Friday, August 8, 2008

Beijing 2008 Kicks Off In Style

The Beijing Olympic Games will open today with a spectacular opening ceremony, ushering in 16 days of competition.

Over the coming weeks, more than 10,500 of the best international athletes will compete for the 302 gold medals up for grabs in 28 events.
The Games of the 29th Olympiad, being held in China for the first time, will officially open at 8.08pm local time (1.08pm BST) on the eighty day of the eighth month of 2008. In China the number of eight is often associated with good fortune.
Beijing Olympic officials have said that fireworks of different shapes will be set off over the main Bird's Nest stadium, the Olympic Forest Park and a section of the Great Wall.
Outside the capital, Qingdao will hold the sailing competition, Hong Kong will be the location for the equestrian events, and football will be played in Tianjin, Shanghai, Shenyang and Qinhuangdao.  The closing ceremony will bring down the curtain on August 24 before the Paralympic Games take over from September 6-17.

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