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14: Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony = Spectacular!

Posted by ridor9th on August 11, 2008

I really feel sorry for London 2012 Committee. Beijing has provided the best opening ceremony I ever had seen in any Olympics. Normally, these 3 to 5 hours of opening ceremony tends to be overbearing at times.

But last Friday’s 8-8-08 Opening Ceremony, I never felt the need to endure the whole program. I was more of curious to see what the Chinese would do next, then next … then next. In all, I was intrigued with its artistic, creativity and choregraphy.

Being a fan of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, it comes with no surprise that the Opening Ceremony would incorporate some movements from that film.

I’m not a fan of China. As Jia Ming Zhang can vouch this, I was sick of him bragging about China when we were at VSDB many years ago. In fact, he managed to fool some elementary teachers at VSDB by claiming that his grandfather was Chairman Mao Tse-Tung Zedong!

Yeah, it was absurd.

Suffice to say, the teachers went “Oohs!” and “Aahs!” each time Jia boasted … each time he does that, I always cringed. I can’t stand the smell of noodles that Jia cooked up after bringing it to the dorm from his home. The smell of noodles fouled the whole building all night long. It drove me nuts!

I love Jia. Of course, there are moments that I want to strangle Jia. After all, Jia was just a classmate-sibling rivalry of mine during our youth days at VSDB. I learned that “Jia” in Chinese meant “Let’s go!”

I love Jia’s parents. Jia’s father operated a Chinese restaurant in Front Royal, Virginia many years ago — he would give Jia the packets of noodles to distribute for VSDB students whenever Jia arrived from home. Jia’s parents are wonderful — no words can describe them, literally.

However, China being the capitalistic-communist society, I thought they might attempt to organize Beijing 2008 Olympics to every precise detail but not to lavish or beyond the limits of their imaginations. But with its opening ceremony, they just defied the world’s expectations and soared above the rest.

They literally hooked me watching the whole program and when it concluded, I was in state of daze and wanted to see more … in fact, they ultimately made Atlanta, Sydney, Seoul, Barcelona, Los Angeles and Athens look so amateurish at its best.

You gotta hand it over to China — they are one of the world powers. And they are here to stay. Like it or not, they had been here in the past, present and will remain so in the future.

Sorry, Robert Underhill, you have to concede that China has routed your beloved Americans and is here to stay for a long time.

Ahh, perhaps, it is time for me to cave in and visit China one day. I’d like to visit Tibet, Lhasa, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Great Wall of China, Gobi Desert, Beijing, Macan … oh, yeah, Mt. Everest.

Cheers,

R-

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30 Responses to “14: Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony = Spectacular!”

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  2. Penny said

    Ridor-

    If you want to go to Lhasa,Tibet…you will need to purchase air ticket in Chengdu and not in Bejing. In Bejing, they would not allowed you to purchase ticket to visit Tibet. It happened to me in 1996 and I am sure it is still happening today. It was easy to get ticket in Chengdu and I stayed in Tibet for one month. I sensed deep oppression there and I behaved well. If you go there you are also not allowed to bring pictures of Dali Lama or the China government will prosecute you. It is a serious crime to carry pictures of Dali Lama. Silly I know. Just thought you would like to know about this. By the way- cities are demolished in Chengdu due to earthquake so I am not sure if it is easy to purchase ticket there or not.

  3. Did you know that some fireworks were fake on TV?

  4. Bravo said

    Charles, duh?

    Ridor, we will see how will London 2012’s opening ceremonies be better than Beijing’s? Don’t jump into conculsions. Remmy, high technology comes into our life much faster than it used to be. Imagine what technology will show up in 4 years as opposed to 4 years ago or today!!

  5. Bravo said

    Charles, you’re right. Here is the URL.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/olympics/2534499/Beijing-Olympic-2008-opening-ceremony-giant-firework-footprints-faked.html

    I am NOT impressed.

  6. ridor9th said

    I’m STILL impressed.

    I had been to London — I don’t think London will top Beijing in terms of artistic approach.

    Good luck! Bravo, your attitude is duly noted.

    R-

  7. I reread the link about the fake fireworks — my response? So what? They came up with ways to entertain the viewers, be it fake or not, and they *accomplished* the milestone. And that is impressive.

    Give it up, folks. China wins.

    R-

  8. Sheri A. Farinha said

    Hi, I totally agree with you! I am still in awe with the Opening Ceremonies. China Champs!

