Bbc sport looks back at the spectacular opening ceremony of the 2008 beijing olympics and london's closing offer as the games were passed over to this year's host. The 2008 summer olympics opening ceremony was held at the beijing national stadium, also known as the bird's nest it began at 20:00 china standard time ( utc+8) on friday, 8 august 2008, as the number 8 is considered to be auspicious the number 8 is associated with prosperity and confidence in chinese culture. Beijing, china (cnn) -- fireworks, athletes and pageantry on a scale never before seen in the olympics opened the summer games in beijing on friday as the asian nation kicked off the biggest and most scrutinized games in history drummers perform during the opening ceremony for the beijing 2008. With a budget of over $100 million, the 2008 beijing opening ceremony was not short on grandeur telling the story of china's 4000 year history is no small feat and beijing pulled it off spectacularly it boasted 15000 performers over a huge fou.
Opening ceremony at the 2008 olympics in beijing null beijing and the chinese government pulled out all the stops for the opening ceremonies, which was arguably the most impressive display of any kind the world has ever seen within and outside the world of sport, exceeding anything staged at previous. Beijing olympics opening ceremony olympic ceremonies, 2008 the biggest ever event staged was masterminded by a unique blend of east and west talents responsible for the creation of a technical and human tour de force that has set the standard for opening ceremonies for some time to come the globe. Twitter has revealed that the opening ceremony of the 2012 london olympic games generated more than 966 million tweets, as the first day of the event went on to rack up more tweets than the entire 2008 olympics in beijing the chances are that if you logged in to twitter during the spectacular scenes.
Watch opening ceremony - beijing 2008 summer olympic games by bess bruton on dailymotion here. Paul kitagaki jr / sacramento bee / mct / getty images performers take part in the national stadium during the opening ceremony on august 8, 2008, to kick off the games of the xxix olympiad in beijing, china the opening ceremony of the 2008 beijing olympics was truly spectacular—and will likely. Fireworks illuminate the sky over the national stadium during the opening ceremony of the beijing 2008 olympic games, august 8, 2008 reuters/lucy nicholson the four-and-a-half-hour spectacular drew a record audience for an olympics opening because it was watched by a majority of chinese. This 2-volume set is your opportunity to once again witness the most memorable opening ceremony in olympic historythe complete 4-hour extravaganza from beginning to end a special index allows you to easily navigate throughout the entire ceremony own the celebration that people will be talking about forever.
As sports media events, and especially olympic games, can be considered a public relations instrument, the 2008 beijing olympics allowed china to showcase its rapid economic development to the rest of the world and win respect and favour internationally this paper explores how china used the. Beijing — an ecstatic china finally got its olympic moment on friday night and if the astonishing opening ceremonies of the 2008 olympic games lavished grand tribute on chinese civilization and sought to stir an ancient nation's pride, there was also a message for an uncertain outside world: do not. Beijing's 2008 olympic celebration set new standards for opening ceremony spectacle. Beijing -- martial arts student cheng jianghua only saw the army barracks he stayed in and the stadium where he performed at the spectacular olympics opening ceremony but his sacrifices were minor -- other performers were injured, fainted from heatstroke or forced to wear adult diapers so the show.
View the olympic video: beijing 2008 opening ceremony from the beijing 2008 gallery, plus get access to similar videos and galleries. The olympic games are one of the most important international sporting events for most of the world the 2008 beijing olympics was especially one of particular focus and attention china has long wished to show the world its greatness and, in june 2001, it finally got that chance the opening ceremony. A spectacular opening to the 29th olympiad gallery day 1: olympic ceremony post reporter amy shipley talks about the extravagant ceremony that opened the 2008 summer games at the national stadium in beijing » launch photo gallery.
Zhang yimou, the chinese film producer who was in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 summer olympic games in beijing, will direct the show due to take place on february 25 the renowned director impressed the whole world for promoting chinese traditional culture as well as. In a riot of colour, pageantry and invention, beijing fired the starting gun for the 2008 olympic games with the most breathtaking opening ceremony ever seen. In recent days, however, a boycott of the opening ceremony of the beijing olympics has become a hot topic on the presidential campaign trail, with all three major candidates suggesting that george bush correction, april 14, 2008: a photo caption on this page originally misspelled tessa jowell's name.
More than two billion people -- almost one-third of the world's population -- watched the 2008 beijing olympics opening ceremony on friday, august 8, nielsen reported thursday nielsen's estimates are based on television audience data collected from 38 key markets throughout the world, including host. This paper examines the ways in which nationalism and the narratives of the nation were constructed in the olympic opening ceremonies in beijing 2008 and london 2012 the ritual of the opening ceremony represents a concentration of features, qualities and messages that combine the local and global,. 2008 beijing games opening ceremony 2008 beijing olympics opening ceremony wally skalij / los angeles times fireworks light the national stadium during olympics opening ceremony friday night in beijing more • blog: ticket to beijing • more olympic photo galleries see more galleries 2008 beijing. From hundreds of riders on horseback dramatically galloping into the stadium to the thunderous beats performed meticulously by 2008 tightly ranked drummers, host cities pull out all the stops to set the right tone for the olympic games the opening ceremony provides host cities the opportunity to put their.