

Posted by Gustavo Ribeiro August 13, 08 08:38 AM
1771.

Proud to see chinese

Posted by Anonymous August 13, 08 08:44 AM
1772.

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WELCOME TO BEIJING
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One world One dream One China

Posted by chinese August 13, 08 09:01 AM
1773.

AMAZING!

Posted by SHEILA CARTER August 13, 08 09:20 AM
1774.

Wow. amazing photo!

Posted by Aji Purwoseputro August 13, 08 09:57 AM
1775.

Wowsers!

Posted by Gumbeau August 13, 08 10:02 AM
1776.

more "wowsers" are coming... just read the news and they revealed the "foot prints" fireworks were CG, the red dress little girl was lip syncing... how disappointing!! frig..
chinese knows how to fake stuff... LOL

to the poster "free"....i m wondering...are you from the past...? like 1998?... seriously,
chinese ppl don't have freedom to surf internet??
CHINESE PEOPLE HAVE FRIGGING HI SPEED INTERNET TO UPLOAD SO FRIGGING MUCH PIRATE STUFF TO THE TORRENT SITES - so that u can d/l bunch of cracked softwares!! they even have a bunch of sites that let ppl upload and download Playboy, Penthouse even Hustler mags & vids!
use ur frigging "free" brain! ppl KNOW how to use all the anonymous free proxys to surf! not everyone like you, still living in 1998. hahaa.

i somewhat agree with post #1690, very good point:
"I wonder if they're being ordered to do that by their government or they're living elsewhere and just brainwashed by communist propaganda."

Posted by shiny-happy-ppl-holding-hands August 13, 08 10:46 AM
1777.

Wonderful Images!

Posted by Jk August 13, 08 10:48 AM
1778.

it's beautyful pictures

Posted by hamed khan August 13, 08 11:12 AM
1779.

An Excellent Array of Visual Beauty! Thanks To All of the Great Photographers!

Posted by DVancenza August 13, 08 11:37 AM
1780.

mind blowing pix...

Posted by zafar ahmed August 13, 08 12:12 PM
1781.

I missed it on TV so thanks a million for the photos. They look awesome mate!

Posted by Joi August 13, 08 12:13 PM
1782.

#1079: "Why we tried so hard? because you never listen and naver want to know about China, never want to know what the chinese people are thinking about."

Lot's of people (Americans) are interested in China. My sister speaks Chinese and we visited China in 2006. We're just ordinary people, but we make attempts to become introduced to other cultures.

The world of blog comments is a pretty shallow one. As an RSS translator, you must be pretty immersed in blog comments, but you've got to know that most Americans are not represented by a few idiots on some blogs. Yes, there are misconceptions about the Chinese-- but there are also misconceptions about Americans, too. "Most" don't see things as black and white, as you said. Consider what an American with your job (translating idiotic comments all day) would think about the Chinese if they believed those comments were representative!

Also....Tom Clancy books hollywood blockbusters are NOT Western culture! That would be like me saying 'kung fu' and Sanrio represent Asian culture. Both are probably offensive to the other party.....

Posted by Nadia Lyukova August 13, 08 12:25 PM
1783.

ces photos méritent toutes une médaille d'or

Posted by michamey August 13, 08 12:29 PM
1784.

Super...! I was regret I didn't see the ceremony. Thanks for the pictures. They are soooooo..................nice !
Holland

Posted by Claudia v.d. Heuvel August 13, 08 12:32 PM
1785.

re: 134 - "And let's be honest, most people probably need a helping hand when it comes to making decisions for themselves. For example..."
You arrogant bastard. You should find an empty hole in the ground to spew this crap into. What makes YOU think you can decide what is right for ME?
That is the core failing of conservative thinking.

Posted by Freeman August 13, 08 12:32 PM
1786.

nice photos. looking forward to the closing ceremony.

Posted by Anonymous August 13, 08 12:33 PM
1787.

so beautyful , thank you for picture

Posted by mod August 13, 08 01:15 PM
1788.

f*ck your "free tibet",you are not chinese ,you never know what happen in china, you do not know anything that you can not speak anything! i love my homeland that like you love your homeland.

Posted by 王晋 August 13, 08 01:26 PM
1789.

No doubt it was the greatest show on earth..
to all the chinese in mainland... keep up the good work ...
never mind the hypocrites who talk about human rights, freedom , superior thinking ability" but at the same time killed thousand of innocent people by promoting wars elsewhere. These are the people who abused the words "freedom, human rights, " for selfish ends... and to create war. bully bully bully

their goal is divide and divide and rule... they meddle in other countries' affairs....and neglect their own country...so now they are getting poor and insecure....

the world would be better off if they mind their own business...

go china... you are world's real superpower... in culture and weath..
your achievement will never be accomplished if you think like them... small brains with big mouth...

