Beijing summer Olympic Games open
2008-08-08 12:37:39 GMT2008-08-08 20:37:39 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English
Young men in grey robes switches on and off 2,008 LED-embedded Fou, a 3,000-year-old percussion instrument similar to today’s drum, to flash out the last seconds of the seven-year countdown to the Beijing Games in the National Stadium, Beijing, Aug.8, 2008. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)
The opening ceremony of the 29th Olympic Games started at 8 p.m. Friday in the National Stadium in Beijing. Attending the ceremony are Chinese President Hu Jintao and more than 80 heads of state and government and royals.