  9. I don’t care if it’s fake or not, as long as it’s interesting!

  10. Matthew said

    Tsk, you sound so star-struck, Ricky. But what about that terrible air pollution? “China is here to stay.” All bets are off if they continue with the mindless environmental degradation. Progress at any cost seems to be their unspoken motto and the driving force behind this unchecked growth.

    Hopefully, in time, the communist system and accompanying suppression of individual rights will give way to true freedom and democracy. I’m surprised you made no mention of that.

  11. ridor9th said

    Matthew, I care less about the political ideology at this moment. Anyone who dares to claim that America is “true freedom” ought to be tarred and bitchslapped twice or thrice!

    R-

  12. iamchinese said

    dear Penny:

    you outta read news more offten, and read carefully too.

    By the way- cities are demolished in Chengdu due to earthquake so I am not sure if it is easy to purchase ticket there or not.
    Chengdu is a city, there’s no cities in chengdu at all, nor any building being demolished in chengdu.

    and no, u are wrong, u can get plane/train ticket to Lhasa ( btw it’s Lhasa, China, dont mislead the kids out there) anywhere in China, and yes u still need special permits regardless where u hold your citizenship.

    dear Matthew:

    But what about that terrible air pollution? “China is here to stay.” All bets are off if they continue with the mindless environmental degradation. Progress at any cost seems to be their unspoken motto and the driving force behind this unchecked growth.

    is Los Angeles doing any better with air pollution? nope, as matter of face that Beijing has more blue sky days than LA does this year.

    Hopefully, in time, the communist system and accompanying suppression of individual rights will give way to true freedom and democracy. I’m surprised you made no mention of that.
    So u are saying living under bush’s reign, we’ve had any ‘freedom’ ? right, like i dont give a rat’s ass about how my privacy is being totally revoked at any major airport in US. thanks mr president! yeah thanks a lot.

  13. Matthew said

    Matthew, I care less about the political ideology at this moment. Anyone who dares to claim that America is “true freedom” ought to be tarred and bitchslapped twice or thrice!

    R-
    ———
    The scary thing is that you actually believe that swill.
    So Ricky … had your blog censored, or websites blocked lately? Maybe some day you’ll overcome your delusions and learn to recognize, and appreciate ‘true freedoms.’ One can only hope.

  14. Matthew said

    iamchinese Says:
    is Los Angeles doing any better with air pollution? nope, as matter of face that Beijing has more blue sky days than LA does this year.
    ————
    This says otherwise:

    * Beijing Olympians’ Health vs. Air Pollution, by Stephen Fox, Managing Editor, Santa Fe Sun News
    http://www.nowpublic.com/sports/beijing-olympians-health-vs-air-pollution-stephen-fox-managing-editor-santa-fe-sun-news

    ** The Wall Street Journal:
    http://blogs.wsj.com/chinajournal/2008/07/21/introducing-the-beijing-air-quality-widget/
    Comment by 6cats – August 6, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    I grew up in Los Angeles, and I’ve visited Beijing twice; I was last there in August 2007. There is no comparison. Beijing’s air quality makes LA’s look absolutely sparkling. You could cut the air in Beijing with a knife.


    So u are saying living under bush’s reign, we’ve had any ‘freedom’ ? right, like i dont give a rat’s ass about how my privacy is being totally revoked at any major airport in US. thanks mr president! yeah thanks a lot.
    ———–
    You’re freedom has been totally eviscerated because you encounter some security checks at airports from time to time? Dude … seriously? You make it sound like you’ve been threatened with a one-way trip to Club Gitmo. Why don’t you lose the September 10 mindset and face reality? The continuing threat from Islamofascism makes it a dangerous world, still. Now if Jorge Boosch would do his job and secure our borders, we’d all be a lot safer.

  15. Penny said

    I am chinese-

    I did not look at this blog for awhile and did not know you wrote a message to me. I tried to find the information where I learned about some damages in city in Chengdu. I couldn’t find it but I am not going to make a big deal out of it.

    I stayed in China for three months in 1996 and I was not able to get ticket in Bejing to go to Lhasa, Tibet. All travel agencies closed doors on me in Bejing and said I could not go to Tibet. I was there and not you. Then I met some backpackers who told me I had to go to Chengdu to purchase ticket so I did. I got ticket with no problem at all. I said that I am sure it is still happening today. If I am wrong…wonderful as it would be so much easier for tourists to purchase ticket in Bejing. Of course time changes but I personally doubt it is easy to get ticket in Bejing. Look at them today…they still torture Tibetan people. Another thing…if I join a travel group from S.F. to visit Lhasa, Tibet…then maybe it is possible because we can get special permit from the embassy. But I was traveling alone for three months in China and it made sense why they refused to let me go to Tibet. This is from my own personal experience. Who knows time changes but I wanted to share with Ridor so he can be aware of it. If he experiences differently then I would love to hear his story. I do not wish anyone to experience what I went through so that is why I wanted Ridor to know about this. Thanks.

