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09 August 2008 @ 01:29 pm
Opening Ceremonies in Beijing  
Did anyone else catch the Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies last night? It was incredible, mind-boggling actually, to watch the history of China unfold in art, music and dance along with special effects, all designed by Chinese film-maker Zhang Yimou. They ran it again today and it wouldn't surprise me if they did so tomorrow or late tonight as well. There was also a touching bit near the end where a little boy who survived the earthquake earlier this year and even helped rescue two of his class mates, 9-year-old Lin Hao, walked alongside the Chinese team's flag bearer, 7-and-a-half foot Yao Ming. Lin Hao had said that it was his duty to rescue his class mates--he was hall monitor! Lin Hao was matched only by the stunningly beautiful little Chinese girl who was raised aloft in a harness to fly a kite over the stadium audience. I'm sorry I didn't catch her name.

Yes I was thinking of Tibet as I watched, but here China is really reaching out to the world and I think we can best help Tibet in the long term by encouraging these changes in China's attitudes. Plus whatever else is going on I think there is something positive about coming together as a planet for the Olympic Games.
 
 
 
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on August 9th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
When Lin Hao came out and they told his story, I was glad Preston had gone to bed already. I sat there and bawled. Absolutely bawled. And he was so tiny up beside Yao! LOL
Tapatitapati on August 12th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah I don't think he came up much above Yao's knees! Adorable!
lunaetstellaelunaetstellae on August 10th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Yep, I watched it last night, and was amazed and touched too. I was hoping there'd be fireworks--maybe one super big ending blowout--since they did invent them! but I was totally unprepared for the many, many over-the-top fireworks sessions during the course of the night! I can't imagine how any other country can top what I saw last night. The arena was beautiful, and the 'scroll' theme they wove all throughout it was awesome. . . . culminating in the unrolling of the final scroll and scroll-shaped torch was lit. That was very creative and beautiful.


Tapatitapati on August 12th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
I loved the fireworks in the shape of the Olympic rings!

The scroll shaped torch rocked! I don't know how London is going to follow this--they'd better start brainstorming now!
thtreladythtrelady on August 10th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
The ceremonies were incredible. Truly a coming out party for China.
Tapatitapati on August 12th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's what it felt like--an introduction to the whole world, like they were saying, "Hey, we're not all tanks ready to run over protesters!"