BEIJING The Beijing Olympics 2008 has been declared open amid a colorful ceremony, which was promised to be a spectacular Olympic opening gala. The three-hour show at Beijing’s iconic “Bird’s Nest” national stadium was attended by many international personalities including Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and President of the United States George W. Bush.
With the beginning of the greatest show on earth the world’s dream will come true as athletes from 205 countries will compete for 17 days to win 312 medals. The mega event has begun at 8:08 pm, on the eighth day of the eight month of 2008, a tribute to the number eight that many Chinese deem lucky as it represents prosperity.
On this occasion, more than 10,000 performers showcase the nation’s ancient history and its rise as a modern power before an audience of 160,000 people. The opening ceremony has been marked with spectacular performance of acrobatics, cultural shows and enormous fireworks display across the city. As China claims the history will view the 2008 Olympics as a significant milestone in the country’s remarkable transformation.-SANA