Posted by maxie August 13, 08 02:10 PM
1790.

hi, i m Aamir from PAKISTAN,
it was a fabulous, superb and greatest opening cermoney of Olympic history at all. All the Pakistanies as well as whole world is takenaback. i don not expect the opening cermony again in this world. I and all Pakistanis proud on Great China, we love PAK-CHINA


Muhammad Amir
MBA(2nd term) Gomal University
PAKISTAN

Posted by Muhammad Aamir August 13, 08 02:18 PM
1791.

Really stunning

Posted by Anonymous August 13, 08 03:17 PM
1792.

PLEASE NBC LET US SEE ONE MORE TIME ALL THIS BEAUTYFUL CEREMONY ON TV. THANKS

Posted by MARITA August 13, 08 03:18 PM
1793.

- ESPECTACULAR !!!!!!!!
- GRANDIOSO !!!!!!!!
- SE RECORDARÁ EN LOS TIEMPOS !!!!!!

Posted by ELVIRA ALEXANDRA August 13, 08 03:22 PM
1794.

i bet that would have been beautiful to see in person!

Posted by jessi may August 13, 08 03:29 PM
1795.

Hi from Czech Republic. My name is Vasil. Olympic is for people and no politic!!!

Posted by www.vasil.estranky.cz August 13, 08 04:22 PM
1796.

The most spectacular opening I've ever seen in my life time. You just can't come behind something like that and expect the same reaction.

Posted by Theresa C August 13, 08 04:36 PM
1797.

Wonderful pics...............................outstanding shows..........Good Going China

Posted by shrijana thapa August 13, 08 04:38 PM
1798.

Re: 1780
Lot's of people (Americans) are interested in China......
but you've got to know that most Americans are not represented by a few idiots on some blogs......
Posted by Nadia Lyukova August 13, 08 12:25 PM

I agree with you. As I traveled to U.S, I found most of Americans are kind,well educated and respect people. Just feel sorry for some idiots that they blame everything in China but they don't do any research using his own brain, not mention that they don't have a chance to visit it. What a shame!


Posted by Richard August 13, 08 04:43 PM
1799.

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Posted by Anonymous August 13, 08 04:58 PM
1800.

wat an amazing pictures.......so beautiful excilent quality....thanks for the pictures.....ur work is really amazing..
i cant c the opening ceremoney..is there is any way to c the opening cerimony.from internet...plz help me
thanks....

Posted by rajandeep August 13, 08 05:06 PM
1801.

OS MAIORES MAPAS DO MUNDO

Posted by os MAIORES MAPAS DO MUNDO August 13, 08 06:16 PM
1802.

Re: 1780
Lot's of people (Americans) are interested in China......
but you've got to know that most Americans are not represented by a few idiots on some blogs......
Posted by Nadia Lyukova August 13, 08 12:25 PM

I agree with you. As I traveled to U.S, I found most of Americans are kind,well educated and respect people. Just feel sorry for some idiots that they blame everything in China but they don't do any research using his own brain, not mention that they don't have a chance to visit it. What a shame!


Posted by Richard August 13, 08 06:43 PM
1803.

HELLO CHINA:::::::::::WAS A WONDERFUL OPENING CEREMONY BUT THAT CANNOT HIDE FACTS:::::::::::::CHINA HAS BLOOD ON ITS HANDS:::::::::THE WORLD SHOULD NOT IGNORE THAT ::NOT FORGET THAT::::::::CHINESE EVEN ASK TO BE PAID FOR THE BULLETS WITH THEY KILL ANYONE:::DEMAND THE MONEY FROM THE ONES LEFT BEHIND:::::::::::::::::::::::::::ALL A FALSE SHOW::::::::::::::::

Posted by YAS:DUE:GERMANY: August 13, 08 07:55 PM
1804.

this was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it looks so cool they really outdid themselfs gud job beijing also im half chinese wow that was part of my family

Posted by krystal Hanipele August 13, 08 08:13 PM
1805.

OS MAIORES MAPAS DO MUNDO

Posted by os MAIORES MAPAS DO MUNDO August 13, 08 08:49 PM
1806.

