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Jackie Chan stars concert in Bird's Nest

2009-05-01 14:53:47 GMT2009-05-01 22:53:47 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese movie star Jackie Chan, left, performs during a concert held at the Bird Nest Stadium in Beijing, Friday, May 1 , 2009. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Movie star Jackie Chan, right performs with South Korean pop star Rain during a concert held at the Bird Nest Stadium in Beijing, China, Friday, May 1 , 2009. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Hong Kong's Alan Tam, left and Hacken Lee perform during a concert by Chinese movie star Jackie Chan held at the Bird Nest Stadium in Beijing, China, Friday, May 1 , 2009. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Hong Kong's Joey Yung perform during a concert by Chinese movie star Jackie Chan held at the Bird Nest Stadium in Beijing, Friday, May 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Hong Kong's singer Emil Chau perform during a concert by Chinese movie star Jackie Chan held at the Bird Nest Stadium in Beijing, Friday, May 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong movie icon Jackie Chan performed a singing concert along with many other pop stars in Bird's Nest stadium Friday, the first day of China's May Day holiday.

"Descendants of the Dragon: Jackie Chan and Friends" started at7 p.m. and became the first large-scale concert held in the stadium after last year's Olympic Games.

The stadium was closed at noon and nearly 1,000 security guards were deployed around the site.

"Crowds of people began to enter the stadium via X-ray doors around 6 p.m. and they look eager," said Liu Shunli, a police officer working at one of the entrance.

Ticket prices ranged between 100 yuan (14.6 U.S. dollars) to 1,680 yuan.

Chan had said that he would spare no effort to perform well and put on a spectacular concert.

The concert ended at 9:30 p.m., lasting two and a half hours.

Chan, a movie actor most famous for its martial arts comedies, has also dabbled in singing and sang with other stars at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics.

Following the concert, Song Zuying, a well known singer of folk Chinese songs, will perform another show on June 30 with a host of stars including Placido Domingo.

On Aug. 8, the first anniversary of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, director Zhang Yimou will bring Opera Turandot to spectators in the stadium.

Tourism, entertainment shows, sports events and commercial activities will become the main functions of the stadium in the post-Olympic period, officers with the operator of the construction said.

The Bird's Nest has received 3.08 million visitors so far.

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