  16. ridor9th said

    Penny: I appreciate your comments. Each experience is interesting and noted.

    Matthew: You obviously do enjoy reading my blogs but it is evident that you do not know who I am in real life. Freedoms in this country is not exactly “true freedom” mainly because this country is largely ruled by whom? Corporations, special interest groups and wealthy individuals. We The People simply do not exist these days. You can argue that the Bush Administration is protecting our “true freedom” after 9/11 … but the reality is that ‘freedom’ is the most overused term since 9/11!

    Last night, I watched different programs on tube ranging from regular news to unsolved stories, there has been a lot of governmental interferences. I can use the extreme example: Roswell/Area 51. People can ridicule about Roswell but Area 51 is out there. It is physically there and why is not the government talking about it? Umm?

    So much for so-called freedoms, dear.

    R-

  17. Ridor, where did I said anything about China routing our fellow Americans in sports, especially in the Olympics. I say or blog no such thing as of late.

    There are some good Chinese athletes as there are any good athletes from other countries, including the USA. In the spirit of sportsmanship, I acknowledge and salute all athletes in the Olympics, regardless of nationality (except for few athletes who cheat by doping or throw away medals in tantrum).

    I take it that you have no problem with China depriving their citizens the privilege to surf the Internet without governmental restrictions, depriving free speech, stifling criticism and dissent, suppressing homosexuals, Tibetans, Chinese Muslims; poisoning Americans with bad materials to manufacture and export junks to the USA and elsewhere, threatening Taiwan, undermining the US national security by stealing important hardware and hard works crucial to the USA’s defense, and have made no secret to kill the golden goose that is the USA. Yep, China is a wonderful world power.

  18. :::Chuckling::: said

    Wrestler here. Tantrums are justified if officiating is corrupt as was the case with FILA–the bureau for the international styles of wrestling. Believe me. The corruptions going on at Gallaudet and beyond in Deafdom pales in comparison and you see tantrums going on at Gallaudet seeking justice. Go and suck some residual rice off your crack-hole.

  19. Wrestler, there’s no need to throw a tantrum during a ceremony before the world’s eyes. That Swedish wrestler embarrassed his country by making a public spectacle of himself and demonstrated poor sportsmanship with his fellow athletes. If he has such a grievance against FILA, all he has to do is to lodge a formal protest with IOC over FILA and the matter can be investigated against FILA over an Olympic wrestling event he “lost”.

    Better athletes lost badly, swallowed their prides and accepted the losses. Ara Abrahamian took the wrong way. Period.

  20. ridor9th said

    Underhill: Suppressing homosexuals? Please. I watched the CNN Special Investigation Unit two weeks ago a day or two before the Opening Ceremonies — there are gay organizations, clubs and bars scattering all over China.

    Even the show showed the government officials socializing and flirting the drag queens onstage!!

    Your assumption about China’s suppression against gays is not true.

    As for others, yeah, yeah, yeah. I do not like the restrictions and lack of due process in China against the citizens but .. it is their country, its own people has to revolt on their own. We just cannot police the world and tell them how to live their lives. They have to do it themselves.

    On other hand … what about Georgia-Russia? I approve of Russia to invade South Ossetia MAINLY because Georgians were killing civilians and destroying villages in the area that is pro-Russia.

    Now Georgia acts like it was a victim? Please.

    R-

  21. Ridor, China has to play “nice” for the world’s audience before and during the Olympics. It’s simple propaganda. When the Olympics is all over and foreigners depart, China goes back to the old ways and habits, including suppression. Anything from CNN or NBC should be taken with a grain of salt.

    You know little of the history between Russia and Georgia. There’s bad blood between them for several centuries, more and less. There is a long oil pipeline going from the Caspian Sea to the Black & Mediterranean Seas and Georgia is right in the middle of it. Moreover, the South Ossetian separatists and Georgia have been fighting since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, in large part, the area in which the South Ossetians live on and claimed to is, basically, a Georgian territory and never mind the fact much of the Ossetians live on the southern Russian area bordering Georgia! It’s like your neighbors next door have claimed on your side lawn of your house and can use that side to their liking without your permission, a middle finger to your ownership of that side property and count on the police to help them out when you raise a fuss against your neighbors.

