Friday, August 8, 2008

Opening ceremony ushers in Beijing Olympics

The Summer Games officially open at 8:08 p.m. on 8/8/08. By the way, 8 is a lucky number in China.

By Randy Harvey, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
5:15 AM PDT, August 8, 2008

BEIJING -- This is the moment -- 8-8-08 at 8:08 p.m. -- that China has been waiting at least seven years for and, in reality, many, many more, going back to the Cultural Revolution when Chairman Mao attempted to return the country to an isolationist past.

But the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics (which began at 5:08 a.m. PDT on Friday) is not about China rejoining the world stage. The Chinese did that in 2001, when they were allowed into the World Trade Organization and won the right from the International Olympic Committee to organize the 2008 Summer Games.

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