#1774
The NBC commentator specifically said, as the footage was being shown, that the event's producers were using a cinematic interlude to convey the concept of the fireworks. The actual footprint firewoks WERE going off at the same time, and in much the same way... tourists and people in Beijing saw the footprint fireworks fired above sky.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbZrI8onelg

however, there was simply no way to be sure they could show it well on TV - since it was impossible to predict the weather or other cirumstances, and for the sake of helicopter pilot's safety. So, they showed a CGI illustration for the people watching TV. They weren't hiding anything, they came right out and SAID what they were doing. The whole thing was real, there were indeed 29 footprint fireworks fired in the city above the sky at the beginning of the opening ceremony, only what you saw on TV was simulated.

Posted by cathy August 13, 08 08:57 PM
1807.

The opening ceremonies were truly amazing. Thank you for giving me beautiful pictures to share with my son, Bridger.

Posted by Laura Lanois and Bridger Thurston August 13, 08 09:03 PM
1808.

great

Posted by Anonymous August 13, 08 09:42 PM
1809.

I am Chinese,37 years old. Once we have spend very poor and difficult times in our childhood. With our open policy and reforming, I got a Ph. D degree and got married and live in my own apartment and I can go to work driving my own car as well. I mean China developed so much in the past 30 years.
China is sticking to open policy and Chinese are also open minded people. if you come to Beijing, you can see how many foreigners walking on the streets and work and enjoy there. You can see how many Chinese can speak English well.

How spectacular the opening ceremony is!
he opening ceremony got under way with a dramatic, drummed countdown. 29 footprints walked from YONGDINGMEN to National stadium, known as the "Bird's Nest" implying the 29th Olympics. Drummers performed a part of Confucius¡¯ poem. Then the Chinese culture elements of dancing, costumes, tea, four great inventions, calligragh, silk, martial arts etc. were performed on the stage which was an illuminated roll. The second part of the performance was about China¡¯s development and future. An artist in a space suit flied into the court and the dancers in lighted suits simulated the Bird¡¯s nest. The whole program was played wherein the background of the huge picture roll. Artists underneath movable boxes made letter of ¡°He¡± that means peace and harmony, waves and various shapes. Liu Huan and Sarah Brightman stood on a mimic globe and sang the with their sound of nature that embodied the theme of ¡°one world, one dream¡±. Fireworks exploded over the National Stadium and lighted the skyline.
The three-hour show at Beijing's iconic national stadium was set to see more than 15,000 performers showcase the nation's ancient history and its rise as a modern power.
I do not want to touch politics and I know every country has her policy. We can not judge which is better or bad with our own view angle.But here I have to claim that Taiwan and Tibet are part of China from thousand years ago and forever. Do not touch this point and Chinese will not give up on this issue.
welcome to China, welcome to Beijing.

Posted by fan, fdz2000@163.com August 13, 08 10:22 PM
1810.

Soooooooo Successful & soooooooo Wonderful.................

From : Malaysia EPSoo

Posted by Sue Ying Pin August 13, 08 10:33 PM
1811.

This is so amazing! I cannot stop watching the video again and again.

Posted by Tongjie Chen August 13, 08 10:48 PM
1812.

great picture .... i like it much.

Posted by Manto Iswandi August 13, 08 11:52 PM
1813.

5000+ years of Chinese culture and history in an hour or so...I am Chinese American and I am happy for China.

From some comments I read here. McCain will be the next President of America. The white will not vote for a black MUSLIM either would I.

BTL

Posted by BTL August 13, 08 11:54 PM
1814.

Great! Love Chinese People!

Posted by Anonymous August 13, 08 11:58 PM
1815.

Fabuloso el colorido de estas fotos¡¡¡ Gracias por compartirlas...

Posted by Beatriz August 14, 08 12:29 AM
1816.


AMAZING!

Posted by ronz August 14, 08 12:31 AM
1817.

I have never seen anything like that, there are no words to describe such magnificant event. I wished I could have seen it life! You go China! Congratulation Beijing, I honestly don't think that anybody can do it better ever. That is definetly going to be remembered in the future. I am speechless.
Thank you so much for Posting these pictures, they are priceless!!!

Posted by Perez August 14, 08 12:48 AM
1818.

great images! i wish i was there to see it all! great job!

Posted by kiyaw August 14, 08 12:54 AM
1819.

Congratulations to China for their performance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by sharp August 14, 08 01:02 AM
1820.

I lawl at all the anti-Chinese comments on this blog. Most of them are probably the same guy repeating his stupid propoganda over and over again like a broken record.

Now back to the olympics opening ceremony :D I thought it was awesome and I'm pretty sure it will be the best olympic games opening ceremony for at least 200-300 years. Horray for China.

Posted by Paradin August 14, 08 01:12 AM
1821.

Great pictures like beutyful works of art

Posted by ding dong August 14, 08 01:37 AM