Last Friday saw the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics 2008, years of preparation leading to the start of that one big event. China has done a lot of preparation to have itself ready for the 2008 Olympics. From the numerous buildings it had built (Bird’s Nest and Dragon Airport included), to the various traffic and anti-smog enforcement policies it had to implement, to the numerous advertisments it had created, and to other adjustments both the country and its people had to adhere to.
One World. One Dream.
China picked August 8 as its date, and 8:08pm as its opening time because it believes that Eight is a lucky number. The Chinese word for 8 is 八 which in roman (pinyin) form is “ba”, sounds similar to 发 (“fa”) which means prosperous.
Despite the various conflicts China had to endure before the Olympics event – the Sichuan Earthquake, Lhasa Massacre, Political and moral issues challenged globally; China has also had many promising events like the Climbing of Mt Everest during the trip of the Olympic torch around various places in China, as well as the improvement on environmental policies.
One of the favorite things I love from what China had prepared was the FuWa, the 5 mascots which represented the 5 rings of the Olympics. Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying and Nini. Each represents a ring in the Olympic symbol, and it also represents something about China. Beibei represents the fish, Jingjing represents the panda, Huanhuan the Olympic torch, Yingying the Tibetan antelope and Nini the swallow. Put together, the names form 北京欢迎你 “Beijing huan ying ni” or more literally speaking, Beijing welcomes you. Personally, my favorite is Jingjing the Panda.
Finally after everything, the Opening Ceremony turned out to be a success. The author wishes to be honest in saying that she wasn’t able to watch much of the ceremony because the channel she was watching had too many in-between commercials. Though from the comments of various friends, the ceremony especially of the Torch Lighting was a huge success.
I wish China, the Philippines, and all other competing countries the best in their performances and sports. Congratulations China on a wonderful beginning for the 2008 Olympics!
I only wish I could have been there to see it.