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Beijing Olympics 2008

Loughborough University's Beijing Blog

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Opening Ceremony

Last night we met up with colleagues from British Swimming to watch the opening ceremony on the big screen at the Crowne Plaze hotel next to the Olympic Park.

We were advised that roads around the Park would be closed so we travelled by the subway instead. The subway costs less than 20p for a one-way journey and carriages are air conditioned and very clean.

With no stop close to the hotel, and due to a slight navigation errors, we walked for over 30 minutes to get there. The streets were crowded with locals trying to get a view of 'the bird's nest', people were standing in the middles of the road and sat on the central reservation. It was very exciting and the Chinese were all in celebratory moods.

We were able to watch the majority of the ceremony on the big screen and could pop out of the front door of the hotel to see the fireworks.

Below are photos of the opening ceremony from our official photographer Nigel Farrow...

Loughborough University - Beijing 2008

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