So what did you think of the opening ceremony?

I am watching the parade of countries now. The opening ceremony was pretty spectacular. I was kind of busy watching our website, following Twitter and reading comments coming into the site to really appreciate it. I will have to watch it all again at a later stage.

Probably not too surprisingly we have had a lot of traffic hitting the site tonight so things will be slower.

I am looking forward to hearing what everyone thought of the opening ceremony, so please leave your comments.

Good luck to the athletes who have to get up early tomorrow and start competition.

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debbie - August 8, 2008 @ 10:17 pm

Love the opening event. One thing for sure, they have the most number of people involved in an opening ceremony that i’ve ever seen. I guess that’s China for you.. thay dont need to use too much special effects to do anything.. they just get their people to do everything. Amazing coordination!

Sean - August 8, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

Glamorous and moving.
I really thought it was one of the better opening ceremonies I’ve seen. Visually stunning with a lot of Chinese history and culture.

Emma - August 8, 2008 @ 11:40 pm

The ceremony, of what I saw, looks really neat. The part where they had the athletes come in and walk on paint to paint a picture was a really neat idea. I too will have to watch the opening ceremony again since. Luckily, it’s recorded!

I can’t help but think how tired Greece is, having to come in first and stand there and wait for the 204 other countries to walk in!

Ryan - August 8, 2008 @ 11:46 pm

Should we be ashamed, or should we say that falling asleep during the opening Ceremony of the Games our personal response to the the nature of the ceremony as we saw it.

Right now we are watching the Olympic flag being carried by the military. it is spectacular, but somewhat Berlin 1936!

Gail - August 8, 2008 @ 11:58 pm

Wow. Good job, China. The opening ceremony was really fantastic. I was just in awe while watching the different performances. What I particularly like was the concept of using people for the production and less the special effects. It certainly gave sincerity to the ceremony proper. The months of organizing really paid off, it shows. My favorite part was the boxes part, just stunningly coordinated. 10 months for practicing that part, can yo believe it? Just wow. Wow.

Ryan - August 9, 2008 @ 12:03 am

Now they are getting their act together.

The flame event was very clever at the end!!!!!

Emma - August 9, 2008 @ 12:12 am

Just saw the end. The torch is really pretty! And I’m glad they didn’t let out any doves with all the fireworks going up in the sky! Let the Games begin!

Ryan - August 9, 2008 @ 12:19 am

The people made the ceremony. So I guess it was outstanding because of the them. The effort that the people made offered us a spectacular sight (this cannot be argued against).

We enjoyed various spectacular moments. The Chinese people, who performed in the ceremony (and their family) should be congratulated.

Myx - August 9, 2008 @ 12:45 am

Awesome. It made me want to be part of the Chinese culture. Hands down to the technical design (lights, music, visuals), production design, choreography, etc.

I would like to say congratulations to everyone involved. It was amazing.

Aton - August 9, 2008 @ 1:13 am

Stuning Olympic games ceremony !!!
Really beautiful show with the light’s and fireworks best ever seen on olympic games the olympic torch lighting was a true inovation !!
The realy hard work put into oragnising such event requires lots of applause for the chinese people.
It was truly a pleasure watching the opening ceremony cant wait to watch the closing ceremony :)

linh - August 9, 2008 @ 1:16 am

The ceremony was brilliant! I just hope that spirit continues because the barrage of passe ethical/political arguments/talks still seem persistent at dampening the whole event. It’s really annoying–but honestly, the games have started. Get over the politics and enjoy it for what it should be. Wishing all the best to all the athletes and hope the whiners just quiet down.

Mwadena - August 9, 2008 @ 1:23 am

The show was extremely great! I am fascinated apsolutely! Well done to everybody who supported the opening ceremony, it was very hard, but they did great job! Once again, it was fabulous :)

Ange - August 9, 2008 @ 1:23 am

As a Chinese myself, I’d like to thank you all on all Chinese people behalf.

Welcome to China!!!

Lina - August 9, 2008 @ 1:29 am

It was a spectacular event, that’s for sure! Very well organised and co-ordinated. However, I can’t help but think that it did remind me A LOT of Athens 2004.Surely the Chinese do have the capacity to be more genuine, and they should have done. I did enjoy it, but at times I felt kind of bored. Bottom line, I was expecting SO MUCH more…I’m afraid I wasn’t as impressed as I had hoped to be :(

Mike - August 9, 2008 @ 1:36 am

Lina, I agree with you. I found i got a little distracted at times. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it was a little different at times. With the way the world works now, you only need to lose people for a moment and they are gone.

Natalia López - August 9, 2008 @ 2:51 am

I pretty much love everything that has something to do with Asia. So, this event was really important for me to see.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t to watch the hole opening ceremony because here at Mexico we were able to see it at 6:30AM and I start at work at 8am. Though I did had the chance to watch almost an hour of it. I was marvellous. I got, how do u call it, gooseflesh the hole time I watched it!!! But what marvelled me the most was that at 8:20 there were already pics of the ceremony on the net!! On Oh my… I’m astonished.

Stergios - August 9, 2008 @ 3:06 am

Papaioannou must feel honoured since Zhang Zimou copied most of his ideas, but still Beijing presented a commodified version of Athens opening ceremony!

