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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Olympic opening ceremony party

On Friday night I joined some friends at a pub here in ChengDu to watch the Olympic opening ceremony. There was a very large crowd there, and it was a lot of fun. Everyone was very impressed with the ceremony and the only complaints I heard was that it was very long. You can find pictures of the ceremony here if you have not seen them already.

I think there were a lot of good parts to the ceremony, but I think the kids stole the show. With the multitude of people for most of the shows the few kids really stood out. The first was the little girl who sang a song, then later on their was a girl flying through the air holding her kite (same girl?), then the kids who put the color and smiley face on the ancient painting, and finally there was the boy who walked along-side Yao Ming when the Chinese team came out (I did not know who it was until later... he is Lin Hao, who saved several of his classmates when their school collapsed during the earthquake on May 12th... story here).

Catherine, myself, and Cynthia cheer on our country's teams (China, USA, Germany)

The funnest part of the ceremony for me was when they had the procession of nations. We had people from all over the world where we were, and people cheered for their country. We had people from China, the US, England, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Germany, Russia, etc... I am not sure who was the loudest among us... the Americans or the Chinese.

One of the things that struck me about the different shows during the ceremony was that it demonstrated something significant about China... That is, Chinese always seems to do things en-masse. China has a huge population, so it should not be surprising that when Chinese look for a way to do something they tend to go with options that involve lots of people. For example, some non-Chinese that I talked to were surprised when thousands of people popped out of the falling and rising boxes during one of the shows. Everyone thought there were machines going up and down in patterns, but when I first saw it I could not imagine the Chinese building a huge machine to do that when they could have used thousands of people instead.

Update: Oops... Olympic child singing star revealed as fake

Update 2: Oops again... 'Ethnic minority' children at Olympics ceremony were fake: report


  • Turns out that little girl wasn't really singing. There was some other girl that the government didn't think as cute enough to be on camera singing.

    The video was also computer generated in some parts to make the fireworks and backgrounds look more impressive.

    I know you'll be shocked to hear that.

    By Anonymous Les, at 9:10 AM  

  • Yes but your mother was a hamster and you father smells of edelberries, Lol. Sneaky French.

    So did you get your Visa? Medieval Minds want to know.

    By Anonymous Greg, at 2:44 AM  

  • Hey Steve - Does the German girl (Cynthia?) have her own blog?

    That picture looks like you've got your hand on her ass. I want to check her blog and see whether it says she was trying to watch the Olympics, but some drunk American guy kept groping her ass. ROFL.

    By Anonymous Les, at 4:53 AM  

  • Les, he blamed it on some other guy out of frame and he got slapped.Lol

    By Anonymous Greg, at 5:23 AM  

  • I won't find out about my visa until around the 27th, when it expires.

    Cool it with the groping comments, guys. My Grandma reads this blog.

    By Blogger Steve Harms, at 8:58 AM  

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