    True, Georgia shared the blame for the violence against the South Ossetians, however, Russia simply took advantage of Georgian violence against the Ossetians and justified an unnecessary invasion in the process. The Ossetians themselves are actually seeking independence from both Russia and Georgia. But, as far as the conflict goes, Russia defeated a much weaker military and once again subjugated a country like they had done many times before, all this for the Ossetians’ dubious claim to a Georgian territory.

  22. As for China’s attitude toward homosexuals in China, here’s an article on modern China and homosexuality (note: it’s a part of a Wikipedia article, so if you’re in disagreement with it, you take the issue up to the person(s) who wrote it, founded in its “History” section. Whoever wrote it seem more informed than you and I).

    What the CNN special have shown you was a propaganda piece set up by China’s officials in order to promote “openness” and “tolerance” toward gays and lesbians in China prior to the start of Olympics, probably in order to attract tourist money from visiting gays and lesbians for the Olympics. IMO, this CNN propaganda piece seem like good business-sense for tourism and money in China.

  23. Matthew said

    On other hand … what about Georgia-Russia? I approve of Russia to invade South Ossetia MAINLY because Georgians were killing civilians and destroying villages in the area that is pro-Russia.

    Now Georgia acts like it was a victim? Please.

    R-
    ————-
    I would recommend you read this:
    http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/2008/08/the-truth-about-1.php

  24. ridor9th said

    Nope — these so-called Georgian peacekeepers were accused of burning villages and killing civilians in the process. Why do you think the militias in South Ossetia were established? To defend itself against the acts of clandestine genocide by these so-called Georgia peackeepers!

    R-

  25. Matthew said

    Sigh, I think, heck KNOW, you’re hopelessly misinformed on this particular matter. Nobody has stated that the Georgians have clean hands, but the Russians are the clear aggressors. They’re the ones importing Chechen butchers to carry out their dirty work.
    http://www.nypost.com/seven/08182008/news/columnists/devil_sent_down_to_georgia_124993.htm

    Reasoned discourse and debate is always a healthy thing, but you should read more informed analysts like Ralph Peters to learn about the background of this conflict.
    http://www.nypost.com/seven/08092008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/raping_georgia_123664.htm?page=1

  26. Matthew said

    How the Georgian Conflict Really Started
    By Melik Kaylan
    The Wall Street Journal, August 28, 2008; Page A15
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121988657412478425.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

    Still not convinced? If you shoot at someone who breaks into your home, is it you who started it?

  27. ridor9th said

    No, matthew. talk to the south ossetians about georgians killing them in the process.

    You know, I do not understand the benefits of NATO. Why don’t we INVITE Russia to join the NATO, thus lessening the threat as whole?

    LOL.

    R-

  28. ridor9th said

    Matthew, I enjoyed reading NY Post articles but I always remind myself that this paper is run by, of and for Republicans and Conservatives!

    R-

  29. Matthew said

    No, matthew. talk to the south ossetians about georgians killing them in the process.
    ———–
    Sigh, we can go round and round like this, but I am convinced you do not have accurate information on your side here. Those two rebellious entities are part of Georgia proper under international law. And what about Russia’s bullying of other nearby countries (e.g., Ukraine, Poland)?

    You know, I do not understand the benefits of NATO. Why don’t we INVITE Russia to join the NATO, thus lessening the threat as whole?
    ———–
    You know, I actually thought that myself at a time. The answer is pretty obvious though – they are entirely untrustworthy. Russia under Putin and his mini-me puppet is an entirely different country than it was under the late Boris Yeltsin. Democracy, such as it was, is dead or dying.

    Matthew, I enjoyed reading NY Post articles but I always remind myself that this paper is run by, of and for Republicans and Conservatives!
    ———–
    1. The publisher, Rupert Murdoch, has contributed some serious $ to none other than Hillary!
    2. In this case, it’s really immaterial since Ralph Peters is a syndicated columnist; his work appears in the Post and elsewhere.
    3. Say what you want about the Post, but they practice some decent journalism there. And they never employed Jayson Blair as a reporter, unlike the NY Slimes.

  30. ridor9th said

    U know what, Matthew? I do like you. I’d date you anyday.

    Cheers,

    R-

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