Ange - August 9, 2008 @ 3:14 am

I think more explanation for non-Chinese speaking countries during the ceremony should be done. I watched in Australia and just saw the Chinese Version with introduction of it, feel like been travel alone and “here come the cicerone”.
For example, at the very beggining people holding squars with Chinese characters on, thats the first print technique invented by Chinese. To avoid hand writing the same thing again and again, they enchase each word on one piece of wood (all cubes, Chinese character can all be in the same size in little squars, unlike English~~), arrange them in a paper-size box, brush ink on, put paper on, then they can print. Next time the article changes, they just rearrange the wood cubes to the new article and brush ink on again.
Wach small show is related to a remarkable history moment or invention in Chinese history.

Sac-Nicté - August 9, 2008 @ 3:56 am

Wow, i just loved it. It seems unique for me, and, oh, so different to the Athens OC! Not better, not worst, just different. And i loved the fact that the chinese honoured their culture and their children.
I’ll remember this OC the rest of my entire life!

Irena - August 9, 2008 @ 4:32 am

WOW!!! ..The opening ceremony was just AMAZING !!!! I loved it!!! The Chinese know how to make it interesting …
Great job… !!

Lucy - August 9, 2008 @ 6:50 am

LOVED IT! The opening event, i believe was the greatest of all olympics. Congrats to everyone who worked hard on this spectacular event. The fireworks showed during the opening event has made world record! I believe China showed itself as a really great place and a world super power, this event also showed their ability to work as a team and their ability.

Adrian - August 9, 2008 @ 7:33 am

Hello from Peru!
This was a great ceremony, although I didn’t understand much of it because of the short explanations (It would have been great if they showed what the characters mean) Anyway, the best of the performances I’ve ever seen… waking up at 5.30 am to see it live was worth it. =)

Benny Xian Lin - August 9, 2008 @ 8:46 am

The Opening Ceremony is amazing! Fantastic! Fabulous! I really Appreciate the wisdom and ability of Chinese People.

Patricia Lares - August 9, 2008 @ 11:07 am

All our love and support goes out to team TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO we support U and all our prays go out to U! GO TNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LET - August 9, 2008 @ 11:17 am


Big Jim - August 9, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

Why was the Chinese Flag carried by the Earthquake survivor upside down? Traditionaly an upside down flag is a sign of protest, yet nobody appears to have notist this or made any effort to correct it!

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A M Berry - August 9, 2008 @ 2:21 pm


It’s still going on where I live, thanks to NBC holding it for US prime-time.

I hate Bob Costas.
Matt Lauer is nearly as annoying, especially when they do political commentary.

Maybe I have a small attention span as I age, but I would have been happy with a program about half in length before the Parade of Nations. I love the athletes. There should not be advertising while they parade.

Waiting for the torch lighting.

As far an excellent program - I expected as much.

A M Berry - August 9, 2008 @ 2:22 pm

worst costume in Parade of Nations: women of Hungary
sorry ladies

most interesting costume: Kazakstan

A M Berry - August 9, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

my niece is there - I wish I could see her
*ha !* :-)

A M Berry - August 9, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

UPDATE - I saw the torch/flame lighting and the walk around the “nest” rim with photos of the torch runs around the world, culminating in the lighting of the large torch was wonderful !
The fireworks afterward were glorious. ;-)

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Sabina - August 10, 2008 @ 12:44 am

the most beautiful, wonderfull ceremony ever. I dont think that any other can beat it. Loved the countdown!!!!! it was just amazing!!

Dejana - August 10, 2008 @ 1:00 am

FANTASTIC ^ - ^ I have great respect for China and Chinese people and the same day I found out that China is a host of the Olympic Games, I knew that the Opening ceremony would be SPECTACULAR! Everybody already comment “London can not overcome this…” or “Olympics in Athens was the best…” but to me, every Olympics are special in their, own, unique way. You always expect an amazing fireworks at events of that greatness, but I’m always fascinated when I see a few hundred boys and girls in one act, so disciplined and coordinated… like one! The Olympic spirit is the only thing that is important… “you & me from one world, heart to heart!” Xiexie CHINA!!!

Ray - August 10, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

The best I have ever seen! It is,it are,it am!!!

Tai Ming - August 10, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

and,i dont like Beijing.there are so many more beautiful city in China.

yingjie hu - August 11, 2008 @ 9:30 am

I am a chinese.I am from shanghai.I don’t know why so many foreigners really enjoy the beijing olympic opening Ceremony?

About 10%chinese are not like it.20% think it not very well.only 60% love it. can you explaned to me Why?

Dick - August 11, 2008 @ 10:43 am

I’d like to see London top Beijing’s opening ceremony.

Cecilia - August 11, 2008 @ 10:25 pm

The artistry is magnificent! Breathtaking performance! Love it!

Iris Ginn - August 11, 2008 @ 10:28 pm

Can you please inform me if the opening ceremony 2008 will be broadcast again as I was unfortunate enough to miss it

Thank you
Iris Ginn

sammy - August 11, 2008 @ 10:55 pm

It was spectacular!!

Ka Yan - August 15, 2008 @ 4:33 am

It was spectacular to me. Even though some fireworks and singers were fake, it was amazing. If you are Chinese you’ll know that there is a meaning to this opening cermony because everything we as chinese do has a meaning behind it. When I watched the cermony it felt like a new beginning like New Year’s. It is just amazing is all I have to say.

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